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Where are they now? Thomas Forstner

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 16, 2020 at 5:05 AM

Thomas Forstner placed 5th in 1989 and he was the latest Austrian singer in the 80’s. Two years later he cameback and placed last. "Nur ein Lied" made him a pop star among the teenagers giving more than 300 concerts between May 1989 and February 1990. After realized that the music business was over for him, Thomas entered the IT industry. ( His latest contribution to music that we could find was under the pseudonym Vincent Parker singing in remixes of Hello and You’re in the army now in the the early 00’s.

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Where are they now? Gary Lux

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 10, 2020 at 1:45 PM

Gary Lux was one of the artists who most often stepped on the Eurovision stage in the 80s and 90s. No more than 6 times and twice as a soloist. In one of them he went out of tune on the last note, something unimportant for someone so persistent, and although he did a lot of collaborations, the best ranking he got was the 8th place, alone in 1985! 

Born in Canada, he went very young for Austria where he made his career. Today, at 61, Gary Lux continues singing and releasing records. His last album Perfekt from 2014 had an average success but he now is back with the singles Ich würde es tun and Was muss passieren...

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Rehearsals: second round for semifinalists 2 (LIVE)

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 9, 2019 at 2:40 PM Comments comments ()

The rest of the semifinalists from the first semifinal will rehearse today so as the first group of the second semifinal!

Greece (YES)

The Greek singer and her nymphs took to the stage with some changes but with many props such as the "open book" of Kalomira. For Eurovision as visual spectacle is approved and will move to the final easily.

San Marino (NO)

The choirs seem strange to accompany the singer's last participation in the ESC, as he has already said. After all, it seems that the sound of the show is not very good. The staging is excellent.

Second semifinal

Armenia (MAYBE)

Srbuk's attempt to be a one woman show seems to be in trouble. Everything will depend on the votes of the neighbors and their moods. Much more was expected of this performance.

Ireland (NO)

The lack of synchronicity between the sound and the voices of the arena continues and when the singers have more weaknesses are very evident. Good Pop but with a presentation already much seen.

Moldova (NO)

Much has been said about the drawings in the sand that accompany the song. But are not there so many things already seen in Eurovision? What matters if the singer sings well? The composition is good!

Switzerland (YES)

On a poor stage as we have not seen for years, this performance fits perfectly in the small arena of the Tel Aviv. It will work very well in this very strong semifinal.

Latvia (NO)

What if the jury gets into the mood of this song that crunches anyone? It would be the surprise of the night. Nothing special but it can work on the jury. About the public, already will have other things to choose.

Romania (NO)

Romania tries to create mysticism once again, just as it did last year. From the land of Dracula comes an atmosphere of mystery that probably will not attract the public with a spell.

Denmark (YES)

Another well-staged song that with a children's melody and with emphasis on the French language will leave our friends in France angry when Roi qualifies worse. It will attract all the neighbors. Although well achieved it is one of the simplest and most uninteresting songs of this edition.

Sweden (YES)

Sweden repeat the "Big 6 stance" once again and it is already in the final. No matter how tiring the Swedish melodies can be it is very well achieved and is a candidate for the triumph.

Austria (YES)

The jury will be delirious with this! Simplicity above all and based on the singer Austria tries to repeat the feat of Cesar Sampson. Will certainly get it.

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Top 5 Things about Cesar (Austria)

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 25, 2018 at 5:10 PM Comments comments ()

50 times in Eurovision, 46 finals and 2 times winner! It's Austria calling.

Who's  Cesar? Let's find his hourney to Eurovision.

1. Cesár Sampson is a singer, songwriter, and model with 34.

2. He worked for many years as a social worker.

4. Cesár has toured the world as the lead singer from some of Austria's most recognisable bands including Kruder & Dorfmeister, Sofa Surfers, and Louie Austen.

4.  He was part of the music formation Symphonix International, a musical production and events project, mostly active in Austria and Bulgaria.

5. Eurovision is not new for him. He previously performed backing vocals for the Bulgarian acts: for Poli Genova in "If Love Was a Crime" and for Kristian Kostov during his performance of "Beautiful Mess".

Lisbon: a nation with heritage of conquerors is especially inclusive and open today

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on March 11, 2018 at 9:15 AM Comments comments ()

He sang twice as background singer at eurovision and this year is the internal selection for Austria. We had the chance to speak to Cesar and speak about Portugal, Salvador's victory of course and what he expects of Lisbon 2018.

1. Cesar, when you think about Portugal, what is the first thing having in mind?

Portugal is in fact one of my favorite 3 Countries that I have ever been to, and has been for a long time! My first associations are friendly people, exploration and Cristiano Ronaldo:)

2. Have you ever been to Lisbon and what did you like the most? Or what are you the most excited about Lisbon, if it is your first time?

I was in Lisbon three times, 2 times professionally and once recently (shooting footage for the eurovision postcard). I played 2 of my most emotionally touching live concerts in Portugal, i have never before or since felt an energy quite like the one the portuguese audience gave me back then. I was still a boy back then, so the memory stuck with me.

3. What was your reaction about the victory of Salvador last year?

Having been on the production end of it all I viewed it primarily in terms of „what does this win say about the desires and yearnings of the audience and how will it affect eurovision in the future?“ i hope it will inspire future artists to be more comfortable sending songs of less common styles to eurovision.

4. You already joined twice as background singer the contest. How would you explain this experience to your best friend?

I wouldnt describe it as having been there as a background singer primarily. I‘s twll him my team needed me to work with the singers and backing singers on site, overseeing the conversion from the studio version to the live version. Of course , wanting to support our artists in every way possible, it was clear to me that i‘d help out vocally as well.

5. How did the idea come up to represent Austria, why not Bulgaria?

Well, at the end of the day I am austrian, and I live in Austria. Although I would love to see myself as a part-time honorary citizen of Bulgaria ��

6. What do you expect from Eurovision for your musical career?

I am working hard with my team to set ourselves up for whatever might come next , but right now i want to deliver the goods at eurovision. My heart and mind is in the now.

7. What does the theme “All aboard” means to you?

Inclusion! A well chosen slogan, considering how many nations in europa feel torn between their nature to help people in need and their fear of ...whatever it is they‘re afraid of.

8. Eurovision this year will be without big LED walls, what do you think about that fact?

I think that it can cause countries to make sure their song can hold it‘s own even without that effect, or to bring some innovations of their own. Or both!

9. The inspiration for the theme of this year was the ocean. Which meaning does it has for you?

I have been thinking about that, when i was last in Lisbon, where it becomes apparent how many different influences there are in this city, have been for hundreds of years, and the beauty and richness of culture that results from it. Its ironic how it‘s a nation with the heritage of conquerors is especially inclusive and open today. Maybe thats how you learn that you always gain something as well when you share your culture with a foreigner. In my opinion its communication and dialogue that forms character, not isolation.

10. What do you think will be the biggest difference for you this year at eurovision?

I honestly don‘t know. I guess we‘ll find out together...:)

We thank Cesar for the interview and wish all the best for Lisbon and yeah let check out how it works this time for you.

Pedro de Almeida

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