Breaking news reached us from Austria. In the Austrian newspaper Kurier, national broadcaster ORF announced that Austria will not be taking part in next year's Eurovision Song Contest in Greece.
The decision to withdraw from the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest was taken yesterday and is a consequence of the bad result of Global.Kryner in Kyiv. Global.Kryner did not succeed in qualifying Austria for the final of the contest. With Y así, the band finished 21st in the semifinal.
A first reaction from ORF program director Reinhard Scolik states: “In the beginning we could show Austrian music to the whole of Europe at the Eurovision Song Contest. By now, the event has become an absurd competition in which the Austrian music scene is completely irrelevant.”
Esctoday.com has asked the Austrian broadcaster for a more detailed reaction.