Review: Cesar Sampson- ‘Nobody But You’ (Austria)

Artist: Cesar Sampson

Song: Nobody But You

Country: Austria

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Ranking: 15th

Betting Odds: 51/1

Austria have stuck with internal selection for Eurovision 2018, announcing Cesar Sampson (no relation to Daz) as their pick back in December. The title of the song was also revealed in December but fans would have to wait until March to hear ‘Nobody But You’ for the first time.

The track sees Cesar teaming up with Boris Milanov and Sebastian Arman, the songwriting masterminds behind the recent successful Bulgarian entries ‘Beautiful Mess’ (2nd in 2017) and ‘If Love Was a Crime’ (4th in 2016). Cesar also acted as the backing vocalist on both of these songs. Now Cesar takes centre stage and you’d wonder why its taken him so long to give it a go as the lead artist. He exudes confidence and has real stage presence.

In addition to this his voice has a gospel feel to it, almost like a poppier, more likable version of Sam Smith. ‘Nobody But You’ starts out as a mellow, softly sung ballad but it gains momentum to reveal a banger of a chorus. The song has real promise and there are moments where it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. There is a spine tingling gruffness to the prechorus, while the chorus melodically flows from one line to the next:

‘It wouldn’t be right letting you go running away from love
Ain’t nobody but you I can hold onto’

Cesar’s music video is a moody black and white affair which plays around with shadows, light and reflections in the beginning. Cesar then braves the cold weather and is morphed into different shapes and is transported from forest to cityscape through mirrored squares that almost act as portal through space and time. There is a flash of colour towards the end as Cesar touches the hand of a woman.

Austria have a strong submission this year in Cesar however only ten acts can qualify from the first semi final. With hotly tipped entries from Czech Republic, Israel, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Finland, Estonia, Belgium, Bulgaria and Macedonia, it may be a tight squeeze for Austria to make the final. Although equally as accomplished as Symphonix’s past attempts in 2016 and 2017, ‘Nobody But You’ may struggle to advance and this is more down to the luck of the draw than ability.

For more information on the artist here is 10 Things About…Cesar Sampson!

The full lyrics to the song are here and check out the video below!

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