Timebelle are the second of this years Eurovision participants to have traveled to F.Y.R Macedonia to promote themselves.
Timebelle are in F.YR Macedonia to promote their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The group who were selected at the start of February to represent Switzerland have spent the today and yesterday in the country meeting with the press as well as with the countries entrant Jana Burceska. Since being selected to represent Switzerland at the contest Timebelle have promoted themselves in the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Israel and F.Y.R Macedonia. Earlier this week Levina from Germany also traveled to the country to promote her song “Perfect Life”.
Timebelle won the Swiss selection process at the start of February with “Apollo” topping the public televote with 47.88% of the overall vote. They beat runner-up Nadya by just under 30% of the vote. Apollo returned to the Swiss selection process having narrowly missed out on representing the country in Vienna, Austria in 2015 when Melanie Rene won with “Time To Shine”.
Timebelle are a three-piece band from Bern, consisting of lead vocalist Miruna Manescu, drummer Samuel Forster, and saxophonist, clarinettist and pianist Emanuel Daniel Andriescu. Both Manescu and Andriescu are Romanian, as is their manager Mihai Alexandru. Alexandru himself has a history with Eurovision, having competed in Romania’s national selection several times since 1992. In 2003, his song “Don’t Break My Heart”, sung by Nicola, represented Romania in Riga, placing 10th.
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Switzerland hosted the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 a contest that they won. Lys Assia won the first contest with the song “Refrain”, it wasn’t until 1988 that Switzerland would win the contest again. At the contest in Dublin it was Celine Dion with “Ne partez pas sans moi” who beat the United Kingdom to victory by just 1 point. In recent years Switzerland has struggled finishing last five times since 2004. In the past two years Switzerland has failed to reach the final.