It’s nearing September which means the new series of The X Factor UK is just around the corner. And with it comes something that is becoming a new tradition: the appearance of former Eurovision acts. This time it’s the turn of the Romanian countertenor Cezar Ouatu.
He made his mark at Eurovision 2013, where he performed “It’s My Life”, which showed off his soaringly high vocal range.
Cezar shared the X Factor news with his fans on Facebook. In a post, he wrote “Guys, “I am so haaapppy! Officially, my new musical life challenge starts on September 1st! Do you see me? Stay tuned and enjoy! #TheXFactor #SimonCowell” He linked to a promo video of the new series.
The #XFactor is back! Cancel your plans, set your alarms and join us on September 1st, 8pm @ITV. We've got your weekend sorted!! ????
Posted by The X Factor on Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Among the clips of the colourful auditionees and new judge Robbie Williams, Cezar can be seen looking very different from the flamboyant “camp Dracula” style he brought to Eurovision 2013.
The Cezar of 2018 is looking cool dressed in black, including a leather jacket, accessorised with glasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
The brief shot of his audition if followed by a reaction of pop icon Robbie Williams in his new role at the judges’ table. He has a look of wide-eyed, slack-jawed wonder. We’re not sure he was reacting to Cezar’s performance, but Robbie’s reaction is not unlike how many of us were left feeling at Eurovision 2013.
Cezar is not the only former Eurovision star to take a chance with The X Factor UK this year.
Earlier in the month, we reported that former HomeTown boyband member and Ireland’s Eurovision 2017 singer Brendan Murray had made it through the Six Chair Challenge round and would be battling it out at Judges Houses.
Also doing well in the audition process was Junior Eurovision 2013 winner Gaia Cauchi. The young Maltese singer reportedly did not make it as a solo performer, but in X Factor tradition, she has reportedly been put in a girl group with other solo singers.
The 15th series of The X Factor UK starts this Saturday, 1 September. We will have full coverage of the Eurovision acts as they aim to be the next Saara Aalto or Rylan Clark.
What do you think? How far will Cezar go on The X Factor UK? Can the UK handle his raw talent? Sound off in the comments section below!