Who sings seems to me on amen

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Vincent Bueno sings for Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021: After the corona-related cancellation of the event in the previous year, the 35-year-old Viennese had to wait a year. Now he is ready to represent our neighboring country in May with the new song “Amen” at the world's largest music competition.

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the song will be presented to a specialist audience for the first time at 10 a.m. as part of a press conference. The official radio premiere of “Amen” will follow on March 10th in the “Ö3-Wecker”.

We accompany the online press conference for you with a live blog. There the ORF-ESC team also gives an overview of the further timetable for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Of course, we will also present the song to you on Wednesday as soon as it is publicly available. In addition, we will talk about the Austrian (and Swiss) contribution in an ESC compact LIVE on Wednesday evening.

Vincent Buenos "AMEN" was written and texted by Ashley Hicklin, who is also known under his pseudonym Bright Sparks and, for example, as co-songwriter of "Me and My Guitar" by Tom Dice (Belgium 2010) or "Universo" by Blas Cantó (Spain 2020) already has ESC experience. He has also worked with Go_A from Ukraine on potential songs for ESC 2021. The Austrian ESC contribution 2021 was produced by Jonas Thander, the backing vocals come from Tobias Carshey. Marvin Dietmann is responsible for the staging in Rotterdam.

Vincent Bueno is 35 years old and was born to Filipino parents in Vienna. After completing his musical training at the Vienna Conservatory, he played in various musicals (including Aida, Mamma Mia and West Side Story). Vincent became known to a larger audience through his participation in the ORF shows “Musical! The Show "and" Dancing Stars ". He also took part in the Austrian ESC preliminary decision in 2016 with “All We Need Is That Love” and supported Nathan Trent in 2017 as a background singer in Kiev. With “Wieder Leben”, “INVINCEBLE” and “On the Run”, which was released at the end of 2020, the singer has already released three studio albums. At the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 Vincent was supposed to sing "Alive"; shortly after the contest was canceled, he was nominated again by the ORF for the ESC this year.

Good morning and hello, Austria! It will start soon. The press conference begins. There is talk of a "catchy tune for Rotterdam". The way to Rotterdam is said to have been a special one. First of all, thank everyone who was and is involved in it. "Vince" in particular is thanked for his commitment.

Introductory Words: The term “'Amen” actually means the actual Amen. The interpretation for this is "a powerful end to a challenge and at the same time the starting point for something new". Vincent's voice and empathy show us how the Amen can be powerfully interpreted. On the way to the new. Then the song is played.

“Amen” begins very calmly and with minimal instrumentation. This part is particularly carried by the voice of Vincent Bueno, which is sometimes quite deep. That sounds good. The chorus then becomes powerful and a tambourine is added. The whole thing has minimal traits of gospel, but cannot be assigned to the genre. The second stanza is a bit stronger. The refrain therefore consists of the “Amen”, which is not to be understood as a church amen. Rather, it aims to get the singer to say goodbye to his love, although he is not happy with the way they fell apart. At the end the song rears up twice to the powerful and grand finale. That can certainly be staged nicely on the stage.

A video was also shown, but I couldn't see it because I had to dial in over the phone for technical reasons.

This year, the search for an ESC contribution opened the genre away from the up-tempo in order to find a title that can work in an arena even without an audience. Against the background, they searched for songs and asked Vincent what he liked. “Amen” gave those responsible goose bumps and it was quickly clear that it would be the song. This was new to Vincent because he was used to working alone. Now an international team has been at work. In Switzerland the song was produced by a tried and tested team.

Vincent: "I feel very, very good right now." It is the first time to work in such a large and international team. He was able to really let himself go for the first time because they are such a stakes team. When he first heard the song, it was sung by someone with a strong rock voice. But now he's made it his song. And he thinks it's super beautiful.

Vincent was open to professional song search. At the time he was in the middle of a musical and was stressed about the time. At “Amen” everyone felt something: “He's got something.” Then he tried it and said today: The song found it. When singing, he tries to focus. It's about the "inner struggle", the dramatic love affair. In principle, however, it is about all relationships of all kinds that break. It's a very strong song with a strong force and the glimmer of hope at the end of the song.

Vincent has mixed feelings before the ESC, it's a déjà vu after last year. He is happy to be able to pull this off now. And he hopes that scenario B is not needed. His first appearance will be on the 15th. He's going to work a lot on that now.

