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Destination Lisbon (#21): Meet Cesár Sampson from Austria

06 April 2018 at 09:00 CEST
Cesár Sampson represents Austria at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest ORF / Thomas Ramstorfer
In the 21st part of 'Destination Lisbon', our feature counting down to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, we get to know Cesár Sampson, who will represent Austria with the song 'Nobody But You'.

Cesár Sampson isn’t unknown in Austria's domestic music scene. At the age of seventeen he started touring the world as lead singer for some of Austria’s most internationally acclaimed alternative music acts; Kruder & Dorfmeister, Sofa Surfers and Louie Austen. He then moved behind the scenes of the music business as a composer, lyricist and vocal producer.

Cesár Sampson already has a Eurovision success story in the pocket: As a member of Symphonix International he was part of the Vienna-based producers collective that led Bulgaria to their historic fourth and second places at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 and 2017 respectively. In December 2017, Austria's broadcaster ORF revealed that Cesár was selected internally to represent the country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

The idea for Nobody But You came from Cesár Sampson and Sebastian Arman. Cesár said: "Once we finally found the song's 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: "A song that on the one hand contains my soul and my story and, on the other, listeners will relate to."

Ahead of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, former Austrian Eurovision stars Nathan Trent and ZOË got together with Cesár to give him some valuable advice: "Even with all the stress that comes with it, try to enjoy this unique moment." Check out the images of the get-together below:

Cesár travelled to Lisbon for his postcard shooting back in February, as he showed on his Instagram profile. You can read more about it here as well.

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Cesár Sampson will perform Nobody But You for Austria in the first Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on the 8th of May.

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