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Premiere of Cesár Sampson’s song “Nobody But You” on March 9!

Have you forgotten about Austria? We sure haven’t! It’s been a long time coming, but things are finally moving along as Cesár Sampson’s entry will officially premiere in just a little over a week from now.

We are half way through (be sure to vote for your favourite entry so far in our poll) our journey of finding out all the selected entries for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. With national finals coming to an end either this week or the week after (yes, even Lithuania…at least we hope so), dates for the internally selected songs are starting to fall like confetti during a reprise.

There is cause for excitement, because March 9 is the official release date of Cesár’s entry. The press gets to enjoy it a bit earlier, as part of a special presentation taking part 10:00 CET on March 8 at the ORF Center. Cesár’s own descriptions of his song have been quite colourful, so we are all eager to see if it will match our high expectations.

Like a return home for Cesár Sampson

Cesár Sampson is no stranger to the Eurovision stage. As part of Symphonix International, the team behind Bulgaria’s two most recent and very successful entries, he helped Poli Genova figure out if love was a crime back in 2016 and helped Kristian Kostov create a beautiful mess on stage last year. He not only served as the vocal producer, but also provided backing vocals for both of their performances on stage, so he’s sure to put all of that experience to good use in his own act.

Even ORF’s own television director gushed over him not long after his selection:

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

If that ran on the home shopping network, the lines would be too busy to handle all the incoming orders. We think that comment means he’s pretty good. So there’s plenty to look forward to!

What about last year?

Of course we can’t end this article without mentioning last year’s representative, the always cheerful Nathan Trent, who charmed the viewers with his moonman routine in Kyiv. Those in need of a bit of a pick-me-up can rewatch his peformance of “Running On Air” down below. Just try not to smile while doing so, we dare you.

Are you as excited as we are to hear the full entry? Are you familiar with Cesár’s earlier work? What are your thoughts on Wiener schnitzels?

Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA!

Rigmo Kannike

When not busy haunting various online chat rooms as his criminal alter ego, PeterP, Rigmo enjoys long walks on the beach and rooting for the absolute worst national final songs.

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