Switzerland have announced that Luca Hänni will act as their spokesperson during the voting of the grand final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest.
22-year old Luca is a singer-songwriter from Bern, Switzerland. He is best known for competing in the ninth season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar in 2012. He went on to win the show, becoming the first non-German singer to do so. His debut single topped the charts in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and his debut album reached number one in Switzerland and Austria.
Switzerland are the latest country to announce their spokesperson. The other spokespersons named so far are:
- Australia – Lee Lin Chin
- Austria – Kati Bellowitsch
- Belarus – Alyona Lanskaya (Eurovision 2013)
- Czech Republic – Radka Rosická
- France – Élodie Gossuin
- Georgia – Nika Kocharov (Eurovision 2016)
- Germany – Barbara Schöneberger
- Hungary – Csilla Tatár
- Latvia – Aminata (Eurovision 2015)
- The Netherlands – Douwe Bob (Eurovision 2016)
- Portugal – Filomena Cautela
- San Marino – Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo
- Spain – Nieves Álvarez
- Sweden – Wiktoria (Melodifestivalen 2015 & 2016)
- Ukraine – Pavlo Shylko (Eurovision Host 2005)
This year Switzerland will be represented by Timebelle, who will be singing the song “Apollo” in the 2nd semi-final on Thursday 11th May. Timebelle are a three-piece band from Bern, made up 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. Mihai 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 and finished in 10th place.
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Switzerland hosted the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, a contest that they won with Lys Assia and the song “Refrain”. Switzerland didn’t win the contest again until 1988, when in Dublin they were represented by Celine Dion with “Ne partez pas sans moi”. She beat the United Kingdom’s Scott Fitzgerald to victory, winning by just 1 point. In recent years Switzerland has struggled at the contest, finishing last five times since 2004. In the past two years Switzerland has failed to reach the final.