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Zoë
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Zoë in an interview at the seventh edition
Background
Birth name Zoë Straub
Born (1996-12-01) 1 1996 (age 22)
Vienna, Austria
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Label Global Rockstar Music
Associated acts
  • Christof Straub
  • Papermoon

Zoë Straub (born 1 December 1996), known professionally as Zoë, stylized as ZOË, is an Austrian singer, songwriter and actress. She represented Austria with the song "Loin d'ici" in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 and placed thirteenth in the grand final.

Life and career

1996–2014: Early life

Zoë Straub was born in the Austrian capital, Vienna, to musician parents, Christof Straub and Roumina Straub (born Wilfling), on 1 December 1996.

At the age of six, she featured in a song by her parents' musical project, Papermoon, called "Doop Doop (Baby Remix)". In 2007, Straub participated in the Austrian reality singing competition Kiddy Contest, where she covered "Engel ohne Flügel", originally performed by Mark Medlock, a German singer, while she was attending Lycée Français de Vienne (French High School of Vienna), where she studied for nine years.

2015–present: Career beginnings, Debut and Eurovision Song Contest

Straub appeared on ORF television series Vorstadtweiber in 2015. She also competed in the Austrian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, where she eventually placed third with the song "Quel filou", written by Straub herself and her father, Christof Straub. She performed live at Rathausplatz while Vienna was serving as the host city of Eurovision Song Contest 2015. In October 2015, she released her début album Debut.

On 12 January 2016, she was announced as one of the participants of the Austrian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, and on 12 February 2016 she emerged as the winner of the national final and therefore represented Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Loin d'ici" in Stockholm, Sweden; qualified for the grand final where she placed 13th in total and 8th in televoting. On 29 April 2016, she released a reissued version of Debut. In Eurovision 2017 she was a member of the Austrian jury for Semi-final 2 and for the Grand Final. In December 2017, it was announced that she would serve as a judge in the Sammarinese national selection event for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018,

2018: Europa Song Contest

On 9 July 2018, ORF officially announced that Straub was internally selected to represent the country in the contest with the song "Heartbreaker".

Personal life

She lives in Vienna with her boyfriend Kaspar Leuhusen whom she met in 2010.

Discography

Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
AUT
Debut
  • Released: 23 October 2015
  • Label: Global Rockstar Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5
  • IFPI AUT: Gold

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUT FRA SWE
"Quel filou" 2015 23 Debut
"Je m'en fous"
"Mon cœur a trop aimé" 12
"Loin d'ici" 2016 13 99 66
"La nuit des merveilles" Non-album single
"Dangerous Affair" 2017 TBA
"Heartbreaker" 2018 Non-album single
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or were not released.
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