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Switzerland in Eurovision Song Contest Odds

The band Zibbz will represent Switzerland in May at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. The sibling duo booked their place in the long-running competition with a rendition of their song “Stones”, about online bullying.

They won the chance to compete in Lisbon during an audition on Swiss public television SRF. The televised decision process was made by combining public votes in a televoting process with the verdict of an international jury from seven countries.

Zibbz are a brother-and-sister duo made up of Coco Gfeller (32) and Stee Gfeller (30). They have been working together for about ten years and share their time between Switzerland and Los Angeles. In the United States, they were the heroes of their own reality show on the Joiz channel and released two albums in April 2013 and September 2017. Their winning song, “Stones” is an energetic power-pop-rock song with profound lyrics.

Talking about how is to work together as brother and sister they said that “We don’t work together because we are siblings but because we get along very well and we’re on the same page. Of course, as siblings, we can fight too! But we’ve been a team for so long… we learned to leave the sibling fights for after work.”

The song condemns those that bully other people on the Internet, often in an anonymous and cowardly way. It calls on people to stop throwing “stones” and to let people be the way they are. “We wrote “Stones” in a songwriter-camp with the Canadian songwriter Laurell Barker. The message is something which moves us all deeply and sadly still is a problem in today’s world. It’s about inclusion, equality, diversity and tolerance. It’s a call to stand up against bullying and hate,” Coco mentioned.

Casting “Stones” as an anthem against bullying, Zibbz light things up in a grungy warehouse in more ways than one. The clip starts with vocalist Corinne dressing for battle. At the other end of the warehouse, various assailants arm themselves for battle, unaware that the Swiss siblings are protected by a laser matrix, which can be interpreted as a visual metaphor for the resilient message of their song.

Swiss broadcaster SRF shed more light on the message of the video in a quote e-mailed to wiwibloggs. “Zibbz shame cowards who bully others, and appeal to us all to let others live the way they want to live,” they write. “‘Stones’ has a clear message: ‘Bullying stops people from dreaming, from being their true selves, and from really living life. It happens in the school playground, on the internet, and of course putting yourself down is also a form of bullying.”

The triangles of the national final have been ditched and so has the tame national final version. The production has been polished, new effects have been added and the entry is more intense than the original.

This year, Switzerland sure is hoping to at least qualify for the Grand Final. The last three years, they’ve failed to make it through their Semi-Final; and, in the last 10 years, they’ve only qualified twice.

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