Gjon’s Tears has given his first live performance of “Répondez-moi” at a concert yesterday evening.
Switzerland’s Eurovision entry has been performed live for the first time yesterday evening. Gjon’s Tears gave his first live performance of “Répondez-moi” at the end of a concert yesterday evening at Nouveau Monde, you can watch his performance below:
Gjon’s Tears is the stage name of Gjon Muharremaj. Gjon was born in La Gruyère in western Switzerland to a Kosovar father and an Albanian mother. He appeared on Albania’s Got Talent in 2010 and he reached the semi-finals of The Voice: la plus belle voix in France last year.
“Répondez-moi” was selected from a selection of 515 songs. A 100-member audience panel and a 21-member Eurovision panel selected X as the Swiss representative for Eurovision 2020. It was written by Gjon’s Tears, along with Xavier Michel, Alizé Oswald and Jeroen Swinnen. Xavier and Alizé form the duo Aliose, who finished second in the Swiss national final in 2011. Jeroen co-wrote “Me and My Guitar”, the Belgian entry for Eurovision 2010. It is the first Swiss entry since 2010 to be in French and also the first Swiss entry since 2010 to feature lyrics in any of Switzerland’s four official languages.
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 2019 Luca Hänni brought Switzerland their best result at the Eurovision Song Contest in 26 years. The singer who performed “She Got Me”, finished 4th in the Grand Final.