AUSTRIA – Austrian national broadcaster has chosen Paenda as their 2019 representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. The song is titled “Limits” it will be electronic, reduced and very modern and will be presented late on. The choice is like having Onuka (Ukraine 2017 interval act) on stage and seems quite interesting.
At the age of 14, PAENDA wrote her first songs, while also learning how to play the guitar and piano in order to implement them musically. When it became clear that music was not just a passionate hobby for her, she moved to Vienna to study jazz. Several music projects followed, until she launched her project PAENDA in 2015.
As a solo artist, she did not only compose and write her own songs, she also started to produce her own music. PAENDA says: “As a young girl in the school choir, I would not even have dared to dream about that.” Her first singles Waves and Good Girl attracted some attention, her debut album EVOLUTION I was received with great enthusiasm. Her second album, consistently titled EVOLUTION II will be released on the 26th of April.
PAENDA admitted she really wanted to be part of the Eurovision Song Contest at some point in her life:
“When I was watching the Eurovision Song Contest on ORF in the past few years, I knew that if the opportunity presented itself, I would very much like to become part of it and compete for Austria. Music becomes a universal language, boundaries dissolve and it is shown that love is colorful, diverse and can not be classified in any drawer. The contest is a bridge builder that manages to unite different cultures and religions for a while. Now I’m allowed to sing for Austria and I am overwhelmed. It really means a lot to me to be part of this message to the world.”
SPAIN – Famous and César Sampson shared their first collaboration together on Wednesday December 26 at the Christmas gala of ‘OT’. The winner of ‘OT’ and the representative of Austria in Eurovision 2018 admire each other, as has been reflected in recent weeks.
The ‘OT’ Christmas Gala was more magical than ever with its long lineup of stellar guests who will attend the set of the TVE and Gestmusic talent show. Famous with the international star César Sampson and his Eurovision song “Nobody but you” on stage as stunning.
“Real that I’ve been excited” or “I’ve cried to see that encounter” are the first reactions of their fans.
AUSTRIA – While fan sites report the information as rumoured and almost confirmed news with Hyäne Fischer been in the shortlist for ORF’s decision, the singer has updated her “about” page on Facebook, saying that she is the Austrian representative. Eberhard Forcher from the Austrian radio station Ö3 assisted ORF with searching for potential candidates and creating a shortlist of acts. He describes her song as a “musically crude mix of Marianne Rosenberg and the Pet Shop Boys.” Her peculiar humour might be considered political and maybe a bit Neo-Nazi style but the signer and popular newspapers claim the opposite.
AUSTRIA – In a collaboration with Almdudler, 2018 Austrian top five representative, Cesár Sampson, answered the questions of teenagers regarding HIV, as December 1st is the Wold AIDS Day.
The video uploaded on YouTube and has the options of English subtitles. Cesár proves once again that he is not only sexy, handsome, extremely polite with the fans and the journalist, excellent singer, but also aware of the impact he can make to the world as an artist.
Of course we all remember his performance and of course his outfit with many photographers caption it in the most endowed version.
left photo: Philipp Lipiarski | right photo: Getty Images
The company ALMDUDLER Limonade, A. & S. Klein GmbH & Co KG was founded in 1957, by the Austrian soda and soft drink manufacturer Erwin Klein. It is a traditional Austrian family business, which has been passed down for the past four generations.
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AUSTRIA – She stunned the world to take out the Eurovision song contest with a soaring power ballad in 2014. Conchita Wurst’s Rise Like A Phoenix earned Austria a whopping 290 points with its themes of transformation and rebirth, clocking up more than 13 million views on YouTube in the years since. Four years on, the “bearded lady” who is a stage persona of 29-year-old Austrian Tom Neuwirth, still feels the need to make it clear her performance is “no joke” after being forced to reveal her HIV status under threats of blackmail from an ex-partner.
“I feel I need to prove myself each and every time [because] I’m a drag act,” she told the BBC ahead of the 2018 Eurovision to be held this Saturday in Lisbon.
“It’s easy to say, ‘This is just a joke.’ You know, the bearded lady? And I feel the need to smash it with every performance just because I want to be clear this is not a joke.”
It’s a stark admission from the star who created her alter ego in 2006 as a way of projecting confidence on stage.
Last month, she was forced to use every ounce of it in a personal Instagram post disclosing she was HIV-positive and had been for many years, which she described as freeing her from the “sword of Damocles” above her head.
“This is actually irrelevant to the public, but an ex-boyfriend threatens me to go public with this private information, and I will not give anyone the right to frighten me and influence my life in the future,” she wrote, saying she has been in medical treatment and is unable to pass on the virus.
Conchita said she did not want to go public for fear of how it would impact her family and friends, believing that the information is only relevant to those “with whom sexual contact is an option”.
But she decided “coming out is better than being outed,” saying: “I hope to build up courage and take another step against the stigmatisation of people who have become infected by HIV, either through their own behaviour or through no fault of their own.”