On May 22 he finished third at Eurovision 2021, giving Switzerland its best finish since Celine Dion’s win in 1988. And this past Saturday Gjon’s Tears was still enjoying memories of the oooos and ahhhs as he spoke with wiwiblogger Deban Aderemi in Tirana.
Gjon topped the jury vote with his on-point vocals and a complicated performance that conveyed the existential angst of his song “Tout l’univers” — which he says dives into the cyclical nature of construction and destruction. He did this partly by dancing across a series of moveable plinths, which were set against an ever-moving swirl of liquid silver.
And while he hit his marks and his falsetto, he tells us that the jury performance was not as easy as it looked: “I had some problems with my prop — it was moving.”
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His moveable plinth was meant to remain stationary while he sang and danced on top of it. But it gave him quite the scare during his jury performance.
“At the end, it was just rolling like this…bye bye. I am so happy that the camera followed me, so I finished the performance with the camera and with the light. I really don’t know what happened.”
“I was so scared because I had the feeling that I really, really failed my performance. I just didn’t want to show that to the jury.”
The jury show is not broadcast publicly. It takes place on the Friday night before the grand final on Saturday. But, owing to the presence of a live audience and an online press centre, footage of the performance leaked. Eagle-eyed Twitter users say they saw the precise moment Gjon is referring to.
Gjon says he spoke with the EBU’s team after the performance, but that they brushed aside his concerns.
“There was a crazy discussion,” Gjon says. “I said after that moment, ‘I want to speak with someone.’ I went off the stage. They told me, ‘No, everything was right, as usual.’ I said no. I saw the props moving. I was on it.”
“It was a crazy conversation between me and the EBU. They were like, ‘We don’t have time for you now, we have to go on with the other contestants.’ They were like, ‘We don’t care. It didn’t affect your performance and it wasn’t a technical issue because it didn’t touch your ears.'”
In the end, overcoming the obstacles actually made Gjon feel better about his performance. “I am really happy this happened because for me and my self-confidence, it was a really big boost.”
Were you watching the jury show and did you notice that Gjon’s plinth was moving while he was on it? Are you living for his honesty? Let us know in the comments box below!