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3/Jun at 16:15




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No plans to return at present

Austria: ORF will decide in the Autumn

Despite rumours on the internet to the contrary, can confirm that as yet ORF has no definite plans to return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009.

A spokesperson from ORF confirmed to that there are currently no plans for an Austrian participation in the 2009 contest, but that a proper decision would be made in the Autumn.

Austria withdrew in 2006 citing that Austria has poor chances to do well in the competition, before returning in 2007, only to end 2nd last in the semi final and withdraw again in 2008 for the same reasons.

At the moment, it seems very unlikely that Italy, Monaco, Luxembourg or Morocco will return to the contest in 2009, but Slovakia, who were last seen in 1998, may be a safer bet. will keep you up to date on all participation issues for the upcoming contest in Russia. 

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Ulrik Raben [37553]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 21:47:34

Come back Austria!

Pau PV [37672]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 20:43:04

As far as I now, this is Eurovision, a song contest with broadcastes from the EBU, so any broadcaster from the EBU can take part. Morocco has the same right as Austria, the Netherlands or Hungary, for example, for being in Eurovision if they want to.

gem dominnick [51509]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 20:25:43

Morocco was in the Eurovision? Maybe start Mondovision. And there was also some talk of including Lebanon some years back but they wouldn't haave broadcasted Israel's entry. And do think that Israel's entry this year sounded very much Oriental style, the Eurovision expanded beyond its borders. As for Austria, they had some awesome singers in Thomas Forstner, Udo Jurgens and even '06 or '07 song was awesome, but was good to find out about the artists thanks to Eurovision.

Tie Break [15413]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 16:24:54

@Alam Au

What do you mean boring and horrible flag? It's the second oldest flag of a nation still in use (after Denmark's). More respect please! :-)))

Tie Break [15413]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 16:12:12

@ Marcus A

Oh I see. I unterstand what you mean.

Alam Au [30581]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 16:09:35

Stay away Austria... horrible and boring flag.... I don't want that horrible flag to wreck Eurovision. :P Joking... austria make such a big fuss.. enter if u want.. withdraw and stay if u want.. im so sick of this threatening by ORF and other broadcasters.

Mina Carnation [51405]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 15:17:39

If you don't want ESC to be over, then watch the semi's and the final and vote!
100,000,000 people watched the final and there were only 6,000,000 votes cast.
Why? Because people watch and don't vote. And since we know that many people vote way more than 1 time, we can understand how few people REALLY voted.
So, if you don't vote, why whine later?

Jacob Teglbjærg [30645]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 15:12:26

It's not true that Russia always ends up in the top 3. If they have a bad song they don't end up very high. Anyone remember the song "Nobody Hurt Noone"? That did very poorly, only ending somewhere in the middle I think. And what about the horrible song Ukraine sent when they hosted the show? That ended up bottom 5 I think. So stop talking about how unfair the voting is. Was it fair that Ireland won 5 times in 4 years with old fashioned songs that no one remembers today and with artists noone remembers today. If that hadn't happened I think we would still have juries, and maybe a western country would have won more often. So if anyone killed Eurovision it was the juries always voting for Ireland, and not the eastern countries! And it's one Europe now, and no longer them against us. Besides the eastern countries make more of an effort to send good songs than the west. We have a tendency to send mainstream popsongs and forget our culture!
Whether Austria should return must be up to ORF to decide. Personally I like the contest with all the different countries, so I say the more the merrier!

Tim - [16334]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 13:26:43

I say all countries who feel the voting has become unacceptable, should withdraw. I have loved the ESC for years, but now I consider it over, and the sooner countries withdraw, the better.

Marcus A [23635]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 12:35:24

@Tie Break

Actually I don´t care if a certain song is from let´s say Greece or Russia or Andorra or Iceland or any other country, as long as it´s a good song. Sadly Austria hasn´t sent a good song for years, IMHO, so that´s why I didn´t miss them. It´s got nothing to do with Austria as a country - which I can say is beautiful (have been there).

Tie Break [15413]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 10:44:16

Ask EBU to bring back the Austrian Empire. Then we would only need one semifinal again.

Sorry, just a joke.

Another one:
Austria felt Hungary, so it took a bit of Turkey and dipped it in Greece.

Hahahahahaha!! I love that one.

