The group Timebelle won the Swiss national selection for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, taking their song Apollo to Kyiv. The song was composed by Elias Näslin, Nicolas Günthardt and Alessandra Günthardt.
The Swiss selection for the Eurovision Song Contest started in September when songwriters and composers were invited to submit their respective songs.
Out of all submissions, a jury composed of 21 musical experts selected the songs for the national final. 20 artists performed for an expert panel that judged on the live performance skills, vocal abilty and stage presence. Eventually, six of them got the chance to perform during tonight's national final.
Viewers at home determined which of the six acts would go to Kyiv to represent the country in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
- Freschta - Gold
- Ginta Biku - Cet Air La
- Michèle - Two Faces
- Nadya - The Fire in the Sky
- Shana Pearson - Exodus
- Timebelle - Apollo
You can check out all of tonight's performances on the Swiss Eurovision Twitter account.
The host of the evening was TV and radio host Sven Epiney, who has been well-known to the Swiss-German audience as their commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Sebalter, Switzerland's 2014 Eurovision Song Contest contestant, also performed his new song Weeping Willow during the show.
Eventually, voters chose Timebelle's Apollo to represent them in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest!
Timebelle, consisting of lead vocalist Miruna Manescu, drummer Samuel Forster and multi-instrumentalist Emanuel Daniel Andriescu, has its roots in the Swiss city of Bern, where it was formed while its members were students at the local university. Miruna Manescu and Emanuel Daniel Andriescu both have Romanian roots.
Timebelle took part in the Swiss national selection before, back in 2015, with Singing About Love.
Timebelle will participate in the second Semi-Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on 11th May.
What do you think of Timebelle and Apollo? And do you think they'll make it through to the Grand Final in May?Gallery: Switzerland: Timebelle wins national selection for Eurovision 2017