Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Member station ORF
National selection events Österreich rockt den Song Contest (2012–13)
Appearances 46 (42 finals)
First appearance 1957
Best result 1st: 1966
Worst result Last: 1957, 1961, 1962, 1979, 1984, 1988, 1991, 2012 SF
External links
Austria's page at

Austria has appeared frequently at the Eurovision Song Contest. The country has won once, in 1966, with the song "Merci Chérie".[1]

In recent years, Austria's entries have tended towards the humorous, in contrast with the dance-pop achieving success. 2003 saw comedian and personality Alf Poier perform "Weil Der Mensch Zählt", a song about farm animals.[2] 2005 saw a performance by folk band Global Kryner singing the Latin-inspired "Y así".[3] This was Austria's first appearance in the semi-final, and the country failed to qualify for the final.

After a three year absence, ORF announced on 28 July 2010 that Austria would return to the contest in 2011,[4][5] where Nadine Beiler qualified in the semi-finals, gaining 18th place in the final. Austria confirmed that they would be present at the 2012 contest and competed in the 1st semi-final on the 22 May 2012, they came in 18th (last) place with 8 points.


Austria has opted out of participation in several Contests. The first of these was the 1969 Contest, which was staged in Madrid. As Spain was ruled at that time by Francisco Franco, Austria chose to boycott the Contest. Contest historian John Kennedy O'Connor points out, however, that Austria had given Spain two points in the previous event and since Spain only won by one point, the political protest was perhaps disingenuous.[6]

The following year, Austria was again absent. This was due to the unprecedented result in 1969 in which four songs tied for first place, a result which prompted several other countries to opt out as well.[6]

From 1973 to 1975, Austria stayed away as well. The exact reason for this is unclear, however the scoring system in use at one of these Contests - allowing all entrants a guaranteed number of points - may have been a factor.

The country was ineligible to compete in 1998 and 2001, as it had not achieved sufficiently high placings in the five previous years.[6]

Prior to the 2006 contest, Austria announced that they would not enter a performer in protest at their poor results in previous years, arguing that the musical talent of the performers was no longer the determining factor in Contest success.[7][8] They returned for the 2007 contest in Helsinki, but came second to last in the semi-final. National broadcaster ORF cited the 2007 result, as well as declining interest in the Contest among Austrian viewers, as the reason Austria would not return to the contest in 2008. ORF programme director Wolfgang Lorenz also hinted that Austria may withdraw from the contest indefinitely, stating "ORF has no desire to send more talent out of Austria to a competition where they have no chances...Should the situation change, we'll be happy to take part again". [9] Despite withdrawing, the final of the 2008 contest was screened on ORF.[10]

However, Edgar Böhm, director of entertainment for ORF, said that the semi-final format "still incorporates a mix of countries who will be politically favoured in the voting process" and "that, unless a clear guideline as to how the semifinals are organised is made by the EBU, Austria will not be taking part in Moscow 2009".[11][12] ORF decided not to participate in the 2009 contest, but did broadcast the final as in 2008.[13] The EBU announced that they would work harder to bring Austria back to the contest in 2010, along with former participants Monaco and Italy.[14] It was, however, confirmed that Austria would not participate at the 2010 Contest in Oslo. In July 2010, the chairman of ORF, Alexander Wrabetz, stated that Austria would return for the 2011 contest, due to it being held in its neighbour Germany.[4][5][15] In 2011, Austria reached the final for the first time since 2004.


