We all love to take pride each time we see a fellow Filipino represent our country in singing competitions abroad – and that’s completely fine. After all, we’re all for representation.
Just recently, a Filipino-Austrian joined the Eurovision Song Contest which will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, this coming May.
Named Vincent Bueno, the 34-year-old singer, whose parents hail from Ilocos, will take over the Eurovision stage this year to represent Austria in the said competition.
Bueno will go up against 40 other artists from various countries with Austria’s “Alive” as his piece. Released last March 5, Bueno himself co-wrote the song with David Yang, Felix van GÃ¶ns, and Artur Aigner.
Bueno, who happens to be a graduate of music and performing arts at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, is no stranger to singing competitions. In fact, he won a musical competition in Austria back in January 2008.
Popsters who have seen one of Sarah Geronimo’s Austria concerts might remember him as the artist who once served as a support act for the Popstar Royalty’s shows in Austria in the past.
Divided into three parts, the first Semi-Final will be on May 12 – with half of the contestants set to perform. The remaining half, on the other hand, will compete in the second Semi-Final on May 14.
The Grand Finals – where winners from the two-part semi-finals will perform – will take place on May 16. Bueno will perform at Semi-Final 2 on May 15 (Philippine Time).
Various internationally-acclaimed acts such as French-Canadian superstar Celine Dion and Swedish pop group Abba rose to prominence after joining Eurovision.
Notable acts who performed at Eurovision include Olivia Newton-John, Blue, Engelbert Humperdinck, Bonnie Tyler, and Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, among others.
This year’s Eurovision will take place in Rotterdam after Dutch singer Duncan Laurence won the competition held in Israel last year.
Meanwhile, you can watch his entry at this year’s Eurovision competition in the video below:
While he won’t represent the Philippines in the said competition, there are still lots of reasons to celebrate his feat and cheer for him as he takes the Eurovision stage. After all, Filipino blood still runs through his veins. #PinoyPride!