AUSTRIA:

Singer: ZOË

Song: Loin d’ici

Performing: First Semi-Final

Memorable Line: It’s in French, so I can’t really pick one out.

Chances: May qualify for the final, but won’t get into the top half

Link: Austria 2016

Rating: 7 candy-cane trees (out of 10)!

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Austria is the one without the kangaroos, right?

This song is quite surprising.  First of all, if you didn’t notice, it’s in French, making it the only 100% French song in this year’s Eurovision.  That is…unexpected from German-speaking Austria.

But also unexpected is how happy and fun this song is!  I found the translation of the lyrics online, and actually, I am glad they’re in French, because if I could understand them, the song would fall in my estimation.  Rather than focusing on the sappy lyrics, I can instead focus on the upbeat, happy performance and Zoe’s infectious energy!

This song is not winning material by any means.  However, having hosted last year, I doubt Austria is eager to reclaim the trophy.  Instead they have sent something that will do well enough to avoid the embarrassment of a consecutive 0 points, but safe enough to spare them the poisoned chalice.

 

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