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Eurovision 2023: Second Rehearsal of Switzerland!

Today is the fourth day of rehearsals, the day when the countries participating in the First Semi Final will take over the stage for their second rehearsal at M&S Bank Arena, in Liverpool!

Next up on stage for their second rehearsal is Switzerland and Remo Forrer with the song “Watergun“.

Who is Remo Forrer?

Remo, after a childhood of playing traditional folk music on the accordion in his little Swiss village of Hemberg, Remo moved onto the piano.

Given time he might have found fame with his accordion skills but it was his singing that landed him victory at The Voice of Switzerland 2020. He also triumphed in the German version of the music game show I Can See Your Voice.

The Rehearsal

No changes from Sunday’s first rehearsal that we could see, and still sounding great in the arena. “Watergun is a heartfelt ballad about the tragedy of war, and a universal call for peace.

It’s clear that Remo feels a real connection to these lyrics, and his vocal is beautiful. Staging-wise, he has four contemporary dancers (one is Ellinea Siampalis, dancer at several numbers in Melodifestivalen, who has Greek roots) and also dances himself, which we weren’t expecting.

Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

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Photos: Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU, Corinne Cumming / EBU


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Listen to the acouctic version of the songs from Switzerland and Lithuania!

The third episode of the new series on the official Eurovision TouTube channel,“A Little Bit More”, took place on Friday night.

Thus, after some time, the official Eurovision YouTube channel post the various performances of the competing artists.

You can listen to the acoustic versions of the songs from Switzerland and Lithuania in the videos below!

Switzerland – Remo Forrer – “Watergun”

Lithuania – Monika Linkytė – “Stay” 

You can also watch the reactions of the Eurovisionfun team, reacting and commenting on Switzerland’s and Lithuania’s Eurovision 2023 entries below:

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Eurovision 2023: First Rehearsal of Switzerland!

Today is the first day of rehearsals, the day when the countries participating in the First Semi Final will take over the stage for their first rehearsal at M&S Bank Arena, in Liverpool!

Next up on stage for their first rehearsal is Switzerland and Remo Forrer with the song “Watergun“.

Who is Remo Forrer?

Remo, after a childhood of playing traditional folk music on the accordion in his little Swiss village of Hemberg, Remo moved onto the piano.

Given time he might have found fame with his accordion skills but it was his singing that landed him victory at The Voice of Switzerland 2020. He also triumphed in the German version of the music game show I Can See Your Voice.

The Rehearsal

Well, this is quite special. “Watergun is a heartfelt ballad about the tragedy of war, and a universal call for peace. It’s clear that Remo feels a real connection to these lyrics, and his vocal is beautiful.

Corinne Cumming / EBU

Below you can watch a small clip from the Swiss first rehearsal, once it’s published on TikTok:

@eurovision A heartfelt and haunting call for peace✌️🇨🇭 #Eurovision2023 #Eurovision @remoforrer ♬ original sound – Eurovision

Staging-wise, he has four contemporary dancers (one is Ellinea Siampalis, dancer at several numbers in Melodifestivalen, who has Greek roots) and also dances himself, which we weren’t expecting.

Corinne Cumming / EBU

The staging for this was created by Sacha Jean-Baptiste, who was also responsible for Switzerland‘s G’jon’s Tears in 2021 and Marius Bear in 2022.

Corinne Cumming / EBU

Who says you can’t have pyro in a ballad? Remo Forrer is breaking all the rules, with a short interlude of smoke and red fireworks raining down from the roof. All VERY dramatic.

Corinne Cumming / EBU

The second Swiss rehearsal will be held on the 3rd of May, when we will know how the performance will look on screen for the Swiss entry.

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Photos: Corinne Cumming / EBU


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Switzerland: Remo Forrer filmed his postcard for Eurovision 2023!

Switzerland’s representative in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Remo Forrer, has completed the shooting of his postcard, the video that will be shown before his performance in the First Semi-Final.

The filming took place on the Swiss lake.

The countries that have confirmed that they have completed the shooting of their postcards are:

  • Albania – Albina & Familija Kelmendi
  • Austria – Teya & Salena
  • Croatia – Letya and Teja and Tina/Teya, Telja and Kyaena
  • Cyprus – Andrew Lambrou
  • France – La Zarra
  • Germany – Lord of the Lost
  • Ireland – Wild Youth
  • Latvia – Sudden Lights
  • Lithuania – Monika Linkytė
  • Malta – The Busker
  • Moldova – Pasha Parfeni
  • Netherlands – Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper
  • Poland – Blanka
  • Slovenia – Joker Out
  • Romania – Theodor Andrei
  • Belgium – Gustaph
  • Estonia – Alika
  • Greece – Victor Vernicos
  • Azerbaijan – TuralTuranx

Switzerland are set to appear in the 8th place in the First Semi-Final which will take place on 9 May in Liverpool:

https://youtu.be/_8-Sbc_GZMc

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The Netherlands: All the performances of “Eurovision in Concert 2023”!

Eurovision in Concert 2023 took place in AFAS Live in Amsterdam, last night, with 29 of this year’s entrants performing live.

The concert was hosted by Cornald Maas and Hila Noorzai. Cornald has been the Dutch Eurovision commentator since 2006. Hila is a radio DJ and member of the committee that selected this year’s Dutch representatives (Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper). She also hosted the Eurovision 2021 press conference in Rotterdam.

The artists that performed last night were the following:

Albania – Albina & Kelmendi Familija

Balcan sounds and consistent vocals is what we got from Albina and the Kelmendi Family! Might be the suprise entry of this year.

Armenia – Brunette

Brunette singing about her Future Lover with ethereal vocals and the crowds singing along. Beautiful performance!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KspC8I7MXl0

Australia – Voyager

Voyager give what they promise! Rock and electronic sounds, so 2025! What is concerning though, is that even though their song is supposed to be very uplifting, the crowd was too static. Also falsetto was not always on point.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx73Q68eWwU

Austria – Teya & Salena

That’s not a song where you can show off some unreal vocals, however it’s the song that will definitely make you dance! And Teya & Salena deliver, solid vocals and much much fun! One of my personal favourites and if you ask me, a finalist and highly likely a Top5 entry!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdh6cFfcfKo

Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX

TuralTuranX “tell us more” about their entry this year, however I’m still not getting it. A song that I could listen to the radio without complaining, but wouldn’t catch my eye/ear at the contest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XiT0RvJPn0

Belgium – Gustaph

The queerest entry of the year! His vocals are as good as the studio version! He is a fun guy! This is the kind of entries that I would like to qualify, even though that’s not the style of songs that I normally listen to!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgx-CPHRx5A

Czechia – Vesna

I can only comment on their vocals. They were okay. However, this entry started off as a potential winner, but I’m not getting that vibe, at least not yet. But hey! It’s just a party performance! Let’s wait for their contest rehearsals!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CocNlkxpxdg

Denmark – Reiley

Danish heart-throb Reiley, had his best performance to date. Some minor vocal issues, but overall a nice performance!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuT–QEIyag

Estonia – Alika

Nice song and great vocals! But for me, it’s no more than just that. I wouldn’t be surprised if Estonia got disqualified.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UKYFFFWjgU

Finland – Käärijä

Normally, that’s a song that I can’t stand listening to for more than 10 seconds. Strangely, combined to his eccentric looks and his super nice personality, I could now handle listening to his entire Amsterdam performance! Personal opinion aside, I can totally see why this is a contender for the win.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd0n_sNDiAo

France – La Zarra

Unfortunately, after a statement in her personal Twitter account, La Zarra announced that she has to cancel her appearance in Amsterdam, due to personal circumstances.

