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In the spotlight: Nemo

In the spotlight: Nemo

Tonight the big final of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place in the Malmö Arena. 26 countries compete for the win. One of them is Nemo, representing Switzerland

But who is Nemo? Let’s give them a spotlight.

Nemo Mettler was born on August 3, 1999 in Biel, Switzerland. They started taking violin lessons at the age of 3. Piano and drum lessons were added later. The name “Nemo” was chosen because of the Latin meaning “nobody”. The underlying idea was: “If you are no one, you can become anything.”

Career

At the age of thirteen, Nemo played their first theater role in the musical “Ich war noch niemals in New York (I have never been to New York). This musical was about the Austrian Eurovision winner of 1966; Udo Jurgens.

At the age of fifteen, Nemo stepped onto the stage of Switzerland’s got talent, after which their career slowly took off.

Their digital debut album “Clownfish” was released in 2015. In 2016, Nemo became famous overnight with an appearance on SRF Virus (#Cypher), which went viral on social media. They then released two EPs, sending seven songs straight onto the official Swiss Singles Chart.

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In 2020, Nemo began writing and producing for other artists, and also released songs in English during that period. In their music, Nemo addresses themes such as gender identity, mental health and finding your place in this world.
 

The Song

 In “The Code”, Nemo describes the search for themselves, and chose to do so in a jubilant and funny manner, rather than using sadness. They submitted this song to the Swiss broadcaster SRF.
A panel of at least 240 international members of the public jury and a 30-strong international jury of experts from 20 countries selected the entry for the country from 472 entries.

Switzerland and the Eurovision Song Contest

Switzerland hosted the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, a contest that they also won with Lys Assia. It wasn’t until 1988 that Switzerland would win the contest again with Celine Dion. In 2021 Switzerland finished 3rd with Gjon’s Tears. This was Switzerland’s first top three result since 1993.

Will Nemo win the contest, and become Switzerland’s third winner? 

Tonight we will know.

 

 

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