Switzerland: With Gjon’s Tears at Eurovision 2021

Using the social media, shortly before the Swiss representative at Eurovision 2020, Gjon Muharremaj announced that he is going to represent his country at next year’s contest.

As the 21-year-old mentioned in his Instagram post:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B996cJhjcH_/

Switzerland thus becomes the 9th country to participate in Eurovision 2021 with the same artist who will also be in Rotterdam in May!

https://youtu.be/O9GAfFHZE-E

Switzerland: Sacha Jean-Baptiste directing Gjon’s Tears

Not long ago, in a statement on his official Twitter account, Swiss broadcaster SRF announced Sacha Jean-Baptiste as the director responsible for directing the country’s bid. Sacha will be collaborating with Gjon Muharremaj, world-renowned Gjon’s Tears, to present his best, “Répondez-moi”, at Ahoy Arena in May.

Swedish origin Sacha Jean-Baptiste is no stranger to the Eurovision contest as she has successfully directed many artists such as John Lundvik (Sweden 2019), Luca Hanni (Switzerland 2019), Tamta (Cyprus). 2019), Helen Foureira (Cyprus 2018), Equinox (Bulgaria 2018) as well as Kristian Kostov (Bulgaria 2017).

Who is Gjon’s Tears

Gjon Muharremaj, artistically known as Gjon’s Tears is a Swiss singer and member of the band. He was born in Switzerland to a Kosovar father and an Albanian mother. At an early age, he appeared in the first round of the show, Albania’s Got Talent, in 2010, reaching the final by impressing both the jury and the television audience. In 2019 he took part in the French version of the talent show, The Voice, reaching the semifinals. Then, he released his first single, “Babi”, combining indie-pop music with sounds of Albanian music.

Below you can hear “Répondez-moi”, this year’s Swiss entry:

 

Eurovision 2020: Greek choreographer – director for Switzerland and San Marino at Eurovision 2020?

According to what is written on a greek media website, Zappit, Greek choreographer Nikos Marianos has accepted a proposal to direct the participation of Switzerland and San Marino in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in May in Rotterdam!

He has recorded his own unique path, both at the Eurovision Festival, as well as in music and theater, being one of the most successful choreographers and directors of recent years. Nikos Marianos, who is known for versatile and creative talent, having choreographed from demanding  musical such as “Evita”, “Hair” and “Grease”, up to high standard’s Mad Show, accepts another suggestion – a challenge that opens the European music scene to him.

Two countries are claiming the acclaimed Greek, seeking exclusive co-operation for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Rotterdam in May 2020. Competition officials in Switzerland but also in San Marino have already contacted Nikos in order to take over  the choreographic performance of the songs that will be selected to represent these two countries in this year’s contest.

San Marino managed last year under his direction the best result  in Tel Aviv, while Nikos already has successful entries in both Greece and Malta. Remember, the director and choreographer has appeared on the Eurovision stage as a dancer in 2005 with Elena Paparizou on Eurovision’s 50-year show, but also in 2009 with Sakis Rouvas and “This is our night”.

Nikos Marianos has not yet given a definitive answer to the officials of the two countries. The NMDF Convention, which holds its fourth year in March 2020 and hosts the 19 most important choreographers around the world is in his high priority this period. However, it is certain that for another year Eurovision will be of particular interest to the Greeks.

Source: zappit

Switzerland: Directly assign for the Eurovision 2020

Following Luca Hänni’s successful tour at Tel Aviv, Switzerland’s broadcaster SRF confirmed the country’s presence in the upcoming event in May 2020 in the Netherlands.

After this year’s great result that brought Switzerland to 4th place, the best that has been achieved since 2005, SRF,  decided to follow the same recipe, choosing internally, for the second consecutive year, both its representative and and the song as well.

For this choice, the broadcaster will nominate a panel of experts, composed of 100 members and a twenty-member international committee, to decide who will fly the Swiss flag in the Netherlands.

Interested composers, producers and songwriters can send their entries until September 2. More information about the participation is here.