Representing Switzerland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is Luca Hänni with “You Got Me”. Ahead of the contest, Eurovoix had the chance to discuss all things Eurovision with the singer.
You rose to fame after winning Deutschland sucht den Superstar, what was it that made you first decide to participate in the show?
My friends convinced me to register at Deutschland sucht den Superstar, because at first I didn’t want to. Afterwards in the show I was really motivated and excited, so I kept on going until I won the show.
Growing up, has music always been an important part of your life?
For me it was clear very early that I want to do something with music in my life. I grew up in a musical family. I have been in drum lessons in kindergarten, followed by piano, guitar and singing lessons. Music always was and still is my absolute passion and definitely is a really important part of my life.
Fans of Eurovision recognise you from your role as the Swiss spokesperson in 2017. At the time, were you considering participating in Eurovision?
ESC has always been in my mind. But this year is the first time I really considered participating. Musicians were invited to submit their songs for the Swiss participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel in 2019. I wrote my song “She Got Me” in a songwriting camp, together with international songwriters and composers.
What was your reaction to being picked as this year’s Swiss entrant?
I feel just fantastic about my participation at ESC. It’s a great honour to represent my country. At first I was overwhelmed of course.
“She Got Me” is an infectious earworm, what were your thoughts when you first heard the song?
Every person needs someone who makes them happy and gets the best out of them, that’s what the song means to me. My first thoughts were: I really love the Middle Eastern elements and the rhythm of the song. I hope to get both the young and old dancing and I hope to be able to share my passion for dance and music with the whole audience.
Switzerland is the home of the Eurovision Song Contest, what was your earliest Eurovision memory?
I always remember the gigantic show and the many musicians who are on the same stage.
Finally, do you have a message for your fans?
Hello everyone, I’m so thankful for your great support, you are awesome. I hope to see you there at the ESC, a great event where many different cultures and people come together.
Thank you to Luca and SRF for making this interview possible.
Who is Luca Hänni?
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.
The singer has a link to the Eurovision Song Contest having been the nation’s spokesperson at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. He announced the results of the Swiss jury which awarded 12 points to Salvador Sobral of Portugal.
This year SRF has opted to internally select both the singer and song that will represent the nation in Tel Aviv, this comes on the back off four years of non-qualification to the final.
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 finished last five times since 2004. In the past four years, Switzerland has failed to reach the final.