SRF, the Swiss national broadcaster, has confirmed that the Swiss entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will be released on March 10 at 16:00 CET.
Switzerland is one of four countries to reveal their Eurovision 2021 entry on March 10. The other three are Greece, Bulgaria and Austria.
The Swiss entry for the 2021 contest was selected in December. 13 songs were created at a song camp, which were then produced with Gjon’s Tears recording his vocals on each track.
A total of 13 songs were assessed 100 person viewer panel and a 20 person jury of international specialists, who awarded points and feedback to each of the songs. The songs were then refined based on the feedback with videos of Gjon singing the songs live produced. These videos went back to the jury for final assessment. The winning song’s title has not been revealed but it is confirmed that the song has been co-written by Gjon.
Gjon’s Tears will perform in the second half of the second semi-final on May 20.
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.
Image Source: SRF / Lukas Mader / Source: SRF
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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 performed “She Got Me” and finished 4th in the Grand Final.