Austria first appeared in the second edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957. Austria is situated in Central Europe and has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 50 times. The country won for the first time in 1966 and more recently in 2014 with the famous bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst.
Over the years Austria has used different methods for the selection of their Eurovision representatives. Broadcaster ORF previously held national selections but for 2014 an internal selection was held and it was announced that Conchita Wurst would represent the country with Rise Like A Phoenix.
Austria currently holds the record for longest gap between victories and in 2015 Austria became the first country to score zero points on home ground when the contest took place in the capital Vienna. Read more about Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest.