I was beginning to worry about Eurovision 2013. The songs selected thus far were not particularly inspiring. We have a ton of drab ballads and a lot of decent but not particularly memorable pop songs. The campier entries are either horrible or too self-aware.
Malmö was missing something. And that something was Cezar.
When “It’s My Life” begins, you’re not sure where it’s going to go. Cezar sings “Love is so bright, like a diamond in the light” and you’re all like, this is going to be lame. The back-up dancers, wearing leather jackets, jeans, and scarves wrapped around their waists, do not inspire confidence.
Then the song hits the 30 second mark (:40 in the video above). And you find out Cezar is a countertenor. That’s when you realize: This. Is. Awesome.
I mean, it’s not without its flaws. The lyrics are bland (fire/desire check). I would have liked Cezar to drop back down to his lower register to sing the second verse. And the dancing doesn’t really get better. But why nitpick?
Back in 2009, Bulgaria sent a countertenor named Krassimir Avramov to Eurovision. It did not go well, as we detail in entry six of our Least Self Aware page. Part of why Avramov went awry is that he never seemed to have much control over his voice (or his back-up singers). Cezar, on the other hand, is rock steady.
Plus, the absolute drama that Cezar brings to his performance makes it memorable. The Romanian contingent needs to think of how they can elevate their back-up dancers so that they match Cezar’s mad intensity. It’s a tough ask, I know.
The Romanian National Final has become one of our favorites (hindered mainly by the amount of talking: host segments, interviews, et cetera). How can you not enjoy a show that not only has a countertenor, but also a falsetto worthy of Jimmy Somerville? We also really enjoyed Casa Presei’s “Un Refren,” which seems about 30 years out of date and yet still fun and professional.
And pity poor Electric Fence, who finished second again. If anyone could ever out-weird Zdob şi Zdub, it could be them: