Switzerland is keeping their selection process for Eurovision 2019 under lock and key. But one name has emerged as a potential contender. Fan buzz is developing around German Idol winner Luca Hänni, suggesting that he may be on Switzerland’s internal shortlist.
The speculation started when German-Swiss broadcaster SRF started following Luca on their official Eurovision Twitter account.
The @srfesc account only follows 99 others and few musical artists. In fact, prior to following Luca, the most recent artist they followed was ZiBBZ.
But what does this even mean?
Earlier this year, SRF confirmed that Switzerland would be ditching its usual national final and would instead select its act internally.
From 420 song entries, the broadcaster used a panel of music experts and a demographically-selected fan panel to find the five best songs. In mid-November, the broadcaster was about to move onto the next stage: demoing the five songs with various artists in order to find the best combination to select for Eurovision 2019.
So there is a possibility that Luca Hänni is one of the artists who has been shortlisted by the broadcaster. There’s also the possibility that he was the overall favourite and has been internally selected as the Swiss act for Tel Aviv. But until the broadcaster confirms, nothing is certain.
Who is Luca Hänni?
Luca is a 24-year-old Swiss singer who came to fame when he won season nine of Deutschland sucht den Superstar (German Idol) in 2012.
Since winning Superstar, he has released four albums and a number of singles, many of which have charted well in his home country, as well as Germany and Austria. Earlier this year, he released the single “Signs”.
And like Mikolas Josef, he also has modelling experience. Back in 2012, Luca released his own range of men’s underwear and starred in the ad campaign, where he served Swiss six-pack realness.
While Luca’s last album was released back in 2015, he has still been keeping busy. Recently he teased a photo of a performance with German schlager queen Helene Fischer, from an upcoming Christmas gala.
He also presented the Swiss jury points at Eurovision 2017.
It remains to be seen if Luca Hänni will be the Swiss act for Eurovision 2019. Broadcaster SRF have said that they won’t reveal their entry until March 2019, so it is likely there will be still a bit of waiting until we find out for sure.
But whatever entry is selected for Tel Aviv, SRF will be hoping that it can will reverse a downturn in Switzerland’s fortunes at Eurovision in recent years. Swiss acts have spent the past four years in the semi-finals and have only made it to the grand final twice since the two semi-final format was introduced in 2008.
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