Like every year the Swiss broadcaster SRF (RTS, RSI and RTR) arranged a national final called “Die Entscheidungsshow” with six finalists in Zurich with the host Sven Epiney. This year there has been a slight change in the decision modus. The six candidates have just been singing their song and now cover song anymore. There was 100% televoting to determine the Swiss entry for Kiev. The winning song “Apollo” was sung by the group Timebelle and received 47.88% of the votes, with a lead of 30%.
The band Timebelle originally used to be a boy band, the lead singer Miruna Mănescu joined later. Now the band consists of three members, they met at the University of Bern. The name of the band is derived from the medieval clock tower in Bern, which is the landmark of the city called “Zytglogge”. The band has already tried to become the Swiss representative in 2015 with the song “Singing About Love” and came second. The band is a truly multicultural band with different origins. The singer Miruna comes from Romania, but lives in Bern, she is a trained musician and actress, born in 1995. The drummer Samuel Forster is a Swiss citizen, born in 1996 and Emanuel Daniel Andriescu, born in 1995 plays the saxophone, clarinet and piano. Emanuel is also from Romania and has been living in Switzerland for the past 11 years. They have released four singles already. The Swedish composer team have already written a song “Start A Fire” for Dilara Kazimova which made the 22nd place in the Grand Final in Copenhagen.
The song title “Apollo” is a homage to the antique God of Apollo who stands for music and poetry. The meaning of the lyrics should motivate to trust into yourself. The song has been revamped and made more modern to the original version. Due to the fact that Switzerland did not pass the Semi Finals for the last two years, there are high expectations that this could be changed this year in Kiev. The R’n’B song has a modern sound with a solid melody, quite radio friendly, too. But it needs a lot of effort to bring this entry to shine on stage to push it to the Grand Final, otherwise it might be overseen.
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About me: Due to the fact that my parents are musicians, I have a gained a great enthusiasm for music. Since 1979 my interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has grown enormously. My first ESC I joined was in Dublin 1995. Six years later I founded the website eurovisionlive.com in the year 2001. The most fascinating part for me is the original idea of the Eurovision Song Contest – the peaceful contest of the European countries. I am very happy that I have the chance to contribute my little part for the greatest music show in the world.