Last year, Switzerland was victorious in the jury vote and third overall in the Eurovision Song Contest. Clearly, the country has been on a good streak, with 2 top 5 finishes in the last 5 years! Their next hopeful is Marius Bear, who will perform “Boys Do Cry” in Turin.
Who is Marius Bear?
28-year-old Marius Bear won the Swiss Music Award for Best Talent in 2019. He also released his debut album Not Loud Enough the same year. In 2020, he released the cover of Whitney Houston‘s classic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” after performing it on the TV show I Can See Your Voice. The cover currently has over 3.4 million streams on Spotify. Recently he has released the singles “Evergreen” and “Roses“.
In the music video for “Boys Do Cry”, you can see Marius singing the song in a dark room. The shot switches between a scene of a young boy wearing an armor made of carton. The lyrics describe how emotions can be experienced by everyone, and reflect society’s view on toxic masculinity. It is a slow ballad with steady vocals.
You can listen to Switzerland’s entry here:
After confirming their Eurovision 2022 participation in April (before the 2021 contest), Switzerland hadn’t revealed much news about their 2022 entry. Switzerland’s entry for 2022 had been selected in a multi-stage process with a 100-member audience panel and an international expert jury, who have either competed at Eurovision as a singer or songwriter or has been a member of their country’s national jury.
Familiar faces among the jury
As well as the lesser-known national jury members, some former Eurovision acts have sat on the jury to choose Switzerland’s entry – could the entry go two steps further than last year and win the whole contest?
Among the jury, familiar faces include:
- Ovidiu Jacobsen (Ovi) – Romania 2010 & 2014
- Tinkara Kovač – Slovenia 2014
- Gabriela Horn (PÆNDA) – Austria 2019
- Helga Möller – Iceland 1986
- Alexey Gross – Belarus national final 2016
- Gore Melian – Cyprus national final 2009
- Ludmila Kuts – Belarus backing singer 2011
- Karl-Ander Reismann – Eesti Laul songwriter
Switzerland at Eurovision 2021
SRF originally announced Gjon’s Tears as their representative for the 2020 contest in Rotterdam. The same day, his entry “Répondez-moi” was released, which was Switzerland’s first French-language entry for 10 years. The song quickly became a favourite to win the 2020 contest.
Just a few weeks later, the 2020 contest was cancelled as a result of the pandemic. However, SRF quickly announced that Gjon would be back to represent Switzerland at the 2021 contest.
Earlier this year, it was revealed by Gjon and Head of Delegation Reto Peritz how the song was selected. Thirteen songs were created at the songwriting camp, and these entries were then produced across the continent before being presented to a jury of 100 Swiss residents and 20 international experts, in both their live and studio versions.
Despite the bar set by Luca Hänni in 2019, Gjon surpassed this and gave Switzerland their best result in the contest since 1993. “Tout l’univers” won semi-final two and ultimately placed 3rd in the Grand Final in Rotterdam, winning the jury vote and scoring 432 points.
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