They won the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, but Switzerland haven’t been so lucky recently, failing to qualify to the grand final for four years straight. And today, we finally found out who will be taking up the task of trying to bring them back to final. Luca Hänni has been internally selected and will be singing “She Got Me” at Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv.
For those who are in a time zone where it’s already past midnight on Friday 8th March, you can listen to the song on Spotify.
Unfortunately, the rest of us will have to wait a little bit longer for the official audio.
The music video will be premiered in a special YouTube live stream at 17:00 CET today. Be sure to set a reminder so you don’t miss it!
Luca Hänni – “She Got Me” (YouTube Live Release, 17:00 CET)
Luca’s musical career started after he won the ninth season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar (aka German Idol) in 2012. But now he’ll be aiming to conquer all of Europe at Eurovision. In the announcement on eurovision.tv he notes that he’s very much looking forward to the opportunity:
“Getting the chance to perform on such a huge stage in front of an audience of enthusiastic fans in the arena and millions of people at home is definitely one of the high points of my life.”
Luca hopes that “She Got Me”, which has Middle Eastern elements and plenty of rhythm, will get both young and old dancing:
“With my ESC song “She Got Me”, I want to spread some joie de vivre and share my passion for dance and music with the whole audience”.
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Luca has displayed his passion for dance before. He won the German dance show Dance Dance Dance in 2017, and performed a sensual contemporary dance routine with Schlager-Queen Helene Fischer at her 2018 Christmas show to his song “Bei mir” (originally released in English as “Powder”). He knows how to set up a performance!
The Swiss singer notes:
“Dancing is a central part of my life. It lets me convey my passion and the stories behind my songs even more strongly”.
It seems like Luca will be incorporating his love for dance into his Eurovision entry. No doubt we’ll get a feel for exactly what style of dance this will be once the music video is released later today.
Luca will be perform “She Got Me” in the first half of semi-final two in Tel Aviv in May.
Who’s on the song-writing team?
SRF have revealed that Luca’s song was written at a Swiss songwriting camp. This camp is notably where Germany’s Eurovision 2019 song “Sister” was also written.
Indeed, Switzerland’s and Germany’s songs share a writer. Laurell Barker, who was also behind ZiBBZ’s song “Stones” for Switzerland at Eurovision 2018, is on the team. This will be her third song at Eurovision 2019, as she’s also on the writing team for the UK’s “Bigger Than Us” and Germany’s “Sister”.
However, it’s worth noting that Luca is also credited as part of the writing team. Therefore, this isn’t a song that he’s just been given by the broadcaster. Rather, it’s something that he has contributed to himself and no doubt relates to on a personal level.
How was “She Got Me” selected?
The announcement by the Swiss broadcaster SRF also confirmed a few more details about how “She Got Me” was selected.
A 100-person audience panel and international jury of 20 experts were tasked with whittling down the 420 songs submitted for consideration.
Last December, SRF revealed the names of the internatioanl jury panel, which included former Eurovision participants Ruth Lorenzo and Tinkara Kovac. You’ll also recognise a number of them from the line-up that voted during Germany’s national selection Unser Lied für Israel.
About Luca Hänni
Luca Hänni gained popularity after he was the youngest and first non-German winner of Deutschland sucht den Superstar (German Idol) at 17 years old. His winning single “Don’t Think About Me” reached number one in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and his four studio albums have all reached the top ten on the Swiss charts.
He’s not a one-trick pony though. In addition to winning Dance Dance Dance in 2017, he’s also been involved in other high-profile projects outside of singing. Last year he was a part of the German edition of Ninja Warrior.
He’s also a model, designs clothes and publishes his own magazine, Stories. The boy is busy! So we’re very glad he managed to find the time to fit in an appearance at Eurovision.
This won’t be Luca’s first contact with Eurovision. He presented the Swiss jury votes in 2017.
What do you think of Switzerland’s internal selection? Do you think Luca Hänni was the correct choice? Let us know in the comments below!