Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.
Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Austria, “Nobody But You” by Cesar Sampson, written by Boris Milanov, Sebastian Arman, Joacim Persson, and Johan Alkenäs. The song is performed in English. Sampson is an Austrian-born singer and songwriter who has been to Eurovision twice before – for the past two years, he’s been a backup performer for the Bulgarian artists, Poli Genova in 2016 and Kristian Kostov in 2017, making this his third year in a row being a part of the show. The song will be performed 14th in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.
For some reason, EuroVision fans are going great ga-ga over this song. It’s a pretty good song too, but I don’t see the huge pop it’s getting from everyone else. Sampson is a terrific vocalist and the video is very original, with the way his face pops up in a variety of unusual places during the second verse. But the song itself, and the performance, are pretty run-of-the-mill to me; it sounds like a pretty basic R&B-tinged pop love song, like we hear from artists like Usher or Jason Derulo all the time. It’s a pleasing song, but there’s nothing distinctly new or different about it. It definitely has a shot at becoming a major hit, though – it’s got an irresistible pop hook in the chorus, and the sound and style fits with a lot of today’s contemporary radio, so if it makes its way to the US charts, it could end up in the top 20 on the Hot 100, and could easily cross over to the R&B and AC charts as well, and even the dance charts if a remix was released.
Austria made its EuroVision debut on the contests’ first birthday in 1957 and has been around fifty times since then, missing years here and there for various reasons. They have two Grand Final championships that were a whopping 38 years apart – 1966’s “Merci, Cherie” by Udo Jurgens and 2014’s instant EuroVision Classic “Rise Like A Phoenix” by Conchita Wurst. But every good side has its bad side too…they have finished dead last in the contest a whopping EIGHT times, with four of those times with the dreaded “nul” points – 1962, 1988, 1991 and 2015, a most “nul” points record they share with Norway.
Here’s the official music video – some very original presentations there in the second verse…
Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!
Tomorrow we’ll wrap up our Song By Song preview with the final four songs. And after we’re done, it will be time for yours truly to start unleashing some historical favorites and such…
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