SWITZERLAND – One of the top favourites of this year’s competition was Gjon Tear’s Swiss representative with Répondez-moi. Gjon is of Albanian descent and as revealed on his live show on Instagram yesterday, he was invited to participate in FiK 58, the Albanian national selection for Eurovision, but shortly thereafter he was informed that they had no vacancies and thus could not participate.
Gjon’s Tears is also popular in Albania. This is what the producers of FiK apparently thought of and wanted to include it in the festival nominees.
On March 26th there was a studio session with the singer performing an acoustic version of his 2020 Eurovision entry in an empty studio. As we previously stated, the song is very peculiar and it is not easy to understand it with a first listening.
Gjon has dedicated his heart and soul to music since he was a child. Moving his grandfather to tears with his rendition of Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love as a 9-year-old was a formative experience for him. The artist’s name came from this very experience:
Gjon’s Tears. “Whether it’s joy, sadness or melancholy – I want to touch people with my music in every possible way.”
Gjon’s Tears wrote and composed Répondez-moi with songwriters Xavier Michel, Alizé Oswald and producer Jeroen Swinnen as part of a Swiss songwriter camp. It is an intense mystical song that gets under your skin. The song addresses the themes of origin and self-questioning:
“Everyone asks themselves why exactly we are here, where do we come from and where are we going. These are key questions, particularly for people from a migrant background. My parents are from Albania and Kosovo. I grew up in Switzerland, and it’s my home, these are questions that I think about a lot”. Gjon’s Tears is working through his personal story in the song … I want to be proud of who I am, where I come from, and what I have achieved. I want to inspire people to follow their own path with Répondez-moi.”