This year there are only two ballads so they are bound to stand out. Both are from Central Europe (Switzerland and Austria) with the Swiss sending a plain sweet song with stripped down production. On the other hand Austria are sending their best entry for years.
Nadine Beiler not only packs a lot of power in her voice the song is well constructed starting out as gospely acapella, on to a strong memorable chorus and main body of the song culminating in some anthemic soul with a gospel sounding choir at the end.
It ticks a lot of boxes for those that win:
1. It can’t be labelled
2. It’s a strong song
3. She has a good voice
Should easily qualify and could do well.