In December 2017 Austria's broadcaster ORF revealed that Cesár Sampson would represent the country at Eurovision 2018 and today premiered his song 'Nobody But You'. Austria's team for Eurovision are no strangers to the competition and have have previous success in Kyiv last year as well as Stockholm in 2016.
The idea and subsequently the first demo for Nobody But You came from Cesár Sampson and Sebastian Arman. Cesár said: "Once we had finally found the songs core, and defining theme, the other three members of Symphonix (Joacim Persson, Borislav Milanov and Johan Alkenäs) came in one by one and contributed exactly what they do best." The result was: "A song that, on the one hand, contains my soul and my story and, on the other, the listeners will relate to!"
Cesár Sampson is proud to represent Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest. "Eurovision provides a unique presentation platform, unique not only for its sheer size, but especially because there isn’t anything else like it in that particular format. It is about the whole picture made up of various jigsaw pieces. Eurovision does not reduce musical entertainment to a mere talent contest. Instead it invites promising new acts, seasoned underdogs, and national stars alike to show who they are. Theoretically anyone can win," he said.
About Cesár Sampson
Cesár Sampson isn't an unknown quantity in the Austrian music scene. At the age of seventeen he started touring the world as the lead singer for some of Austria’s most internationally acclaimed alternative music acts (Kruder & Dorfmeister, Sofa Surfers, Louie Austen). After that he mainly worked from behind the scenes of the music business, as a songwriter, lyricist and vocal producer in various international productions.
As a member of Symphonix International, he was part of the Vienna-based collective of producers that lead Bulgaria to their historical fourth and second places in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Together they created Austria's entry for Lisbon. Last month Cesár travelled to Portugal to record his postcard for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.
Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest
Austria first appeared in the second edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and has taken part 50 times. The country won for the first time in 1966 and more recently in 2014 with the famous bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst.
Austria currently holds the record for longest gap between victories and in 2015 Austria became the first country to score zero points on home ground when the contest took place in the capital Vienna. Austria has qualified for the Grand Final every year since 2014. Read more about Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest.