Cesár Sampson was revealed last month as the Austrian artist for Eurovision 2018. In a new interview he has revealed more details about his entry, entitled Nobody But You.
We already know that Cesár’s entry for Lisbon will be written by Boris Milanov and Sebastian Arman of the production team Symphonix International. The team were behind previous Eurovision entries including Beautiful Mess (Bulgaria 2017) and If Love was a Crime (Bulgaria 2016). Speaking to PRINZ-ESC-Blog, Cesár gave fans some more details about what to expect from his entry for 2018:
It’s a very modern song, in which you can hear everything from the bleeding heart of the blues to the indomitable dedication of the gospel to the triumphantly clenched fist of classic rock – if you want!
He also revealed that his song demo was the reason why he was chosen by the Austrian broadcaster ORF despite facing tough competition in an internal selection with many qualifying rounds.
Cesár is no stranger to the Eurovision stage, having acted as vocal producer and backing-vocalist for the past two Bulgarian entries. He has also revealed that his favourite Eurovision entry is Jamala’s 1944 and favourite Austrian entry is the 2014 winner, Rise like a Phoenix by Conchita Wurst.
Cesár’s song will be revealed in February. He follows last year’s Austrian entrant Nathan Trent who finished 16th in Eurovision 2017 with Running on Air. Nathan scored all of his points with the jury as he scored nul points from the public.
Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest
Austria debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957, Bob Martin represented the country on their debut, but finished in last place scoring just 3 points. The country has gone on to finish last in the contest on 8 occasions. Austria has won the contest on two occasions, the first being in 1966 when Udo Jürgen performed “Merci, Cherie”. It was 48 years later than Austria won again when Conchita Wurst performed “Rise Like a Phoenix” scoring a total of 290 points.