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.
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