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Nathan Trent: “I love music as long as it’s genuine!”

Wow, we’re already near February and the 2017 National Final season is in full swing! However, while countries are selecting their artists through popular vote, some countries have internally selected their artists to represent them in Kyiv next May. One of these countries is Austria, who’ll be represented by the one and only Nathan Trent in Ukraine. ESC Views was able to speak to Nathan about his participation in Eurovision 2017; but what did he have to say?

So Nathan, what first inspired you to take part in Eurovision?
I didn’t apply actively. I was asked if I’d be interested to take part at the internal selection, after Eberhard Forcher heard my song “Like It Is” and saw the video on YouTube. As the circle of candidates got smaller, I focused on delivering my songs for that period of time and was told in December that I would be the one to represent Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017! I haven’t stopped smiling since then.

Have you been a Eurovision fan for a while? How long have you been watching the show?
It’s been almost ten years now, but I really got into it when Lena Meyer-Landrut won back in 2010.

What is it like to represent your country in such a prestigious show such as the Eurovision Song Contest?
It’s an incredible honor and a huge responsibility! I’m going to give it my all and I’ll try to represent my country the best way possible.

Your musical style is very much a contemporary, RnB pop that’s very trendy nowadays. Would this be the style of music you’d normally listen to or are you more open-minded about music in general?
I love RnB and Pop, but I wouldn’t restrict myself on those specific styles of music. I love every music in general as long as it is genuine.

Are there any secrets that you can hint to regarding your song for Kyiv? Will it follow your previous single ‘Like It Is’, and when are we going to hear the finished piece?
Unfortunately I can’t give away anything, but the what I can say, is that the song has a positive message and that I wrote it myself with an Austrian producer who lives and works in Los Angeles. It will be released at the end of February.

Have you heard any of the other competing songs (or any songs from the artists selected) in the competition yet? If so, do you have a favourite?
I haven’t really had the chance to listen to anything because I’m really busy finishing my work right now. When my song will be released, I’ll be listening to everything else.

Which Eurovision artist would you duet with if you had the chance to?
Definitely Lena Meyer-Landrut!

You’re no stranger to the casting show, taking part in your first televised competition all the way back in 2003 at the age of 11 (we’ve all seen the clip!). Do you think that experience in these sorts of shows will help you with your participation in Eurovision?
I hope so! I have had a few opportunities to get experience on stage, so I hope they will help me in this journey.

Are you going to tour around Europe promoting your song? If so, where do we expect to see you?
I’m still unsure where I’ll be promoting the song, but hopefully I’ll be visiting a lot of places!

Finally, is there a message you’d like to send to our readers at ESC Views?
Dear ESC Views readers! Thank you so much for your support and the enthusiasm for this incredible Event! I wish you a great 2017 and all the best! Yours, Nathan.

We’d love to take the time out to thank Nathan for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to speak to us and we’d like to wish him the best in his participation in Ukraine! Viel Glück!!! Are you excited about Nathan Trent’s participation for Austria in Kyiv? Let us know what you think by commenting below!

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Editorial: Discussing Australia’s participation in Eurovision

This week saw the publishing of all 43 nations who would compete in the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. While we had to unfortunately say goodbye to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the time being, we’re celebrating the return of both Romania and Portugal to the Contest after a year’s break. Continue reading Editorial: Discussing Australia’s participation in Eurovision

Would it work…if only English songs were allowed in Eurovision?

Hi guys! So, I’m really sorry that we haven’t been posting a lot recently, but we are really only able to post articles that we’ve put ourselves into and recently, there just haven’t been many opportunities to find the right topic or time to devote it to the articles. This is going to change now though, as we get closer to the end of the off-season and we start to look for more things to look forward to as we go towards the 61st edition of Eurovision!

To kick things off here, we’re going to bring you the next installment in our “Would it Work” series, where we look at a potential technique a country could use and see whether this would be viable or not. And boy, don’t we have a topic for you today! 😉 There have been a few comments made by a few fans in a couple of Eurovision groups that the Contest would be better off if every country sent a song in English and no song was permitted in another language. Even countries like France and Spain – renowned for sending songs in their national languages – are thinking of sending a song totally in English to try and get them further up the scoreboard. Now, initially this idea sounds incredibly ridiculous and stupid, it got me thinking – would the Eurovision benefit or deteriorate more if only English songs were allowed to compete…so, would it work? Well, first let’s just have a look at a particular year when there were 6 songs in English for every song that was in another language – 2011.

