Eurovision Song Contest Countries
Fifty-two countries have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since it started in 1956. Of these, twenty-five have won the contest.
The contest, organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), is held annually between members of the Union. Broadcasters from different countries submit songs to the event, and cast votes to determine the most popular in the competition.
Let’s take some time to remember all the songs from each country individually. It’s now the turn of AUSTRIA
Austria has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 49 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 finished last at its first attempt in the contest in 1957, before Liane Augustin gave the country its first top five result in 1958, with fifth. Having finished sixth in 1964 and fourth in 1965, Udo Jürgens won the contest at his third attempt in 1966. This would be Austria’s only top three result of 20th century. The country’s best result over the next 46 years (1967–2013) would be fifth place, which it achieved with Milestones in 1972, Waterloo & Robinson in 1976 and Thomas Forstner in 1989. Austria has finished last in the final a total of seven times, in 1957, 1961, 1962, 1979, 1984, 1988, 1991. The country also finished last in the semi-final in 2012.
After a three-year absence, ORF announced on 28 July 2010 that Austria would return to the contest in 2011. Austria’s previous best result of the 21st century was sixth, achieved by Alf Poier in 2003, until the 2014 contest in Copenhagen where Austria achieved its second victory in the contest, with Conchita Wurst placing first with 290 points. In a complete reversal of fortunes from 2014, following a tie-break rule Austria was placed 26th and scored nul points along with Germany (27th), they became the first countries since the United Kingdom in 2003 to score nul points at the final. Because of this, Austria became the first host country to receive nul points.
Austria Eurovision Stats
Austria Eurovision Performances
“Maria Magdelana” by Tony Wegas in 1993 has good memories for me as it was when I was first really getting into Eurovision but I think because it’s still so fresh in my memory “Loin d’ici” by Zoe in 2016 is my favourite!
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