Celina Ann, DAWA, Folkshilfe, Johann Sebastian Bass, The Makemakes and Zoe are still in the running to represent Austria on home ground this May. In the second show of the Austrian national selection, they had to convince both their coaches and the audience in the studio of their abilities.
The Cover Songs
First each act performed one of their favourite cover versions:
The Makemakes: „I Shot The Sheriff“ by Bob Marley
Celina Ann: „Empire State of Mind“ by Alicia Keys
DAWA: „Bitter Sweet Symphony“ by The Verve
Folkshilfe: Medley of „Just the Way You Are/ „Let’s Get Loud“/ „Hangover“/ „Danza Kuduro“/ „Monsta“/ “Sexy and I Know It”/ “Firework”
Johann Sebastian Bass: „Stronger“ by Kanye West
Zoe: „Something“ by The Beatles
The Surprise Songs
Then they were asked to leave their "comfort zone" and present a song that would surprise their audience - and each of them found a way to do it, be it by performing in an unusual style, by getting a "support artist" on stage, by re-discovering their Austrian roots, or by switching to a different musical era altogether.
The audience voted for their favourites, although nobody was eliminated. The Makemakes, Celina Ann and Folkshilfe got the highest number of points.
Next week, on March 6th, the Austrian TV public will finally get to know the candidate songs to represent Austria in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Each act has the opportunity to collaborate with international songwriters and producers to come up with two songs. In the end of this third show, the coaches - Anna F., Nazar, and The Boss Hoss - will decide which song shall be presented in the final by each respective act.
In the final, which will be broadcast live on Friday March 13th, Austria will decide which of the six acts will defend Conchita Wurst's title in the Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.