Mirjam Weichselbraun is familiar with the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2005, she moderated the Austrian national selection together with Christian Clerici. Together with her colleagues, Robert Kratky and Andi Knoll, she hosted the finals of the Austrian national selection in 2011 and 2012. This season, Mirjam will moderate first three recorded shows and the national final to be broadcast live! Besides Mirijam’s popularity in Austria, the young host and actress is also well-known in Germany, where she made a name for herself with one of her successful TV projects Dancing On Ice.
In search of 20 talents…
Anna F., one of the coaches in the show, called on young artists to apply for the first show: "Currently, we are looking for 20 artists - solo acts or bands - to perform in the first show. I belong to the coaches and will stand by all the artists, when they need me. I will also help with their songwriting."
The 20 selected acts will perform in the first show in front of the public and the experts from music business. Out of these 20 acts, the professional jury will select 6 best artists or bands. In the second and third shows, these lucky six will have the possibility to convince Austria with their musical potential.
The Austrian representative for Vienna will be chosen by 50/50 decision of an expert jury and TV viewers.
Creative, international names involved
Each of all six competitors in the national selection will have to compose two own Eurovision songs. They will be assisted by successful producers and songwriters with international experience. For this creative process, ORF invited international top professionals like Julie Frost, the Golden Globe winner and the co-writer of Lena’s winning song Satellite in 2010, Jimmy Harry who produced hits for Bruno Mars, Pink or Madonna. The national stars Lukas Hillebrand or Wolfgang Schlögel alias I-Wolf will also support this year’s Austrian national selection that promises high musical and technical quality on an international top level!
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