It was announced yesterday by the BBC’s commentary on last night’s semi final broadcast that Austria’s entry “Nobody But You” had actually been submitted to the BBC for Eurovision: You Decide.
The song is representing Austria this year in the Eurovision Song Contest and is performed by Cesár Sampson. It was one of the 10 successful countries to qualify in last night’s show, being the first country announced to be in the Grand Final during the results.
Although the song itself was submitted, it is unclear whether it was sent with intentions of Cesár singing it for the United Kingdom. The song was rejected by the BBC in favour of 6 other songs that participated in the televised Eurovision: You Decide back in February in Brighton.
The pre selection was eventually won by SuRie with the song “Storm”, it will be representing the United Kingdom in the Grand Final on Saturday. United Kingdom and Austria will both be appearing in the first half of the Grand Final.
Cesár, who was part of Symphonix International, 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.
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.