Calling Apollo; Timebelle to represent Switzerland in Kiev (Eurovision 2017 Entry Review)

Popcorker Eurovision 2017

Our attention turns to the entry of Switzerland, which at first glance seems like a cry out for help towards the Greek God Apollo.

Apollo Timebelle
May Apollo be in your favour! Timebelle represents Switzerland at Eurovision 2017. (Photo by Timebelle)

Not very surprising, consider the country is yet to book big success in the competition. Switzerland won Eurovision twice, the very first edition in 1956 and back in 1989, but haven’t been able to do so since. On the contrary in fact, since the introduction of the semi final concept, Switzerland only made 4 out of 13 appearances in the grand final. Hoping to crush the Swiss Eurovision non qualification curse in 2017 is the Swiss trio Timebelle.

Return to Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow.

The Bern based band, consisting of lead vocalist Miruna Mănescu, drummer Samuel Forster, and multi-instrumentalist Emanuel Daniel Andriescu, was founded in the city and named after the famous Swiss landmark, Zeit Glocken Turm, by five young students. In 2015, after lead singer Miruna joined, the band were selected to take part SRF’s Eurovision selection show, Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow, where they finished in second place with Singin About Love, prompting them to release their debut EP Desperado after the show.

Since then, Timebelle has had a change in its members, with only three musicians remaining. The concept however remains the same with the band being multi national. Miruna and Emanual are both Romanian, while Samuel is Swiss. In February, Timebelle were announced as finalist for Eurovision 2017. They convincingly won the national selection with Apollo.

Ode to Apollo, god of the arts

Contrary to what the lyrics may suggest, Apollo, is not a love song, but about the arts. It’s title is very easy to explain. Those familiar with Greek mythology will know the Greek god was worshipped as a healer and protector of the arts. Essentially it is a way for the band to express their love for the arts and how they’ll go the extra mile for it. An unstoppable love for music. On the other hand, you could also read it as a love song. Again those familiar with Greek mythology will also know, the Greek God’s love life was a turbulent affair.

Chances in Kiev?

Well, one thing’s for sure, Switzerland have dodged a massive bullet by performing in the second part of the second semi final. Apollo is a mid tempo song, that settles nicely as it goes along. It avoids the big punters like Romania, Hungary and Russia, who are on much earlier. It’s unique in its genre to stand out as well, which should give it a bit of a boost as well. Considering the line up features two Romanian artists, I expect there will be support from home too. Staging will be everything to give this all the attention it needs. If it qualifies, and I hope it does, Switzerland will however be making up the numbers, rather than being a front runner for the crown.

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