SWITZERLAND – On May 6th we had the chance to talk with Gjon’s Tears, the 2020 and 2021 representative of Switzerland in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.
It was clear from the first moment that the smiley boy from Kosovo was aiming to sing all of his life inspired by his grandfather as we all know.
There are many of us who either like or dislike the song, who believe it could win or not this year but we all agree on one thing: The song and his voice are so unique, a fact that can make this entry memorable, no matter that that will mean for the final scoreboard.
We also discussed his journey to music starting at the age of 5 and ending up in big TV music shows all over Europe. While initially didn’t want to enter Eurovision (2020) because it would have been another TV show for him, he ultimately agreed and entered the songwriting camp.
In 2021, his song was originally in English but then changed into French. TOUT L’UNIVERS is all about restarting after a catastrophe. Social or personal.
The car accident in the music video is depicting a personal incident he had and almost died.
Gjon’s Tears implies there will be something unique in his solo (?) performance on stage and while we pressured him a lot, he didn’t reveal the outfit for the red carpet, although the bags just arrived and you can see them behind him, on his couch.
He likes the entries of Aurela Gace, Salvador Sobral and he would love the idea of hosting Eurovision (if Switzerland wins) in a small place like his hometown, while he was surprised to hear that there is a history of Eurovision in a small town, back in 1993, a contest which he surely is going to watch!
ABOUT THE SONG
Switzerland’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest is ‘Tout l‘Univers’ (The Whole Universe) and will be performed by Gjon’s Tears at the second Semi-Final on Thursday 20 May.
The musician wrote his latest Eurovision entry with songwriters Wouter Hardy, Nina Sampermans and Xavier Michel as part of a song-writing camp. He hopes that the combination of solo voice, choirs, piano and strings, mixed with modern beats, gives his entry a distinctive soundscape.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Gjon Muharremaj, from Broc in the Canton of Fribourg, has dedicated his heart and soul to music since he was little.
The singer’s story began when a childhood rendition of Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love With You moved his grandfather to tears. This provided the inspiration for his stage name, Gjon’s Tears:
“I want to use my music to move people in all sorts of ways, whether it’s joy, sadness or melancholy.”
So impressed was his grandad that he decided to sign Gjon up to a TV talent show in his ancestral home of Albania. This proved to be a smart decision as, at the age of 12, Gjon finished third in Albania’s Got Talent. The next year he went on to reach the semi-finals of Switzerland’s Got Talent, and in 2019 he reached the same stage of The Voice (France).
Offstage, Gjon enjoys reading poetry and is a frequent visitor to theatres and museums. He also has a weakness for antiques, thanks to many flea-market visits with his father, but music has always been his number one passion.