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Switzerland's song for Eurovision 2021 released: Gjon's Tears with "Tout l'univers"

Switzerland will be represented by Gjon's Tears at Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song "Tout l'univers". Listen to the song here

After an internal choice that the national broadcaster did in 2019 with Luca Hänni and the song "She Got Me", the Swiss artist was yet again internally chosen for Eurovision 2020. Gjon's Tears was picked to sing "Répondez-moi" before Eurovision 2020 was cancelled.

Following the response of the artist and how the song was chosen, the national broadcaster decided to internally chose again Gjon's Tears to represent Switzerland in Eurovision Song Contest 2021.

Submissions for the 2021 song were opened back in May 2020 but now the wait is over as the official song to represent Switzerland "Tout l'univers" has been released.

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

Gjon’s Tears wrote "Tout l’univers" with songwriters Wouter Hardy, Nina Sampermans and Xavier Michel as part of a song-writing camp.

Gjon's Tears

Gjon Muharremaj, from Broc in the Canton of Fribourg, has dedicated his heart and soul to music since he was a child. Moving his grandfather to tears with his rendition of Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling in Love as a 9-year-old was a formative experience and the inspiration for his stage name: Gjon's Tears. "Whether it's joy, sadness or melancholy – I want to touch people with my music in every way."

Gjon's grandfather, who has Albanian roots, was so moved by his grandson's voice that he registered him for a talent show in Albania in 2011. The then 12-year-old came third in Albania's Got Talent. A year later, he reached the semi-finals in the Swiss equivalent and again in the French talent show The Voice France in 2019.

Gjon has a deep admiration for cinema, is passionate about theatre and loves to draw inspiration from museums and art galleries. But music has always been his top priority: he is not only a great lover of classical music but also admires "the magic of Cesária Évora, the eccentricity of Grace Jones and the musical intelligence of David Bowie".

Switzerland in Eurovision Song Contest

Switzerland 1956: Lys Assia - "Refrain"

Switzerland has been in Eurovision Song Contest since it's beginning in 1956 - in Switzerland. And the winner of the very first Eurovision Song Contest was... Lys Assia from Switzerland with the song "Refrain". Since then, Switzerland won the 1988-contest by an, back then, unknown girl, Céline Dion with the song "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi" (only ONE point to number two, United Kingdom). A Star was born.

Switzerland 1956: Lys Assia - "Refrain"

Since then, Switzerland hasn't had huge succes in Eurovision. Since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004, Switzerland only managed to qualify for the Grand Final 5 out of 16 tries. Switzerland is a proud member of "Club Null", with four contests without any points.

About the author: Steven Spiteri (Malta)

authorSteven has been a huge Eurovision fan since 1995. He comes from a small town called Birkirkara located in Malta and graduated in Business & Administration. Steven follows all the national finals and Eurovision Song Contests every year especially Melodifestivalen and Eesti Laul. He has an endless list of favorites but the all time favorite entry would be Italy's 2016 entry "Nessun grado di separazione" by Francesca Michielin whilst Lisbon 2018 is his favorite Eurovision edition.

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