Here we go again – another look at this year’s entrants for Eurovision.
In five weeks from today, the pop-loving eyes of Europe will be firmly fixed on the Swedish city of Malmö, as 39 countries from across the region compete for the most coveted prize in music – the Eurovision Song Contest trophy.
As always, the competition is split into three finals; the two semi finals (to be held on May 14 and 16) and the grand final (on May 18), in which the victorious countries from the two semi-finals will line up alongside the host nation Sweden and the “big five” of the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
In part five of our look at this year’s competition, we look at the offering from Austria.
NATÁLIA KELLY : Shine
Austria officially kicks off the official Eurovision proceedings in 2013, taking to the stage as the first act in the first semi final in this year’s competition in Malmö. So no pressure then. Said lack of pressure all falls onto the very young shoulders of songstress Natália Kelly, just 18 years of age, who’ll perform her single ‘Shine’.
But having performed for the best part of the past ten years, including in a kid’s group and on the Austrian edition of ‘The Voice’ back in 2011, Austria’s hopes are certainly in safe and experienced hands.
Though her track shares its name with Vanessa Amorosi’s early noughties single of the same name, we reckon Natália’s voice also omits similarly powerful characteristics. That said, this ‘Shine’ is not a patch on Vanessa’s, despite the Eurovision-staple key change.