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!
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 Warrior, showing 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.