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Austria: No return to Eurovision in 2009

According to Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung, Austria will not return for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. However, the final of the competition on 16th May will be broadcast live on ORF. Andi Knoll, who hosted the 2002 Austrian national final, will take the role of the commentator. The semi finals won't be broadcast.

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.

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galantis loukakis [10706]
Sat 20 Sep 2008 09:56:47

Well done Austria, Eurovision has no meaning anymore with such voting procedure...galantis.athens

Mackintosh-Screechman Millan [15919]
Sat 20 Sep 2008 00:27:24

"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

Down Low [52257]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 23:50:59

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.

Norman Nova [39500]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 20:35:52

I wrote last year, but of course I mean THIS year!

Norman Nova [39500]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 20:32:48

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.

Larry Dart [36582]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 17:19:08

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.

Max Raspail [36649]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 16:56:03

@ johnny7even@esc
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...)

johny7even @ esc [21965]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 15:43:39

Austria please stay home and keep complaining. It suits with your national mood anyway . . Nobody is missing you. Viele Grüsse aus dem Südosten.

shukru dinçkaya [45173]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 15:18:07

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)

Zorica Loncar [36428]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 14:55:56

Ah sad... I want them on ESC.

w s [29210]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 14:18:28

Yes, I loved the Rounder Girls. They were fab and there performance was great.

neo nikolais [46251]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 14:15:07

please austria return back..such a beautiful country shouldn't be out of eurovision

Icelandic Astroboy [12588]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 14:08:10

Bring Back The Rounder Girls!!!

Mina Carnation [51405]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 13:51:05

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.

Night Editor [45546]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 13:46:45

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!

Sí, mi reina [45031]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 13:36:57

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.

Florian G. [38797]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 13:16:30

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.

Peter E [28468]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 12:43:08

To bad! ORF wants to see the new format in action before they decides to come back I presume. Smart! I understand them.

Willox Willox [32746]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 12:30:53

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

w s [29210]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 12:13:11

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.

Andreas Blaschke [16761]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 12:05:26

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.


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?

Max Raspail [36649]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 11:58:05

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...

Max Raspail [36649]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 11:48:52

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...

Ben Gray [44512]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 11:42:23

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!

Richard M [19278]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 11:39:23

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.

Stockholm calling [44413]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 11:36:25

Bad news.

Mazarra, I did like their entry in 2007 :)

Mazarra Mazerati [44529]
Fri 19 Sep 2008 10:43:17

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!?

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