Poland’s decision to select Michal Szpak as their entry for 2016 sparked universal outrage from Eurovision fans, many of whom saw Margaret’s ‘Cool Me Down’ as the obvious pick. Poland had been riding high in the betting odds before the selection, and has since plummeted from firm favourites to outsiders at 66/1. Some fans have gone to great lengths to overturn the decision, starting an online petition for the national broadcaster of Poland to repeal the decision and replace Michal with Margaret. But is his song all as bad as that?
The final result for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is in and some countries will be disappointed that the didn’t do as well as they expected. In fact Austria’s The MakeMakes and Ann Sophie from Germany not only finished in dead last but they will also join the exclusive club of songs to have scored no points at all.
The MakeMakes are a three piece are made up of Dominic “Dodo” Muhrer, Markus Christ and Florian Meindl and were formed in 2012. Since their formation they have had a string of top ten hits in their native Austria including ‘The Lovercall’ and ‘Million Euro Smile’. Now they face their biggest task to date: defending the Eurovision title with their song ‘I Am Yours’.
The official program of events for Eurovision 2015 was released earlier this week and will see the area around host venue Wiener Stadhalle transformed into the Eurovision Village from 17th May. The village will be a special area where fans can interact with other fans visiting from all over the world, can watch the live shows streamed in large public spaces on giant screens and participate in Eurovision events from quizzes, performances and even a Conchita Wurst look-a-like competition.
Last night Eurovision reigning champions Austria made their 2015 Eurovision selection. After eliminating four of the six competing acts (Johann Sebastian Bass, Folkshilfe, Zoe and Celina Ann), it became a head to head between indie rock band DAWA and eventual winners The MakeMakes.
The winning song was called “I Am Yours” which won with an impressive 24 points combined international jury and public phone vote.
As host nation, Austria automatically qualifies for the Eurovision Grand Final on the 23 March in Vienna.
Did Austria make the right choice? Are the MakeMakes worthy of following in Conchita’s footsteps? Listen to the winning song below and share your thoughts with us.