Austria’s little hidden Eurovision gem.

Which Austrian Eurovision song is our favourite entry of all times?

While us fans are waiting for white smoke from the Dutch broadcaster headquarters regarding Eurovision 2020, we’re having a look at the 53 nations who have graced at the Eurovision stage and check out which little hidden Eurovision gem, is note worthy of a place in the history books.

Austria at Eurovision

So far, Austria has sent 52 entries since they made their debut in 1957. Their history is quite turbulent. They’ve placed last 8 times, including on their debut. But more importantly they’ve won it twice too; First time in 1966 with the French ballad Merci Cherie and more recently in 2014 with Rise like a phoenix. Even though both are fantastic songs, they’re no contenders for our all-time favorite. The broadcaster uses a mixture of televised preselections or internal selections to select a performer and song. In recent years, ORF have gone for internal selections. A full list of participants to date, and more importantly their results can be found here.

And the winner is?

Well we had several candidates, spawning 6 different decades. A few honourable mentions are Conchita’s Bondesque winner in 2014, Udo Jurgens 1965 entry Sag ihr, ich lass sie grubben or the 1980’s disco pre-favourite Du bist musik by Blue Danube, but in reality it went hands down to only entry only.

Back in 2011, after throwing in the towel for a few years, Austria returned to Eurovision, to do their German neighbors a favor to be quite honest. They put on a big selection show, where the televoters chose Starmania season 3 winner Nadine Beiler as the best woman for the job.

Nadine Beiler for Austria in 2011 (Source: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe)

With the last performance being in the final seven years behind them, 4 withdrawals, and two non-qualifications the pressure was on. But boy did Nadine deliver. The secret is love really was the combination of an incredibly strong singer and an anthemic pop ballad about love. A key change to die for, the diamond-shaped platform on stage, the lighting. All the ingredients were there. What a little hidden Eurovision gem, this is.

Europe thought the same. Austria qualified comfortably and finished 18th in the grand final with 64 points. We’re not gonna lie, the final performance was shakier and wasn’t quite delivered either by the backings. (Where was the gospel choir from the studio version?) Nevertheless, it’s a great song and one for the history books in our opinion or as we call it Austria’s little hidden Eurovision gem.

After Eurovision Nadine released her debut album I’ve got a voice and continued recording music. Her most recent album Sweet Artist’s Mind was released in 2018.

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