Switzerland has chosen to select their Eurovision 2019 entry internally, bypassing the much-loved Entscheidungsshow. For months rumours have swirled that German Idol winner Luca Hänni has already been selected to choose the country. Why else, fans have said, would SRF have started following Luca on Twitter?

Well on Monday Canadian songwriter Laurell Barker posted a picture on Insta Stories of Luca inside a recording studio. Luca later reposted it in his story. And naturally that has us connecting dots.

Laurell is no stranger to Eurovision or SRF. Last year she wrote ZiBBZ’s entry “Stones”. Switzerland may have missed the final, but “Stones” was a fan favourite and did well, considering Switzerland’s recent string of poor results.

Laurell is very much in demand in Eurovision circles. Last year she composed “Legends” — a fan favourite in the UK’s Eurovision: You Decide 2018 — and she even performed at the Wiwi Jam in Lisbon (joining a line-up that included Eleni Foureira and Madame Monsieur).

This year she’s already known to be involved in  “Tempo” by Margaret, who is competing in Melodifestivalen in Sweden. And also “Sister” by Sisters in Germany. It’s possible, of course, that Laurell and Luca are collaborating on a project outside of Eurovision. But given her momentum at the moment, a Eurovision link seems highly feasible.

About Luca Hänni

Luca Hänni gained popularity by winning the ninth season of German Idol in 2012. He was the youngest and first foreign winner in the history of the show. His winning single “Don’t Think About Me” reached number 1 in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Since then he has released three more albums, the last in 2015 and a bunch of songs. In 2019 he will publish his first album in German.

He’s not a one-trick pony. In fact, he has been involved in other high-profile projects outside of singing. In 2017 he won the show Dance Dance Dance, with songs from Olly Murs, Jason Derulo and Bruno Mars. And last year he was part of the German edition of Ninja Warrior, showing off his very well-trained body.

It wouldn’t be Luca’s first contact with Eurovision, as he presented the Swiss jury votes in 2017.

Most recently he was part of the Christmas show of Germany’s most popular artist: Schlager-Queen Helene Fischer. They performed an intense duet of his song “Bei mir” with lots of dancing and emotions. He knows how to set up a performance!

Do you think Laurell and Luca are working on a song for Eurovision? And do you want them to? Tell us in the comments below! 

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Loin dici
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Loin dici

Stacy Laine Matthews : Oh look it’s Luca HEEEEENNYYYYYY

Damien
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Damien

Oh wow. That bed choreography is sensational. Something like that would go down well on stage in ESC…

Ana
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Ana

They are VERY clearly lypsincing.

hi guys
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hi guys

i want rodrigo alves for switzerland, PLEASE!

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

So an internal selection? A pity for sweet Sebalter who competed in this regional pre-selection. He was the first in a long time and last one to not fail you, remember Swiss TV?!
Oh well, if they must choose Luca, I hope it’s for good reason with a song that justifies this. He sure ain’t a musical heavyweight.
And seriously, is everyone appearing in those Helene Fischer Shows now? I can’t… This woman will become the third female Chancellor after Annegret. She is so CDU.

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

You needn’t like neither Helene nor her songs (in facts there are a lot people in our country who don’t like her), but you should me a bit more respectful! And Helene spoke out for the equal right to marry, which was introduced in 2017, so she is in fact much more liberal than you think – and btw this is no political blog, so I will stop now…

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Lighten up. So many humorless fanboys, and you’re their queen. It’s like one needs to hold a ‘that was sarcasm’ sign up, every time one makes a joke.

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Haha, I am no fanboy (okay, I love “Achterbahn” though XD), but maybe my comment was sarcastic, too? 😉 I understand your Sebalter sarcasm ofc (but maybe not Helene’s? ^^). Sometimes I might be a bit mysterious 😀

Robyn Gallagher
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Sebalter’s song was part of the internal selection. This year the organising broadcaster had demographically-selected and expert juries who assessed the songs submitted by each of the regional broadcasters. In theory the next step was to match the shortlisted songs (which could have included “We’ll Carry the Light”) with singers, but if the news about Luca Hänni is true, it looks like they may have decided to stick with just one singer and find the best song for him.

Unknown Melody
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Unknown Melody

Or they just gave him the selected song

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I see. I think three different broadcasters for such a small country each cooking their own soup, then throwing their findings together might have been one of their key problems so far.

Jackqulen
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It was internal selection all along. All 3 broadcasters in Switzerland individual accept song submission (like they do every year). I supposed each broadcaster first go through their own rounds of selection (where only the Italian RSI made it public but the other two didn’t), then the 3 broadcasters combine what they have left and do a further internal selection.