It's Heilsarmee for Switzerland!

It's Heilsarmee for Switzerland!
Heilsarmee. Photo: SRF/Nikkol Rot
Kreuzlingen, Switzerland -

Heilsarmee will represent Switzerland in Malmö with You And Me. That's what the Swiss TV public has decided in an exciting show tonight. The band will not only bring a truly anthemic song to Malmö, they will also set a new record, as the oldest musician on stage is no less than 94 years old!

Again, the Swiss Eurovision Song Contest entry has been chosen in a public national final, broadcast live from the Bodensee Arena in Kreuzlingen tonight.

Nine acts competed, representing all kinds of musical styles and performances, from a romantic ballad in Italian language to folk-rock in French, from euro-pop to a crazy "monkey dance". The latter was performed by Anthony Bighead, who even had loyal fans in the public, wearing monkey masks!

This is the complete line-up of tonight's final (in order of placings, winner in bold):

  1. Heilsarmee - You And Me (37.54 %)
  2. Carrousel - J'avais rendez-vous (17.26 %)
  3. Jesse Ritch - Forever & A Day (11.75 %)
  4. Melissa - The Point Of No Return (9.72 %)
  5. Chiara Dubey - Bella Sera (9.04 %)
  6. Nicolas Fraissinet - Lève-toi (6.55 %)
  7. Anthony Bighead - Do The Monkey (5.66 %)
  8. Nill Klemm - On My Way (1.69 %)
  9. Ally - Catch Me (0.79 %)

After the performances, a so-called "Europa Panel" commented on the songs and stage acts. The panel consisted of German comedian Hella von Sinnen as well as Sanna Thöresson (Sweden), Danijel Ivanovic (Serbia), Claudio Martella (Italy), and Mali Demren (Turkey).

In the end, however, it was the TV public who decided who would represent their home country in Malmö in May 2013. Before the results were announced, however, Sinplus, the 2012 Swiss representatives, presented their new single Turn On The Lights.

Then it was finally time to find out who won! First, the top-3 were announced: Heilsarmee, Jesse Ritch, and Carrousel. In the end, the ticket to Malmö went to Heilsarmee! They will represent Switzerland with they hymn You And Me.

At the same time, they will set a new record at the Eurovision Song Contest, as their oldest band member is 94 years old. It was obvious, though, that he was enjoying tonight's show a lot. Let's hope that Europe will join in this cheerful anthem next May!

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  • Posted on 3 April 2013 at 21:12
    What is this song all about?! It's a feel-good song but not to my liking...looks like it has some strong support. Good luck. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 March 2013 at 18:28
  • Posted on 10 March 2013 at 23:37
    So the salvation army does eurovision nice, i do agree your name does need changing ,
    Good catchy tune wont be forgot unlike some which are best forgot. Will do well if you get to the final...

    Nice to see we are not the only country to send a performer older than 21, 94 god bless him look after him well wont you, hes the main part of your act....

    Wish this song all the best we need some catchy songs in the contest this year and it fits the bill .... nice report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 March 2013 at 08:35
    They'll have to change their name report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 March 2013 at 01:08
    Love it! My favorite after Swedish Robin :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 February 2013 at 12:19
    i loveeeee heilsarmee ! great song report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 February 2013 at 02:31
    from Greece ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 February 2013 at 02:27
    A very very good song by Switzerland but guys pleaseee change your performance.. If you do this you will be the winner!!!! go on Switzerland :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 February 2013 at 02:25
    A very very good song by Switzerland but i don't like the performance.. If you change the performance, this song will be the winner !! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 February 2013 at 19:48
  • Posted on 31 January 2013 at 23:29
    I don't agree with this choice. I want Anna Rossinelli back!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 January 2013 at 20:38
    So far it's my favorite.
    I wish Switzerland the best luck in Malmö! :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 January 2013 at 04:47
    catchy song....will be the finalist ffor this year..I hope so..Good Luck Heilsarmee.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 December 2012 at 02:27
    Amazing! I love this song Go Switzerland!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 December 2012 at 07:00
    I wish you success and good estimation! Hello from Ukraine) report to the moderator