A few months after representing Switzerland at Eurovision 2021, Gjon’s Tears has returned to his roots. On Saturday he appeared in the blind auditions of The Voice All-Stars in France. Gjon is returning to the show that helped bring him to public attention for its special anniversary season, which showcases the best-known former contestants.
In 2019, the French public discovered Gjon’s Tears — then 20 years old — and were captivated by his moving interpretation of the song “Christine” by Christine and The Queens. The young singer reached the semi-final of the competition with his coach Mika. After coming third at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam, Gjon’s Tears decided to enter The Voice once more — a welcome opportunity to hit the stage following two years of concert cancellations.
The Voice All-Stars celebrates the 10th anniversary of the show. Thirteen of the most popular voices of the program have gathered in order to win the trophy for the most beautiful voice among the most beautiful voices. Another familiar name among them is Emmy Liyana, who you’ll remember from Destination Eurovision 2018, where she competed with the song “OK ou KO”.
Gjon’s Tears turns chairs on The Voice All-Stars
For his blind audition Gjon performed Yseult’s song “Corps”. As in 2019, the young man found himself alone on stage, accompanied only by his piano. In this intimate setting the singer delivered a moving interpretation, which led five coaches to turn their chairs.
“The Voice allowed me to know what I was worth in the music business…to return to the stage of The Voice brings back many memories. In season 8, I showed off on stage. This time I want to settle down and I want the coaches and viewers to be moved,” he said.
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From the first notes of the piano, his former coach Mika made clear he recognized the voice of his former protégé.
The singer Zazie was the first to turn her chair, followed closely by three of her colleagues. Taking advantage of a few extra seconds of blind listening, Patrick Fiori, the representative of France at Eurovision 1993, completed the picture.
Gjon had the rare honour of finishing his performance while looking at the entire judging panel.
Mika presented Gjon to the other coaches, introducing him to Florent Pagny, one of the coaches who wasn’t aware of him. Introductions done, Zazie revealed that she had followed the very first audition of Gjon from behind her television set and felt a deep connection to him. As for Mika, he expressed his pride:
“I was reading an English news site while drinking my coffee in the morning and all of a sudden I saw your face. And I saw that you were participating in Eurovision. I followed your journey, I listened to your song. I felt a lot of pride.”
Coach Florent Pagny congratulated the young singer for his ability to embody his songs emotionally — not just with the mastery and vocal accuracy that characterizes professional singers.
“You made me travel. Your voice is a spaceship,” Patrick Fiori said.
After thanking the coaches for their words, Gjon surprised many by choosing to join the team of Zazie, thus abandoning Mika, who had been his coach during his first participation.
“I honestly believe that my choice is already made — I want to try this adventure with Zazie,” he said.
A participation under certain conditions
The show is being broadcast in the fall of 2021, but it was filmed back in November 2020, long before Eurovision. Gjon did not have a music label at the time. He agreed to participate in the All-Stars version, but only if producers would help him find a record company.
Speaking to the French magazine Gala, Gjon explained the situation.
“When the production contacted me at the end of the summer, I had a long discussion with Bruno Berberes. It was at a time in my career when I really wanted to find a record company. I told him, ‘I’m willing to do the anniversary season of The Voice if you find me a label.””
Gjon subsequently met the founder of the production company Jo&Co, who eventually signed him. Satisfied, Gjon’s Tears accepted the chance to participate in The Voice All-Stars.
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