SRF, the Swiss Eurovision broadcaster, has just announced the artist it has internally selected to go to Eurovision – Gjon’s Tears.
The song is titled “Repondez-moi” which translate to ‘Answer Me’. The lyrics are in French and makes a long awaited return to the language, having previously last been seen in 2010 (Michael von der Heide). The song is described as one that “gets under your skin”.
Gjon’s Tears was born under the name Gjon Muharremaj and he’s 21 years old. He has a part Albanian heritage and has competed in both the Albania’s and Switzerland’s Got Talent shows finishing third in Albania when he was only 12 years old (he also reached the semi finals in Switzerland). As recently as last year he reached the semi finals of The Voice France.
He says about the song:
Whether it’s joy, sadness or melancholy – I want to touch people with my music in every possible way.
The ESC is the biggest music event and it is huge for an artist to be a part of it. True to this year’s slogan – ‘Open up’ – I am totally open to this unique adventure and I’m looking forward to everything that comes with it!
I want to give my everything at the Eurovision Song Contest and I want to be proud of who I am, where I come from and what I have achieved. I want to inspire people to follow their own path with ‘Répondez-moi’.
The song is written by Gjon’s Tears, Xavier Michel and Alizé Oswald and produced byJeroen Swinnen. It was composed at a Swiss songwriting camp.
“Répondez-moi” was selected by a 100-member audience panel and an international jury comprising of 20 music experts following an open call for entries. The panel and jury both made up 50% of the decision each.
You can watch the full video below:
Gjon’s Tears will perform in the second Semi Final 2 in Rotterdam and will be allocated a slot in the second half.
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