Austrian broadcaster ORF have announced that Viennese singer-songwriter Vincent Bueno has been selected to represent Austria at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. He will perform the song “Alive”, which will be released next year.
Thinking about participating at the Eurovision Song Contest gives me goosebumps
When asked about his thoughts about representing Austria in Rotterdam, Vincent had only positive things to say about it:
Wow, even thinking about the fact that I am going to participate in the song contest gives me goosebumps. The Eurovision Song Contest is like the Eurocup for musicians and singers. The huge stage, all those artists doing their absolute best, all the songwriters and producers of Europe gathering in one place to celebrate their work while at the same time stepping into the ring – it is breathtaking and formidable. Let’s go Austria!Vincent Bueno on his Euroviison participation
Our thoughts on ORF’s choice
ORF has shared clues about the 2020 Austrian entry, they have done this in the form of personal #hashtags.
#vincentbueno – “I love to laugh. I’m a motivated guy. ‘Troubleshooting’ is my personal motto! I love my family above all, have a deep faith and both give me strength in my life. I love music, I love people. I’m very sensitive, which can sometimes be a disadvantage – ‘open-hearted’.”
#alive – “From the moment I let go of the fast-paced confirmation of social media and its pressures to be something specific, I reconnected with my identity. That makes me feel alive.”
#fireshots – “My happiness comes from deep within. It is something that no fame or money in this world could ever give me. I would like to use this energy purposefully.”
#behindthewall – “All of us fight our own egos. An ego is like a high wall. If you break it down you realize how much easier and freer life can be.”
#hiddenheroes – “Each and every one of us has the DNA of a hero or a heroine.”
Not the first time at the Eurovision Song Contest
This will not be the first time that Vincent has been at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2017, he was one of the backing vocalists for Nathan Trent and his entry ‘Running on Air‘ which went on to place 16th overall. He even went on to produce the Spanish version of the song ‘Aire‘
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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