Germany – Lord of the Lost

I can’t be objective, I don’t like this style of music. I can only be objective about their vocal abilities, which are on point I must admit!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmPSRnNpd0A

Iceland – Diljá

That’s a song that I would add to my daily playlist, however, this song lacks something that I still don’t know what it is! Diljá’s voice is great admitedly!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjjsWy1R93k

Ireland – Wild Youth

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” x “Ritmo De La Noche” x “We Are One” would be a great mashup! I low-key like this song and I loved their Amsterdam performance. But something tells me that they will struggle to qualify this year. Let’s see what happens!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NY6OODALZU

Latvia – Sudden Lights

Another performance that sounds exactly like the recorded version of their song! I didn’t see the love from the AFAS Live crowd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1qFm5Wtkgg

Lithuania – Monika Linkytė

Monika definitely sounds even better than the studio version of the song. She will try to claim a high placement in the rankings of the jury voting in this year’s contest! In the beginning I didn’t quite like “Stay“, I can now say that I love her vocals on this track!

Malta – The Busker

They were not bad, not at all sounding bad live, but were they as good as it needs to be to qualify to the final show of Eurovision Song Contest? Song-wise I think not.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIswu3YrrfU

Moldova – Pasha Parfeni

Despite the technical issues with his Madrid performance, Pasha, the Moldovan 2012 representative and returning artist of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, managed to pull off his performance. Great vocals and energy overall!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7LsW-dA_0U

Netherlands – Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper

It’s really sad to see my 2nd place to perform questionably in their own country’s party concert. Their vocals sound a bit off at times and as a duo their vocals don’t seem to connect on their live performance. I hope they fix it till their semi-final, I don’t want to see them become the shocking non-qualifier of the year.

Norway – Alessandra

Very much improved vocally, Alessandra, gets carried away by the strength of her song and her fans are absolutely loving it! The whistle note was so-so. She will improve, I am sure!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F97_a4eMpK0

Romania – Theodor Andrei

Theodor has a nice voice, but this song is totally “Off and On” so one would either like it or not. I don’t.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyin57pzpcc

San Marino – Piqued Jacks

Their are very very good vocally. Their lead vocalist sounds like Klaus Meine, frontman of Scorpions band. Their song is not at all bad after all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqne0dGawhQ

Slovenia – Joker Out

I simply love this band and this song! One of my favourites! I love how they sound in each and every appearance they make before the contest. I hope they continue delivering up until the Eurovision finals!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7brJYVqqgZc

Spain – Blanca Paloma

A blend of flamenco and modern sounds, bringing Spanish tradition to 2023. Her vocals are absolutely amazing. I just don’t get the hype around this entry, it is a great entry for Spain, but definitely not a top 3 entry as many fans are claiming over at social media!

Sweden – Loreen

Her vocals are out of this world! Another amazing performance of the former Eurovision 2012 winner and potential 2023 winner! And for those that claim that she sings with the assistance of an Auto-Tune device, I can assure you that even when she rehearsed in the corridors of Malmö Arena or Friends Arena during the Melodifestivalen season, she sounded exactly the same, or even better than the studio version! My winner for sure!

Switzerland – Remo Forrer

I absolutely love his Amsterdam (and every single one of his) live performance! I can’t wait to see this song complete and staged and Remo joined by his four dancers! I think he will qualify! But let’s wait and see!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGsRTZ5sPcA

Ukraine – TVORCHI

I love TVORCHI and their song and their Amsterdam performance. They sounded really really good, I am a fan of their style of music, but I don’t see this entry winning. Let’s see another country winning this year!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOFkzKOkc_k

United Kingdom – Mae Muller

Come on, she doesn’t sound as atrocious as most of the Twitter people claim. And at least she enjoys it and the crowd loves her! I hope she will do much better in Liverpool!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EMepsNxZUU

 

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Iceland: Remo Forrer’s Watergun wins the second episode of Alla leið!

The second episode of the Icelandic preview show, Alla leið, was broadcast last night (15/4). The big winner was Remo Forrer from Switzerland, with Watergun, who continues to impress in all their live performances.

