Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears – Tout l’univers
Felix: It took me long to appreciate Switzerland, but it finally happened – just in time before my review was due. And now I’m here, joining those choirs that see its value and potential.
Once, I dismissed it as a “Sognu” of 2021. I thought it wasn’t accessible enough to win the crowds and the juries over. And there is absolutely no foundation for any theory that my epiphany would change the Swiss entry’s fate.
But anyway: I finally understood how magical Switzerland’s buildup is, how it captures, how it seduces. Gjon’s personality only contributes to the magnificent aura of “Tout l’univers”. But can an entry this musically sophisticated win? Yes, but it’s not the only contender. It’s just that the other contenders will become less as soon as Switzerland draws second half, and if the draw producers don’t work against a second consecutive male ballad winner.
I didn’t get to review any of my favourites this year, and thus haven’t given any top mark so far. And as this is 2021’s last review I’m writing the main part for, and Switzerland has grown this much on me, here it is: My first and only top mark for any of “my” Line-Up Checks. Good luck, Gjon.
Martin: I can’t say I’m as enthusiastic – the song is slap-bang in the middle of my personal ranking this year – but I do hope it gets the cinematic staging and sweeping camerawork that the music video promises. That would differentiate it from the most recent winner and could even be quite a special moment.
Shi: As one of my absolute favorites this year, I want to hope for a great final result, but much like Martin and Felix I know that for some songs more than others, the challenge is often about being able to create the right mood in the right time. If it manages that, it can be magic.
video and title image source: eurovision.tv