The next preview takes us back to where Eurovision began, the land where cheese has holes, watches are precise and chihuahuas are everywhere. It’s Switzerland!!!
Switzerland hosted the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and will take part for the 58th time this year. They won the first contest as well with “Refrain” by Lys Assia. Their second, and so far last victory came in 1988, when an unknown Canadian singer called Céline Dion sang “Ne partez pas sans moi”. Last year, Rykka failed to get Switzerland to the final with “The Last of Our Kind”, which finished last in the second semi-final.
The Swiss broadcaster, Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR) organised the seventh edition of Die Entscheidungsshow, a process which has seen Switzerland reach the final twice. Six songs were selected to participate in the final. Public televoting decided the winner. With 47.88% of the vote, Timebelle won the Swiss ticket to Kyiv.
Timebelle is a band from Bern, currently consisting of Miruna Mănescu (vocals), Samuel Forster (drums) and Emanuel Daniel Andriescu (saxophone, clarinet, piano). Miruna and Emanuel are both originally from Romania while Samuel is from Switzerland. The band’s name comes from the Zytglogge, a famous clock tower in Bern, but also from the “beautiful time” when they all met while studying in the University of Bern. They originally started out with six members but just three remain today. They previously tried to represent Switzerland in 2015 with the song “Singing About Love” but finished second in the national selection. Their entry for Kyiv, “Apollo” was written and composed by Elias Näslin, Alessandra Günthardt and Nicolas Günthardt.
We have Swiss yodelling from Romania, so it’s only fair that we have Romanian singers from Switzerland! As for the song itself, it was good in the national selection but the revamp just lifts it up even more and makes it sound light, breezy yet powerful. This is a rare revamp where nothing is taken away but just the right things are added to create a wonderful finished product. This should save Switzerland from their last place despair and send them sailing through to the final.
What Could Have Been
Timebelle were my personal favourites from the Swiss national final because they were heads and shoulders above everyone else. Well, almost everyone. Ginta Biku from Lugano (a place I have much love for!) was also a close contender with “Cet Air-Là” (That Tune). She brought a strong performance and some holographic realness but only finished fourth overall. I think Switzerland would have also been okay with Ginta.
Viel Glück die Schweiz! Bonne chance la Suisse! Buona fortuna Svizzera! Bun cletg Svizra!
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(Sources: eurovision.tv, SRG SSR, YouTube)