Switzerland will reveal its entry for Eurovision 2020 next Wednesday, 4 March. But until then, the broadcaster and stirred up some hype. SRF has released a video showing ordinary Swiss folk listening to the song for Rotterdam, with some giving some very intriguing comments.

The short video was released on the official Eurovision Twitter account. It shows everyday Swiss people listening to the song through headphones and giving their opinion on the song.

A few listeners don’t offer more than an enthusiastic “wow”, but others reveal more about the song itself.

One man wonders, “Is it a man or a woman?”. As any viewer of The Voice knows, it isn’t always possible to tell the gender of a performer from their voice alone. The comment perhaps suggests a performer with a broad singing range.

But whoever is singing, it prompts another man to exclaim, “Wow, amazing voice!”

The other comment getting Eurovision fans excited is from a man who says, “I heard this language before but I can’t say what it is.”

Switzerland has four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansch. Most Swiss speakers would be familiar with all four to some extent, as well as English. Romansch is the least common, but would a Swiss person not be able to identify it? Switzerland previously sent a Romansch song to Eurovision in 1989, when Furbaz sang “Viver senza tei”.

Or could the song include lyrics in another European language? Is it the whole song or just a few lines?

“So many emotions!”

Others have commented on the character of the song. One woman has a strong reaction, declaring, “Wow… it goes straight to the heart!” Another woman simply says, “This is beautiful”, while a man exclaims “So many emotions!”

The reactions suggest an emotional ballad, but the listeners seem to be bopping their heads at a faster pace, suggesting at least a mid-tempo song.

One thing is for sure, the song doesn’t seem to be giving the same sort of high-energy vibes we would expect to see for a song like last year’s entry, “She Got Me”. This suggests that Switzerland is moving in a different direction for 2019.

Switzerland’s Eurovision 2020 selection process

Back in September, the Swiss broadcaster confirmed that 515 songs had been submitted to the 2020 internal selection process.

Then, a 100-member audience panel and a 20-person international expert jury rated both the song submissions and artists. SRF revealed the 20 individuals making up the jury in December of last year. The list contained several familiar faces from the Eurovision bubble, such as Spain’s Ruth Lorenzo and Slovenia’s Tinkara Kovac.

Furthermore, the broadcaster opted to invite back many who partook in the process last year — a clear indication that Switzerland aims to repeat the success of 2019.  The two panels also made the final decision as to the lucky artist and song that will make it to Eurovision. The audience panel and expert jury votes were split 50/50.

The panel has now selected the Swiss act for Rotterdam. Broadcaster SRF will announce the Swiss entry for Eurovision 2020 next Wednesday, 4 March.

What do you think? Who do you think Switzerland’s singer will be? And what sort of song will they perform? Tell us your thoughts below!

Read more Switzerland Eurovision 2020 news here

58
Leave a Reply

avatar
36 Comment threads
22 Thread replies
4 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
41 Comment authors
Mr XMelAnita MannJoeMarkus Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
trackback

[…] is due to announce its act for Eurovision 2020 this Wednesday, 4 March. Broadcaster SRF has given clues about the artist and their song, but now Eurovision fans have done some digging and may have a name of both the artist and the […]

Anita Mann
Guest
Anita Mann

This is the entry:
Gjon’s Tears – Reponds moi
(aka Gjon Muharremaj)

Song was registered yesterday.
Length: 2:59
Songwriters: Alizé Fanny Oswald, Xavier S (Michel), Jeroen Swinner & Gjon Muharremaj
Source: Suisa webdatabase (swiss music register)

(Jeroen wrote “Me and my Guitar”)

Joe
Guest
Joe

Sounds interesting! And yo, it might be in French!

Anita Mann
Guest
Anita Mann
Mr X
Guest
Mr X

Is it really in French ? Seems to be great… Another success for Switzerland ?

Patrick Römer
Guest
Patrick Römer

“Ordinary swiss people….” actually not really…one is a famous comedian, one is a radio/tv presenter….

Nikko
Guest
Nikko

I hope it is SEVEN. His music is so good!

Markus
Guest
Markus

Could fit to the teaser…

Roy Moreno
Guest
Roy Moreno

They hyped me so quickly, unlike Ireland xD

Patrick
Guest
Patrick

I like these teasers…Don´t care if they wanna confuse us, I like them and find them exciting!. Hoping for something great from Switzerland!!!!

Hyunwoo
Guest
Hyunwoo

I wonder who it can be.

Anita Mann
Guest
Anita Mann

It’s Gjon’s Tears. Confirmed.

Markus
Guest
Markus

Well, as the guys who say „is it a man or a woman“ and „I heard this language before…“ are both Swiss radio hosts, I guess there statements were rather made for confusing people and start discussions. So I wouldn’t take them too seriously…

Mel
Guest
Mel

Hey! Is it normal that I’m Swiss and doesn’t know them? ahahah who are they?

