Austria achieved an amazing feat in 2015 when they managed to be one of two countries to receive nul points, incredible given that 40 nations allotted points on the night and is something that we have not seen since 2003. In 2016 they will be looking to put this behind them and recreate the magic of the year before when Conchita gave them their second ever victory with ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’. Taking on this task will be Zoe with her song ‘Loin d’Ici’ which is curiously the only song this year that will be performed entirely in French.
Zoe is evoking the Summer of ’69 in her 2016 Eurovision song ‘Loin d’Ici’. The staging of the performance in particular sees the singer lit by a backdrop of colourful, almost luminous flowers of reds, pinks, yellows and oranges. This is a gimmick that also translates to her hippie chic dress, her floral headband and her music video for the song.
The result is a sweet, soft ballad with strumming guitar, bells and a drumbeat reminiscent of Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ (but we’ll not hold that against her). Overall the song has a very Vanessa Paradis ‘Joe Le Taxi’ feel and should see Austria safely in the Eurovision final.
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