There’s nobody like him. Cesár Sampson starts off his performance of “Nobody But You”, standing tall on top of a raised platform in the centre of the stage. Lights surround the outside of his platform and smoke billows below, giving this a very futuristic feel. The light cuts across Cesár’s face at the start, keeping half of him in darkness — giving a heightened sense of mystery that really works.

As the platform descends, the performance veers more traditional, with the star letting loose as he moves across the stage. At times we’ve worried that he lacked life in the eyes on occasion. But he is most definitely alive now, strutting his stuff like there is no tomorrow. One of the highlights of the act is a large on-screen image of César that seems to rise out of his spaceship. THIS is how you do it!

It’s clear that Austria are still playing with the performance. Cesár’s backing vocalists seemed to pop in and out during different run-throughs. Cesár’s vocals were as strong as ever, although he was commenting that he wasn’t too certain himself on stage — clearly he’s a perfectionist who only wants to bring the best.

Cesár Sampson — “Nobody But You”: Reviews and Reactions

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28 Comments on "Austria: Cesár Sampson descends from the sky during first rehearsal"

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Miguel
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The light effects are great but his vocals are underwhelming…
The scream was completely out of tune. I am disappointed.
And his clothes could be more exciting. Not that they are bad, but this is Eurovision after all.

AngieP
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I heard his performance made a good impression in the press center. Personally, I like that song a lot. The outfit was good, the colors were good, his voice good as always.

Lady Gaga
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He is a case study (together with Surie) when backing vocals try to be headliners and…it’s lacking that X-Factor. That’s why only a select people really becoming stars, and it’s not only down to talent.

fugu
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Not loving the clothes. Correction, I freaking hate those trousers! Hope that is one of the things that gets changed.

Luca passfield
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Am I the only person who actually really likes it?? This was great – better than I thought and I think this is going through!! Go Austria!!!

CyxCy
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No, we are two! ^^ Cesar is my champion since his selection. Go, go, go Austria, go!

willchrisiam
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This is the second or third time they mention on screen images. Are there screens or not?

Andi
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On screen as in edited to be shown on your television/computer screen.

Diana (UK)
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This is the worst thing I’ve seen after FYROM, Lithuania, Armenia, and Belarus. No final – guaranteed!

Malin
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I like his voice, but the song is’t my taste and for me the song is the most importent…not the voice…but….
Good luck

Kosh
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How to ruin a good song (top 10 for me) with a nonsensical concept.

Sabrina
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The snippet doesn’t show much and it seems that it’s another act where camera angles are very important (the same as Belgium). Reading about “a large on-screen image of César that seems to rise out of his spaceship” actually scares me more than excites me. But hey, wiwi’s reactions were positive, so it may look good. I just hope they get the gospel choir effect. That’s the selling point of this entry for me.

Mr Gold
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Bulgaria and Austria both are RUINED!!!

please
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why is he mooving so much on stage? I was expecting more from this. The vocals are on point but i don’t know very boring stage show.

Polegend Godgarina
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The song is excellent, but he needs to fill that stage up a bit.

Pickylua
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Portugal is a very poor country… No money for LEDS. And good luck with the public transports in Lisbon (always delayed or in strike). If you want something to eat or drink at dawn, forget it, no eat delivery after 2 a.m.. And if you need to go to an hospital you will lose the entire Eurovision week just to be seen by a doctor

Jake
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And this has nothing to do with anything even if it was true or different from countless of European countries.

Geeky Monky
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I’m really, really hoping now that we throw an amazing show to shut up all the haters. Make them bite their own tongues. I like to not always have simple stages, it’s a HUGE spectacle, there should be striking stagings associated with it. Like blow your sockets out off your feet through your shoes kind a staging. Something ridiculous. I hope we have some hidden effects down our sleeves, or that even with just the pyros, smoke and lights we’ve seen so far it ends up looking pristine. WE HAVE LED SCREENS (loud for the ones in the back). There… Read more »
Raul
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Must been because of this Lisbon and Portugal received the Prize of best tourism destination in the World. No LEDS were not because of mooney … is a way to get countries to work there imagination and get the vocals to the center of the contest … again! This should be a stage performance not a videoclip. Thank You, Portugal! PicyLua …. grow up! Try to cross the border…. Isso é só azia da paelha!

Héctor
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Looks very promising! Love this song. His vocals are great too. He must qualify. My only complain is the backvocals.

Netta is a feminist, bad bad. Im not a toy. Jim
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Netta is a feminist, bad bad. Im not a toy. Jim

He looks like Donald Trump and Patrik Laine

alessio
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the staging this year is a problem for all …. no led no show

Denis
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The song is great but the staging is so underwhelming. Still time for improvement though!

Marvel
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Guys you’re judging from a tiny 30 sec clip that doesn’t show us the camera angles and everthing – I’d rather trust in the video-analysis the guys gave us on youtube, and according to them it was a great first rehearsal 🙂

Leon
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So Portugal has red light only? Everyone is using red. That is what happen when Portugal give us a light show.

Leon
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He needs more than a mic honey. He needs better styling, dancers, backing vocalists and most importantly a LED (yes throwing shade at you Portugal…)

jan
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no dancers, he need a choir standing close to him, to add that gospel feeling and epicness. this is done so wrong in almost every single way

Hörnchen AT
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sb give him a mic! i cant deal with those empty hands moving around randomly (crying)