Marius Bear did it with his song “Boys Do Cry”: Switzerland is again in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. So we can keep our fingers crossed on Saturday.
One round further: Marius Bear will also represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday.
The musician from the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden showed an appealing performance at the first ESC semi-final in Turin on Tuesday evening and made it into the final with his song “Boys Do Cry”.
17 countries competed in the colorful show, 10 qualified for the final round.
The broadcasters have not yet published how well the 29-year-old was received by the audience and jury. The fact that Switzerland was named as the very first country to qualify for Saturday’s final says nothing about how many points Marius Bear won in today’s semi-final.
The reason: It could affect the voting on the evening of the final if the ratings from the two preliminary rounds were known in advance. The ten finalists are therefore named in random order.
Warm, soulful, manly
With his wonderful voice, some even claim one of the best of the entire field of participants, singer Marius Bear scored in the semifinals. Warm, soulful, manly. Overall, the performance sounded less powerful than usual for him.
So there is definitely still room for improvement. Will the Swiss musician make it far ahead in the final with less nervousness and more power in his voice?
And will his great voice even get him onto the podium, like Gjon’s Tears did last year?
After today’s semi-final, a halfway objective observer can say that Switzerland’s chances in the final will also be good.
From the audience in Turin, 7,000 people were there live in the Pala-Olimpico hall during the semifinals, the Marius Bear was only given a nice, but by no means effusive applause.
“I want to win”
Nevertheless, the hopes are intact that Marius Bear can achieve his self-imposed ESC goal: “Of course I’m going to Turin with the goal that we win or at least get involved.”
The 10 finalists
At the first ESC semi-final tonight in Turin, the following nine countries qualified for the final in addition to Switzerland: Armenia, Greece, the Netherlands, Iceland, Portugal, Norway, Moldova, Lithuania and Ukraine.
Marius Hügli, aka Marius Bear, proved two years ago that he can inspire people with his distinctive voice.
At that time, the trained construction machinery mechanic took part in the RTL casting show “I Can See Your Voice” and surprised the audience and the jury with his Whitney Houston cover “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”. The song became a YouTube hit and ended up in the Swiss hit parade.
How far forward Marius Bear will make it with his song “Boys Do Cry” at this year’s ESC final will be decided around midnight next Saturday.
The ESC final can be seen on SRF1 on Saturday, May 14th from 9 p.m. And on blue News Manuel Kellerhals and Monika Rufener will tick the whole evening.