After a break in 2006, Austria will return to the Eurovision Song Contest this year with Eric Papilaya and his song Get a life – get alive. More information regarding the stage performance have been published and it turns out that you should expect a spectacular show.
As previously announced, the song will be the official theme song for this year's 'Life Ball' in Vienna which is dedicated to people suffering from AIDS. This event has already been related to the Eurovision Song Contest since the Austrian points were anounced live from the ball over many years. The organisers of the the 'Life Ball' are part of the team that organises the stage show: it will among others include 16,000 Swarovski gemstones, a 700 meter long boa and pyrotechnics. As announced before, Eric's outfit will be created by the Brtish star designer Vivienne Westwood – he will wear a hoody.
Andreas Lackneris responsible for the stage appearance. The entry will start with a Red Ribbon covered with men and feathers. During the 3 minutes, it will be 'undressed' until you can see the framework. According to the artist, this is a symbol that people are needed to put this sign into practice. There will be two male and two female background dancers dressed in catsuits.
Austrian head of delegation Edgar Böhm told:"Concerning Eric Papilaya, this year we have an excellent singer,Get a life – get aliveis a great song andthe 'Life Ball'is a strong partner when it comes to the implementation. Our performance in Helsinki will definitely give a colourful and shrill sign for the living."
As a returning country, Austria will have to enter the semi final in Helsinki on 10th May.