Although Austria didn’t fare too well in the televote in this year’s Eurovision final, reaching the final itself was a success, and as such, Austrian broadcaster ORF is hoping to continue that success by once again opting for an internal selection.
Singers and songwriters are invited to submit their entries until the end of August, and ORF is hoping to have their 2018 entry as soon as possible after the closing date for submissions. The presentation of the song and artist will follow as the Eurovision 2018 season begins on the 1st of September 2017.
Since their return in 2011, Austria has opted for an internal selection only twice. The first time was in 2014, where Conchita Wurst was internally selected with the song Rise Like A Phoenix, and as we all know, she went on to win Eurovision that year. This year was the second internal selection, with Nathan Trent finishing mid table with his song Running On Air.
National selections on the other hand have yielded mixed results, with failure to qualify in 2012 and 2013, that is, since their return in 2011. In the other years that they have used a national selection, it’s led to results low on the table in the finals, with the best result from a national selection from 2016 with Zoë, who reached 13th place in the finals.
Do you think going internal is the right choice for Austria?
Watch Nathan Trent’s performance of Running On Air here: