This year’s Europop fiesta has the The Good, The Bad, The Bizarre… and The Australians
Best known as the launch pad of ABBA, the European Broadcasting Union’s annual song contest has been described as an Olympiad for cheesy pop music where extremely partisan voting by member countries is part of the fun.
Carrying the microphone for Austria this year is singer Zoë Straub, an alumnus of Vienna’s Lycée Française whose chanson Loin d’ici shone through the ORF’s qualifiers.
Great Britain has entered Joe and Jake from The Voice UK, hoping for a reversal after nearly 20 years of disappointment. If the duo should fail, as seems likely, it could be the final straw in the Brexit referendum.
Australia, however, appears to be opting in: invited as a one-time special guest last year, the land down under is rejoining the fray. Whether Oz will become a permanent member of the Euro(vision)zone has yet to be decided.
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
May 10-14, Stockholm, Sweden. Coverage on ORF.