Another person in charge takes over. There are the following key points in the planning: Last week the Dutch confirmed that the contest will take place in Rotterdam. The countries will arrive to be there live. But there are the back-up versions of the posts in case someone should be infected with Covid-19. The ORF wants to be there with the team. The EBU is probably in an exchange with other large organizers who have already worked under the current circumstances. On site, everyone lives in a bubble that cannot be left. So you have to be in a hotel for two weeks and are only allowed to attend the official appointments. But the joy outweighs being able to be there. Whether there will be an audience in the hall depends on developments in the Netherlands. The size of the delegation is limited, but this will not affect the Austrians so much because they always arrive with a smaller delegation.

Now the song comes again so that the assembled journalists can prepare for questions.

The first question: what is the difference between a live performance and tape recording in / for Rotterdam. The stages are hardly comparable. Back-on-Tape is made in Vienna, on a big stage, but it's not comparable in size to Rotterdam. The light and stage concept is to be taken over by Rotterdam, but will be adapted to the smaller stage.

Vincent: The song came in the right place at the right time. Vincent is known as a dynamic artist. Last year it was “Alive”, this year it is “Amen”. The song and the message are especially important because a lot of people went through such a tough time this year. They never wanted a corona ballad, they wanted a song with a statement that could help everyone in all situations. Uptempo can come back at some point.

Vincent to the song again: It's about the end of a dramatic love affair. But it's about relationships of all kinds, the daily struggles, the pain. We are all going through very shaky times associated with fear. That's why the song is so strong. Because it shows that you cannot solve everything. But when you let go, a glimmer of hope can arise in you.

The next question relates to whether he will miss the audience when he performs. He says: When you are performing a song, you are so focused on the cameras that it doesn't make that big a difference that the audience isn't in the hall. But when you are awakened from the trance of the performance, you cannot celebrate with the audience. This is a pity. But you actually want to focus on the emotions of the song.

His mother said to the song: "Yes, des is supa" (please introduce an Austrian dialect here). She said she loved the song. Vincent's father is a musician himself: “Boy, you've grown up. Your voice is really big. "

Vicent has Marvin Dietmann as the choreographer for the performance. You will make it very minimalist. They will try to bring the path to the stage that he treads in the song. "Less is more." A woman adds: "Take the path to the light."

Backing vocals are allowed on the track this year, so Vincent doesn't need any additional singers on stage. So he will stand there alone.

The program directors confirmed: Vincent's voice is so full and powerful. She is happy that he can "pop" his artistic diversity onto the stage with it. The organizers say goodbye and the press conference is over.

I almost agree with that. But first a brief assessment of myself: I haven't seen the video, but I think it can underline the song well. This certainly also applies to the appearance, even if it is minimalist. Maybe nothing more is needed here. I actually have the chorus in my ear, let's see how long it lasts. And I also like the statement that sometimes you have to let go in order to see and feel hope again.

So tomorrow the song will be presented to the public on Ö3. Then comes the video, which we will then present to you here on ESC compact. I am curious how you rate the track.

The Kleine Zeitung has already published an interview with Vincent. You can find it here. There you can also find the whole text:

Amen, I guess
You said that
It's time for us
To put our love to rest
Dressed in black
Ya left my neighborhood

Pre-chorus
And I never thought you’d bury me and you
No, I never thought we’d die

refrain
But, amen, amen
Tell me is this what you wanted!
Is this what you wanted?
Amen, amen
Tell me is this what you wanted!
Is this what you wanted?
Amen

I bet
it's just another funeral to you
But for me it's the end
The marching band are playin ‘" Gone too soon "

Pre-chorus
And I never thought you’d bury me and you
No, I never thought we’d die

refrain
Amen, amen
Tell me is this what you wanted!
Is this what you wanted?
Amen, amen
Tell me is this what you wanted!
Is this what you wanted?

bridge
'Cause it all feels like
Ya didn't even try
Oh try
Oh tryyyyyyy
Try to save us
All this time
Wasted on a lie

final
But, amen, amen
Tell me is this what you wanted?
Tell me is this what you wanted!
Amen, amen
Are you gettin ‘what you wanted?
Are you gettin ‘what you wanted?
Amen

On Wednesday evening we will also talk about the two contributions from Austria and Switzerland in an ESC compact LIVE. Make a note now!

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