It was announced today that singer-songwriter Bastian Baker will be providing commentary for the French-Swiss channel RTS during the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The news was announced this afternoon with Bastian providing a recorded message in French on SRF’s official Eurovision Twitter to accompany the official tweet as seen below:
Bastian Baker will comment the #ESC2019 Final for #RTS! We are looking forward to seeing you! @bastianbaker #Switzerland #Schweiz #Suisse #Svizzera #Eurovision #srfESC #SRF #TelAviv2019 #DareToDream #LucaHaenni #SheGotMe #LucaGotMe @haenni__luca @SRF @Eurovision ????⭐️ pic.twitter.com/zHbcatM3Yu
— SRF ESC (@srfesc) May 2, 2019
Bastian will be joined by Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner on the French commentary team. German-Swiss broadcaster SRF have recruited Sven Epiney as commentator for the twelfth year in a row. Sinplus who represented Switzerland in 2012 will be the spokespeople for the Swiss jury during the grand final.
Swiss-born singer-songwriter Bastian Baker may be familiar to viewers as a coach on The Voice Belgique.
Switzerland this year is represented by Luca Hänni with the song “She Got Me”. Luca will be performing 4th in the second semi final on Thursday the 16th of May. Luca was internally selected to represent his country after broadcasters decided to rest their national selection show.
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.