After its 2015
Eurovision win with Conchita Wurst and a third-place finish in 2018, Austria is certainly a competitor to keep an eye on. Plus, they’re taking something of a gamble in the 2019 contest, with the country’s broadcaster choosing to send along a virtually unknown act without a public say.
Here’s everything you need to know about the blue-haired Paenda:
Austria in the Eurovision grand final?
They performed at the contest’s
second semi-final (held Thursday 16th May), but failed to pick up enough votes to qualify for Saturday’s grand final.
Who is Paenda?
The singer – real name Gabriela Horn – first started writing songs aged 14, eventually moving to Vienna to study jazz. She began calling herself Paenda in 2015 and released her first album in 2018.
Still not sure what she’s about? Her Facebook
page says: “PÆNDA is pop. PÆNDA is EDM with some rough edges. PÆNDA is a conscious tightrope walk, right between listening experience and dance music.”
Hope that clears things up.
VIDEO What is Austria’s Eurovision 2019 song called?
Paenda’s entry song will be called Limits. One of the slowest songs at this year’s competition, it’s all about reaching out once you’ve reached your personal limit.
What will Austria’s Eurovision 2019 song look like on stage?
Judging by her rehearsal video, Paenda won’t be bringing much to the stage apart from her stunning vocals.
What are the odds of Austria winning Eurovision 2019?
She’s an outsider at best. Before the semi-finals, Paenda was tipped 300-1 to win, indicating she’s unlikely to qualify for the final.
Very well. A leather-clad Cesár Sampson managed to scoop a third-place finish with track Nobody But You.
The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final takes place in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 18th 2019