Cezar Your Face Sounds Familiar 2017 Pavarotti White duet

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!

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Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Bigger problem is that he looked nothing like Barry White, but rather Worf from Star Trek. Klingons should be offended, no-one else.

Julian
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Julian

Wonder if Cezar is mocking black people or all US citizens. And Pavarotti too, people with beards – he should have grown a beard first or let someone with a beard to impersonate Pavarotti.
US needed to choose between Clinton and Trump the last election. Thats more ridiculous than a stupid show that is also imported from you.

Clinton or Trump
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Clinton or Trump

Guess that this show is from Spain, like the shows about dance are from Mexico, but otherwise I agree with what you’ve said. US needs to understand its problems are not (and were not) everybody’s problems.

Misha
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Misha

Totally agree with Daan who seems to be from The Netherlands, Americans must understand that blackface belongs only to their stupid history. Nowhere else is bad to paint yourself in any way.

Daan
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Daan

Stop,using, american, culture, everywhere. Gosh. The US had blackface, US had people of African heritage banned from buildings, busses, etc. America was a terrible racist country. Stop applying this whole “Its blackface cuz they painted their face”. Noone cares about movies like White Girls or whatever, The Dutch had to cut a whole part of a traditional holliday because of Americans accusing everyone of blackface. Cezar did not do anything stereotypical to offend people of African heritage. He is mimicing an black singer. So whats next? Black people can’t sing songs of white people in these shows and vice versa?… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

I don’t see the problem…? If he’s impersonating a black artist, he can’t go on stage with his pale face. Racism is believing a race is superior to another or mocking another race, things he clearly didn’t do.

West
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West

I’m dissappointed – I expected a lot more people whinning about “unnecessary blackface” and “racism” in the comment section.
Seriously, this isn’t blackface, it’s a costume – after all, that’s the entire premise of the show: celebrities need to impersonate singers without making it a farce or ridicule (although that’s not possible when you make a very unfit man impersonate beautiful woman).
I feel sorry for people who get offended by this show.

Azaad
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Azaad

Thanks for pointing out that blackface is problematic. NOTE: most black people with white celebrities impersonating black ones without making themselves look “black”. I get that the afro Romanian community is small, but that doesn’t make it less wrong.

If you’re not black and want to impersonate Beyonce for this- adopt her choreography, clothing and maybe get a blonde wig and sound like her- the point of YFSF is to SOUND like the artist, not look like them.

me.me.
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me.me.

To impersonate a black person is not THE blackface that you know from 1920. Is not exaggerated, with big lips and everything, is just impersonation. If you want to know more why don’t you go and see the videos from Saturday Night Live with actors impersonating Obama, like Fred Armisen? It is OK.

me.me.
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me.me.

google ”fred armisen obama”

Robyn Gallagher
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Fred Armisen – who is of mixed race heritage, but not African-American – was widely criticised for his “black face” portrayal of Obama. It led to the African-Amercan comedian Jay Pharoah being cast and taking over the Obama role. 🙁

me.me.
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me.me.

OK, I understand, but don’t label people as racist just because they impersonate. I totally agree that Af-Am actors should play Af-Am characters, and this is healthy in many ways (also to provide jobs for Af-Am actors). Romania has Africans too, Kamara Ghedi was in ESC 2007, in Todomondo, and he is still so successful that he can go to ESC again, anytime he wants to compete in Selectia Nationala again.

Azaad
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Azaad

To equate Cezar with Trump and other dangerous racists is wrong, true. Cezar is probably not a racist himself, unlike those terrible people. But his actions are still racist and inconsiderate and black people have a right to be upset about it, even if he is not a major racist himself.

me.me.
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me.me.

A video of one of Kamara’s hits.
Please, don’t think Romania is racist because it is not at all.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kalkXhaPiDs

eurotrash
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eurotrash

I can’t say anything at all about Cezar’s post-Eurovision success. Irresponsible blackface in THREE videos in a row in the same news is just too much for me to handle… Sorry.

mei international
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mei international

Agreed. Yes there may not be a lot of black people in romania, fine they may not abide by the same cultural rules ,but the fact that the broadcaster keeps letting this happen is disgusting.

Giorgio
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Giorgio

Are you offended when men wear women’s dresses?