Switzerland has selected Fribourg singer Gjon’s Tears to perform “Répondez-moi” [Answer me] at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest (ESC).
This is the first time in ten years that Switzerland is competing with a French song.
In keeping with this year’s ESC motto “Open up”, Gjon Muharremaj says he’s open to the adventure however it turns out.
“I want to do my best, I want to show that I am proud of myself, my roots and everything I have achieved,” the 21-year-old told Swiss public broadcaster SRF on Wednesday.
Muharremaj’s parents come from Albania and Kosovo. Although he himself grew up in the French-speaking part of Switzerland and calls the country his home, he says these influences mean a lot to him. He has competed at the national and international level and reached the semi-finals in the French edition of “The Voice” last year.
Last year, Luca Hänni placed fourth with the song “She Got Me”. It was Switzerland’s best result in years.