Gjon’s Tears has revealed that “Tout l’univers” started off as an English language ballad titled “Ground Zero”.
Speaking in an interview with 20minutes.fr Gjon’s Tears has revealed how his entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 came into being. He explained that he worked with Wouter Hardy, Nina Sampermans, and Xavier Michel with the song originally being written in English and titled “Ground Zero”. Gjon added:
Initially, it signifies the epicenter of an explosion, and with 9/11 the word gained traction, it became more than that. I wanted to express the feelings he inspired in me, but in French, there is no equivalent in our language. That’s why, when we translated the song, we talked about destruction and reconstruction.
The singer added that the second theme of the song is about how we are on the only person that can save us from our most complicated situations. The song in its French version was then titled “Point d’impact” however it was changed to better suit the message of optimism in the song.
Gjon’s Tears is representing Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, Gjon will perform “Tout L’Univers” in the second 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: 20minutes.fr
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.