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Switzerland: Nemo to Eurovision 2024 – Listen to "The Code"

We now know who will be waving the Swiss flag at Eurovision 2024: It's Nemo with the song "The Code." Take a listen to the song here

After recent speculation online over the past few days, it's been made official who's going to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in May.

Nemo has been awarded the honor, and will be succeeding Remo Forrer in representing Switzerland at Eurovision. The song Nemo will be performing has just been released along with its music video. Listen to "The Code":

Switzerland 2024: Nemo – "The Code"

"The Code" was written by Nemo, Linda Dale, Benji Alasu, and Nylan.

Nemo and the song "The Code" were internally selected out of more than 400 songs submitted to the Swiss broadcaster. Five artists and songs were invited to perform at auditions in Zurich back in December 2023. Three juries then selected the winning artist and song: A Swiss audience jury, an international audience jury, and a 25-member international expert jury.

Nemo

Nemo Mettler (3 August 1999) is a non-binary Swiss rapper, singer, and musician born in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Along with singing, Nemo also plays the violin, piano, and drums. Currently, Nemo is signed to the Swiss Label Bakara Music. On the second season of The Masked Singer Switzerland, Nemo was unmasked as the panda after finishing in 5th place.

Since 2015, Nemo has been active in the music industry and has released multiple Extended Plays (EPs) and singles. Their first EP "Clownfisch" was released on 23 June 2015 and peaked at 95 on the Swiss music charts. The highest charting single Nemo has to date is their 2017 song "Du," which peaked at four and went platinum on the Swiss charts.

Nemo also has numerous awards to their name. In 2017, they received an Energy Music Award for Best Swiss Artist and a Prix Walo award for Newcomer. Currently, Nemo has five Swiss Music Awards to their name: one in 2017 for Best Talent, and four in 2018 for Best Male Solo Act, Best Breaking Act, Best Live Act, and Best Hit for the song "Du."

In November of 2023, Nemo publicly announced in an article in SonntagsZeitung that they identify as non-binary, and this is also what the song "The Code" is about:

– "The Code" is about the journey I started with the realization that I am neither a man nor a woman. Finding myself has been a long and often difficult process for me. But nothing feels better than the freedom I have gained by realising that I am non-binary.

Nemo continues:

– It is an incredible honor to be able to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest. This platform offers a huge opportunity to build bridges between different cultures and generations. That‘s why it‘s very important to me as a gender-queer person to stand up for the entire LGBTQIA+ community.

Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest

Switzerland has been a part of the Eurovision Song Contest 63 times since the beginning in 1956 - in Switzerland. And the winner of the very first Eurovision Song Contest was... Lys Assia from Switzerland with the song "Refrain."

Switzerland 2021: Gjon's Tears - "Tout l'univers"

Switzerland won the 1988 contest with a then-unknown girl, Céline Dion, with the song "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi" (only ONE point in front of number two, the United Kingdom). A star was born!

Switzerland 2021: Gjon's Tears - "Tout l'univers"

Since then, Switzerland hasn't had huge success in Eurovision. Since the introduction of the Semi-finals in 2004, Switzerland has only managed to qualify for the Grand Final in 8 out of 19 tries. Switzerland is a proud member of "Club Null," with four contests without any points.

About the author: Justina Helgeson (United States of America)

authorJustina is a correspondent from the United States. She is a more recent fan as she first started following Eurovision in 2021. Since then, she has followed every Eurovision related event and developed a passion for the contest as a whole. If you were to ask them what their favourite all time Eurovision song is, Fairytale by Alexander Rybak will always be their answer.

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