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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

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

Categories: Eurovision 2018, Interviews, Austria

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