Switzerland: SRF explains how Gjon’s Tears’ Eurovision 2021 song has been determined
The German Swiss broadcaster, SRF, has made public the whole process followed in order to select Gjon’s Tears’ Eurovision 2021 entry.
Through a video on Twitter SRF elaborated on the formula used to select the song that Gjon’s Tears will be performing next May in Rotterdam.
How we selected a new song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 for Gjon’s Tears. #GjonsTears #RepondezMoi #srfESC #SRF #Eurovision #Switzerland @SRF #TeamSRGSSR @Eurovision #Schweiz #Suisse #Svizzera #Svizra pic.twitter.com/b2NH8UY5vF
— SRF Eurovision Song Contest (@srfesc) December 29, 2020
According to what SRF revealed, 13 songs were prepared during a song camp with Gjon’s Tears adding in his vocals at each track. Then the 13 entries were evaluated by a 100 member audience panel and a jury of international specialists. The assessment took place with points awarded and feedback on the entries. The 13 songs were refined in accrodance with the feedback, with the Swiss act recording the live performances of the songs in videos. The videos of the performances were sent back to the jury in order to select the final song the Swiss hopeful will perform in Rotterdam next May.
With the tilte of the song remaining unreleased, it has been gone public that Gjon’s Tears has co-written the Swiss ESC 2021 entry.
About Gjon’s Tears
Gjon Muharremaj, also known professionally as Gjon’s Tears, is a Swiss singer and songwriter of Kosovo-Albanian descent. Gjon Muharremaj was born to a Kosovo-Albanian father and an Albanian mother from Tirana. In 2010, he competed in the first season of the talent competition Albanians Got Talent. In 2019, he auditioned for the eight season of The Voice of France and reached the semi-finals.
THE STORY SO FAR
Switzerland made its debut in the first Eurovision Song Contest back in 1956 and won the same year with Lys Assia. It was not until 1988 when the country was crowned winner for the 2nd time with Celine Dion leaving in second place behind the United Kingdom only by a narrow margin of 1 point.
In 2018 reached its 4th year of non qualifying results with the duo Zibbz and their song Stones. Last year Luca Hänni made the difference for Switzerland as his entry “She Got me” not only managed to reach the grand final but achieved a 4th placing, the best result since 1993.
This year Gjon’s Tears was selected to represent the country with his song Répondez-moi, written by Gjon himself, as well as Xavier Michel, Alizé Oswald and Jeroen Swinnen. The French song however didn’t ever see the stage in Rotterdam as the contest was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.