This morning the Austrian artist for Eurovision 2019 was announced and it will be PAENDA representing Austria in the forthcoming.
PAENDA began writing songs at a young age and then deciding that music was more than just a passion for her, she moved to Vienna to study jazz music. Nowadays, PAENDA has a unique electric style of music (as well as her electric blue hair!) similar to indie pop with a high focus on electro-synths. Speaking to the EBU about her decision to represent Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest, she said:
"When I was watching the Eurovision Song Contest on ORF in the past few years, I knew that if the opportunity presented itself, I would very much like to become part of it and compete for Austria. Music becomes a universal language, boundaries dissolve and it is shown that love is colorful, diverse and can not be classified in any drawer. The contest is a bridge builder that manages to unite different cultures and religions for a while. Now I'm allowed to sing for Austria and I am overwhelmed. It really means a lot to me to be part of this message to the world."
Speaking about the reveal, ORF program director Mag. Kathrin Zechner said:
"PAENDA is an outstandingly versatile artist and woman, who not only composed and wrote, but also produced the songs she sings. These are her own emotions, experiences and her soul that she expresses and with that, she will cast a spell over the audience."
The artist was announced on the Ö3 Alarm clock show at 7am CET time, hosted by Eberhard Forcher, who was involved in selecting the artist and has been in the three consecutive years Austria have selected internally since 2017. Her song for Eurovision is set to be revealed next month.
Check out her song 'Paper-thin' here:
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