Austria has chosen Cesár Sampson to send to Lisbon!
Sampson has been internally selected by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) to represent the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The announcement of his participation was made on Ö3-Wecker radio show on December 5th 2017.
Next May at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, he will be performing the song “Nobody but you”. The entry will be written by Boris Milanov and Sebastian Arman, who have been behind multiple Eurovision entries including the Bulgarian Eurovision entries in 2011, 2016 and 2017.
But who exactly is this guy? Cesár was born in 1983 in Linz, Austria. He is successful vocalist, songwriter and producer, and has a lot of Eurovision experience. The singer is part of “Symphonix International” a group of singers and producers that have become heavily involved in the Eurovision Song Contest. At the 2017 contest in a Kyiv, they were behind the songs from Serbia and FYR Macedonia.
Cesár was also the vocal coach and a backing vocalist for Poli Genova, who represented Bulgaria at the Eurovision 2016, and a offstage backing vocalist for Kristian Kostov who represented the same country in 2017.
ORF’s Television Director Kathrin Zechner said: “Cesár is rhythm, he is a child of humanity, he is a voice! Cesár lives and breathes music and is an empathic artist! He understands how to use his voice, as a singer and as a human being. His musicality, devotion to his artistry and his holistic approach to his musicianship are contagious. He is equally authentic and unique, just an outstanding Austrian artist, who is sure to make our country proud in Lisbon.”
Austria has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 50 times since its debut in 1957. The country has won the competition twice, in 1966. with the song “Merci Cheri” by Udo Jurgens, and in 2014. with the song “Rise Like a Phoenix” by Conchita Wurst. Last year Austria was represented by charismatic Nathan Trent, who reached the Grand final with the song “Running On Air,” and ended in 16th place.
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