It’s fair to say that since the language rule was abolished in 1999, the amount of countries who continue to send songs in their native language have been steadily declining to the point where even countries that you would think would remain true to their language roots have left them behind for English. For example, Serbia – a country which up until this year, had sent songs to the Contest completely in Serbian and no portions of English whatsoever. Then, in 2015, Bojana Stamenov decided to send “Ceo svet je moj” to Eurovision in English as “Beauty Never Lies”, which is a bit of a bad translation, seeming as “Ceo Svet je Moj” means “The whole world is mine”. Now, I’m not saying that it was a bad decision to have the song translated into English for the Contest, but it does show that Serbia brought its language streak to an end. Other countries have also done the same, leaving only three active participating countries who continue to sing songs fully in one of their official languages – the UK, Ireland and Malta. English has continued to dominate not just the Contest, but the entire music industry, so is it any wonder that all these countries are thinking of having songs totally in English? It would be nice to hear something in another language that could win in this day and age – e.g. something ‘Dansevise’, which triumphed for Denmark in 1963 and continues to be a song that is critically acclaimed and has stood the test of time..which is hard, especially for a song from 52 years ago!

So, to get back to the point; would it work if only English songs were allowed in Eurovision? Well, in some ways there is a good side to it, as in people who don’t know other languages can understand them more than they would had the song been in another language like Montenegrin (sorry Knez, but I had to use you as an example, you’re in the picture!). Another way is that because English is such an international language, people would be able to use the chance to learn the language through the song. However, I’m afraid the cons really do outweigh the pros in this discussion. The point of the Eurovision Song Contest was to unite countries through the power of music and it’s only right to assume that national languages would also be involved in the process. In actuality, every time there is a song that is in another language, I personally get excited because English has been so overused in the Contest, it’s like a breath of fresh air when a country like France sends something in French. Also, another point is that if ONLY English songs are allowed in Eurovision, you’re kind of taking away a part of each countries national identity. For example, if my homeland of Ireland was to never sing in Irish again, that would take away the mystery of the language in the Contest; granted, Irish has been only performed in the adult Contest once in 1972, but it still a part of the country’s heritage. If we were to only have English songs, other countries like France, Italy, Serbia, Cyprus, Romania etc would suffer the same fate and we’d all get incredibly bored with the same things over and over again, wouldn’t you agree?

In conclusion, as much as some countries would like this to happen, as it could have more positive effects for them to get higher on the scoreboard, it would work a lot better if countries sent their entries in the national language, as it brings the ethnicity of Eurovision and injects some life and diversity into Europe’s favourite TV show. It’s better to be individual and stand out than fit in with the crowd because you’re going to get lost if you do that! So would it work if English songs were only allowed at Eurovision? Our decision is: NO, it wouldn’t! But what do you think?

Your views:

Do you think only English songs should be sent to Eurovision?
Do you think only English songs should be sent to Eurovision?

Nadine Glock from Germany: I think the ESC is very close to it. My opinion: I want more entries in the native language/ one of the native languages!

Gary Dunn from Ireland: I like hearing the songs in English. However not all the time the song comes across correctly or the singer can’t quite get the pronunciation right which actually affects the song performance. In this case they should stick to the original language. I do also like hearing songs in the original language I might add. So just now we have a few like that which is really good and makes these stand out alot more in my opinion.

Willem van Altena from the Netherlands: NO!!! If all the songs are in English (and half of them bought in Sweden), Eurovision will become incredibly generic and really no different from watching 25 random songs in a row on MTV. Or one of those boring talent shows where everyone tries to sound the same. I think the world is over-anglicized as it is. How much great music, movies and literature are most people already missing just because of the dominance of the English language and its tendency to shut out all else??

Jack Walker from the United Kingdom: I actually wouldn’t mind but can’t see it happening one year, I also think the amount of songs performed in English recent years have also disadvantaged UK from getting better results.

So, it seems that some fans agree with us, while a couple of others have a bit of a different opinion and think it’s better to hear songs in English? Nobody is right, but nobody is wrong either so we’re all correct and incorrect too, in a way…wow, MUCH PHILISOPHICS! 😀 So, what do you think of the topic? Should English songs be only allowed in Eurovision? Do you think the language rule should be re-instated? Or do you think that the status quo is perfectly fine right now, and we shouldn’t need to change anything? Feel free to tell us your thoughts and opinions by commenting below!!