Austria has confirmed that they will indeed be participating in next year’s contest in Rotterdam. Since the confirmation of their participation, ORF has been quiet, as to how they will be selecting their act for 2020.
Since then, it has been reported that the 2020 Austrian representative has already been selected, but with no timescale as to when the Austrian representative and their entry will be released.
One of the names that has been rumored to represent Austria in 2020 is up and coming singer-songwriter Thea Davy. Her name came into the mix when I.B. Music & Production confirmed the news on their Facebook page.
Who is Thea Davy?
Thea herself is new to the music scene. She started writing her own songs back in 2017. Her debut single was entitled “Waiting For”:
As well as being a singer-songwriter, Thea is also a strong supporter of charity work. In 2017, she donated 35cm of her hair to the charity Verein Haarfee, which helps to provide wigs for children who have lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy.
Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest
Austria has participated in the contest 52 times since debuting in 1957. They have won twice, in 1966 and 2014, meaning they currently hold the record for the longest gap between wins – 48 years. This is even wider than the Netherlands’ gap of 44 years, which was recently closed by Duncan Laurence’s victory.
Following their victory in 2014, their most recent success was 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. He even topped the jury vote, receiving 12 points from nine national juries! His qualification to the final extended Austria’s qualification streak to five finals in a row.
This year, ORF internally-selected PAENDA with the skeletal ballad “Limits”. Despite a stunning and emotional performance, she did not advance to the Grand Final from semi final two. She finished 17th in the semi final with 21 points, all of which came from juries.
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