Pyro showers, holograms, lasers and lights — Switzerland’s Die Entscheidungsshow 2017 sped by in a flash of fabulous! Six acts sang with the hope of making it to Eurovision, but in the end Timebelle came out on top with their song “Apollo”. Next stop? Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv!
Looking stunning in red, lead singer Miruna Manescu was vocally on point, mixing smooth vocals with sleek staging. You could see roses in bloom — and a singer blossoming!
During her on-stage interview shortly after winning, Romanian-born Miruna thanked her production team, her mother and her father, who she said was watching her “somewhere up in the sky”.
“Apollo” is by far my favourite entry in the Swiss national selection — maybe because it works with the usual Eurovision formula, but still sounds fresh. After Switzerland’s questionable I need to pee performance from last year, this would be a safe and competitive bet. Timebelle’s vocalist has a sweet and engaging voice, supported by three good backing vocals that lift the chorus to another level.
Generally speaking, the show featured contemporary staging with plenty of wow factor.
Nadya’s “Fire In The Sky” looked truly Apocalyptic with its fiery reds. And Ginta Biku took Eurovision holograms to another level, creating a truly arresting performance in front of a largely black backdrop.
Switzerland’s Die Entscheidungsshow 2017 final results
Unlike previous years, the results were based exclusively on the public televote.
- Timebelle “Apollo” 47.88%
- Nadya “The Fire in the Sky” 18.02%
- Michèle “Two Faces” 11.44%
- Ginta Biku “Cet air là” (That tune) 8.31%
- Shana Pearson “Exodus” 7.56%
- Freschta “Gold” 6.79%
Tonight’s win is the first under the Switzerland’s revamped national final. Broadcaster SRF scrapped its infamous open web platform and instead — like most broadcasters — selected the finalists using a closed system.
The Swiss broadcasters also dropped the open entry policy and now require a Swiss connection, they ended the system of regional quotas, and also removed the cover version component from tonight’s show.Switzerland 2014 act Sebalter returns
Sebalter who took Bern back to the Grand Final in 2014, returned to the SRF stage to perform his new single “Weeping Willow”. Sebalter delivered the nation’s best result since 2005, qualifying fourth in his semi-final and finishing 13th in the Grand Final with 64 points.
Can Timebelle make the final in 2017?
SRF will be hoping so. The past two years Switzerland has placed dead last in its semi-final. Rykka placed 18th in Stockholm, winning just 3 points from Albania in televoting and a total of 25 points from international juries in Georgia, Slovenia, Ireland, Denmark, Australia, Belgium, Germany and Israel. Melanie René fared even worse in 2015, amassing just 4 points in Vienna.
Timebelle is already off to a running start, owing to the Romanian heritage of lead singer Miruna. This year Romania is also singing in and voting in the second semi-final.