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Situated in Central Europe, Austria is the country that has waited for the longest time between its two wins in 1966 and 2014. Before its first win in 1966 with Merci, Chérie, Austria placed last three times - the first time on its debut in 1957, the second in 1961 and the third in 1962, where the country went home with no points at all.

Although withdrawing from the 1969 Contest, Austria boycotted the four-way tie result of that year by refusing to take part in 1970. Throughout the rest of the 1970s and the 1980s, Austria has had mixed results, breaking through to the top ten on some occasions with songs such as Sonntag, and Hurricane. However, they placed last in 1979, 1984, and received their second Nul Points in 1988. 1991 saw their third Nul Points with Venedig im Regen.

Austria was relegated from participation twice, in 1998 and in 2001, due to having a low average points score. In the early semi-finals era, Austria qualified just once through automatic qualification (by being in the top 11 non-Big Four songs of 2003). The country withdrew from 2008, returning to the contest in 2011 achieving a top 20 position.

Austria's drought of bad luck ended in 2014, where Thomas Neuwirth, performing as Conchita Wurst, took to the stage with Rise Like a Phoenix, scoring 290 points and winning both the semi-final and the final. However, despite their success, the country was given Nul Points (along with Germany) for the fourth time in 2015.

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Participants

Year Artist Song Language Final Points Semi Points
1957 Bob Martin Wohin, kleines Pony? German 10 3 No Semi Finals
1958 Liane Augustin Die ganze Welt braucht Liebe 5 8
1959 Ferry Graf Der K und K Kalypso aus Wien 9 4
1960 Harry Winter Du hast mich so fasziniert 7 6
1961 Jimmy Makulis Sehnsucht 15 1
1962 Eleonore Schwarz Nur in der Wiener Luft 13 0
1963 Carmela Corren Vielleicht geschieht ein Wunder German, English 7 16
1964

Udo Jürgens

Warum nur warum? German 6 11
1965 Sag ihr, ich lass sie grüßen 4 16
1966 Merci, Chérie 1 31
1967 Peter Horton Warum es hunderttausend Sterne gibt 14 2
1968 Karel Gott Tausend Fenster 13 2
1969
1970
Did not participate
1971 Marianne Mendt Musik Viennese German 16 66 No Semi Finals
1972 Milestones Falter im Wind German 5 100
1973
to
1975
Did not participate
1976 Waterloo & Robinson My Little World English 5 80 No Semi Finals
1977 Schmetterlinge Boom Boom Boomerang German, English 17 11
1978 Springtime Mrs. Caroline Robinson German 15 14
1979 Christina Simon Heute in Jerusalem 18 5
1980 Blue Danube Du bist Musik 8 64
1981 Marty Brem Wenn du da bist 17 20
1982 Mess Sonntag 9 57
1983 Westend Hurricane 9 53
1984 Anita Spanner Einfach weg 19 5
1985 Gary Lux Kinder dieser Welt 8 60
1986 Timna Brauer Die Zeit ist einsam 18 12
1987 Gary Lux Nur noch Gefühl 20 8
1988 Wilfried Lisa Mona Lisa 21 0
1989 Thomas Forstner Nur ein Lied 5 97
1990 Simone Stelzer Keine Mauern mehr 10 58
1991 Thomas Forstner Venedig im Regen 22 0
1992 Tony Wegas Zusammen geh'n 10 63
1993 Maria Magdalena 14 32
1994 Petra Frey Für den Frieden der Welt 17 19
1995 Stella Jones Die Welt dreht sich verkehrt 13 67
1996 George Nussbaumer Weil's dr guat got Vorarlbergish 10 68 6 80
1997 Bettina Soriat One Step German 21 12 No Semi Final
1998 Relegated from participation
1999 Bobbie Singer Reflection English 10 65 No Semi Finals
2000 The Rounder Girls All To You 14 34
2001 Relegated from participation
2002 Manuel Ortega Say a Word English 18 26 No Semi Finals
2003 Alf Poier Weil der Mensch zählt Styrian 6 101
2004 Tie Break Du bist German 21 9 Top 11 in 2003
2005 Global Kryner Y así English, Spanish -- -- 21 30
2006 Did not participate
2007 Eric Papilaya Get a Life - Get Alive English -- -- 27 4

2008
to
2010

Did not participate
2011 Nadine Beiler The Secret Is Love English 18 64 7 69
2012 Trackshittaz Woki mit deim Popo Mühlviertlerisch -- -- 18 8
2013 Natália Kelly Shine English -- -- 14 27
2014 Conchita Wurst Rise Like a Phoenix 1 290 1 169
2015 The Makemakes I Am Yours 26 0 Host of 2015
2016 Zoë Loin d'ici French 13 151 7 170
2017 Nathan Trent Running on Air English 16 93 7 143

Video

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Top 10 Entries from Austria

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