Austrian final with new mode on 15 February18 October 2012 at 22:17 CEST
Singers who would like to represent Austria in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest are encouraged to send in their applications until 31 October. After that, an expert jury will choose five acts that have the potential to secure a successful placing for their home country in Malmö. The selection committe will be headed by Thomas Rabitsch, who composed the Austrian entry for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, The Secret Is Love by Nadine Beiler (pictured).
Singers can already suggest one of their own songs to compete in the Austrian national final, but it is also possible to use the help of the professional jury to find a suitable song within the weeks leading to the event. ORF have pointed out that it is not the main objective to find an act that is popular on home ground, but rather to give young acts a chance who have the potential to convince the TV viewers from all over Europe.
On 15 February, the Austrian final will be broadcast live from Vienna, and a 50/50 combination of televoting and the verdict of an expert jury will decide the Austrian act for Malmö.