Last week, PAENDA released her entry for Eurovision 2019 – “Limits”. She had previously been revealed as ORF’s internal selection for Austria’s representative in Tel Aviv. Alongside this release, PAENDA has announced tour dates ahead of the release of her sophomore album Evolution II.
These dates precede the release of Evolution II, the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Evolution I, on April 26th. PAENDA will embark on an Austrian tour, announcing the following tour dates via her Facebook page:
The tour comprises of seven dates across Austria between her album release show on April 23 and a November tour. In July, she will be performing at the Elwood Music Festival and Kronehit Electric Nation 2019. Although the tour doesn’t currently comprise of any international dates, she will be performing at the London Eurovision Party at Leicester Square’s Café de Paris on Sunday, 14th April!
Who is PAENDA?
As revealed in an interview with Eurovision scout Eberhard Forcher a few weeks ago, “Limits” has a different feel to Paenda’s previous music. He said the song is not one he would describe as “radio-friendly” and he is sure it will divide audiences in Tel Aviv.
The 31-year-old from Styria is relatively unknown in the Austrian music industry, but does have a few minor hits to her name – her most recent being “Paper-thin”. She says that her stage name comes from the fact that when she wakes up in the morning, her eyes look like a panda bear’s. I’m sure we can all relate there.
Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018
PAENDA will be succeeding Cesár Sampson, who 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 surprise to some Eurovision fans. The juries were clear fans of the song, with Cesár receiving 12 points from 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 these results in 2019?
PAENDA will be defending Austria’s streak at the second-final of Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv on May 16th. The running order is yet to be confirmed, but we know she will be performing in the first half.
Will you be seeing PAENDA live this year, either at one of her Austrian shows or at London Eurovision party? Do you think PAENDA will bring Austria to the final for the sixth year running? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter, @escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates!