We can not wait for the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. Therefore, we have a closer look at one of the contestants every day. Today: Switzerland.
On 20 February of this year, it was announced that Remo Forrer is going to represent Switzerland. Two weeks later, it was announced that “Watergun”, written by Ashley Hicklin, Argyle Singh and Mikolaj Trybulec, was going to be his song.
Remo Forrer rose to fame in 2020, when he won The Voice Switzerland. Born in Hemberg, Forrer was already interested in music at a young age. He learned to play the flute, the accordion and the piano. After winning The Voice, Remo released 5 singles. He was part of the show “Zeig uns dein Stimme” (I can see your voice) in 2022.
Switzerland is a country with four languages. This year, the country will sing in English. Switzerland often chose to sing their Eurovision songs in French. Both the Swiss victories were in that language. Sometimes the songs were in German and Italian. Only one time in Eurovision history they sang in the 4th language, Romansh: in 1989 the group Furbaz sang “Viver senza tei”.
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Switzerland was the first ever country to win the Eurovision Song Contest, back in 1956. Lys Assia won the trophy in her homecountry, in the city of Lugano. It took a long time before the Swiss won again, but in 1988 Canadian singer Celine Dion did it again. She won the trophy with “Ne partez pas sans moi” and became one of the biggest Eurovision stars ever. Switzerland often had national finals, but the last few years they select their songs internally. That lead to success in the last few years. Especially in 2019, when Luca Haenni became 4th.
The Swiss entry currently has a 13th place in the betting odds. That means Switzerland will reach the final this year and do better than the country did last year. Marius Bear ended up in the bottom of the semifinal in the festival in Turin.
And of course, this is the song: