SRF has announced that Gjons’ Tears’ entry for Eurovision 2021 will be released on 10th March at 16:00 CET. He was originally set to represent Switzerland at the 2020 contest with the song “Répondez-moi”.
After the cancellation of last year’s contest, SRF announced that Gjon’s Tears would return to the contest in 2021 which will be held in Rotterdam. 20 songs were written and performed in contention to be Switzerland’s entry for 2021.
“The time has come”
Earlier today on Twitter, SRF posted confirming the entry’s release date. Gjon revealed that his entry for the 2021 contest was selected in November last year, after holding songwriting sessions with writers from Switzerland and abroad.
Last May, we took the opportunity to speak to Gjon’s Tears about his Eurovision journey and career so far. In a 40-minute chat with us, he too the time to answer questions about the origins of his stage name, the development of his 2020 entry “Répondez-moi” and the ties between the lyrics and his family’s heritage.
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
In 1956, Switzerland hosted the first ever Eurovision Song Contest in Lugano, which they also won with Lys Assia’s “Refrain”. Over the years, Switzerland have had mixed results with 15 further top five finishes but also five last places in the final, including three “nul points”.
Their second and most recent win to date came in 1988 with “Ne partez pas sans moi” sung by a young Céline Dion. Switzerland won the contest with 137 points, just one point ahead of the United Kingdom in second place.
Since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, Switzerland have made five finals. Most recently, in 2019, they finished 4th in the grand final with Luca Hänni’s “She Got Me” – which was Switzerland’s best result since 1993. Gjon’s Tears was set to represent the country in 2020 with “Répondez-moi”.
Are you excited to hear Gjon’s Tear’s 2021 entry? Will you be listening to the release of the song next week?
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