SRF has confirmed that Gjon’s Tears backup performance for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 has been filmed.
Switzerland has filmed its backup performance for Eurovision 2021, which will be shown at the contest should Gjon’s Tears be unable to attend the contest in Rotterdam. SRF confirmed that filming of the singers’ performance of “Tout l’univers” took place at the broadcasters’ studios in Zurich.
To date the following countries have publicly confirmed that their backup performance has been filmed:
- Austria – Vienna, Austria
- Belgium – Brussels, Belgium
- Denmark – Copenhagen, Denmark
- Estonia – Tallinn, Estonia
- Germany – Vilnius, Lithuania
- Lithuania – Vilnius, Lithuania
- North Macedonia – Belgrade, Serbia
- Norway – Oslo, Norway
- Portugal – Lisbon, Portugal
- Serbia – Belgrade, Serbia
- Spain – Madrid, Spain
- Sweden – Stockholm, Sweden
Like all 40 acts, Gjon’s Tears was able to rehearse for as long as he wished to for his backup tape performance. However, only three attempts over the course of one hour are given for the filming of the performance which is monitored by the EBU. The participating country can choose which is the three performances is to be used.
Video recordings from all cameras, as well as all audio recordings from mics, are sent immediately to the EBU so that they cannot be tampered with. Each act is filmed as if this was a live show, meaning the performance is one continuous take. The EBU has explained that the backup performance does not need to resemble the live performance in May.
This year all 40 acts will need to film a backup performance as part of the many contingency measures the EBU has put in place to ensure the song contest can happen in May no matter what.
Gjon will perform “Tout L’Univers” in the 2nd half of the 2nd semi-final on 20 May.
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 / Oscar Alessio | Source: SRF
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.