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Malmö Messages: Switzerland wins Eurovision 2024!

For the third time in history, Switzerland has won the Eurovision Song Contest. Nemo took the prize after an exciting voting. They were the clear winner of the jury vote. Other countries did better at the televote, but the number of points Nemo received were enough for a victory! As said, Switzerland won 3 times. The very first contest in 1956 was won by Lys Assia, in 1988 Celine Dion took the trophy home.  These are the full results: Switzerland, 591 pts Croatia, 547 pts Ukraine, 453 pts France, 445 pts Israel, 475 pts Ireland, 278 pts Italy, 268 pts Israel, 375 pts Italy, 278 pts Portugal, 152 pts Greece, 126 pts Germany, 117 pts Luxembourg, 103 pts Lithuania, 90 pts Cyprus, 78 pts Latvia, 64 pts Serbia, 54 pts United Kingdom, 46 pts Finland, 38 pts Estonia, 37 pts Georgia, 34 pts Spain, 30 pts Slovenia, 27 pts Austria, 24 pts Norway, 16 pts

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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. subtiteling available 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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Malmö Messages: And we are complete!

photo: EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett With the ten finalists from the 2nd semifinal, we are complete. All the finalists are known. The 10 countries getting through to the Grand Final tonight are: Latvia Austria Netherlands Norway Israel Greece Estonia Switzerland Georgia Armenia

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The second semifinal

photo: EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett The hosts Petra Mede and Malin Åkerman open the show with their own version of “Tattoo.” Malta In the Maltese act by Sarah Bonnici, there is a lot of movement and dancing. Later during the act, she is blindfolded, as are her dancers. Despite so much movement, Sarah manages to sing remarkably well. Albania Besa wears a turquoise gown with gemstones. The stage also includes several dancers, which might make it look a bit messy. However, many dancers are projected onto LED screens. Besa’s voice sounds a bit sharp here and there. Greece First, we see her purple boots, then the whole Marina Satti. She is also flanked by four dancers, but it looks much more organized. Greece has chosen a sophisticated entry not meant for casual listeners. A lot happens during this entry. Marina continues to sing well. Switzerland Nemo takes the viewer into his story with the song “The Code,” managing to crack the (binary) code. Their clothing says it all. Nemo has so far managed to enhance their narrative through fashion statements. Nemo jumps, skips, shows himself to be a balancing artist… and continues to sing crystal clear. We do not know if this is a winner, but we definitely respect their skills. Czechia You would expect Aiko to be standing on a pedestal during her performance. That’s not the case, but we find that the ceiling (one of the cubes) is very low. Aiko has four… Her nipples are no longer visible. Pay particular attention to the high note that Aiko effortlessly hits. Aiko surprises! During the first semifinal, Nicole (from Hugo) received a tribute, and in this semifinal, Jahn Teigen (ESC 1978, 1982, 1983) is honored. We are treated to a journey through Eurovision history with several participants who did not finish very high. France Slimane, dressed in white, starts singing while lying down, then sits up. Everything is shot in close-up, which makes the song even more intimate. Slimane pulls out all the stops in terms of his singing ability. The song has its distinct fans, but others are completely on the opposite end of the spectrum. Austria It’s interesting to put someone on stage who has held various other roles at the contest. Singing is clearly not Kaleen’s strongest suit. Regardless of how enjoyable the song may be found, the singing is forgotten in Austria. However, the act looks absolutely tight, and Kaleen knows very well what she is doing in terms of dance. Denmark It seems like you only see a singer sprinkling some sand and singing her song. However, we also see a second Saba in the background… A hologram, as it turns out, because at one point she disintegrates into sand. Occasionally, Saba tends to sing too loud, which makes the whole thing seem a bit shouty. Armenia Cheerfulness all over, garnished with typical Armenian sounds. Singer Jaklin Baghdasarian of Ladaniva plays a leading role throughout the act. The other band members and backing band stand behind her, but at one point, the flutist also comes forward. We see all sorts of things in the background: trumpets, chickens, and the artists themselves. Latvia Looking at his Instagram account, he is very cheerful and humorous: the Latvian Dons. But seeing him standing there in his sleeveless leather outfit amid a circle, and hearing his very serious ballad, we notice little of that. There is nothing wrong with this song, but that might also be the problem. Spain Both the singer and the dancers are dressed in black. The singing isn’t fantastic, but Nebulossa certainly knows how to throw a party in the hall. And of course, halfway through the act, the dancers strip off their clothes and continue dancing with bare chests and buttocks. At the end, a keyhole appears behind the singer Mery. The Spaniards really throw a party. San Marino We stick with the Spanish language, as San Marino sends the Spanish group Megara. Singer Kenzy Loevett is briefly flanked by two dancers in scary Easter bunny suits. Everything is pink and black in this act. It’s all rock, and the group tries to match the scariness of Bambie Thug, but it remains rather tame for a horror show. Georgia Nutsa Buzaladze is dressed in gold and stands in a circle of fire, which at one moment looks like a sun, the next a burning hoop. Nutsa is flanked by four dancers, and gives her all in terms of singing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. For Georgia, it’s definitely not a done deal. Belgium We had already seen photos of Mustii amid a circle of microphones, but he starts alone on stage. He then stands on a rotating platform. Later, he goes into this circle. Mustii is dressed in white. The singing we hear here is very cautious, with Mustii consciously staying below the high notes. He did not, as we previously reported, take his shirt off. But towards the end, we see the whole hall going wild with the Belgian entry! Estonia 5miinust and Puuluup are having a party on stage. The title of the song is, as previously mentioned, the longest ever. Whether the party really come across with all the “hey hey hey” is still a question. Possibly a finalist position for Estonia, but that is by no means certain. Italy Angelina Mango starts lying down, with roses projected under her. She has a sort of henna-like print depicted. This print also continues with the dancers. There are so many prints all over. There are so many details that you occasionally don’t see Angelina and her dancers at all. The singing is fine where it concerns Angelina. She ends a cappella. That takes skilsl, and Angelina has them. Italy will finish high, but perhaps not win. Israel The Israeli entry is the only ballad in this latter stage of the second semifinal. Just before she starts singing, Eden Golan leans back in a circle with lights. Five dancers flank her,

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Malmö Messages: outfit changes and odds changes

We are once again following the rehearsals. The countries performing in the second semi-final are now rehearsing again, but not all of them. Because at the end of the afternoon and the beginning of the evening, we will see and hear the big 5 and Sweden. Malta: We talked about a swimsuit in Sarah Bonnici’s previous rehearsal. She still sings her song ‘Loop’ in a swimsuit, but now she has covered her arms and upper legs with silver. She hardly touches the ground, as she is continually lifted. There is hardly any betting on Malta: the island ranks last in the odds. Albania: Besa is wearing a very different outfit than in the previous rehearsal: a dark suit adorned with gemstones. They seem to reflect the colors of the rainbow. Three dancers flank her, along with two backing vocalists! Albania still presents some live music, apart from the singer. It does little to help Albania. Titan is given a 31st place in the odds. Greece: Marina Satti is one of the bigger names in Greece. Dance also predominates here, as far as we can assess. We can trust in it that Marina Satti can put on a dazzling show. Greece seems to be becoming a sub-top contender with an 8th place from the bookmakers, but maybe there’s even more in store for Marina & co. Switzerland: Nemo has lost their first place in the bookmakers’ rankings today. Their singing talent could not be the reason, as was evident during Eurovision in Concert in April, when we heard ‘The Code’ live. In the new photos, Nemo is still wearing the feather suit and performing their balancing acts on the revolving platform. There are also new photos where Nemo is wearing exactly the same suit that Céline Dion wore when she won Eurovision. Czech Republic: The Czech song deals with a pedestal, but here in Malmö she is not standing on one. However, we see a lot of flames around Aiko. That’s a good thing, because both she and her dancers are dressed entirely in black. And this while the act is about the very last stage of grief: acceptance. Currently, the Czech Republic shares a 31st place with Albania among the bookmakers.

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Malmö messages: a bunch of dancers and a singer dressed in fur

Today, the favorite Switzerland takes the stage. Will Nemo live up to their role? We will see. For Malta, Sarah Bonnici will perform. She will sing “Loop” while incorporating dance moves she showcased during the national final. Sarah wears a silver swimsuit, and four dancers lift, place, and dance around her. The graphics display various colors. The dance break has been changed somewhat (so there is one!) and the act naturally ends with fireworks. photo: EBU/Sarah-Louise Bennett Albania is represented by Besa, who sings “Titan” in English. She is accompanied by two backing vocalists and three dancers. More dancers are visible on the LED screens. Besa wears a blue bodysuit with white sleeves. The lighting alternates between red and blue. photo: EBU/Corinne Cumming Marina Satti will sing “Zari” for Greece. She wears a purple skirt and black boots, accompanied by four dancers in the act. During the act, she will showcase some street dance. The dancers, three men and one woman, somewhat resemble Marina’s personal gang. There are many close-ups according to eurovision.tv. They also report that the act is based on the same idea as the music video. photo: EBU/Sarah-Louise Bennett The favorite in the betting odds is Nemo, who sings “The Code” for Switzerland. According to eurovision.tv, Nemo doesn’t disappoint in their act. However, we decide for ourselves whether we are disappointed or not. So far, we have no reason to be. Nemo wears fur, though we’re unsure if it’s real or fake. It’s pink and white, and even their boots match. Nemo stands on a platform with a diameter of about two to three meters, which moves. This allows them to climb on it, jump off, and dance on it. photo: EBU/Corinne Cumming in collaboration with Eurovision Artists

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In the spotlight: Nemo

🇨🇭 Road to Malmö: Switzerland

photo: EBU We can not wait for the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. Therefore, we have a closer look at one of the contestants every day. Today: Switzerland. Nemo Nemo Mettler, known as Nemo, was born on August 3, 1999, in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Speaking German naturally, Nemo stepped into the spotlight in 2012, acting in a musical inspired by Udo Jürgens’ famous song. By 2015, Nemo showcased their rap skills on “Die grössten Schweizer Talente” and released their first EP, “Clownfisch,” which made a splash in the Swiss music charts. Their 2017 hit “Du” climbed to 4th place, earning them the SRF 3 Best Talent award. Choosing Berlin as their new home in 2021, Nemo also participated in “The Masked Singer Switzerland” as the Panda, finishing fifth. A pivotal moment came in November 2023, when Nemo publicly identified as non-binary, adopting they/them pronouns. In a thrilling announcement on February 29, 2024, Nemo was chosen to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 with their song “The Code,” promising an exciting performance on the international stage. Non-binary artists in Eurovision 2024 is a special year in Eurovision. No less than three participants identify as non-binary. It is the first time in Eurovision that people, participating, have come out as non-binary at the moment of their participation. Apart from Nemo, als Bambie Thug (Ireland) is non-binary. Their pronouns are they and them. Olly Alexander already came out in 2016: “I feel very non-binary, and you know, I identify as gay and queer and non-binary.” However, he identifies as he and him.The reason that this only happens in 2024 is the term non-binary. People who do not (solely) identify as male or female only use the term since not too long ago. As said, Olly Alexander used the term in 2016. Artists who later came out as non-binary are Jamie-Lee (2016, Germany), Rykka (2016, Switzerland), Montaigne (2021, Australia) and Roxen (2021, Romania). Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest Switzerland takes part in the Eurovision Song Contest from the first moment on. They even organized the first contest in Lugano, ánd their contestant Lys Assia won it with the song “Refrain”. It took a long time before the second Swiss victory was there. In 1988, it was Celine Dion who did the job. In those years she was quite unknown and sang “Ne partez pas sans moi”. Oh, how things have changed since then! The Bookmakers Currently, the bookmakers think that Swiss Nemo will be the winner. Ever since they took over the first place from Croatian Baby Lasagna, their change to win is groing more and more. Who knows, next year we will head to Zürich, or Geneva, or Basel, or….. The song And this is the song:  

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Nemo

© EBU/Corinne Cumming About Quick Facts NameNemo Mettler Born03 August 1999 Nationality🇨🇭 Swiss National SelectionInternal selection 2024 In Eurovision2024 Malmö SongThe Code (2024) Biography Nemo, full name Nemo Mettler, is a Swiss pop music personality born on August 3, 1999, in Biel/Bienne, located in the canton of Bern. They are a native German speaker. In 2012, Nemo played a role in the jukebox musical “Ich war noch niemals in New York,” inspired by the hit song by Udo Jürgens. In 2015, Nemo appeared on the show “Die grössten Schweizer Talente” as a rapper. That same year, they released their first EP titled “Clownfisch,” which reached 95th in the Swiss music charts. Their 2017 single “Du” achieved 4th place in the charts, and they were awarded the SRF 3 Best Talent prize in the same year. Since 2021, Nemo has been living in Berlin. They participated in the second season of “The Masked Singer Switzerland,” the Swiss adaptation of Masked Singer, as the Panda, and were unmasked in the fourth episode, finishing in 5th place. On November 2023, Nemo came out as non-binary in the SonntagsZeitung newspaper, announcing they adopt the neutral pronouns they/them. On February 29, 2024, it was revealed that Nemo would represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 with the song “The Code.” The song reached the Grand Final and won it, gaining a landslide victory at the juries and a 5th place in the televote. After the contest, on the winners’ press conference, Nemo was critical about the organization of the contest itself. Entries The Code Country🇨🇭 Switzerland Year2024 LanguageEnglish LyricsBenjamin AlasuLasse Midtsian NymannLinda DaleNemo Mettler MusicBenjamin AlasuLasse Midtsian NymannLinda DaleNemo Mettler Backings– Results Semi Points: 132Position: 4Running order: 4 Results Finals Points: 591Position: 1Running order: 21 https://youtu.be/CO_qJf-nW0k?si=6e5mctmJ4AnLkveQ

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In the spotlight: Nemo

🇨🇭 Nemo will represent Switzerland

Rapper Nemo is chosen to represent Switzerland in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. That is what Swiss TV SRG/SSR announced today. will sing the song “The Code”. Nemo will perform in the first half of the 2nd semifinal. Nemo Mettler, born August 3, 1999, widely known as Nemo, is a multi-talented Swiss artist renowned for their skills in rapping, singing, and musical prowess on the violin, piano, and drums.  Nemo’s EP “Clownfisch” in 2015 made waves by reaching number 95 on the Swiss charts, while their 2017 single “Du” soared to number 4 in Switzerland. Additionally, Nemo showcased their versatility on the second season of The Masked Singer Switzerland (2021/2022), where they delighted audiences as a panda and secured fifth place. The exciting announcement of Nemo as Switzerland’s representative for Eurovision 2024 with “The Code” came on February 29, 2024. In a significant personal revelation, Mettler publicly identified as non-binary in November 2023 through an article in the SonntagsZeitung. They expressed a preference for the use of their given name instead of traditional pronouns in German and embraced the gender-neutral “they/them” in English. This is the song:

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🇨🇭 🇳🇱 🇨🇾 Three countries have their songs presented

Today, three countries have their song presented.  Switzerland Rumour has it that Nemo is the artist representing Switzerland. However, we officially don’t know anything until 11.00 CET. You can watch the presentation of the song here. The Netherlands Joost Klein will present his song “Europapa”. He will do that in the Dutch tv-show “De Avondshow met Arjen Lubach”. The show will start at 16.45 and you can watch it here. Cyprus Silia Kapsis will present her song “Liar”. She will do that on Cypriot television at 17.00 CET and you can watch the presentation here. It is very likely that the EBU will place the Dutch and Cypriot songs right after the presentation on their YouTube Channel.

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