A new record set by Switzerland

A new record set by Switzerland
Takasa. Photo: Sander Hesterman (EBU)
Malmö, Sweden -

Switzerland is represented by a quite unique band, Takasa, which includes musicians ranging from 21-year-old Sarah Breiter to 95-year-old Emil Ramsauer. The latter is the oldest artist ever to perform on a Eurovision stage. They showed yet another solid performance of their rock-ish song You And Me today.

When you watch Emil Ramsauer prepare to go on stage, you would never guess that he is in fact 95 years old! He is acting sprightly and seems to be enjoying the company of his fellow musicians that are part of Takasa.

The Head of the Swiss Delegation, Sven Sarbach, told Eurovision.tv that no changes were planned for the second rehearsal.

A rock song with a message

On stage, the band members were performing in one line, wearing white shirts. Four band members were playing instruments: an electric guitar, a trombone, a double bass, and a big drum.

Mostly wide shots were used during the Swiss act, with close-ups mainly on Emil Ramsauer, and on the two lead singers, Christoph Jakob and Sarah Breiter. In the end of the performance, Sarah lay her head on Christoph's shoulder. The message of unity and love expressed by the Swiss entry You And Me was well transmitted with this performance.

"It's like a family"

In the Swiss press conference, the band members were asked to explain the story behind the new band name Takasa. "We got so many proposals - at least 200. I even have some letters at home, handwritten ones. Everybody wanted to bring in their idea. We first had to decide if we wanted to be positive or negative, and we decided for something positive - we didn’t want to be something like the Band without a Brand. So we decided for Swahili, Takasa sounds like Hakuna Matata", Christoph Jakob said.

Emil Ramsauer was asked by the press conference host to tell the story of his life. "I never thought I would get old like that, and I never thought I would come here. I’m not nervous", he stated. So, what's his secret? "Just live a moderate life. Don’t work too hard. I go to bed at half past nine."

Christoph Jakob added: "It’s like a family, being here together - he could be my grandpa."

When asked how big Eurovision was in Switzerland, he replied: "Most people in Switzerland say: It can’t get worse than last year, so there isn’t that much pressure on us. But we already put enough pressure on ourselves."

He went on to describe the story of Takasa's Eurovision participation: "In the beginning it was just a marketing gag. In one moment though it all took over and became serious. Once we went to the Swiss final in Kreuzlingen it was clear we would like to go further. And I think we are all glad we did it. Today was our second rehearsal, and we all enjoyed it. We can still improve it - be kind to us. It’s a great honour to represent Switzerland."


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  • Posted on 13 May 2013 at 15:43
    Happy song. I'm sure we will see it in the final. I only object to the outfits. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 18:23
    They had to keep the staging simple because of Emil. Personally, I like it this way, it puts more focus on the song report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 12:33
    The song is very catchy, surely not bad. But the outfit is terrible! Clearly visible undershirts are a NOGO, especially for the stage! Hope somebody tells 'em that... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 10:44
    That's perfect, they deserve a Top 10! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 09:28
    How do I make a formal complaint about their clothing? They are wearing the shirts with the slogan and a large part of the logo of the Dutch branch of the Heilsarmee (ledger des Heils) on it. Is it OK for them to wear the slogan and logo and promote their organisation in this way or is this still in contravention of the rules? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 09:18
    As much as I love some of the other songs, this may be my favorite song in the entire competition. I just love how happy it is, both in the tune and the lyrics. It just makes me want to smile and dance. I really hope it makes it through to the final. Don't let me down, Europe! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 08:49
    Sweet and simple :) Good luck!..song is very nice! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 06:09
    One of my favorites! I'm sure Takasa is gonna perform on the final :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 05:48
    I love them and the song, but if they wanna be in the final they NEED a change in the background, or moves or something!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 04:17
    I am very surprised that people actually like the song;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 04:16
    Yes, dressed like bunch of mormons in sunday ourfits:) Terrible report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 03:05
    Sounding good!!!! Perhap not the best stage use though report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2013 at 01:50
    a nice song but the WORST PERFORMANCE ON STAGE,,,,VERY STUPID OF THEM....hate their clothes..haate those musicians,,,,,why why...its a pitty! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 23:02
    Is sounds like "Of Monsters and Men" - "Your Bones". report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 May 2013 at 22:58
    I love it!!!!!!! I hope it wins!!! report to the moderator