Tonight, in the live-show Düsseldorf, Wir Kommen! from ORF's TV-centre in Vienna, the Austrian song for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will be chosen. Will Austria find a winner for the first time since 1966 when Udo Jürgens won with Merci Chérie? We don't know yet, but we're in for a varied final tonight! You can follow it live here on Eurovision.tv from 20:15h CET onwards!
The search for the Austrian song is in its third step already. In the beginning, more than 200 songs could be listened to on ORF's website which were then whittled down to 30. These 30 songs were then available to vote on, but only 10 could make the final cut. Thousands of people chose their favourite song and voted for it on ORF's homepage, but their votes counted only for 50% of the vote, the other 50% came from a specially formed jury. This jury had already voted before the internet vote started, but its results were kept secret.
The 10 lucky songs which made the final are the following and are competing tonight:
Band WG - 10 Sekunden Glück
Leo Aberer & Patricia Kaiser - There Will Never Be Another You
Oliver Wimmer - Let Love Kick In
Alkbottle - Wir san do ned zum Spaß
Eva K. Anderson - I Will Be Here
Trackshittaz/Lukas Plöchl - Oida Taunz!
Charlee - Good To Be Bad
Klimmstein feat. Joe Sumner - Paris, Paris
Nadine Beiler - The Secret Is Love
Richard Klein - Bigger, Better, Best
Experts and fans expect a tough race, and several names - like Trackshittaz and Alkbottle - have been named as possible winners.There will be two rounds of voting tonight, at first the TV-viewers will decide about a so-called superfinal top three. These three will then perform again with the winner being ultimately chosen afterwards.
The decision will be televote only, so anything can happen with a good performance tonight!
The final will be presented by Mirjam Weichselbraun, Robert Kratky and Andi Knoll.
Austria has participated in 2007 for the last time with Eric Papilaya's Get A Life - Get Alive but for 2011, the Austrian broadcaster ORF has decided to return to the contest in neighbouring Germany.