It’s finally here! Swiss broadcaster SRF just revealed their act that will represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. After an internal selection, it was decided that Marius Bear will fly the Swiss flag in Turin with his song “Boys Do Cry.” The song premiered today on the official Eurovision YouTube channel at 13:00 CET. Watch the music video down below:
Back in September 2021, the Swiss broadcaster opened their submission window to find their song for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2022. The delegation was looking for, “a contemporary, striking song … [with] a strong, clear and understandable message.” After the submission window closed, the songs would be reviewed by a 100-person viewer panel and 23 international expert judges. Well known names in the judge panels are Ilinca (Romania 2017), PAENDA (Austria 2019), Ovi Jacobsen (Romania 2010 & 2014), Helga Möller (Iceland 1986) and Tinkara Kovač (Slovenia 2014). The viewer panel and the expert panel each determine 50% of which act would represent Switzerland.
About Marius Bear
The 28- year-old singer from Appenzell, Switzerland finds his inspirations by the likes of Lewis Capaldi and Matt Corby. He fuses raw acoustic pop with modern cinematic influences. He currently lives in London where he works with other musicians and songwriters to develop his own music skills. In 2016, Bear abandoned his life plan of becoming a construction machinery mechanic in order to tour Germany and Switzerland as a street musician. In 2019, he won the Swiss Music Award for “Best Talent,” however most people will know him from his appearance in the German Tv Show “I Can See Your Voice” in August 2020. With his own interpretation of the Whitney Houston’song “I wanna dance with somebody,” he blew away the audience in the studio and stormed the German charts.
He’s currently working hard on his new album “Boys Do Cry.” The album will be released at the end of March. The first single “Evergreen” was released on September 24, 2021 and made it into the top 50 of the Swiss airplay charts.
About his Eurovision 2022 song, he says: “I learnt very early on that I don’t need to be ashamed of my feelings. As a man, I’m not afraid to cry and to lay bare my weaknesses to my audience. I don’t want to wear emotional armour, I want to be who I am. And I want to encourage my audience to do the same.”
Switzerland in Eurovision
Switzerland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1956, even hosting and winning the very first contest with Lys Assia and her song “Refrain “.The country has only missed the contest in 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2003 due to poor results in previous years. In 1988, then unknown Celine Dion won the contest for Switzerland with an outstanding performance of her song ”Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi”.
Back in 2020, Gjon’s Tears was supposed to fly the Swiss flag at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020 with his French song “Répondez-moi” after being internally selected. Just a few days after the contest has been cancelled, Swiss broadcaster SRF confirmed that they will give Gjon’s Tears a second chance to represent Switzerland in the 2021 contest. With his new song “Tout l’Univers,” he won the jury votes at the Grand Final, finishing overall 3rd with a total of 432 points.
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