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Austria: No return to Eurovision in 2009
Austria withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest after failing to reach the final in 2005. They returned in 2007 but Eric Papilaya finished 27th in the semi final and ORF withdrew again before the 2008 competition. ORF's Wolfgang Lorenz stated that in the contest "the quality of the entries is not important but only which countries sent them".
Austria won the Eurovision Song Contest once in 1966 with Udo Jürgens and Merci Chérie but with only six top five placings in 43 years, Austria is one of the less succesful countries in the competition.
- Jury vote, do you agree?
- Jury vote only in the final or in the semis as well?
- What mixture of televote and jury vote do you think is the best?
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Well done Austria, Eurovision has no meaning anymore with such voting procedure...galantis.athens
"the quality of the entries is not important but only which countries sent them".
in every phrase there's 50% of truth!
But I agree with some of You... I allso can't remember a truly good song from Austria... Ok, Eric (last one) was quite Ok, but rely GOOOOOOOD one I can't remember... Sory Austria I do like Wiena, Youre nature.... but songs...hm....
I don't blame them but they are being bad loosers in a way, I can't remember when they last send a good entry.
I wrote last year, but of course I mean THIS year!
If countries don't want to participate, it's okay. Someone missed Austra last year? I didn't. But please not the same procedure every year. Who wants to stop, then for the next five years.
I applaud the Austrians for the having the guts to spell out what a ludicrous farce the ESC has become. They know their chance of ever making the Final is non-existent despite the slight changes to the voting procedure. They may be surrounded by a number of other countries but are unlikely ever to score much no matter how good their entry might be. And the best news is that Serbia & Tureky will be denied undeserved points they would get every year from their diaspora in Austria.
What a stupid comment! Hold your horses!
Austria is right with what they are doing... Nevertheless, I'll miss them...
And you couldn't really argue against other countries if they would withdraw for the same reasons (Portugal, Spain, France, Iceland, Ireland, United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Andorra...)
Austria please stay home and keep complaining. It suits with your national mood anyway . . Nobody is missing you. Viele Grüsse aus dem Südosten.
austria plss come back we need your votes from turkey and turkhis and serbian fans wont austria comes back ....because we both have diaspora in austria turkey and serbia :::: am i wrong 8)
Ah sad... I want them on ESC.
Yes, I loved the Rounder Girls. They were fab and there performance was great.
please austria return back..such a beautiful country shouldn't be out of eurovision
Bring Back The Rounder Girls!!!
Nobody has a go at Italy for staying away from ESC for exactly the same reasons
Italy didn't stay away because of the voting or bad positions or anything like that. Their last time in ESC was in 1997 and they were 4th.
It's a completely different case.
Nobody has a go at Italy for staying away from ESC for exactly the same reasons. It's a pity Austria isn't taking part - the competition needs all the western nations it can find!
Why does Austria receive so much undeserved criticism in here, I wonder. Austria has sent very good entries, which sadly were not appreciated. Now, if the country decides to take a break, its entitled to and no one can argue. And yes, "the quality of the entries is not important but only which countries sent them" is a crystal clear fact.
Can't say I'm surprised (I don't know if the final decision has been taken yet, that newspaper is not very popular here).
Austrian television is too retarded to act.
As an Austrian, I would say that they are bad losers (NOT Austrians BUT Austrian television).
They have never much effort in their entries and then were always whining about the results. Sorry, but that's not how it works.
And sending unsuccessful participants from past Austrian Idol- editions isn't the way to get good results either.
There many countries who got undeserved failures and they try again every time because they know what it is really about: taking part in the world's biggest musical event and getting the chance to present the national music scene and celebrating together.
Of course, the results in the last years were crap but with the introduction of two semi finals and now with jury voting in the final, EBU obviously reacts to the disappointments (I don't know what to think about jury voting though).
If ORF still doesn't come down from its high horse, then let them be. The fact that they will broadcast the final anyway says it all- not even ORF wants to ignore Eurovision completely.
But ORF has taken every possible step towards making Eurovision less popular here! Shame on them!
Anyway, I think the failures 2004- 2007 were very deservd!
They only Austrian entry I loved was in 2000, the Rounder Girls with "All to you". I was very disappointed that they ended up so low back then.
To bad! ORF wants to see the new format in action before they decides to come back I presume. Smart! I understand them.
austria are right in one way.. good songs from the neterhland or belgium for example hasnt got the same chance to qualify as an equaly good entry from ukraine.. etc etc..
so i understand their boycott
I don't think it is fair to accuse them of being bad losers when they have competed for decades without any good result. They are the country which last victory is the longest time ago. Since then they had most of the time bad or mediocre results. If they were bad losers they would have quit in the seventies.
It is so sad, how .... some people are here. Do you EVER think before writing?
1. not AUSTRIA (!) decides, it's simply the ORF
2. ORF did what they wanted to do, they stopped participating, so the people lose interest and then they can say "well only 300.000 people are watching", while it was 1 Mio years before.
3. not we give points to ex-jugoslavia, it's simply the people from ex-jugoslavia who came here after the war. It's the same with Turkey: they do not have good songs always, but they're always on TOP because millions of turkish people are voting in nearly ALL european countries.
4. bad losers? BAD WRITERS! If you're not willing to accept, even though every little school-child knows, that this is only a decision of ORF and not austrian people, I feel really sorry for you.
5. and the YES/NO thing is something that MEDIA creates, if you still do not know! It was clear for them (ORF) not to participate in 2009, already in 2008! And I am sure that they won't change their mind in 2010 or any year after.
And last but not least: This should be about music & fans and it's still about hate, envy and discrimination.
And once again: what you do not like doesn't mean that it's not good. It's your personal taste. And if you do not accept others, then something is REALLY going wrong anyway and you should consult a therapist.
THAT MUCH ABOUT FAIRNESS!
And please get REAL: for example, this year's winner was really a fake, one of the worst WINNING songs ever. So where is the fairness here.
Or look at Portugal: they're treated the same way as Austria every year, people say they send bad song etc. and in 2008 they had an incredible song with VANIA and still did not come further than 13th! Fair?
Or Greece: that was really bad, the same .... over & over again and they came 3rd. FAIR?
And look at France and UK they had quite good songs in the past (not in 2008) and still came on last places! FAIR?
plus: their 2005 entry absolutely would have deserved the final...
Global Kryner brought a well-done performance of a great song which referred to the Austrian musical tradition and presented it in a likeable and modern way...
Bad news, indeed...!
I'm still a defender of the Austrians - they have sent equally bad or even better songs like many other countries did AND they are right - I can't say anything about the changes and their consequences but till now, Austria would have ended up like Belgium and Netherlands do in general...
I liked their 2007 entry, it was a catchy song with good sing-along potential. Anyway, I personally am not convinced by a newspaper's claim when it comes to anything, but if Austria don't come back this year, I hope they will in 2010. We need more western countries participating, no matter how big or small!
Eurovision need Austria like Amanda Lepore needs another lip enhancement. I.E. Not !!!
If you're gonna send crap to Eurovision of course you're gonna end up near the bottom.
Mazarra, I did like their entry in 2007
That's so bitter! Austria haven't DESERVED to be in the final for the last dozen years!! When was the last time they send something good!?