Austria – Leaked news confirms that ORF have selected internally this year and chosen Conchita Wurst! Conchita, real name Tom Neuwirth, just lost out to Trackshittaz in 2012.
Concerning countries rather than representatives, there have been some updates. Liechtenstein is a confirmed “no” according to ESCToday http://www.esctoday.com/67851/liechtenstein-debut-eurovision-2014 while Portugal is an almost certain “yes” http://escxtra.com/2013/09/comeback-on-the-cards/. Barring any news from countries on break (hopefully Poland, BiH, and Turkey) or withdrawals from other countries (probably Greece), it looks like we’ll have 40 countries in Denmark and even semi-finals again! Also, here’s my semi-final post for 1996. http://hopefullydaedal.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/number-4-5-esc-1996-semi/.
Austria’s internal selection has already made the news in Greece. http://www.koolnews.gr/extras/mauro-kai-npukno-to-mousi-ths-tragoudistrias-pou-paei-eurovision/
Oops, my comment is missing! Anyway no big deal, it was my 2012 list.
As for Austria, it’s sad to say that one of my favourite countries culturally is one of my least favourites in Eurovision. I can actually only think of three songs that would make it into my pantheon.
1. Falter im Wind (1972)
2. Weil’s dr guat got (1996)
3. Die Zeit ist einsam (1986)
1964, 1965, 1971 and 2003 are other songs I enjoy. But many are just bland or really cheesy (1976, 1980, 1983 f.e.)
Now for something more jolly: the best thing about Austria is that Wiener Staatsoper is lying just one street away from Hotel Sacher. Two wonderful things in such a tiny area.
yes about 1972: of course! in my all time top 5
Wow, all time top 5! Together with “The voice” and three more…?
but which three are they?
Well, that’s the tricky one. But I would expect “La source” to be one of them. Then I just go for Luxembourg 1965 and BiH 2006 too. Any right guesses?
all three are in my all time top 20 but only “La Source” is indeed in the top 5 of all time: two to go
For me, Austria has an average of 6.975 pts. from four contests. It has one placement in the top five (5th in 1963), one in the top ten (10th in 2003) and two lower ones (15th in 1996 and 17th in 1981). Oh, and our beloved Frida Awards were mentioned (without credit) in an article on ESCToday about the Dutch backings and Anouk’s new song. Just FYI.
omg, Frida Awards went viral? powaaaa lol
to be fair I’m not surprised, in the left of ET home page, in the top ten most viewed articles, “Frida best backings” often turned up weeks after the Frida were awarded so it felt like that particular one striked something somewhere
It seems sort of out of place because there were only eight comments on the article, while others had so much more. I guess it’s the “lurker effect” combined with huge support for the Dutch song in the ESC community in general.
Speaking of which, thanks to Esctoday, it’s today’s 6th most viewed article on ET lol
I HATE EUROVISION NOW!
Such idiots! What a circus show and that’s what they want it to remain by picking these freaks.
I believe the best cure against the Eurovision Gimmick Contest is to insist on talking about the song first of all. With or without beard or monster costumes.
Because of Morgan’s hidden Top 5, I decided to try and make the impossible possible. In other words, I’ve just done my personal Eurovision All Time Top 20. This should therefore be considered (for now) Eulenspiegel’s Top 20. Maybe it should be put in the Best Eurovision Song thread, but since it’s so tight up there at crème de la crème, I let it be here because I’ve probably changed my mind a bit for tomorrow. So here it comes:
1. C’est le dernier qui a parlé qui a raison – Amina (France 1991)
2. The voice – Eimear Quinn (Ireland 1996)
3. Ce soir-là – François Deguelt (Monaco 1960)
4. Intet er nytt under solen – Åse Kleveland (Norway 1966)
5. Lejla – Hari Mata Hari (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2006)
6. Vječnij stranjik – Youddiph (Russia 1994)
7. Lane moje – Željko Joksimović & Ad Hoc Orchestra (Serbia & Montenegro 2004)
8. L’oiseau et l’enfant – Marie Myriam (France 1977)
9. Panayia mu, Panayia mu – Mariza Koch (Greece 1976)
10. Uma flor de verde pinho – Carlos do Carmo (Portugal 1976)
11. Dansevise – Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann (Denmark 1963)
12. Sama – Justyna (Poland 1995)
13. Alle mine tankar – Silje Vige (Norway 1993)
14. Un premier amour – Isabelle Aubret (France 1962)
15. Il doit faire beau là-bas – Noëlle Cordier (France 1967)
16. Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet – Friderika (Hungary 1994)
17. Ne pali svetla u sumrak – Lola Novaković (Yugoslavia 1962)
18. Ale jestem – Anna Maria Jopek (Poland 1997)
19. Aurinko laskee länteen – Viktor Klimenko (Finland 1965)
20. I evighet – Elisabeth Andreassen (Norway 1996)
Now, if there’s any truth in Morgan’s talk about common sense, his two other songs should be here somewhere. I shoot and say Denmark 1963 and France 1991. Dare and win!
