The Makemakes, will represent Austria at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna this May and follow Conchita Wurst‘s footsteps.
A total of 6 acts battled for the golden ticket to Vienna in tonight’s 2015 Austrian Eurovision national final. The Makemakes won the grand final and will have the honour of representing the 2015 Eurovision host nation Austria with I am yours.
The 2015 Austrian national final was held at ORF’s studios in Vienna and was hosted by Mirjam Weichselbraun.
Wer singt für Österreich? The story so far
Austrian rapper Nazar , German band The BossHoss and Ana F were the coaches who were responsible to scout out the 16 potential Austrian candidates in the 2015 Austrian Eurovision natioonal selection.
The 2015 Austrian national selection consisted of 4 shows (3 pre-recorded shows and 1 live show) aired on ORF 1 at 20:15 CET from February- March. The 2015 Austrian entry has been selected via a 50/50 jury-public televoting deliberation.
A total of 16 acts entered the competion on 20 February during the audition show and only 6 made it to the next phase after the delibereation of the coaches. On Friday 27 February the 6 lucky acts showcased their talent and vocal skills. On Friday 6 March the 6 acts performed 2 new songs each (contributed from Austrian and international producers), a total of 12 songs were premiered. Only 6 songs made it to the grand final. On 13 March the 6 acts performed their respective entry.
Mirjam Weichselbraun hosted the 2015 Austrian national selection. She will also host the 2015 Eurovsion Song Contest along with Arabella, Alice and Conchita.
ORF confirmed to ESCToday last September that Austria would opt for a national selection in order to select its 2015 Eurovision act and entry.
In 2014 ORF selected both its Eurovision entry and representative via an internal selection. Conchita Wurst was selected via an internal selection with her entry Rise like a phoenix to fly the Austrian flag in Copenhagen.
The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna on 19, 21 and 23 May.
Austria debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 with Bob Martin and has won the event twice in 1966 with Udo Jurgens’ Merci Cheri and in 2014 with Conchita Wurst’s Rise like a phoenix.