If you hadn’t been following the song releases or the betting, you might be somewhat surprised to see this country in my top 10. Why is that? Well poor Switzerland may have been the first winners of the contest, but they’ve had a truly dreadful time in recent times – just two qualifications in the last ten years and no wins since 1988 with Céline Dion. Yet this is riding high in the OGAE polls and in the betting odds (at the time of writing) – and that is perhaps no surprise as they have brought us one of the big party bangers this year in the rippling form of Luca Hänni.
Luca is a Swiss singer-songwriter (as well as model) and a veteran of German reality TV music show Deutschland sucht den Superstar which he won in 2012. He also participated in Swiss show The Dance last year and from what I have seen provided multiple opportunities for Luca to go shirtless (how awful for us all 😉 ) Luca was internally selected though it did go through a number of stages internally that included jury voting (from an international jury) to narrow the choices down and finally ended with Luca winning.
“She Got Me” is a dance pop banger with a distinct Latin flavour – it has a real feel of a big summer holiday hit. In fact it’s the sort of thing I’d expect to hear in bars in the Yumbo Centre in Gran Canaria (while fuelled on a lot of very strong vodka cokes!) Again, some people might say (oh, it’s a male Fuego etc.), but as I said previously, it’s more that the success of Fuego has inspired more of these ethno pop bangers to be brought again to the contest. It also happens to be one of three songs at this year’s contest that has been co-written by Laurell Barker (the other two being Germany and the UK so she could well have three songs in the grand final too).
This has been given a rotten place in the running order in its semi, but I think that is more that producers have no worries that this will get through to the final. Luca’s live vocal should be fine, though he will have to balance his very impressive dancing skills with the singing. I am sure the choreography for this will be great. I don’t think though this will do quite as well as the betting and fan polls are suggesting, but it should easily get Switzerland its best result in a while, in this, their 60th appearance at the contest
Official music video:
Live at Eurovision in Concert:
My preview video:
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
First entered: 1956
Appearances (excluding this year): 59
Best result: Winner 1956, 1988
Last year’s result: 13th in semi-final (did not qualify)