They last managed to qualify for the grand final of Eurovision in 2014. Now Switzerland is ready to step up their game. After announcing they’re going to select their act internally in 2019, broadcaster SRF has confirmed they‘ll reveal the chosen artist and song for Tel Aviv on 7 March.

In the comment section of a Facebook comment, SRF had already responded to a fan’s question about when they will reveal their 2019 act by teasing us with the fact we’ll get to know the singer on 7 March. And now they’ve officially revealed that the song and its music video will premiere that same day.

Heute sind es #100DaysToEurovision und exakt 4 Wochen bis die Schweiz ?? ihren Song und das offizielle Musikvideo für Eurovision 2019 veröffentlicht. Streich dir schon mal den 7.März in der Agenda an!

Posted by SRF Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday, February 7, 2019

A few months ago rumours about Luca Hänni began to swirl after SRF’s Twitter account stared following the Swiss singer.

Fans got even more excited when a picture of Luca was posted by songwriter Laurell Baker who, of course, is not only involved in this year’s national selections in Germany, UK and Sweden, but is also the songwriter of last year’s Swiss entry ‘Stones’ performed by the siblings Zibbz.

To many fans, all of these hints add up to Luca at ESC.

Luca managed to win the casting show Deutschland sucht den Superstar aka German Idol back in 2012. He was the first-ever Swiss winner of the show and was not only loved by the judges but definitely by the crowd too. His four studio albums have all reached the Top 10 on the Swiss charts.

Although his career started seven years ago, he still knows how to stay relevant. Luca not only announced the Swiss jury points at Eurovision in 2017, but he also won the German talent show DANCE DANCE DANCE…and worked together with German superstar Helene Fischer (not to be confused with Austrian Hyäne Fischer who dreams about Eurovision). In December he was part of her glamorous Christmas Gala.

But that’s not all! He’s also a model, designs clothes and is even experienced in synchronizing movies. Last year he was part of the German edition of Ninja Warriorshowing off his very well-trained body. We’re wondering how he finds time for all that. Maybe his multi-talented personality is exactly what Switzerland needs in Tel Aviv?

Swiss selection format change

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 moved on to the next stage: demoing the five songs with various artists in order to find the best combination to select for Eurovision 2019.

All of the music experts — who include Eurovision faves like Ruth Lorenzo, Ovi and Tinkara Kovac — have taken part in Eurovision as a singer or a songwriter, or been a judge in the past.

What do you think of Switzerland’s future at Eurovision? Do you think going internal is the right way forward? Do you like Luca’s sound? Let us know in the comments below.

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I want Sebalter or Julie Meletta but pretty sure anything Switzerland will choose is gonna be among my favourites this year, because Switzerland is always my favourite.

Irmak
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Irmak

What about Sebalter? I support him. Because his style’s so lovely. I hope he will be in final and his country choose him. Because Sebalter making good musics really. No matter what he should be on the Eurovision stage because he deserves to be there.

Camila
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Camila

What happened to SeBalter? Carry the light is not on Spotify

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Did they “want him to go, want him to go,
Because they think he’s lying, cos they think he’s lying,
No! Open the door…” 😛

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

“Cos tonight he cannot go hunting for stars no no” 😀

Thomas
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Thomas

I do hope it is Luca an that Switzerland can get to the final cause Luca and Switzerland really deserve it.

Jake
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Jake

Man, the number of males going to Eurovision is too much. They are bound to eat into each other from votes. Makes Cyprus’ choice all the more smarter. Malta might do well if they find the right song (likely a melo reject–which we know can win contests–see Azerbaijan and Denmark). And looks like Sweden might also land on a girl given how they have been going to finalen.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Don’t speak too soon, I think Sweden is likely to go with a man too (Jon Henrik). You’re right, at this point we really need more females. I’m pretty sure these countries will select women tho: Romania, Lithuania, Germany, Denmark, Slovenia, Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova maybe … Don’t worry, it’ll be fine in the end.

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So far this year there are 10 solo male performers (counting Darude’s singer as one of those) and 7 solo female singers, one mixed-gender group and one male group. For the past two years, there have been 16 solo females and 14 solo males, so we aren’t really too far from that ratio. Also consider that year to year, a lot of countries end up sending an act that is the opposite of the previous year’s winner. 2018 was dominated by two songs by female singers, so it’s understandable that countries would want to avoid sending a quirky soul diva… Read more »

Gorilla716
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Gorilla716

Personally I would have thought we would have a lot of female soloists this year due to the success of both Netta and Eleni last year.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be Luca and I’m fine with it. I do remember him quite vividly from DSDS (German Idol)… He was never an outstanding singer, but people really seem to like him. (And he’s hot, that might be another reason why he won lol. )All I can say is that he’s a very nice, humble guy and I’m happy for him if he goes to Eurovision. I’m ready to support my Swiss brothers and sisters, so pls give us a good song. Good luck.

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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Luca does not have a great voice, but he seems to working pretty hard to make something of himself. Honestly, when I watch the video featured in this article I primarily see a great body. But If Swiss television paid a lot to match him with a good song, this could totally be something awesome, for Swiss standards.