Table key

     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
     Did not compete or was relegated
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1957 Bob Martin German "Wohin, kleines Pony?" 10 3
No Semi-Finals
1958 Liane Augustin German "Die ganze Welt braucht Liebe" 5 8
1959 Ferry Graf German "Der K und K Kalypso aus Wien" 9 4
1960 Harry Winter German "Du hast mich so fasziniert" 7 6
1961 Jimmy Makulis German "Sehnsucht" 15 1
1962 Eleonore Schwarz German "Nur in der Wiener Luft" 13 0
1963 Carmela Corren English, German "Vielleicht geschieht ein Wunder" 7 16
1964 Udo Jürgens German "Warum nur warum?" 6 11
1965 Udo Jürgens German "Sag ihr, ich lass sie grüßen" 4 16
1966 Udo Jürgens German "Merci, Chérie" 1 31
1967 Peter Horton German "Warum es hunderttausend Sterne gibt" 14 2
1968 Karel Gott German "Tausend Fenster" 13 2
Did Not Compete
1971 Marianne Mendt Viennese German "Musik" 16 66
1972 Milestones German "Falter im Wind" 5 100
Did Not Compete
1976 Waterloo & Robinson English "My Little World" 5 80
1977 Schmetterlinge English, German "Boom Boom Boomerang" 17 11
1978 Springtime German "Mrs. Caroline Robinson" 15 14
1979 Christina Simon German "Heute in Jerusalem" 18 5
1980 Blue Danube German "Du bist Musik" 8 64
1981 Marty Brem German "Wenn du da bist" 17 20
1982 Mess German "Sonntag" 9 57
1983 Westend German "Hurricane" 9 53
1984 Anita German "Einfach weg" 19 5
1985 Gary Lux German "Kinder dieser Welt" 8 60
1986 Timna Brauer German "Die Zeit ist einsam" 18 12
1987 Gary Lux German "Nur noch Gefühl" 20 8
1988 Wilfried German "Lisa Mona Lisa" 21 0
1989 Thomas Forstner German "Nur ein Lied" 5 97
1990 Simone German "Keine Mauern mehr" 10 58
1991 Thomas Forstner German "Venedig im Regen" 22 0
1992 Tony Wegas German "Zusammen geh'n" 10 63
1993 Tony Wegas German "Maria Magdalena" 14 32
Participated Previous Year
1994 Petra Frey German "Für den Frieden der Welt" 17 19
No Semi-Finals
1995 Stella Jones German "Die Welt dreht sich verkehrt" 13 67
1996 George Nussbaumer Vorarlbergish "Weil's dr guat got" 10 68 6 80
1997 Bettina Soriat German "One Step" 21 12
No Semi-Finals
Relegation from Participating
1999 Bobbie Singer English "Reflection" 10 65
2000 The Rounder Girls English "All To You" 14 34
Relegation from Participating
2002 Manuel Ortega English "Say a Word" 18 26
2003 Alf Poier German, Styrian "Weil der Mensch zählt" 6 101
2004 Tie Break German "Du bist" 21 9
Top 11 Previous Year
2005 Global Kryner English, Spanish "Y así"
Failed to qualify
21 30
2007 Eric Papilaya English "Get a Life - Get Alive"
Failed to qualify
27 4
2011 Nadine Beiler English "The Secret Is Love" 18 64 7 69
2012 Trackshittaz[16] Austrian German,
Mühlviertel Dialect
"Woki mit deim Popo"
Failed to qualify
18 8
2013 Natália Kelly English "Shine"
Failed to qualify
14 27
2014 Conchita Wurst English "Rise Like a Phoenix"
  • NOTE: If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition, back in 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2013, Austria's voting history is as follows:

12 points[edit]

Table key

     Winner – Austria gave 12 points to a winning song / Austria won the contest.
     Second place – Austria gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Austria was runner-up in the contest.
     Third place – Austria gave 12 points to a third place song / Austria came third place in the contest.
     Qualified – Austria gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals / Austria qualified to the Grand Finals.
     Non-qualified – Austria gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals / Austria did not qualify to the Grand Finals.
Year Given Received
Final Semi Final Semi
1975 Did not participate No semi-finals Did not participate No semi-finals
1976  France
1977  United Kingdom
1978  France
1979   Switzerland
1980  Netherlands
1981  France
1982  United Kingdom
1983  Israel
1984  Sweden
1985  Norway
1986  Ireland
1987  Ireland
1988  Denmark
1989  Sweden  Belgium
1990  Ireland  Italy
1991  France
1992  United Kingdom  Ireland
1993  United Kingdom None1  Bosnia and Herzegovina Did not Participate
1994  Poland No semi-finals
No semi-finals
1995  United Kingdom
1996  Netherlands Unknown2  France
1997  United Kingdom No semi-finals
No semi-finals
1998 Relegated Relegated
1999  Bosnia and Herzegovina
2000  Germany
2001 Relegated Relegated
2002  United Kingdom  Turkey
2003  Turkey
2004  Serbia and Montenegro
 Serbia and Montenegro Did not Participate
2005  Serbia and Montenegro Did not Qualify  Croatia
2006 Did not participate
2007  Serbia Did not Qualify  Serbia
2008 Did not participate
2011  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Germany  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Germany
2012  Sweden Did not Qualify  Albania
2013  Azerbaijan Did not Qualify  Denmark

1 Austria was illegible to vote at the 1993 pre-qualifying round, as voting was restricted to countries taking part in the pre-qualifying round.
2 The voting for the 1996 pre-qualifying round is unknown to date.


