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Austria: Cesár Sampson – Nobody But You

Austria's Cezár Sampson has just presented his Eurovision song, Nobody Bot You on Hit Radio ö3. Cezár will perform in the second half of semi-1. Being from the same writing team as Kristian Kostov's Beautiful Mess, one can hear the quality running through this track. The main issue is that it sounds half finished or under cooked in places. The final minute totally fails to leave an impact.  Maybe that will happen when performed live in May. I'm not sure if it's just me, but Cesár doesn't have the look of a star in that video. He looks old and…
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Nobody

The final minute totally fails to leave an impact.

User Rating: 3.74 ( 31 votes)

Austria’s Cezár Sampson has just presented his Eurovision song, Nobody Bot You on Hit Radio ö3.

Cezár will perform in the second half of semi-1.

Being from the same writing team as Kristian Kostov’s Beautiful Mess, one can hear the quality running through this track. The main issue is that it sounds half finished or under cooked in places. The final minute totally fails to leave an impact.  Maybe that will happen when performed live in May.

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but Cesár doesn’t have the look of a star in that video. He looks old and seems the lack that attention-grabbing stage presence required for Eurovision. There’s no doubting the quality of his vocals, given he’s done backing at Eurovision for both Kristian Kostov and Poli Genova. It maybe controversial, yet I can’t help thinking that maybe Cezár is better suited to a support role, rather than a lead performer.

The running order will determine Austria’s qualification hopes. At the moment, I think it is borderline around 10th-14th.

  • Vocally secure
  • Modern and credible
  • Juries should be on board, to a certain degree
  • Song doesn’t hit the sort of heights its capable of
  • Could fall between the cracks
  • Will struggle on televote

 

Can Austria make the final this year?

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9 comments

  1. It‘s second half of SF1, isn‘t it? I can really see this song come alive on stage. Could become a dark horse during rehearsals…

  2. I am sort of let down as I did have very high hopes for Austria this year, they should have a very good chance of advancing with a second half draw but once in the final as things stand I cant see it doing better than Austria 2017 (as things stand let me stress), I thought Austria could be the surprise contender we would be getting at the end but didn’t materialise so I guess right now its Just Bulgaria left to be this country.

  3. Austria have surprised these last two years so its hard to write this of from doing ok, even though it’s a wholly average song. This is borderline, but if it does get through I feel it could come below 20th.

  4. this could be a bit of a sleeper if they get the presentation right.

  5. What a mega-horny entry from Austria. This is what happens if you experienced a victory recently and several grand final spots. Wonderful pop/soul song from Cesar. Also slightly out-of-the-box music, that can appeal to both Eurovision nerds……and, most importantly, those televoters and judges that usually don’t give a dime about Eurovision, but pick up the phone for this one.

    Netherlands and Estonia have now a more serious competitior: Austria. These three countries I do favor now over Azerbaijan and Australia. Although they are still worthy TOP 10-ers too.

  6. After two listens I went to feed the cat, and I found that while I was serving up her Lickie Licks this had stuck in my head – which is a good sign.

    On the plus side the song has a modern or, more precisely, a modern-retro feel to it – it’s not your average dated soul number.

    On the negative side – soul is not a genre that generally goes down well with Eurovision fans.

    I see this winning some jury support but maybe not doing so well with the televote. A similar finish to Nathan Trent last year could be on the cards.

  7. I totally disagree about his star power. I think he comes across as very cute and likable. I think this will definitely qualify at least.

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