May 2018 Cesár Sampson, born in Linz, will represent Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.

May 2018 Cesár Sampson, born in Linz, will represent Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.

On May 10th there will be the second edition of “Mr. Song Contest proudly presents” – and the second semi-final. This scheme will then be completed on May 12th with No. 3 and the grand finale, which can be seen from 9 p.m.

Friday 4th May 2018

Cesár Sampson, who was born in Linz, will represent Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Rehearsals for the singing competition are in full swing.

During the first rehearsal in the Altice Arena, the singer had a problem with the opening of the belt that secures him on the lifting platform at a height of three and a half meters.

1st stage impressions 👕 @magdalenaadriane 👖 @trueyouofficial 🚀❤️

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After he sang his song, the technology caused trouble again. During the third rehearsal, the huge podium of the modern stage got stuck. One can only hope that his real performance will go better.

Always stay cool

In any case, the singer takes the hopscotch: “I definitely have the best view in the hall – the golden ticket, so to speak,” joked the native of Linz.

During the intensive rehearsals, a close friendship evidently developed between Austria and Switzerland. The result is this mashup:

Thursday 3rd May 2018

The formula for success

If you want to be successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, you have to be in the middle – at least when it comes to the speed of the song. And if you trust the statistics. The most promising speed, which is measured in “beats per minute” (bpm) in music, is mid-tempo. At the ESC 2018 in Lisbon, however, things are going to be rather fast this year.

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The 65 winning titles (there were four winners in 1969) had so far ranged from a rather worn 27 (1995, Secret Garden from Norway) to a hectic 134 (1998, Dana International from Israel) bpm. Last year’s winner Salvador Sobral was more in the upper midfield with his song “Amar pelos dois” and 92 bmp.

Average heartbeat

Looking at the entire ESC history, however, the choice of a beat rate in the range between 61 and 70 bpm – the average heartbeat of the resting person – turned out to be victorious, which led to success in 20 cases. The second most successful tempo group, 71 to 80 bpm, only had ten winners.

It may come as a surprise that the slower numbers in Lisbon are few and far between. Laura Rizzotto is most leisurely with “Funny Girl” for Latvia with 59 bmp. Including your contribution, there are only five songs in the statistical success formula category up to 70 bmp this year. In the 71 to 80 bmp division, too, only four countries are present.


Then Austria’s representative Cesar Sampson soon joins with “Nobody But You” and 85 trustmypaper legit Almost half of the 43 represented songs – namely 21 – are in the really fast league over 100 bmp. The two Italians Meta hold the top position of the hectic Moro with “Non mi avete fatto niente” and beaten 180 bmp.

But speed isn’t everything either. As far as the key of the song is concerned, in the overall comparison it is important to prefer major over minor, because here too the numbers with 41 to 24 speak a clear language. However, a paradigm shift has taken place in recent years, as minor has become dominant since the turn of the millennium: of the 16 winning titles since 2001, twelve have this key, which is often perceived as melancholy.

But who believes a statistic that he has not falsified himself!

Cesar Sampson jams with the Swiss

The Austro candidate Cesar Sampson praised the participants from Switzerland, the Zibbz siblings and posted a picture after they made music together:

Gotta love @zibbz_official 😊👌🏾🙌🏾🇨🇭 # switzerland super talented siblings and just all around good people. We jammed a little too! Stay tuned!

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Wednesday May 2, 2018

According to statistics, a woman should win this year

43 nations join

63rd Eurovision Song Contest

in Lisbon against each other. And again, it will primarily depend on charisma and musical quality which song inspires the jury and the audience. Nevertheless, there are some statistical factors that have emerged as guarantors of success in the past 62 issues – not least gender.

36 female winners

A look at the winners of previous competitions shows that you tend to have an advantage if you compete solo and are a woman: With 36 in number, the female participants represent the clear majority of the total of 65 winners (there were four of them in 1969 ). The two trans-artists Dana International and Conchita Wurst have not even been counted here, but even so the balance is clear.

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A band was only able to win 17 times, and only ten times did a man have the winning smile on his face. However, the men are clearly catching up, as four men have won in the past ten years: Dima Bilan from Russia (2008), Alexander Rybak from Norway (2009), Mans Zelmerlöw from Sweden (2015) and most recently Salvador Sobral (2017 ). From this point of view, Austria’s candidate Cesar Sampson doesn’t have to worry.

In any case, the field of participants in the 2018 edition is balanced as it rarely does: 14 duos or bands face 14 male solo artists and 15 female participants. Most likely, the formations with several artists have to worry, won the last duo with Ell Nikki from Azerbaijan at the 2011 competition. And with the shock rockers Lordi from Finland in 2006, the last victory of a band is even further back.

Sampson discovers Lisbon

After the first day of rehearsals followed by an interview marathon, Cesár Sampson took a walk through the Portuguese capital. From the Torre de Belém, via the Praça do Comércio, we continued through the Baixa Pombalina, the heart of the city, past sights such as the Elevador de Santa Justa and picturesque squares such as the Praça da Figueira.

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Cesár Sampson: “Lisbon is a very old city full of different influences. You get the feeling that there are a lot of secrets to discover here. And the location on this huge river is also something very special. “And about his personal relationship with the city:” I gave a concert here when I was 17 and was received very warmly by the audience – that has shaped me forever. “

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Cesar Sampson introduces himself

The organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest have now presented a profile video of the Austrian candidate Cesar Sampson. In it, the singer tells what he cannot live without, what he is most looking forward to, what is the favorite line of text in his song and what he last does before he takes the stage:

Sampson’s first rehearsal in Lisbon

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“We are now taking a very close look at all the individual ingredients of the performance before we finally put them together into a big whole.” On Monday he was on the song contest stage in the Altice Arena in Lisbon for the first time: Cesár Sampson performed his song “Nobody but You” three times during the first rehearsal. After that, the TV implementation of the stage performance was presented to the Austrian delegation in the so-called viewing room, where there was also the opportunity to submit change requests. ORF delegation leader Stefan Zechner: “I am already very satisfied with the implementation of our stage concept. There are still a few details that we would like to adjust, but I am sure that everything will work fine until the second rehearsal on Thursday. “

Cesár, who begins his performance on a podium 3.5 meters above the stage, with a wink: “I definitely have the best view in the hall – the golden ticket, so to speak!” Cesár Sampson is supported on the ESC stage by five background singers: Sandra Kurzweil, Rachelle Jeanty, Sunay Balkan, Ricardo Soler da Costa and Francisco Pereira.

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Song Contest boss Jon Ola Sand did not miss Cesár Sampson’s first performance: “Austria’s rehearsal went very well. You have a very strong artist with an excellent voice and a great stage presence. The performance on the podium is simply spectacular. “

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This is how the winner is chosen

The Eurovision Song Contest is a dynamic affair – and so the rules have changed again and again since the first edition in 1956. Sometimes the reforms were huge, sometimes the reforms remained. Here are the rules:

– The competition song cannot be longer than three minutes. Political messages, for example on T-shirts or banners, by hand signals or verbally, are prohibited. A maximum of six people, but no animals, are allowed on the stage. The interpreter must be at least 16 years old on the day of the semi-finals and can freely choose the language of the presentation.

So far, so clear. A little more complex is the potential way in which the winner of the music competition will be crowned.

– The representatives of the largest sponsors of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the defending champions always have a guaranteed starting place in the final. In 2018, this illustrious group is formed from the following six countries: Germany, France, Great Britain, Spain and Italy as the “Big Five” and Portugal as the defending champion and host.

– The “Big Five” countries and hosts Portugal will present their song for the third time this year in those semi-finals in which the countries are also entitled to vote. However, the six nations remain pre-qualified for the final.

– Ten final tickets will be awarded in each of the two semi-finals. A total of 26 numbers match each other for Europe’s singing crown in the final.

– All 43 countries participating in this year’s Lisbon ESC are entitled to vote in the final – including those that have already been eliminated in the semi-finals.

– The rating of a country is made up of the vote of the audience via phone call, app or SMS as well as the vote of a five-person jury of experts. The two partial results are currently weighted in a 50:50 ratio. The ten best titles are rated with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12 points.

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– The points of the juries and the audience vote are not combined for each country, but assessed individually. Specifically, each country awards 12 points twice. First of all, on the evening of the final, the national spokespersons only present the 12 points of the jury’s evaluation in the usual manner, while points 1 to 8 and 10 are displayed. Then the placements of the public voting for places 26 to 11 are added up in their entirety. The remaining points are then presented by the moderators from a dramaturgical point of view. This system is intended to keep the winner open for as long as possible – and increase the tension if the audience understands the procedure.

– If, despite all mathematical efforts, there is a tie between two countries in the end, the country that was rated higher by the audience wins. In this case, the audience’s vote has priority. If the number of audience votes for the two songs is exactly the same, the song that received audience votes from more countries is ahead. If this number is also the same, the country that has received 12 points more often wins. If this does not determine a winner either, this rule is continued down to 1 point. And if the mathematically unlikely event occurs that both countries are tied up to point 1, the country that had the previous starting number in the final will be chosen as the winning nation. At least in this case, a low starting number is an advantage.

All songs in a fast run

Listen to the ESC on the double CD

For those who want to prepare for the Song Contest, Universal Music has the double CD in the talon again this year, which unites all participants in this year’s edition.

The double CD is stylistically designed laconically as usual: In the friendly light blue, this year’s motto “All Aboard!” Is laughing under a shell. opposite. The inside of the booklet does not contain more than the title and a small photo of the respective candidate. There is only room for a few greetings on media policy from Jon Ola Sand, the ESC boss of the European Broadcasting Union: “The world of public media companies is facing many challenges these days. And yet the Eurovision Song Contest is a shining example of one international TV production on a world-class level. “

The chronological order

For non-ESC connoisseurs, the big question remains, why in the alphabetical order of the 43 contributions Belarus is next to Bulgaria or the Czech Republic next to Germany. The answer: It goes according to the international country acronyms. The advantage for the listener, thanks to this system, is the chance of “blind hearing” – as guessing, uninfluenced by prior knowledge and judgment, as to which number comes from which country.

Russia’s candidate Julia Samoylova made it onto the ESC CD for the second time in a row. The singer, who has been in a wheelchair since childhood, found herself among the numbers pressed on CD last year with “Flame is Burning” – although the Ukraine had denied her participation in the world’s largest music competition, as she had once traveled to the Russian mainland occupied Kiev Peninsula to perform, which resulted in a travel ban under Ukrainian law. Now Samoylova is in the running with “I Won’t Breaking”.

“All Aboard!” in Lisbon

The Song Contest will take place in Lisbon this year – the first time in the history of the competition. After all, the country on the south-western tip of Europe had never won the ESC despite 49 participations since 1964, until

Salvador Sobral

triumphed with “Amar pelos dois” in Kiev last year.

Now the musical mega-event will take place in the port city of Lisbon. The two semi-finals are scheduled for May 8th and 10th in the Altice Arena by the sea, where the grand final will take place on May 12th. This largest multi-purpose hall in the country can hold up to 20,000 people for concerts.

Austria in the first semifinals

A total of 43 countries are taking part in the competition this year, including Austria again.