Rotterdam 2021

🇨🇭 Switzerland: Total of 20 songs produced for Gjon’s Tear’s 2021 selection

The outcome of the selection process was 'better than expected', according to Gjon

Last month, we learned that Gjon’s Tears’ entry has been selected and is due to be presented next year. Now, in a radio interview, Gjon has revealed details of how the song was selected. In total, 20 songs were written and performed in contention to be Switzerland’s entry for 2021.

Back in May, Swiss Head of Delegation Reto Peritz discussed the process behind the search for Gjon’s 2021 entry. He explained that following songwriting sessions, the candidate songs would undergo ‘market analysis’ to test the mass appeal for the songs in order to determine the right entry.

This week, in an interview with TopRadio Albania, Gjon revealed that 20 songs were created in contention to be selected as the Swiss entry for 2021. He recorded all 20, before a jury determined the chosen song.

We made 20 songs in a month and a half. The song we chose with the help of the jury was like a contest in itself, but I am very happy, I cannot wait for people to hear it. The result was better than I expected.

Gjon’s Tears speaking to TopRadio Albania

The exact release date for the entry has not been announced, however, Repondez-Moi was released in March, which might be an indication. It is also unknown whether any of the other 19 songs will be released publicly. He also teased an upcoming collaboration with an American artist, which will hopefully be made public next year.

Gjon’s Tears’ Eurovision journey so far

Gjon’s Tears was set to represent Switzerland at this year’s contest in Rotterdam with the song ‘Répondez-moi’. After the cancellation of the contest, SRF confirmed he will be representing Switzerland at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.

In May, we took the opportunity to speak to Gjon’s Tears about his Eurovision participation and his career to date. In a 40 minute chat with us, Gjon’s took the time to answer our questions about the origins of his stage name, the development of “Répondez-moi” and the ties between the lyrics and his family’s heritage.

You can watch the interview here:

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