On the 18 March 2020, it was officially announced that the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 had been cancelled, which means all these amazing songs won’t get their chance to shine on the Eurovision stage and some acts may not even get the chance to represent their country. Austria had chosen Vincent Bueno as their act on 12 December 2019 and revealed his song “Alive” on the 5 March 2020. He has been officially confirmed as the representative of Austria for Eurovision 2021, although he’ll be singing a different song; and, as we wait for 2021, we will make sure that every song in the cancelled contest gets it’s time to shine, here on CelebMix.
According to Spotify, the song has been written by Artur Aigner, David ‘davey’ Yang, Felix Van Göns, and Vincent Bueno. Talking about the song, this singer-songwriter said: “The song itself has undergone massive evolution and got a good push in the final sprint. I worked with very young producers and composers, who will definitely be involved in the Austrian music scene in the future. While the song was being created, everyone on the team was able to experience how much the song was evolving, especially when everyone freed themselves from their own egos and opened up to each other.”
A music video for the song was also released at the same time as the song, on the official Eurovision YouTube Channel which was produced by ATTIC Film.
Watch Vincent Bueno’s Music Video To What Would Have Been His Eurovision 2020 Song “Alive” Here:
The song starts off subtle, like a ballad, really showcasing Vincent Bueno’s strong vocals, allowing the listener to hone in on his words. It progressively turns upbeat as the song continues, giving us life with every backing beat and lyric. Then, dance beats jump in for the chorus as Vincent Bueno powers through. It’s one of those songs that stays with you and would’ve certainly made a spark on the Eurovision stage.
The accompanying music video relates well with the song, showcasing Vincent Bueno’s performance qualities – he totally belongs on a stage! He nails all the choreography and it’s a visual we could totally watch again and again.
Austria has done moderately well over the past few years, gaining their second win in 2014 with Conchita Wurst who sang “Rise Like A Phoenix”. Last year, they failed to qualify for the Grand Final where PÆNDA represented the country with the song “Limits” placing 17th in her respective Semi-Final. Austria had hoped to do better this time around, but with the contest being cancelled, they have another year for Vincent Bueno to work hard and practise in time for Eurovision 2021.
Eurovision 2020 may be cancelled but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it this year, it doesn’t mean we can’t listen to the songs, and it doesn’t mean we forget about the artists either. Join us here on CelebMix this year as we continue the Eurovision party in the coming months whilst we’re all staying at home, looking after ourselves, and doing our best to stop the coronavirus. So why not check out the other acts from this year who would’ve been on the Eurovision 2020 stage, such as Blas Cantó for Spain, Hooverphonic for Belgium, VICTORIA for Bulgaria, Sandro for Cyprus, Vincent Bueno for Austria, Arilena Ara for Albania, Tornike Kipiani for Georgia, Jeangu Macrooy for the Netherlands, Vasil for North Macedonia, Tom Leeb for France, Benny Cristo for the Czech Republic, Eden Alene for Israel, Stefania for Greece, Montaigne for Australia, Samanta Tina for Latvia, Diodato for Italy, Destiny Chukunyere for Malta, Roxen for Romania, THE ROOP for Lithuania, Ulrikke Brandstorp for Norway, Athena Manoukian for Armenia, Alicja Szemplinska for Poland, James Newman for the UK, Samira Efendi for Azerbaijan, Ana Soklic for Slovenia, Ben Dolic for Germany, Uku Suviste for Estonia, Daði og Gagnamagnið for Iceland, Natalie Gordienko for Moldova, Ben & Tan for Denmark, Roxen for Romania, Gjon’s Tears for Switzerland, Go_A for Ukraine, The Mamas for Sweden, VAL for Belarus, Senhit for San Marino, Damir Kedzo for Croatia, and Lesley Roy for Ireland.
The 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest would have been hosted at the Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands after Duncan Laurence won the 2019 contest with the song “Arcade”. The two Semi-Finals would have taken place on 12 May 2020 and 14 May 2020, with the Grand Final on 16 May 2020. A total of 41 countries would’ve competed in the contest.