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Eurovision: Meet The Makemakes

Austria’s Eurovision act is a far cry from Conchita Wurst’s triumphant bearded lady - they may have beards but retro rockers The Makemakes hark back to the 1970’s with their long hair, cute smiles and more macho vocals.

Eurovision: Meet The Makemakes
The Makemakes. Photo: Milenko Badzic

Dominic “Dodo” Muhrer (vocals), Markus Christ (bass) and Florian Meindl (drums) represent Austria this year with the song I Am Yours, and defend the contest on home soil after Conchita’s win last year.

The first semi-final kicks off on Tuesday May 19th – with Sweden, Italy and Australia tipped as the favourites.

The 16 countries taking part are: Moldova, Armenia, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland, Greece, Estonia, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Belarus, Russia, Denmark, Albania, Romania and Georgia.

Austria, France, Spain and Australia will vote in this semi-final.

Austria, along with France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and Australia, automatically gains a place in the final.

The Makemakes released their debut single The Lovercall in 2012 which peaked at number 6 in the Austrian charts and last year their single Million Euro Smile reached number 2.

They have also produced their own line of limited edition beer which is brewed at the Ottakringer Brewery, the host venue for this year’s Euroclub. The beer was served to fans at Sunday’s opening party.

They hail from Flachgau, in the province of Salzburg. The band’s name is derived from the dwarf planet Makemake, which in turn owes its name to the creating deity Makemake from the mythology of Easter Island.

The band has already experienced a taste of rock stardom after they opened for Bon Jovi in Vienna’s Krieau arena.

Dominic Muhrer has said how great an honour it is to represent Austria at the ESC, and to tread in Conchita’s footsteps – “although actually she has quite small feet”, he joked. The feedback from “fans, small children and even grannies has been overwhelmingly positive”.

“Back home they have even set up a public viewing screen on the market square – something like that never happens,” Markus Christ said.

“For us it’s all about the music and our friendship,” he added. “We’re here to build bridges and not to make the differences between countries stand out.”

The Makemakes are betting on Australia and Italy gaining a place in the top five. They also joked that they are hoping that some viewers confuse Austria with Australia – “maybe we’ll get a few extra votes that way!”

Australia competes in Eurovision this year as a one off wildcard to mark the contest's 60th anniversary.

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Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

Find out what's going on in Austria on Friday with The Local's short roundup of today's news.

Travel should soon be easier thanks to the Green Passport ALEX HALADA / AFP
Travel should soon be easier thanks to the Green Passport (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

EU and Austrian green certificate for travel should be ready for June

EU countries and the EU Parliament have agreed on details of a digital Europe-wide certificate or “green passport” to give citizens proof of corona vaccinations, tests and having recovered from an infection with Covid-19.

This was announced by the Portuguese Presidency in Brussels on Thursday, and will hopefully make travel easier within the EU.The “digital green certificate” – in the form of a QR code – is to be introduced by the end of June.

‘3G Rule’: How to prove you have been vaccinated, tested or recovered from Covid in Austria

Austrian Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger said Austria would have its certificate ready by the beginning of June, and added the fall of the entry restrictions in many countries will make “vacation in Austria” possible again, Der Standard newspaper reports.

Wrong leg amputated at Austrian clinic

The wrong leg of an 82-year-old patient was amputated at a clinic in Upper Austria, Der Standard newspaper reports. The wrong leg was marked before the operation at the Freistadt Clinic. The patient’s second leg must now also be amputated from the middle of the thigh.

The patient and his relatives were offered psychological help, the paper reports, adding the doctor who carried out the amputation is currently not on duty at her own request. 

Seven day incidence at 55

The seven-day incidence, or the number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, is 54.8. In all federal states the number is now below 100 – with Vorarlberg (94.7) and Burgenland (36.0) having the highest and lowest values ​​respectively. 

Almost all federal states in Austria now yellow or orange

Vorarlberg is the only federal state to remain “red” or acute risk according to the coronavirus traffic light commission. Burgenland and Lower Austria were switched to yellow (medium risk) by the commission on Thursday, the rest of the country, with the exception of Vorarlberg, to orange (high risk). 

READ MORE: Explained: How does Austria’s coronavirus traffic light system work

Traffic jams expected this evening

Traffic jams are expected across Austria ahead of the Whitsun weekend, broadcaster ORF reports. On Friday afternoon there will be queues at the exits of the larger cities, warns the Ö3 traffic department.

Towards evening, and on Saturday, traffic is likely to shift more to the transit routes, with queues expected in Tyrol (A13, B179) as well as the border points at Walserberg (A8 / A1), the Karawanken tunnel (A11), Spielfeld (A9) and Nickelsdorf (A4).

Delays on the approaches to the tourist regions, such as on the connections on Lake Constance, the Carinthian lakes, in the Salzkammergut, the Neusiedler See, but also in the Wachau are expected. 

Austria crashes out of Eurovision 

Austria’s performer Vincent Bueno has failed to reach the last round of the Eurovision Song Contest. The 35-year-old singer from Austria “seemed very nervous” during his performance with the ballad “Amen” and could not reach top form, Der Standard newspaper reports. 

No wave of bankruptcies predicted in Austria 

State aid during the coronavirus pandemic is continuing to cause backlogs in company bankruptcies, the Wiener Zeitung newspaper reports. A  Creditreform survey Austria had the steepest decline in corporate bankruptcies in Europe with minus 40.7 percent compared to the previous year. However,Gerhard Weinhofer, Managing Director of Creditreform in Vienna, no longer expects a large wave of bankruptcies for Austria as soon as state corporate aid expires.

Mood brightening for construction and industry

The latest industry overview from UniCredit Bank Austria, which shows the mood in the industry is increasingly brightening, both in construction and the service sector, the Wiener Zietung newspaper reports.

However, supply bottlenecks for some raw materials and strong demand for intermediate products are  increasing production costs. The situation in retail is more pessimistic, and the retail climate in particular remains gloomy for the time being, according to Bank Austria.

Number of people in employment in Austria declines

The number of people in employment in Austria in 2020 has begun to decline for the first time, resulting in a shrinking of  the proportion of the population that finances the social system, Der Standard newspaper reports.

Population economist Binder-Hammer finds that the current social system is characterized by high taxes for employed people, a strong redistribution to the retired population and less protection for the young, who have suffered most economically in the recent crisis.

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