Tel Aviv 2019

Austria chooses Styrian act for Tel Aviv

Hyäne Fischer is now out of the running!

It’s only two days until Austria announce their act for this year’s Eurovision, but today, Eurovision Austria has reported that an artist from Styria has been selected to represent Austria in Tel Aviv!

To those of you who don’t already know, Styria is one of the nine Austria states, or Bundesländer. It is located in the southeast of Austria and it is the second-largest Austrian state.

2019 won’t be the first time a Styrian artist takes part in Eurovision – 2014 winner Conchita began his career in Styria and 1975 winner Getty Kaspers (lead vocalist of Dutch band Teach-In) was born in the state. The Styrian language also made an appearance in the contest in 2003, with Alf Poier’s entry for Austria, “Weil der Mensch zählt”, which finished in 6th place.

It’s a no for Hyäne Fischer!

This announcement means that Austria will not be sending Hyäne Fischer to Tel Aviv, despite being one of the main rumours to represent the nation.

Jessyca R. Hauser who portrays Hyäne Fischer was born in Vienna and she claims that her alter ego Hyäne comes from Wiener Neutstadt in Lower Austria. With neither of these matching the announcement of a “Styrian act”, we can rule her out as the Austrian act for Eurovision.

Artist announcement on Tuesday

On Friday, Ö3 presenter Eberhard Forcher announced that he will reveal the Austrian artist for Tel Aviv on Tuesday 29th January on his morning radio show, Ö3 Wecker. It was also announced that the Austrian artist will be female.

Eurovision Austria also added that the decision on the Austrian act was made between a final shortlist of two singers and that the title of her song will also be announced on Tuesday.

Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Cesár Sampson represented Austria in Lisbon with the song “Nobody But You”. Thanks to his captivating vocals and striking staging, he came 3rd in the final with a total of 342 points, a pleasant surprise to some Eurovision fans. The juries were clear fans of the song with 12 points from no less than nine countries! Not to forget, his qualification to the final extended Austria’s qualification streak to five finals in a row. Can they keep up the results in 2019?

Who do you hope is Austria’s artist for Eurovision? Are you looking forward to finding out on Tuesday?

Let us known in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA.

Tom Ryan

After joining the team in 2018, I've been lucky enough to cover five Eurovision seasons for ESCXTRA; each season always offers something new and exciting to look forward to! Outside of the Eurovision world, I am a prospective English Literature student, starting university later this year.
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