Switzerland sends Luca Hänni with 'She Got Me' to Tel Aviv07 March 2019 at 14:41 CET
Luca wrote his song She Got Me together with a team of national and international composers at a Swiss songwriting camp. He hopes that the song, which combines rhythmic and Middle Eastern elements, will appeal to both young and old: "With my ESC song She Got Me, I want to spread some joie de vivre and share my passion for dance and music with the whole audience!"
Last year, musicians were invited to submit their songs for the Swiss entry to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel. The entries were then assessed by a 100-member audience panel and a 20-person international expert jury, who evaluated the submissions and artists in a multi-stage process. SRF, RTS, RSI and RTR all had the opportunity to award wildcards. The final decision on the Swiss entry was then made by the audience panel and the expert jury. As with the international Eurovision Song Contest shows, the votes from the audience panel and the jury each counted for 50%. More info..
Luca Hänni’s musical career started with a bang in 2012: then just 17 years old, the Swiss teenager won Deutschland sucht den Superstar, Germany’s version of Pop Idol. He was the first non-German to do so and also the youngest ever winner of the show.
Luca, who is now 24 years old, grew up in a musical family. He started learning the drums when he was five, followed by piano, guitar and singing lessons. After finishing school, he began training as a bricklayer, and he still loves practical work today – he likes getting stuck in with both hands.
His first single reached number one in the charts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and was followed by sold-out concert tours, festivals and TV shows. He has also won several top music prizes, such as the Swiss Music Award and the Kids’ Choice Award in LA – which he won twice.
Luca Hänni is an approachable star – he lets his fans share in his life, whether through social media, answering fan mail, or meet and greets at his concerts. "My fans are fantastic – they are the beating heart of my career. Without them, I would never have got to where I am today. They are a vital part of my work, and I’m looking forward to continuing my music career together with them," says Luca enthusiastically.
In addition to his music career, Luca also creates clothes for his own model label and his merchandising shop, stars as a model himself in front of the camera, and publishes his own magazine, Stories. He is also deeply committed to his role as an ambassador for children suffering from epidermolysis bullosa.
In 2017, Luca discovered his love of dancing, and won the German dance show Dance Dance Dance the same year. At Christmas 2018, he featured on entertainment star Helene Fischer’s show, where they performed a sensual contemporary dance together to his song Bei mir. Luca says: "Dancing is a central part of my life. It lets me convey my passion and the stories behind my songs even more strongly."
Despite his life in show business, Luca remains down-to-earth. Spending time with family and friends means a great deal to him, and he loves nature – particularly when walking his dog Nala, a chihuahua. Luca is also very athletic and is happy to take on challenges such as the various Ninja Warrior shows.
In fact, challenges are what keep him going: including, now, the Eurovision Song Contest. He previously acted as the Swiss spokesperson in Kyiv, and now wants to sing his country into this final this year. Luca enjoys everything he does: "Getting the chance to perform on such a huge stage in front of an audience of enthusiastic fans in the venue and millions of people at home is definitely one of the high points of my life." ‘Dare to dream’, this year's motto, couldn’t be more appropriate.
Switzerland in Eurovision
Switzerland hosted the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 in Lugano and won it too with Lys Assia’s Refrain. It had to wait until an 18 year old Céline Dion claimed a second victory in 1988 with Ne partex pas sans moi. She won a thrilling Contest by a single point. Switzerland have taken second place three times in 1958, 1963 and 1986 and finished third three times as well, most recently with Annie Cotton’s Moi, Tout Simplement in 1993. Since then, Switzerland's Eurovision fortunes have suffered, with only two top half finishes on the leaderboard, the country has also failed to qualify from their Semi-Final in each of the last four years. Last year ZiBBZ finished 13th in their Semi-Final with Stones.