Eight more entries of Eurovision 2023, evaluated by the four judges of Alla leið. At the top of the rating was the song of Switzerland, Watergun.

The results were as follows:

  1. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Remo Forrer – “Watergun” – 12+8+12+8 – 40 points
  2. 🇨🇿 Czechia – Vesna – “My Sister’s Crown” – 10+6+10+10 – 36 points
  3. 🇸🇪 Sweden – Loreen – “Tattoo2 – 10+8+12+4 – 34 points
  4. 🇫🇮 Finland – Käärijä – “Cha Cha Cha” – 12+8+12+1 – 33 points
  5. 🇲🇩 Moldova – Pasha Parfeni – “Soarele și luna” – 12+7+7+5 – 31 points
  6. 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX – “Tell Me More” – 10+6+10+2 – 28 points
  7. 🇳🇱 Netherlands – Mia Nicolai & DIon Cooper – “Burning Daylight” – 7+3+5+1 – 16 points
  8. 🇮🇱 Israel – Noa Kirel – “Unicorn” – 7+1+1+3 – 12 points

The results of Semi-Final One are:

  1. 🇭🇷 Croatia – Let 3 – “Mama ŠČ!” – 12+8+12+10 – 42 points
  2. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Remo Forrer – “Watergun” – 12+8+12+8 – 40 points
  3. 🇨🇿 Czechia – Vesna – “My Sister’s Crown” – 10+6+10+10 – 36 points
  4. 🇸🇪 Sweden – Loreen – “Tattoo2 – 10+8+12+4 – 34 points
  5. 🇫🇮 Finland – Käärijä – “Cha Cha Cha” – 12+8+12+1 – 33 points
  6. 🇲🇩 Moldova – Pasha Parfeni – “Soarele și luna” – 12+7+7+5 – 31 points
  7. 🇵🇹 Portugal – Mimicat – “Ai coração” – 8+7+6+8 – 31 points
  8. 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX – “Tell Me More” – 10+6+10+2 – 28 points
  9. 🇳🇴 Norway – Alessandra – Queen of the Kings – 6+7+6+8 – 27 points
  10. 🇱🇻 Latvia – Sudden Lights – “Aijā” – 2+12+8+4 – 26 points
  11. 🇮🇪 Ireland – Wild Youth – “We Are One” – 6+4+5+7 – 22 points
  12. 🇲🇹 Malta – The Busker – “Dance (Our Own Party)” – 3+6+5+7 – 21 points
  13. 🇷🇸 Serbia – Luke Black – “Samo mi se spava” – 7+5+6+3 – 21 points
  14. 🇳🇱 Netherlands – Mia Nicolai & DIon Cooper – “Burning Daylight” – 7+3+5+1 – 16 points
  15. 🇮🇱 Israel – Noa Kirel – “Unicorn” – 7+1+1+3 – 12 points

Next week the Alla way panel will rate the songs of the first half, the second semi-final.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the updates!

Source: Eurovoix

 

Netherlands: Eurovision in Concert 2023 takes place tonight in Amsterdam!

Eurovision in Concert 2023 takes place in The Netherlands tonight , with 29 of this year’s entrants performing live.

The concert will be hosted by Cornald Maas and Hila Noorzai. Cornald has been the Dutch Eurovision commentator since 2006. Hila is a radio DJ and member of the committee that selected this year’s Dutch representatives (Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper). She also hosted the Eurovision 2021 press conference in Rotterdam.

