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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Tobson Ranking: #27 Austria

Austria is back and I'm so happy about it that I'd love to praise their entry. But it would be nothing without Nadine Beiler.

Nadine Beiler - The Secret Is Love (Austria 2011)

Possibly the best thing about the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest was the abundance of real talent - many very young performers who manage to act like singing in front of a huge arena and millions of tv-viewers was the most natural thing in the world.

Nadine Beiler is one of these terrific performers who could probably ignite some life and spark into any dull old song.

Indeed, she does. This entry is maybe pretty and nice, but up until the gospel choir comes in towards the end precious little happens to grab anyone's interest. A square old Disney ballad by the numbers.

The last minute is strong and grabs you, but again mainly thanks to the singer herself. She is a real asset. The song is less so.

But I hope Austria will stay put and send us somebody equally talented with a slightly more interesting song next year.

My grade: 2 / 5

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