Eurovision, here come the Aussies
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.