Switzerland in Eurovision Song Contest Odds
Switzerland has selected their act for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! Timebelle has won Die Entscheidungsshow and will fly to Kyiv this coming May to represent their country at the European competition!
Following 2 years of unsuccessful results at the Eurovision Song Contest, which saw Switzerland finish in last position in the semi-final stages of the competition, the Swiss-German national broadcaster, SRF, unveiled some big changes to the selection process for the 2017 contest.
One major change to the process was that international entries were no longer valid, with at least part member of every submission needing a connection with Switzerland.
Hosted by Sven Epiney at the SRF Studio 1 in Zürich, 6 female-strong lineup performed live to the public for the very first time in a bid to earn the votes of the televote and therefore represent the nation at the Kyiv-hosted Eurovision Song Contest. The 2017 Swiss representative was determined purely via a 100% public vote.
Following a special guest appearance by Switzerland’s last qualifier to date, Sebalter, host Epiney went on to reveal the winner of the national final; Timebelle received the highest amount of votes and will therefore represent the nation with the song Apollo.
Timebelle won the national final by gaining almost 50% of the public televote. The band earned 47,88%, 3 times more than the runner-up Nadya with „The fire in the sky”. Michèle with „Three faces” went 3rd while fan favorite Ginta Biku with „Cet air la” came 4th with less than 10% in the televoting.
Timebelle were on-stage with the lead singer wearing a red velvet dress and the band members wearing tuxedo suits with bow ties. A piano and two drums were utilised while main singer stands with a microphone stand. Vocals were flawless. Surprise red petals dropped after bridge. Crowd erupted with applause.
Timebelle’s lead singer Miruna Manescu has a powerful voice and, being from Romania, this can bring some additional points in the second semi-final where Romania will also be competing. In addition to that, „Apollo” is not just a four-chord song but a very Eurovision-style pop song actually. This can work really well in Kyiv. During the performance, Miruna was the middle of the stage and the other two members of Timebelle were playing the piano and drums. Ir regards to frock colours, Miruna from Timebelle was the only performer to opt for red. At the end of the performance, there were also red rose petals falling across the stage.
In the green room, Miruna made a joke that she eats honey because she needs to sing sweetly. As she is Romanian, she spoke English during the show. This is not the first time that the act was participating in the Swiss national final. They had already tried in 2015 and had finished second, so maybe this would be their time. Timebelle previously tried to represent Switzerland in with the song “Singing about Love”, being beaten by Melanie Rene who sang “Time to Shine” and came 17th in the second semi-final.
Switzerland will perform in the second half of the second semi-final on the 11 May in a bid to qualify to the Grand Final of the event on the 13 May. Timebelle is already off to a running start, owing to the Romanian heritage of lead singer Miruna. This year Romania is also singing in and voting in the second semi-final.
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