The Swiss delegation are hard at work preparing their 2017 Eurovision entry ahead of the deadline for submissions in mid-March. At the beginning of this month, Timebelle were selected to represent Switzerland with their song Apollo. The Swiss-Romanian band won the televote with an overwhelming majority, receiving 48% of all votes. They will perform in the second half of the second semi-final on May 11th.
Recording a new and revamped ‘Apollo’
— SRF Eurovision Song Contest (@srfesc) February 24, 2017
Last week, Swiss broadcaster SRF revealed that Timebelle were in Sweden working with the song’s composers on a new and final version of Apollo. The entry was written and composed by Elias Näslin, Nicolas Günthardt and Alessandra Günthardt. Nevertheless, this isn’t an unusual move for Switzerland. Nearly all of their entries in recent years have undergone changes between the national final and the submissions date in mid-March!
Filming the official music video
— SRF Eurovision Song Contest (@srfesc) February 27, 2017
Yesterday, Timebelle were filming the official music video for Apollo. The video will be released in “around 10 days time” according to Timebelle’s official Facebook page. Therefore, we should expect the music video and the final version of Apollo to be released by the end of next week!
Is this year Switzerland’s Time to Shine?
Switzerland will be hoping Timebelle will help them qualify for a Eurovision final for the first time since Sebalter reached the final in 2014 with Hunter of Stars. Indeed, Switzerland have finished in last place in their semi-final for the previous two years. Surely this year is their Time to Shine? While you wait for the video release, why not check out our feature article exploring Switzerland’s history at Eurovision?
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