Switzerland 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 song: Gjon’s Tears with “Repondez-moi”.

Eagle-eyed fans have discovered a newly added song in the database that registers compositions by Swiss songwriters. The track is titled “Repondez-moi” (Answer me) and the performer is listed as Gjon’s Tears.

Gjon’s Tears is the stage name of  Gjon Muharremaj. He also performs in a group of the same name. Gjon is Swiss-born with a Kosovar father and Albanian mother. He is known both in Albania for his appearance on Albania’s Got Talent in 2010, and more recently he made a name in France last year appearing on The Voice.

Among the credited songwriters are Alizé Oswald and Xavier Michel — better known as the folk-pop duo Aliose. They were finalists in the Swiss national final in 2011.

Another songwriter is the Belgian musician Jeroen Swinnen, best known for co-writing Tom Dice’s “Me and My Guitar” for Eurovision 2010. Gjon has also contributed to the songwriting himself.

As well as the stellar Eurovision-adjacent team, the song itself has a duration of three minutes — exactly the maximum length for a potential Eurovision entry.

However, neither organising broadcaster SRF nor Gjon himself has made any comment about the Swiss act for Eurovision 2020.

What language will the song be in?

Gjon’s song title is the French phrase “Repondez-moi” or “answer me”. This suggests that the song will contain at least some French lyrics.

But things get interesting when considering one of the comments made about the song by the Swiss public. One listener explained, “I heard this language before but I can’t say what it is.”

As it is extremely unlikely that a Swiss person would not be familiar with the French language, this suggests the song will include another language. English is a possibility, but it is also unlikely that an average Swiss person would not be familiar with English.

Another possibility is that Gjon has included some Albanian lyrics in the song. While the language would be a lot less familiar to Swiss listeners, the Albanian language reflects the heritage of Gjon.

With Arilena Ara taking an English version of “Shaj” to Rotterdam, this could be the only chance Eurovision fans might have to hear Albanian at Eurovision 2020.

Who is Gjon’s Tears?

Gjon’s Tears is the stage name of the Swiss singer Gjon Muharremaj. It is also the name of a five-piece indie-rock group fronted by Gjon.

Gjon Muharremaj was born in Switzerland to a Kosovar father and Albanian mother. His stage name comes from a moment when he performed the Elvis Presley classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for his grandfather. The performance moved the elder, and made Gjon realise how his music could touch others.

He competed on the first series of Albania’s Got Talent in 2010, as a child. He made it to the grand final and impressed both the judges and viewers with his ability to tackle sophisticated French chansons.

Last year, at the age of 20, he auditioned for The Voice: la plus belle voix  — the French edition of The Voice talent show. Performing as Gjon’s Tears and coached by the pop star Mika, Gjon made it as far as the semi-final of the show.

While Gjon auditioned with a French song by Christine and the Queens, over the series he performed a number of English pop classics, from artists such as Elton John, David Bowie and Queen.

Last year, Gjon’s Tears released his debut single, “Babi”. The piano-driven song has English verses and an Albanian chorus. It mixes an indie-pop sound with a unique Albanian style.

What do you think? Do you hope Switzerland is sending Gjon’s Tears to Eurovision 2020? What language should he sing in? Tell us your thoughts below!

Read more Switzerland Eurovision 2020 news here

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Patrique
Patrique
4 months ago

So both France and Albania will sing in english while Switzerland will sing in french and albanian ?

Grafton
Grafton
4 months ago

This guy’s voice is out of this world omg

LinusESCfan
LinusESCfan
4 months ago

I dont know if anyone heard : ESC maybe Will get cancelled because of the Corona virus. Newspapers have been reported that. So you all are prepared that it can happen.

Cameron
Cameron
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

What newspaper????

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

We’ve already written about this here. The EBU is monitoring the situation, as would the organisers of any large-scale event.
https://wiwibloggs.com/2020/02/26/could-eurovision-2020-be-cancelled-because-of-coronavirus-npo-responds-to-virologists-comments/250719/

ESCButterfly
ESCButterfly
4 months ago

Your comment reminded me of an audition in “The Voice Ukraine” in which a participant sang “Nentori”, an older hit by Arilena Ara. Jamala, who was in the jury panel, thought that it was in French and she was surprised when the participant told her that the language is in fact Albanian. Link here: https://youtu.be/7tSzajUl2cU

Gang
Gang
4 months ago

Simonneau this isn’t the song that is sung for this competition”Eurovision”,this is a song since one year.

LinusESCfan
LinusESCfan
4 months ago

No offense : but do Germany and Switzerland think they Will get a higher placing if they send a Balkan Guy? I know that Switzerlands soccer team is 90% from Albania and Kosovo so i guess Switzerland is little Albania now.

Porsteinn
Porsteinn
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

I think the German juries just liked the act. Regardless of nationality.

Cathal
Cathal
4 months ago

Oh gosh hyping the entry before it’s released, this means it’s going to be as bad as France. Or because it’s Switzer-fanwank-land it’s going to be as good as Germany I presume.

LinusESCfan
LinusESCfan
4 months ago
Reply to  Cathal

How do you explain then that Switzerlands last top 10 was in 1993? Before last year. You are just negative

Cathal
Cathal
4 months ago
Reply to  LinusESCfan

2005…

Bimbamboum
Bimbamboum
4 months ago

And another little specification, it’s not “Repondez-moi” but “Répondez-moi”

Bimbamboum
Bimbamboum
4 months ago

This would be such a welcome wink after the english albanian revamp and our french hopefull with so called “french” lyrics. If information is true, I would say Merci la Suisse!!

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
4 months ago

Fingers crossed this song won’t have a slow tempo. I can’t take anymore of those this year, we already have enough.

Patrick
Patrick
4 months ago

It doesn’t matter if it’s a great ballad!

Max
Max
4 months ago

If it is somewhat like “Babi”, it will be magical!

mio
mio
4 months ago
Reply to  Max

So true. I love his voice, and “Babi” is a fantastic song. Looking forward to hearing more from him.

Valentino
Valentino
4 months ago

It will certainly be the best french song this year.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
4 months ago
Reply to  Valentino

That’s a very low bar though I gotta say.

Tim
Tim
4 months ago

Go listen to BTS comeback ON

Xoxoxo
Xoxoxo
4 months ago

Indie-rock band for Switzerland? Perfect.

Andrei
Andrei
4 months ago

Hopefully it won’t be another borint ballad. I hate this trend: if a ballad wins, next year is full of ballads….

Porsteinn
Porsteinn
4 months ago
Reply to  Andrei

Is there evidence? Are there statistics? Or is it just a feeling? I’m quite curious.

Cameron
Cameron
4 months ago
Reply to  Andrei

2018 wasn’t full of ballads after 2017’s win

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

If the song is good and in French / Albanian combo, this might be one of the most unique ones of the year! However, want to keep my expectations in realistic levels. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed, since this year needs one or two more ”WOW” songs.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I think so too
This year is quite weak so far in my opinion
While I’m still quite trying to figure out my favourite song for Israel, Feker Libi has lyrics in Amharic, Hebrew, Arabic and English (and I’ve heard that also a made up language for some reason?)
So that’s also unique :3

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
4 months ago

Hopefully the song will be good. I worry it might be a boring ballad.

Porsteinn
Porsteinn
4 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

Maybe it is a cool, touching ballad?