Michael von der Heide is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest world having participated in the German national selection in 1999 with the song Bye Bye Bar.
He didn't win that time, but 11 years later, he was chosen internally by Swiss TV to represent the country in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest with the French-sung Il Pleut De L'Or. He was one of the very first participants to be announced this year, as the fact was published in the media already on the 18th of December, 2009. Have a look at his entry below!
Who is he?
Michael von der Heide performs in French, German, Swiss German, English or Italian and mixes pop, jazz, folk and rock with traditional French chanson. Michael seems to move with ease through all these types of music. He creates images and memories in the minds of his listeners, inevitably finding the right tone and mood for each piece. He has played the piano and guitar since childhood, writes many of his own songs and also composes for a variety of other artists.
To date, Michael von der Heide has released eight albums and 18 singles. Many of his CDs have been Swiss chart hits. His touring record is impressive, currently standing at over 1,000 concerts in Switzerland, Germany, France, Canada, Hungary and Austria – not to mention countless TV appearances. He is also an actor, having worked with producer Christoph Marthaler on the stages of the Lyon Théâtre National, the Berliner Volksbühne, and the Zurich Schauspielhaus.
He'll perform fifth in the second Semi-Final on the 27th of May in Oslo, Norway.