The full line-up is as follows:

  1. Albania – Albina & Kelmendi Familija
  2. Armenia – Brunette
  3. Australia – Voyager
  4. Austria – Teya & Salena
  5. Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX
  6. Belgium – Gustaph
  7. Czechia – Vesna
  8. Denmark – Reiley
  9. Estonia – Alika
  10. Finland – Käärijä
  11. France – La Zarra
  12. Germany – Lord of the Lost
  13. Iceland – Diljá
  14. Ireland – Wild Youth
  15. Latvia – Sudden Lights
  16. Lithuania – Monika Linkytė
  17. Malta – The Busker
  18. Moldova – Pasha Parfeni
  19. The Netherlands – Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper
  20. Norway – Alessandra
  21. Romania – Theodor Andrei
  22. San Marino – Piqued Jacks
  23. Slovenia – Joker Out
  24. Spain – Blanca Paloma
  25. Sweden – Loreen
  26. Switzerland – Remo Forrer
  27. Ukraine – TVORCHI
  28. United Kingdom – Mae Muller

In addition, Katrina Leskanich (Eurovision 1997, UK, winner, “Love Shine a Light“) will  appear as a special guest.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news about the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool!

Switzerland: Remo Forrer sings the Israeli entry “Unicorn”!

The Swiss representative in Eurovision 2023, Remo Forrer, continues the covers of this year’s contest entries. This time and by popular demand, he performs “Unicorn”, Noa Kirel’s song, live on TikTok.

@remoforrer.ch Antwort auf @Yuval K | יובל ק @Noa Kirel #eurovision #fy #foryou #fyp #viral #esc #noakirel #unicorn #cover #switzerland #piano #remoforrer ♬ Originalton – remoforrer

Below you can learn all the details about Remo Forrer’s performance in Liverpool:

Εnjoy our reaction video for Switzerland in Eurovision 2023:

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Switzerland: Remo Forrer will be joined by four dancers on stage, in Liverpool!

More details of the Swiss stage performance in Liverpool have been revealed, by the Swiss representative himself, Remo Forrer, in a post on his social media.

We already know that Switzerland will have Sacha Jean-Baptiste as the creative director of Remo’s staging performance and we now know who the four dancers that will be joining him on stage for his “Watergun” performanve will be.

The four dancers that will be joining Remo on stage in Liverpool this year will be (from left to right):

  • Lovisa Bengtsson: Lovisa was one of the Cypriot delegation dancers in 2018, joining Eleni Foureira on stage for “Fuego“.
  • Marco Wihlborg: One of the dancers of Alvaro Estrella in his last year’s Melodifestivalen entry “Suave“.
  • Ellinea Siambalis: The 18-year-old Ellinea, who has Greek roots, was a dancer in the following three numbers of this year’s Melodifestivalen, Kiana‘s “Where Did You Go“, Rejhan‘s “Haunted” and Mariette‘s “One Day“.
  • Kenny Lantz: Kenny was one of the Melodifestivalen in-house dancers this year and was also part of the Cypriot performance in 2019, joining Tamta on stage for the song “Replay“.

 

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Who is Remo Forrer?

Remo Forrer was born in 2001 in a small town called Hemberg SG. He started playing the flute from an early age, then he switched to the accordion, and then he ended up at the piano, which is still his favorite musical instrument to this day. In addition, he took voice lessons at a music school. In 2017, he was nominated for the talent show of the central Switzerland, where he received the award of Photographers Choice for the best stage performance. One year later, he won the competition “Sing dein Ding” with an acapella group and he was allowed to appear at the Acapella Festival in Pfaffikon SZ. In 2020, he won The Voice of Switzerland.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8-Sbc_GZMc

You can watch the reaction of the editors of Eurovisionfun, reacting and commenting on the Swiss entry for Eurovision 2023 below:

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Switzerland: Watch Remo Forrer’s first live performance of Watergun!

Remo Forrer, Switzerland‘s representative in Eurovision 2023, performed Watergun live for the first time on the country’s Italian-language public television!

The young artist impressed with his vocals accompanied by live music. You can watch his performance below:

Switzerland is competing in the 8th position of the first semi-final on the 9th of May. Remo Forrer hopes that he will be able to continue his country’s qualifying streak, something that the betting odds approve of, having Switzerland in eighth place to qualify for the Grand Final!

What did you think of Remo Forrer’s first live performance? Tell us in the comments!