Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017
|Eurovision Song Contest 2017|
|Selection process||Internal Selection|
|Selection date(s)||Artist: 19 December 2016
Song: 28 February 2017
|Selected entrant||Nathan Trent|
|Selected song||« Running on Air«|
|Selected songwriter(s)||Nathan Trent|
|Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest|
Austria will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song « Running on Air » performed by Nathan Trent. On 19 December 2016, the Austrian broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) announced that they had internally selected Trent to compete at the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine with his song presented to the public in February 2017.
Prior to the 2017 contest, Austria had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest forty-nine times since its first entry in 1957. The nation had won the contest on two occasions: in 1966 with the song « Merci, Chérie » performed by Udo Jürgens and in 2014 with the song « Rise Like a Phoenix » performed by Conchita Wurst. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Austria had featured in five finals. Austria’s least successful result has been last place, which they have achieved on eight occasions, most recently in the 2012 contest. Austria has also received nul points on four occasions; in 1962, 1988, 1991 and 2015.
The Austrian national broadcaster, Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), broadcasts the event within Austria and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. ORF confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on 28 May 2016. From 2011 to 2013, ORF had set up national finals with several artists to choose both the song and performer to compete at Eurovision for Austria, with both the public and a panel of jury members involved in the selection. For the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, ORF held an internal selection to choose the artist and song to represent Austria at the contest. In 2015 and 2016, the broadcaster returned to selecting the Austrian entry through a national final.
On 21 September 2016, ORF announced that they would opt for an internal selection in order to select their act and entry for the 2017 Contest.
ORF searched the act for the 2017 contest by searching within the young Austrian music scene with the help of music experts Eberhard Forcher – who also worked on the choice of the acts for the 2016 Austrian national final – and Christof Straub – who co-wrote the 2016 Austrian entry « Loin d’ici » and is father to Zoë, the 2016 Austrian representative –. Nathan Trent was invited to submit a song to ORF after the release of his first single, « Like It Is » and after this, he was selected by ORF to represent Austria in Ukraine. Trent was also among the 33 artists shorlisted to compete to represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
ORF’s choice was announced on 19 December 2016. The song that Trent will perform in Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was announced to be published in February 2017. On 26 February, it was confirmed that Trent would be singing « Running on Air » at the Eurovision Song Contest. The song will be released on 28 February.
According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country (Ukraine) and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 31 January 2017, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Austria was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 11 May 2016, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.
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