Year Location Venue Presenter
1967 Austria Vienna Großer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg Erika Vaal


Between the 1970 Contest and the 1998 Contest every contest was commentated by Austrian radio journalist and actor Ernst Grissemann, with the exception of the 1979 Contest and the 1990 Contest. Grissemann admitted to future German commentator Peter Urban in 1995 that he only stayed for the dress rehearsal and then provided the Austrian commentary live from the ORF studios.[17] After 1998 Grissemann stepped down from the commentary and was replaced by Andi Knoll.

Year(s) Television commentator Radio commentator Spokesperson
1957 Emil Kollpacher No radio broadcast Karl Bruck
1960 Unknown
1969 Did not participate
1970 Ernst Grissemann
1971 Hubert Gaisbauer No Spokesperson
1973 No radio broadcast Did not participate
1976 Hubert Gaisbauer Jenny Pippal
1978 Walter Richard Langer
1979 Max Schautzer
1980 Ernst Grissemann
1982 Tilia Herold
1983 Rudolf Klausnitzer
1984 No radio broadcast
1985 Walter Richard Langer Chris Lohner
1986 Hans Leitinger Tilia Herold
1990 Barbara Stöckl Walter Richard Langer
1991 Herbert Dobrovolny Gabriele Haring
1992 Ernst Grissemann Martin Blumenau Andy Lee
1994 Tilia Herold
1995 Stermann & Grissemann
1996 Martina Rupp
1997 Adriana Zartl
1998 Did not participate
1999 Andi Knoll Dodo Roščić
2001 Did not participate
2002 Dodo Roščić
2006 No radio broadcast Did not participate
2007 Eva Pölzl
2008 Did not participate
2009 Benny Hörtnagl
2010 No television broadcast
2011 Andi Knoll Martin Blumenau & Benny Hörtnagl Katharina Bellowitsch
2012 Stermann & Grissemann
2013 TBC



  1. ^ Diggiloo Thrush. "1968 Austria". Retrieved 2006-12-10. 
  2. ^ Diggiloo Thrush. "2003 Austria". Retrieved 2006-12-10. 
  3. ^ Diggiloo Thrush. "2005 Austria". Retrieved 2006-12-10. 
  4. ^ a b Klier, Marcus (2010-07-27). "Austria will return to Eurovision in 2011". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Song Contest: Österreich tritt 2011 wieder an" (in German). ORF. 2010-07-27. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c O'Connor, John Kennedy (2005). The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History. 
  7. ^ Philips, Roel (June 18, 2005). "Austria withdraws from 2006 Eurovision Song Contest". Archived from the original on 7 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-10. 
  8. ^ Philips, Roel (June 20, 2005). "Austrian Broadcaster explains withdrawal". Archived from the original on 29 November 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  9. ^ Holyer, Steve (20 November 2007). "Austria will not go to Belgrade". Archived from the original on 21 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  10. ^ Klier, Marcus (2 January 2008). "ORF likely to broadcast Eurovision Song Contest 2008". Archived from the original on 8 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  11. ^ Solloso, Jaime. "Austria to not be in Moscow 2009?". Oikotimes. Archived from the original on 29 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  12. ^ Kuipers, Michael (2008-06-03). "Austria: ORF will decide in the Autumn". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  13. ^ Klier, Marcus (2008-09-18). "Austria: No return to Eurovision in 2009". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 20 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  14. ^ Floras, Stella (2009-01-13). "EBU working for Eurovision full house in 2010". ESC Today. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  15. ^ Wrabetz, Alexander (2010-05-31). "Wrabetz will ORF-Antreten "sicher überdenken"" (in German). Archived from the original on 5 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  16. ^,620990
  17. ^

External links[edit]