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Line-up check 2021: Austria

by | Apr 28, 2021 | 2021 reviews, Eurovision

Line-up check 2021: Austria

by | Apr 28, 2021 | 2021 reviews, Eurovision

Austria: Vincent Bueno – Amen

Felix: As with the other song called “Amen” this year, here’s another song that I have a better relationship with compared to my fellow Eurovision fans.

On my first listen, it was the chorus that disappointed me the most. After a really strong first verse, it’s like a ball rolls over a ramp and then just flies flat instead of reaching new heights. However, out of the many “acceptable” songs this year, this is still one of the strongest ones. 

I expect a brightly lit stage to accompany the first note of the first chorus – but no matter how, if they achieve the best staging possible, the entry might be comparable to Austria 2018 in the end. Something that fits to the plain look and feel of the video would be a good start.

Sure, this song sits on the borderline between mid-tempo and ballad, but if there’s a memorable male ballad this year then it’s this one. Neighbour Switzerland is more sophisticated, but also less accessible. 

Under the line, “Amen” is probably not an entry with a long lifespan, but in the context of this year’s weak line-up, it’s definitely on the bright side – and should at least qualify.

Prediction: Personal:



I dismissed this at first, but being in the later semi means it’s had time to grow on me before we reached our review. And grow on me it has – quite a lot, and (unlike for Felix) especially the chorus. Being a grower can be dangerous in the instant world of ESC, of course – but it’s far better than not making an impact at all.

Shi: One of the biggest shocks for me this year is that I actually don’t dislike this, because this kind of song is usually not my thing at all. Yet this one somehow… works. I may be only one person, but an ability to reach beyond your target audience could be good news for Vincent.

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