VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Welcome to the Austrian national final where ten acts will compete tonight. The winning song will be jointly chosen by the TV viewers and an expert jury, consisting of Conchita Wurst, madita, and Julie Frost. The fourth juror will be a combined vote of Austrian media experts who have been closely following the Eurovision Song Contest in past years. In the first round of voting, the votes of the TV viewers and the jury will be combined to determine two super-finalists. Those two acts will then perform their songs once again, and this time televoting will solely decide the winner and thus the Austrian representative in Stockholm. (source: www.eurovision.tv)
With footage from the best moments of Eurovision 2015 the show begins and the participants are introduced so we can meet our hosts for the evening, Alice and Andi. The jury is also introduced: Julie Frost, Edita Malovčić, Stefan Ude and Conchita will vote for the first round of voting and get the two lucky ones (along with the public) to the super final. ZOË is your favourite according to the oikotimes.com poll.
Vincent Bueno: All We Need Is That Love: the first act is on stage with the singer beginning the performance on a chair rolling afterwards to the stage where he joins his four dancers. A tune from the 90s which happily will make you dance. The stage presentation is interesting but the song itself is not as magic as it was suppose to be. The jury is not enthusiastic with this act and not convinced it can win tonight especially with the vocals. He scores 25 points from the jury
LiZZA: Psycho: A convincing performance by this young artist and the song is something that can really become a radio hit somehow. There is guitar solo which I like, but the overall outcome doesn’t give you the impression of a winner. It could end up high tonight though. Shades and Earth images are presented and on stage there are three band members. Jury comments praise the vocals but they didn’t like the tune although Conchita disagreed like me. LiZZA gets 32 points from the jury
Orry Jackson: Pieces In A Puzzle: Somehow this reminds me the 2015 Swedish stage presentation and the song turns repetitive especially in the chorus. Vocal performance is very good. The laser bubble is not something we haven’t see in Eurovision, not original enough to convince me to vote for it (if it was in Eurovision). The jury comments are not very enthusiastic and they mention the copy of Måns stage presentation but they recognise the good performance of the artist. He scores 19 points from the jury.
Elly V: I’ll Be Around (Bounce): Reminding me the opening in 1998 when Croatian singer, Daniejla started her performance with a cape, Elly is accompanied in a mystic stage presentation with four half naked dancers. Amazing vocal performance and impressive confidence on stage. Beginning as a ballad and turning high is very interesting, as well as the high notes of the singer. The jury praises the act and the singer and in total this entry gets 37 points from the jury.
Lia: Runaway: Although this is a typical ballad, a Eurovision ballad, it goes special because of the singer and her vocal performance. Something between Polina Gagarina and Aliona Moon performance in the previous Eurovision editions. Not original at all. Mediocre comments from the jury the members of which liked the song but didn’t get enthusiastic. This entry got 18 points from the jury.
Céline Roscheck & Farina Miss: Sky Is The Limit: A little bit weird duet on stage as they don’t seem to fit especially vocally together something that it was noticed but the jury as well. I admit the song is something original and different for Eurovision but something is wrong in the chemistry of the singers and the sparkle the song should have. The jury like the voice Farina but they don’t think the song fits for Stockholm and scores 10 points from the jury.
AzRaH: The One: this is the singer chosen from the wildcard competition. AzRaH is from Bosnia and overall the vocal performance is impressive. The song doesn’t exactly convince you. The jury didn’t like the dress and obviously had problems with the mediocre English pronunciation which didn’t manage to deliver the drama and the message of the song. This entry scores 16 points from the jury.
Sankil Jones: One More Sound: somehow this entry doesn’t fit to tonight’s show. The song, as a tune, is not well structured or produced well while the vocal performance is mediocre and shaky. The only good thing is the confident attitude of the singer. Weirdly the jury love the song and give him 28 points!
Bella Wagner: Weapons Down: she wanna be Milla Jovovic in the 5th element? well vocally she might be impressive but I am not sure the electro ballad might work for her tonight although it could be a new tune to Eurovision. The jury is not sure about the song but they approve the message of he song while Conchita is enthusiastic (of course after all the outfit is totally Jean Paul Gaultier). 36 points for this act from the jury!
ZOË: Loin d’ici: a French song from the artist who ranked 3rd in last year’s national final and is considered the hot favourite to win tonight. She is cute, she is dressed as if she was starring in the movie Lord of the Rings and the nature backdrop makes the song a complete fairytale. The audience is enthusiastic and she deserves it as the vocal performance is excellent. The jury comments seem really out of reality. One doesn’t like the French lyrics, the other doesn’t like the nature images. Well she was the best tonight but she only scored 28 points.
TO THE SUPERFINAL (100% TELEVOTING)
While the ten acts concluded their performance it was time for the audience to cast their votes. Two acts proceed now to the super final as mentioned below. This means our report is over and in a new post we will announce you the winner and 2016 Eurovision representative of Austria in Stockholm. May the best win!
ZOË – Loin d’ici
Elly V – I’ll Be Around (Bounce)