Tie Break [15413]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 10:31:21

@ Marcus A

You are right, it is about taste, musical taste, not which country I like better or whatever. Sorry, but I am a musician myself, and I wouldn't classify music according to countries (e.g. oh, the songs from Norway are always better than Belgium, which many people do). It's just when people start thinking in this way of countries instead of songs (not just relating to Austria), then I just don't understand it, and yes I get upset because we ARE talking about music, not which country is most popular or which countries flag or reputation is better. My point of view is just a bit different, but I respect yours of course. :-)

Tie Break [15413]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 10:30:24

Well to those who didn't realise Austria wasn't there this year I say of course: Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, partly Poland, Ukraine and Romania were there doing us proud. Long live the Habsburgs!! Lol.

Tie Break [15413]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 10:17:15

@Euro Sheep

Where did you get that from" believed their music to be better"? Our song last year was criticized in the media because of using the AIDS idea for ESC and most don't like ESC anyway in Austria.....bit like the UK actually, and I have lived in both countries. The Scandinavians have a much more positive opinion of ESC.

Michael UK [23926]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 10:00:38

id like to see austria back in the contest , but im sorry to say , with the voting the way it is now, w ere more likely to see western countries leave , than come back !

ciao sinan [36724]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 09:35:59


please come back!!!

Euro Sheep [43597]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 09:25:20

Austria withdraw because they were sore losers and believed their music to be better than it actually is!

As far as I'm concerned, I don't care if Austria return or not because 2008 was amazing (and even better) without them :)

Lucian 4all [40316]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 09:08:28

Keith Timmons

I don't think Lordi had a gimmick entry, it was a good song that deserved the win

Keith Timmons [44873]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 05:09:52

To my knowledge the gimmick entries started with Dschingis Khan (Germany 1979), and were followed up throughout the 80s and 90s with acts such as Datner & Kushnir (Israel 1987), Guildo Horn (Germany 1998) and Dana International (Israel 1998). In my opinion it culminated with Lordi (Finland 2006) which lead to an overdose of gimmick entries in 2007 and 2008, which in turn will hopefully ultimately lead to their demise.

Marcus A [23635]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 04:36:33

@Tie Break

Well, it´s a fact that I didn´t miss Austria, nothing childish about that. Just a fact. Good for you that you like most Swedish entries - I´m afraid I´ll have to disagree with you again, since I haven´t liked most of the Swedish entries for the past 10 years or so. The Ark being an exception. Music is about taste, and nothing to get upset about... ;)

Ben Gray [44512]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 03:55:30

Having said that, I think if it will be an incentive for the EBU to change the rules of the voting procedures in the final, they should all hold off a little longer.
When Mr. Erichsen, with all due respect to him, responded to the voting allegations, he did address the issue in some ways - but people have accepted that Russia won.

The point is - many other countries did not do as well as they deserved to, and that the contest is no longer fair, because as long as Cyprus votes in the final, Greece almost certainly has a 12 point headstart, and that's just one example. They revere it as the most exciting part of the evening, when by now it's become the part of the evening that ruins everything for everyone after such a maginificent show (and holiday in the host city!)

Edin boy [29392]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 03:19:35

lets have a ESC for western Europe and one (that no one will watch) for eastern euope. That wiould be fair

Ben Gray [44512]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 03:17:32

I would like Austria, Italy, Monaco and Luxembourg back purely so that we'll have more of a balance between participating countries in both east and west. Morocco I'm not too bothered about as they're not in Europe. Slovakia should come back though because they're leaving a bit more of an obvious hole than Lux. or Monaco.

Edin boy [29392]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 03:08:39

Austria don't bother returning . The EBU are determined to kill ooff the ESC by allowing this biased, awful voting. ALL OF THE WEST WITHDRAW and form their own the good old days ! Western Europe ONLY forget the other crappy counries. That's how the ESC was always meant o be anyway !

Matan D [31963]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 01:28:15

@ Andrew Stewart 'the right number and choice of competing countries'
yes, and why not bring back the Austro-Hungarian empire to stop all those pesky Slavs getting too big for their boots...What rubbish, Eurovision belongs to Europe not some clique based on the European steel and coal community circa 1957. I'm thrilled to have all of Europe able to take part. Yes, demographics make it difficult for countries like Austria and the UK but the only answer is to try harder! Sitting in your room sulking with 'Merci Cherie' on repeat won't get you anywhere...

Wed 4 Jun 2008 00:47:21


ukhm,well Austria is in my all time top 10 countries from ESC,and that's why i wanna see it Russia.
But also there is plenty of more reasons why i want Austria in ESC :D (their 12 points are amazing always :D :D )

DannyT [43795]
Wed 4 Jun 2008 00:40:18

Here Tie Break, Stefan Raab was a class act!

Wadde Hadde Dudde Da, Yadde Hadde Dudde Da - just brilliant!

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