PORTUGAL – During the cruise tour in Setúbal for the 2017 edition of Eurovision Live Concert, the oikotimes.com correspondent Ricard Duarte had a short chat with Miruna Mānescu, lead vocalist of Timebelle who represented Switzerland int eh 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The chat was all about Apollo and his reflection as God to arts and more specifically in music.
Timebelle is a Swiss band from Bern, currently consisting of lead vocalist Miruna Mănescu, drummer Samuel Forster, and multi-instrumentalist Emanuel Daniel Andriescu. Past members include accordionist Rade Mijatović, guitarist Christoph Siegrist, and bassist Sándor Török. The band was formed as a five-member boyband while its members were students at the University of Bern.
Shortly after, Mănescu was added to the group as a lead singer by their Romanian producer Mihai Alexandru. The name of the band is derived from the Zytglogge which is one of the main sights of Bern. While the band was formed in and is based in Switzerland, they have also included members from Romania, Hungary, and Serbia, in addition to Switzerland.
“Apollo” is an English-language song performed by Swiss band Timebelle. The song represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. It was written by Elias Näslin, Nicolas Günthardt, and Alessandra Günthardt. The song was released as a digital download on 10 March 2017. The song is about love and devotion to the arts and includes the refrain “I follow you Apollo”.
On 5 December 2016, Timebelle was announced as one of the six competing artists in ESC 2017 – Die Entscheidungsshow, Switzerland’s national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. They performed last during the final, held on 5 February 2017, and won the competition with nearly 48% of the public vote. They will now represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Switzerland competed in the second half of the second semi-final at the Eurovision Song Contest.