AUSTRIA: Austrian national broadcaster, ÖRF , kicks off their 2018 Eurovision Song Contest quest by calling for proposals for Portugal. There will be again internal selection and those interested to submit their ideas and bids can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org complying with all the EBU rules.
Austria has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 50 times since its debut in 1957. The country has won twice, in 1966, with the song “Merci Chérie” by Udo Jürgens, and in 2014, with the song “Rise Like a Phoenix” by Conchita Wurst. Austria currently holds the record for longest gap between wins, with 48 years between victories.
Austria participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song “Running on Air” performed and written by Nathan Trent. On 19 December 2016, the Austrian broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) announced that Nathan Trent had been internally selected to compete at the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. The song that Trent will compete with, “Running on Air”, was also internally selected and was presented to the public on 28 February 2017.
Austria was drawn to compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 11 May 2017. Performing during the show in position 2, “Running on Air” was announced among the top 10 entries of the second semi-final and therefore qualified to compete in the final on 13 May.