Yes, you read that right. The first performance of Switzerland’s Eurovision 2021 entry “Tout l’univers” happened on Telecinco, a Spanish TV channel.
Gjon’s Tears flew to Madrid and performed on a private broadcaster that been using “Tout l’univers” as the soundtrack for a documentary about the tumultuous life of Rocío Carrasco, the daughter of copla legend Rocío Jurado. Confused? So is everyone!
Gjon’s Tears – “Tout l’univers” (Switzerland Eurovision 2021 live on Telecinco)
Short story: “Tout l’univers” is being used as the theme song of the television documentary series Rocío Carrasco, Contar la verdad para seguir viva, that premiered on Sunday on Telecinco. The song has been everywhere on Spanish television during the week. Its popularity wave should live on, as the documentary has several parts, to be aired in the next few weeks.
On Sunday, Gjon performed his Eurovision entry live for the first time. He kept it simple, wearing a slick dark costume and playing the piano while images of the Rocío’s appeared on the background. Serving his trademark falsetto, Gjon proved why he’s a favourite to win Eurovision 2021.
Eurodrama is back
However, we’re talking about Spain, and of course the story had to incorporate some Eurodrama. To begin with, Spain’s Eurovision broadcaster TVE faced some backlash: there were fans who considered that a private broadcaster was paying more attention to Eurovision than they are.
? Laisse le vent qui frôle
Sa main sur mon épaule
Le vide dans ma tête ?
Hoy, en directo, Gjon's Tears interpretará 'Tout l'univers' en 'Rocío. Contar la verdad para seguir viva'
— Mediaset España (@mediasetcom) March 21, 2021
Others also criticised the public broadcaster, as they believed the Swiss participant was stealing the spot of Spain’s entrant, Blas Cantó. Blas himself was to blame for other fans:
— G??r????? (@itsgebher) March 21, 2021
Ojalá TVE haciendo por Blas lo que Telecinco está haciendo por la candidatura de Gjon's Tears (y de paso por el festival en sí) https://t.co/vf2XbXJOWh
— Lidia (@lideando) March 21, 2021
“Gjon’s Tears rubbing hands with the Spanish televoting.”
“Hopefully TVE doing for Blas what Telecinco is doing for the candidacy of Gjon’s Tears (and for the contest itself)”
— david (@daviiidcarrillo) March 21, 2021
“Blas Canto seeing that they have taken Gjon’s Tears to the #RocioVerdad1 program”
la canción de gjon ya ha sonado más en la televisión de españa que la de blas pic.twitter.com/FeQ6HBfsGM
— average dramatic ?? (@AverageViewer) March 16, 2021
“Gjon’s song has already played more on Spanish television than Blas’.”
Did you like Gjon’s performance? Did he live up to the expectations? Is he a contender to win it all? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!