Lieben
Guest
Lieben

Loco Escrito please!

Nico deMask
Guest
Nico deMask

Plot twist: the mystery language is Latin. IVA has company.

Denis
Guest
Denis

Hmm. Could it be a song in a non-European language? Or imaginary?

ESCFan2009
Guest
ESCFan2009

Very exciting teaser! And so I can rule out my beloved Scilla Hess once again, cause her voice would be clearly identified as a female one xD

EuroSluuuuuutty
Guest
EuroSluuuuuutty

Another boring ballad. Next

Aron
Guest
Aron

(aly ryan)

Jon
Guest
Jon

Yes, finally a song in French from CH!

Nicolas
Guest
Nicolas

So who’s that person living in Switzerland who doesn’t even know what french is ???

Mr X
Guest
Mr X

I suppose that there´s is a part sung in Albanian….

Mr X
Guest
Mr X

Never expected ! But just like Germany 1970: “Wunder gibt es immer wieder”

Mr X
Guest
Mr X

Is it definitly sung in Swiss German ?

John the Go
Guest

If it was sung in Swiss German, the Swiss German guy would have been able to recognise it.
Edited: I got Austria and Switzerland mixed up!

John the Go
Guest

Swiss German really is crazy.

Friedenau
Guest
Friedenau

Danger! Hype alert! We all know by now too much hype can kill a song (Spain, France, Belgium….)

Una
Guest
Una

Awww, this looks promising. Those reactions are gold. I can’t make up my mind on whether it’s an uptempo song or a ballad. Or is it a combination of the two? It seemed as if some people were moving with the beat and others were listening and contemplating something. The language bit is a bit curious. Anyhow, 4 March is only a week away. Thanks d. Schweiz for the teaser.

monsieur_m
Guest
monsieur_m

ordinary Swiss folk? They are not! At least some of them are people from the Swiss radio – mainly the ones with the interesting comments. The man asking about the gender is Michel Birri (presenter of the Swiss charts) and the guy commenting on language is Stefan Büsser, radio presenter and well-known comedian, so that this comment could be pure irony and Switzerland sends another English song…

Una
Guest
Una

Hahahaha. Hahahaha. The mystery is getting deeper! More teasers within the teaser? 🙂

Tibor
Guest
Tibor

Or more promotion inside the marketing scheme 😉

Tylos
Guest
Tylos

Reminds me of the video for Cake’s ‘No Phone’

Colin
Guest
Colin

Okay, Switzerland, you officially have me hyped. But now you actually have to deliver. 🙂
These reactions are promising, but then again, this IS made to be the song’s promotion, so possibly all the less enthusiastic responses were cut from the video.
I really hope that it’s true that the song is (at least partially) in another language.

Lokh
Guest
Lokh

Adrian Sieber recently returned to duty.
I wanted him, but it’s probably not him.

issy
Guest
issy

it’s just yodelling for 3 minutes

Ashton Schier
Guest
Ashton Schier

war flashbacks to Romania 2017

Albert
Guest
Albert

It seems to be another ballad

Eurovision ballad contest 2020 xD

Banan banan
Guest
Banan banan

And of course they didn’t show any negative comments like they was nothing like it

Briekimchi
Guest
Briekimchi

Just a thought but if they have the song ready, why not just release it now? 😉

Peter
Guest
Peter

I love how they’re pretending it’s an upbeat song with that urban / gangster loop in the background. As if Switzerland is sending out Swiss Lil Wayne. Nice try Switzerland… we all know it’s a ballad Switzerland.

Jack
Guest
Jack

All this hype by the broadcasters is ridiculous. You don’t win points by being the last to announce.

Ria van de Velde
Guest
Ria van de Velde

I am looking forward to hear the Swiss entry. I ‘m very curious about it !! I really hope for a great song !!

dragvision
Guest
dragvision

maybe a bad english? For germany go Benjiam Dolic.

Joe
Guest
Joe

Here’s a thought: you think it’s Fiona Cavegn? She sings in Romansch and she put out a cool song a few years ago called Mona Lisa, which she’s singing at Liet International :
https://youtu.be/Fldku31IjgA

Apple
Guest
Apple

Her voice would be pretty identifiably female I think, so the comment about it being a man or a woman wouldn’t make sense.

Joe
Guest
Joe

Maybe she has a deep lower range? Maybe the guy was just dumb? I don’t know. Maybe it isn’t her.

ESCFanGA
Guest
ESCFanGA

I can’t tell whether or not the song is going to be good based off their reactions. Also Switzerland (with the exception of last year) hasn’t done well at Eurovision in general so I am a bit concerned.

Joe
Guest
Joe

Exciting stuff. Viver senza tei was from 89, not 99 though. Great song.

Jonas
Guest
Jonas

Furbaz were 1989, the home entry!

Name*
Guest
Name*

I love this emotion