The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we head to Austria where Bulgaria’s two-time backing singer Cesár Sampson has “Nobody But You”. Did he make us feel like the only one? Read on to find out!
Cesár Sampson – “Nobody But You”
“Nobody But You” reviews
Angus: Cesar can sing, gives the song real soul and the chorus is catchy. Unfortunately, on repeat listen, the track turns timid. When it should explode into a loud drum and bass number, it cocoons into comfortable but unremarkable plodding safe midtempo territory. Austria has form here: Natalia Kelly sang a similarly safe song and failed to advance from her semi-final in 2013. It’s difficult to not feel the same misgivings about Cesar’s chances in the first semi-final.
Anthony: Once again, the songwriting trio of Boris Milanov, Sebastian Arman and Joacim Persson continue to deliver the goods with another quality entry. Blending pop and gospel with a serving of soul, the entire concept feels very Hozier — in a good way. Having worked wonders with Bulgaria, the attention now focus on Cesár to take the lead role and make his home country proud.
Cinan: Yaaas! I love the gospel motives in this song and I’m here for it! I love Cesar — he is a very good person and I’m happy that he is going to represent Austria after twice doing duty as one of the best backing vocalists for Bulgaria in 2016 and 2017. This one is going to do very well in Lisbon.
Deban: Straddling soul, gospel and pop — “Nobody But You” sets the quality benchmark. Cesar Sampson quietly triumphs with a song that builds and swells. Dark, yet not moody; confident, yet not cocky — this entry is modern, avant-garde and serves as a perfect debut for an emerging star.
Kristin: This is such a smooth song. Everything works here. From the very first second “Nobody But You” screams quality. Cesár gets to be the lead after being a backup vocal for the past two years and that man is going to shine. His voice is soulful and deep and embraces the audience, without being agressive. I see good things for Austria this year. This is straight-up top-ten material.
Padraig: “Nobody But You” is the best solo male effort in Eurovision 2018. Period. Of course, we’ve yet to hear César perform it live, so there’s still time for things to go horribly wrong. Can they pull off the gospel effect? How will the vocal layering work? But I refuse to be a doomsayer. The track is a carefully crafted pop-soul confection. Its influences are obvious – Hozier, Sam Smith, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – but it never feels derivative. We’re taken on a proper journey with enough peaks and valleys to satisfy even the shortest of attention spans. And as César’s sublime vocals weave their magic, only one question remains – why has it taken this long for him to move from backing vocalist to headline act?
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 5 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.78/10
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