He won Romania’s Your Face Sounds Familiar back in 2015, and on Saturday Cezar “The Voice” Ouatu returned for an encore. A popular face and voice on the Romanian version of the show (Te cunosc de undeva), the artist who represented the country at Eurovision in 2013 with “It’s My Life” proved that he can do a Jacques Houdek style duet. Performing as both opera singer Luciano Pavarotti and R&B legend Barry White, Cezar outdid himself with White’s hit song “My First, My Last, My Everything”.
Cezar sailed seamlessly from Pavarotti’s tenor voice to White’s trademark bass-baritone vocals. Surely he reminded all Eurovision fans watching of this year’s Croatian Eurovision representative Jacques Houdek, who managed a similarly impressive feat with his impressive, bi-vocal rendition of “My Friend”.
This is not Cezar’s first duet for Your Face Sounds Familiar. Before he won in 2014, he transformed into Diana Ross and Lionel Richie and performed the 80’s hit love song “Endless Love”:
Despite the unnecessary blackface — an unfortunate staple on the Romanian version of Your Face Sounds Familiar — Cezar remains a favourite of the public and a very strong contestant. With such versatility and vocal gymnastics on show, his fellow contestants must put up a good fight in order to prevail.
Cezar never shies away from drag and is always up for the challenge of performing in a dress. Just last week, he stole the show as a barely clothed Grace Jones.
And four weeks ago, he put on a sequin dress and exercised his jazz hands as Julie Andrews.
What do you think about Cezar’s post-Eurovision success as a star on Your Face Sounds Familiar? Should he also come back to the Eurovision stage? Let us know in the comments!