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Sunday, 30 June 2013 16:00

Austria: ORF Will Participate Despite Budget Cuts

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In 1966, it was Udo Jürgens on behalf of Austria who reached the top spot with the track Merci Chérie but unfortunately success has not been on the cards since then and the nation eventually stopped participating following their disappointing result in 2007 as Eric Papilaya could only muster up four (4) points with his song Get a Life - Get Alive ultimately penultimate position within the semi-final. ORF, the broadcaster saw that the regulations set forth by the European Broadcasting Union were fit for a return and thus, they have been competing every year since 2011.

Earlier this year, Natalia Kelly took to the stage with the song Shine in Sweden but despite support from the jury, the public did not believe it was a qualifier and thus failed to get through to the Saturday show. Nevertheless, the ratings have as always proved to be a success story and therefore, it is no surprise that despite the several budget cuts planned for the year 2014, ORF will continue to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. It is being said that instead of a national selection, an internal choice will be made based on career achievements and so forth. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: ORF

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