Deborah Bough: “My mother and friends were quite pushy.” [Interview]

With just under a week left for the Swiss to pick their entry for Vienna in Die Große Entscheidungsshow, spoke to one of the acts taking part: Deborah Bough. Read what she had to say below! Hey Deborah! First of all, thanks for doing this interview! How are you, a few weeks before the Swiss national final?
Deborah Bough: Hello Nick, I’m fine but quite busy and stressed with all the preparations 😉
X: Could you introduce yourself to our readers?
D: Sure, I was born and raised in Switzerland, Ticino, my mom is from here and my dad from the Caribbean, I started singing from the age of six, I recorded my first album in 2010 and toured all over Switzerland winning prizes and recognitions. Two years ago I classified amongst first 12 candidates at The Voice Of Switzerland while I was studying in University, I later performed in events such as for Hairdays 13 at Hallenstadion Zurich (about 7’000 spectators). This year I’m graduating and so I decided to take on a new challenge which is Eurovision song contest 2015!
X: Who are your musical idols?
D: When I was little I loved Withney Houston and Mariah Carey, but I have many more that I admire, I grew up listening to Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, The Beatles, Harry Belafonte.. But I also like listening to Alicia Keys, Adele, Céline Dion, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Beyonce and more, I don’t like to be closed up in one genre.
X: You’re quite the multicultural person: Swiss mother, Caribbean father, studying in France, living in New York and Switzerland. How has that influenced you as a person?
D: I think it has enriched me as a person and as an artist, it has influenced my music and the way I write my songs.
X: I read you studied Literature and Language in France. What’s the best book ever written?
D: At the time I really enjoyed Le Neveu de Rameau by Diderot and Le Tartuffe by Molière.
X: Could you tell us something about the song, Take Me Back To 23?
D: I wrote it last summer during my exam sessions while a met a nice young man and together with my university experience they brought me back to the best years…
X: Why did you decide to apply for Eurovision?
D: Because my mother and friends were quite pushy but I’m glad I did, so far it has been a really nice experience.
X: Are you a Eurovision fan?
D: I must admit, I don’t watch it every year but when I do I enjoy it.
X: Do you have an all time favourite Eurovision song?
D: Euphoria by Loreen.
X: Finally, do you have a message for the readers of
D: Sure, first of all I’d like to say a big HELLOOOOO to everyone!!! If you’d like to know more about me you can find me at or visit me on facebook, twitter and instagram @deborahbough. I’ll be waiting for youuuuu!! Cheers! :p would like to thank Deborah for her time and we’d like to wish her the best of luck in Saturday’s Die Große Entscheidungsshow! Watch her song Take Me Back To 23 below!

Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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