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Tres Loin d’ici
The staging resembles the effects of a strong dose of morphine and a variety of mushrooms.
With some controversial jury marking, Austria eventually selected their Eurovision 2016 representative.
Having won the public vote, Zoë was chosen to represent Austria with the song, Loin d’ici.
Zoë’s overdose of twee, francophile, syrupy ooze has been a fan favourite since the video first rocked up on YouTube. It’s safe to say the people connected with this site and other members of the Eurovision betting fraternity were less enthusiastic.
As a song it dips it’s toe in Valentina Monetta’s Crisalide & Maybe – only one of those songs made the final, but mostly on the back of a third attempt at qualifying narrative. I do think Zoë’s song is better than all of Valentina’s efforts, but the big drawback for Austria are the non-English lyrics. Even if the juries were to show a little appreciation for the song, it’s likely to be undone by the voting public who will quickly tire of such an inaccessible song.
As Shell puts it, the staging resembles the effects of a strong dose of morphine and a variety of mushrooms. I do think it elevates what is a fairly repetitive song, but it falls well short of Flor-de-lis‘ charming effort in 2009. Lead singer, Daniela Varela, had a natural warmth, whereas Zoë has the sickly permasmile of a privileged Disney princess.
Austria are generally friendless, as years of non-qualifications have proved. Finishing joint last on nil-points as hosts was rather embarrassing! Semi-final 1 will be brutal, and despite a slew of poor songs selected so far, I expect other nations to be higher up the pecking order for the small points. As you can tell, I’m expecting Austria to take an early flight home.
Can last year’s hosts make the final?