Tuesday, March 30, 2010

No Oslo 2010: Austria

Austria has been now away since Helsinki 2007 blaming the unfair disapora and neighbouring voting but sour grapes, say most non Austrians. They have had an on-off relationship with Eurovision by dropping out in several occasions: 1969-1971, 1973-1975 plus 1998 and 2001 for bad average score relegation system. In 2006 they stayed home as well stating "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 Eurovision succes". Their two last entries failed to make the final and their last entry in the final made it only 21st. Austria has however won in 1966 and has also five other top-5 placings, last one from 1989 but in 2003 they came 6th (so much for the musical talent and success, I say!) At the moment there seems to be no interest to return. Let's see. My favourite Austrian entries include besides 1989  2007, 2002, 1999, 1993, 1992, 1981, 1980 and legendary in its all terribleness 1977.

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