Timebelle from Switzerland express their hopes and dreams with their power ballad Apollo, representing Switzerland in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
With the power ballad, Apollo, Timebelle will represent Switzerland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The band is named after a famous Swiss landmark but Timebelle is also a tribute to a "beautiful time" in Berne, where the band was formed. As the perfect trio, the three band members will be performing from the heart in Kyiv in May.
Miruna Manescu is the lead singer and she is a trained musician and actress from Romania. At the Eurovision Song Contest she will be expressing her passion for art and is an avowed chocolate lover.
Emanuel Daniel Andriescu plays the piano, but also teaches saxophone and clarinet. The internationally active musician has been living in Switzerland for ten years. He achieves his goals with a great deal of charm.
The third member is drummer Samuel Forster. The dedicated Swiss-born musician pursues his professional visions with boundless energy and a talent.
Things you should know about Timebelle
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
Our entry comes from within us, is natural and artistic and the song itself has a very deep meaning, to follow your dream, whether that dream is a person, an art, a country or a job. Just follow it. Samuel was born in Germany and has been living almost all his whole life in Switzerland. Emanuel was born in Romania but did his studies in Switzerland and he has been living in Berne for almost 11 years now. Miruna was born and raised in Romania and the producers of Apollo are half Swiss, half Swedish. Our band itself celebrates diversity!
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
We don't try to be impressive. We just want to make music and touch people's hearts with our music. We are just being ourselves.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
Miruna usually has a calming time before going on stage, trying to concentrate on the performance and get in that mood of playfulness. Emanuel and Samuel hug each other before entering the stage.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
Since our childhood, we all remember the Eurovision Song Contest as the main musical event of the year. It was extremely appealing to us as children and it has remained that way since then. It's an honour to perform on such a grand stage. Being able to meet so many people from different cultures is incredibly important and overwhelming.
About the song writers & composers
Dovas is a platinum-certified songwriting/production trio based in Stockholm, Sweden. Members of Dovas have previously worked with Swedish Eurovision Song Contest contestants Mariette and Jennifer Brown, and in 2014 were involved in writing the Eurovision entry for Azerbaijan. In 2013 they wrote the winning song for Swedish Idol, Belong, which reached number two in the Swedish charts. The following year they collaborated with Amnesty International to release the song Yellow Ribbon in support of the Free the Angola 3 initiative. Apollo is a song about the love and devotion to the arts.