COUNTDOWN TO (CANCELLED) EUROVISION: #10 – AUSTRIA

#10 – Austria
Alive
Vincent Bueno
Songwriters: Vincent Bueno, David Yang, Felix van Göns, Artur Aigner

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica has begun its Countdown To the now-cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020! Over 41 days I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such.  Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary. As of the official announcement on March 20 2020, ALL of this year’s songs are now officially “lost”; Eurovision’s executive committee has stated that all songs in the ESC 2021 contest MUST be new, so there will never be an “Official” winner of ESC 2020 thanks to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak causing the contest’s first-ever cancellation. So this is my only chance to rank them. The songs will all be spotlighted on a special called Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which will air LIVE on May 16, when the Grand Final should have been held, so that’s at least SOMETHING…

We have officially reached TOP TEN TERRITORY! YAY!

In at #10 this year is the official entry from Austria, “Alive” by Vincent Bueno. It is performed in English, and would have been performed 1st at the second semifinal on May 14. Austrian broadcaster ORF uses an internal selection committee to choose their selection for the contest each year, and the entry was announced on December 12 2019. Austria has elected to retain Bueno as their representative for ESC 2021.

Of Austrian and Filipino decent, the 34-year-old singer has been having musical success for over a decade, since winning the Austrian talent show “Musical! Die Show!” in 2008. And for reasons I’m not sure I want to know – I hope it relates to his career travels, heh heh – his nickname is “Suitcase”, at least according to Wikipedia….yeah, I know…go figure…:-)

What I’m thinking about this song…I absolutely LOVE this song! Another one of the 1970-style pseudo-disco numbers sent to this year’s contest by a number of countries, it has a beat and feel that’s similar to the 1978 dance club smash “Dance With Me” by Peter Brown when it really gets going about a minute into the song, and that immediately had me tapping my toes and wanting to get up and dance; it also has a distinct Bruno Mars style to it as well, which is also a plus. I love the stylish video as well, filled with great dance moves and some interesting EFX shots as well – outstanding. The song isn’t getting as much love as I’d hoped from the fan community – it’s pretty much in the middle of the pack, with some people giving it really high marks (like me) and others giving it really low marks. Ultimately, I think it would have easily made the finals, but where it might have placed would have depended a lot on the live performance…

Austria made its Eurovision debut on the contests’ first birthday in 1957 and has participated fifty two times including 2020, missing years here and there for various reasons. They have two Grand Final championships that were a whopping 38 years apart – 1966’s “Merci, Cherie” by Udo Jurgens and 2014’s instant Eurovision Classic “Rise Like A Phoenix” by Conchita Wurst. But every good side has its bad side too…they have finished dead last in the contest a whopping EIGHT times, with four of those times with the dreaded “nul” points – 1962, 1988, 1991 and 2015,  a most “nul” points record they share with Norway.

Here’s the official music video  – check it out…

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