Euro­vi­sion, here come the Aussies

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WORK­ING in a bar that’s fused with Euro­pean flavour and flair, it makes sense that Breeze Bar owner David Cran­son packs his bags to head to the Euro­vi­sion song con­test this Sun­day.

Vi­enna-bound, Mr Cran­son re­turns to the city where he en­joyed a suc­cess­ful five years as a pro­fes­sional ballet dancer with the Vi­enna State Opera.

The whole world is buzzing with en­tice­ment for this year’s Euro­vi­sion, es­pe­cially with Australia hav­ing its very first com­peti­tor.

“It’s al­most like ev­ery group in Vi­enna wants their own lit­tle to­ken Aussie that they can have in the lead-up for the com­pe­ti­tion,” Mr Cran­son said.

Mr Cran­son’s “group” is the Vi­enna State Opera, who in­vited him back to the city for the in­ter­na­tional event.

“And I’m very proud to rep­re­sent Australia,” he said. “(But equally) I love ev­ery­thing about Vi­enna – its food, cul­ture, sights and art scene. I can’t wait to go back.”

Mr Cran­son said he been fol­low­ing the Euro­vi­sion song con­test since he was a boy. “It’s an ex­tra­or­di­nary dis­play of artis­tic tal­ent – it’s about time Australia joined in,” he said.

Mr Cran­son also said his Euro­pean-in­spired bar on the Air­lie Es­planade, had been an­other fac­tor in en­cour­ag­ing him to take this lat­est leap. “We have many lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors – we play world mu­sic and keep up with in­ter­na­tional trends with our menu and cock­tails,” he said.

The 2015 Euro­vi­sion semi­fi­nals are on May 19 and 21 with the fi­nale on May 23. Australia’s first con­tes­tant is for­mer Aus­tralian Idol win­ner Guy Se­bas­tian. But Se­bas­tian is not the first Aus­tralian to sing at Euro­vi­sion. Aus­tralian singers have pre­vi­ously rep­re­sented Ger­many and Bri­tain and Aus­tralian MaryJean O’Do­herty Vas­matzian is singing this year for Ar­me­nia.

EUROPE-BOUND: Breeze Bar owner David Cran­son heads to Vi­enna, Aus­tria this Sun­day for Euro­vi­sion.

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