that’s a strong top 2 and a very strong top 20: I admit I don’t hate a single song in that list and we do have 5 in common in the top 20 of all time (plus Isabelle Aubret, Dk 63, Fra 91, Ire 96, Bh 06 and Fin 65, a lot of them like Greece 76 or France 77 are not very far in my all time list). Turns out as it is “Dansevise” last time I did it was all time 6th and Amina all time 9th :p my other two are harder to guess then (one of them is from the 90s the other one from the 70s) but I have been thinking of pushing “Dansevise” in the top 5 for the past few weeks
Nice to hear that we at least agree on some. But does this mean that your two last Top 5 songs weren’t in my Top 20? In that case, I’ll make one last guess. I’ll go for Finland 1979 and BiH 1993. God, this is really challenging!
BiH 93 is right! As for 70s, it’s not Finland 79 (which isn’t in my all time top 20 either)… the last one was my 1975 winner
An interesting top 20 indded and a very nice top 2 as Morgan already said (although only Eimar would reach my personal top 20 – which I have not formed completely yet). It will probably also include France 77 and Hungary 94, while I really ike Norway 96, France 62 and Norway 93.
I have to say the appeal of Bosnia 06 always had me wondering. I am not the biggest fan of Serbia 04 but at least I can see its appeal..With Bosnia 06 I simply can’t. Monaco 60 is an interesting choice and quite classy for its time but I believe France 60 was a better song and indeed a better winner (it may have to do with how much I like Jacqueline Boyer and her unique charm probably..She was as quirky as a 60′s Lena could be).
I must say I am surprised not to see Yugoslavia 74 on your top 20, it is a popular entry around here..
wait, Yug 74 is popular around here? it’s not even my winner that year (i do dislike 74 quite a lot)
I like YUG 74 but the song is nowhere near my pantheon. It will probably score between 7 and 8 once I reach 1974.
Oops sorry typo..I meant Yugoslavia 76..! I did not even remember Yugloslavia 74..I had to check it out..Interesting entry, a bit bombastic orchestration though.
Thank you. Very nice that you find my Top 20 interesting.
Yugoslavia 1976 is good but it’s far from my all time top 20. There are f.e a lot of other Yugoslav entries coming before; 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1973…
Btw, while togravus is doing Eurovision backwards, I’ve started to listen through all Melodifestivalen songs from 1959 and on. And wow, almost 3/4 of all the songs from the early 60′s were about the arrival of spring. Not much of diversity.
“Seninle bir dakika”? (That’s at least what it says on your YT channel )
BiH 1993 is a dark and haunting song with very good, dramatic and touching lyrics. There are some things with the melody itself though, that can’t make me enjoy it altogether. It’s my third favourite Bosnian entry of the 90’s. “Dvadeset prvi vijek” is my fav.
if you look under “about us”, there’s a category called “morgan’s stuff”, in it you can click on most links there, including “reviews” (and not one of the reviews) and you’ll see my list of esc winners there too
as for BiH 93 I think we’ve been friends long enough, you must have heard me defend that song with much passion countless times before no?
Thank you. I hadn’t read your BoNF reviews. They were interesting and they do also stretch before the time I myself started to follow the NF:s.
You and I have the same winners in 1958, 1962, 1963, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012. Not bad.
P.S. I should say “make me love it” rather than “make me enjoy it” about BiH 1993, because I do enjoy it. Although not love it. :$
i will add BoNF 2010-2013 as soon as I can as I’ve never hosted the edition (2014 will be my 10th edition!) so stay tune for those
and your all time 2 is my all time 1!
Well it is sad to read prejudiced comments agains an individual’s appearance or gender expression. I believe Conchita brings the diversity element in the contest in a bold way with her presence, especially at such times when it is needed (hints on the countries that cannot probably show the austrian entry this year due to recently approved legislation not needed of course..We just have to remind to these countries that they have to show every entry or else be disqualified…What ? The entry is in conflict with your laws ? Too bad ! Withdraw..!).
Of course she needs a good song to gain something in the contest. Although I really doubt she will go far when it comes to voting anyway for reasons not related to music unfortunately…I really liked her 2012 entry and it would make a much better choice compared to the sexist rap duo.
Good luck Conchita !
The new low of this contest…
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