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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Nul points: Austria 1991

In Zagreb there were points for everyone, but in Rome it was back to humiliation again. And quite some humiliation, to be honest.

Thomas Forstner landed Austria's best placing for many years in Lausanne 1989, and had, in spite of a less than active recording output, become a well-loved pop star on home ground. Now he came back to show, once and for all, that he was more than just a one-hit-wonder.

Maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all. The rather sophisticated pop arrangement used in the national final was replaced by a very square and old-fashioned sound when getting the RAI orchestra treatment, leaving Thomas with a pretty undynamic entry. He tried to compensate with a nervous smile, but the juries would have nothing of it.

Austria's second nul-pointer in three years was a fact.

Nul points?

Clearly not a masterpiece on any level, it was hardly the only song best filed under "flat and square ballad entry" of 1991. Why would Thomas and Austria deserve the nul-pointer more than Luxembourg, Ireland or Germany?

Sometimes bad luck is a more important factor than what you sing and how.

Thomas Forstner - Venedig im Regen (Austria 1991)

1 comment:

  1. I quite like this song and think it was much better than some of the songs in 1991, but as you say bad luck factors in. You can be everyone's 11th favourite and get 0. Shame!