Gruetzi mittenand! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has landed in Bern. We are ready to admire some ancient art at the Kunstmuseum, but also to revisit Switzerland‘s song for Eurovision 2017 — “Apollo” from Timebelle. Will the Greek god help Switzerland get back to the grand final or is it time to head back to the drawing board? Read on to find out!
Timebelle – “Apollo”
Timebelle is a Swiss-Romanian band from Bern, consisting of lead vocalist Miruna Manescu, drummer Samuel Forster, and multi-instrumentalist Emanuel Daniel Andriescu. Their previous attempt to represent Switzerland at Eurovision, back in 2015, resulted in them placing second at the national final with “Singing About Love”. Three members have left the band since then, but this didn’t dim their light. Timebelle won this year’s Die Entscheidungsshow national final with “Apollo”. The song was co-written by the Swiss-Swedish siblings Nicolas and Alessandra Günthardt.
Chris: Another example of a revamp adding to a song, without taking anything away. “Apollo” sounds modern, but with enough flourishes to not alienate any older statesmen on a jury. Miruna sells the song brilliantly as the lead vocalist too. There are definitely going to be people who are happy to get behind this song. Switzerland really should have no trouble qualifying this year.
Mikhail: The only thing I like about “Apollo” is the bridge, but other than that this song does absolutely nothing for me. It is not memorable, it is a typical mid-tempo pop ballad. For me it’s just background music, because I can’t listen to it on purpose and I get bored of its “originality”.
Robyn: It’s so satisfying when Switzerland sends a good act with a good song. “Apollo” is a sweet, emotional love song. It tackles a lot of the same territory as many of this year’s ballads, but it has a stronger upbeat pop sensibility and a current electronic sound. Switzerland should be proud to have this as their entry.
Deban: “Apollo” may be good, but I love Timebelle much more. With each beat, Miruna Manescu puts her heart and soul into this track. However, underneath all of this, “Apollo” is fundamentally a middle-of-the-road effort that stirs nothing in me. When I think of Timebelle, I always hark back to “Singing About Love”
William: “Apollo” was considered by Azerbaijan for its internal selection in 2015. And for good reason: it’s got a light, breezy vibe with strong production that elicits tender feelings while making you want to bob your head. That Timebelle delivers it with charisma is a huge plus. The revamp has added electro elements that pull this firmly into 2017 and the bridge does much to give this life. I just wish those lively flourishes came earlier, as the song lags a tad in the middle.
Josh: Praise the heavens above that Switzerland have finally sent a quality track to Eurovision! The past two years have been dismal – and that’s an understatement. Timebelle are bringing a killer song to Kyiv in “Apollo”, and whilst it is another ballad, it’s got a great pop hook that is catchy and memorable. The entire group work harmoniously together and it’ll be great to have Switzerland back in the final this year.
Angus: The last two year’s Switzerland has been dead on arrival. So thank goodness this year Timebelle have returned to resuscitate Swiss hopes of making the final. The original version of “Apollo” was as limp as Rykka under her LED waterfall, but the revamp has elevated it, particularly the falsetto which should appeal to juries. This isn’t remarkable enough to threaten the top 10, but could squeak into the final.
George: It seems that Rykka was indeed the “last of her kind”, as Switzerland is approaching Eurovision a bit differently this year. “Apollo” feels expensive and really well produced. I definitely follow Timebelle and I hope it does really well. A sure qualifier and a quite decent entry. Welcome back to the Final, Switzerland!
In our Wiwi Jury, we have 38 jurors but only room for eight reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 1 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.81/10
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