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!
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