Last Saturday we already reported about the Austrian withdrawal from next year's Eurovision Song Contest in Greece. Today ORF elaborated on its decision in a reaction to esctoday.com.
“We could see again that the musical quality at the Eurovision Song Contest is not the most important factor anymore,” says ORF Head of Entertainment, Edgar Böhm. “ It's all about performance, outfit and marketing. The concept has become more important than the song itself.”
“With the group Global.Kryner we had exceptionally good musicians in Kyiv, Edgar Böhm continues. “They also have success on the music market and because of their skills they have a big fan community. Our aim is to represent Austria with high-quality music. As we can't succeed with this concept, we won't participate in Athens.”
Austria earlier withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest. The Austrians deliberately stayed at home in 1969,1970, 1973, 1974 and 1975.