SRG SSR has commenced its search for the song that Gjon’s Tears will perform at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
SRG SSR has this morning outlined how it will select the Swiss entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The broadcaster is setting up songwriting sessions with Gjon’s Tears and songwriters from Switzerland and abroad. As a result there will be no public call for songs to represent Switzerland.
The broadcaster is “looking for a modern, striking song that complies with international requirements. The lyrics should have a strong, clear and understandable message”. All songs will be reviewed editorially before a shortlist is then presented to a 100 person viewer panel and a 20 person jury of international specialists. The two juries will select the Swiss entry for 2021.
Gjon’s Tears had been due to perform the song “Répondez-moi” which was selected from a selection of 515 songs at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. A 100-member audience panel and a 21-member Eurovision panel selected Gjon as the Swiss representative for Eurovision 2020. It was written by Gjon himself, along with Xavier Michel, Alizé Oswald and Jeroen Swinnen.
Who is Gjon’s Tears?
Gjon Muharremaj (better known as Gjon’s Tears) was born on 29th June 1998 in Fribourg, Switzerland, and is of Kosovar-Albanian descent. His singing career took off when he was just 12 years old, when he placed third in Albania’s Got Talent, after his grandfather had entered him in the contest. He then went on to reach the semi-finals of Switzerland’s Got Talent in 2012, and last year also reached the semi-finals of The Voice France.
Source: SRG SSR
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.