Grüezi and hallo from Zurich! Switzerland’s song for Eurovision 2021 has officially been selected. Broadcaster SRF and Gjon’s Tears have revealed more details about the song for Rotterdam and how they found it.
Fans are rightly excited. Mr John and his tears were among the biggest favourites for Eurovision 2021. The Swiss singer surprised everyone with his emotional entry “Répondez-moi”, which served Switzerland away from the dance-pop banger “She Got Me” that took Luca Hänni near the top. But given the hype Switzerland generated two years running, it’s clear SRF can shine in any genre.
Following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, it wasn’t exactly surprising that SRF decided to send Gjon’s Tears to Eurovision in 2021. But one thing did change dramatically: the process of finding a song.
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Gjon’s Tears has selected his Eurovision 2021 song
In a video shared by the broadcaster, Gjon reveals that it felt weird to be the winner right from the start. In 2020 he was entering the internal selection for the chance to sing for Switzerland. But this time around he knew from the start of the process that it was him. He had the right to decide on his own who the songwriters and producers he’d work with would be.
In the video we learn that 13 songs were written and produced at a songwriting camp not only in Switzerland but also in different studios all around Europe. Head of Delegation Reto Peritz confirms that those songs were judged through the two jury system we already know: 20 international music experts and 100 people who can be seen as Eurovision experts voted and gave their opinions about every single song. They also had the opportunity to give Gjon some advice on what he and his teams could do better. They didn’t come to play!
Gjon then shot video performances for all of the songs, which were then judged again. In the end, the best combination of song and performance convinced both juries. Gjon seems to be very happy with the outcome.
In the interview Gjon confirms how unusual and even strange it felt for him to give his personal and much-loved songs to strangers, as the songs’ fate was in their hands. Normally his family and friends are the only people to judge his songs in the beginning. But this time, everything was decided by fans and experts he doesn’t even now.
That being said, Gjon stated that the outcome couldn’t have been better. He and HoD Reto are more than happy – and confident – with the selected song. Reto even says that this entry will definitely stand out in Rotterdam, that it fits Gjon extremely well and that it could do very well at next year’s competition. Could it even be a candidate for the victory?
It’s not known if the 2021 entry by Gjon’s Tears will again be sung in French, which genre it plays in or when exactly it will be revealed. But SRF gave us at least one nugget of info: we’ll get to hear the song in the spring. Since Switzerland is known for its long and cold winters, this probably means we can expect the song to be released in March 2021.
What are your expectations? Will Switzerland continue placing in the top 5 after Luca finally gave them a good result in Tel Aviv? Should Gjon sing another ballad at Eurovision? Let us know below.
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