Following months of "radio silence" - broken only by confirmation of the name of the 2023 Swiss representative by state broadcaster SRG on 20 February and a teaser snippet of his song shared on social media in recent days -, the wait is over!
Remo Forrer has today released his Eurovision 2023 entry for his home nation: 'Watergun'.
Remo is a 21-year-old Swiss national from Hemberg in the primarily German-speaking canton of St. Gallen.
An accomplished musician (flute, accordion, piano), he's no stranger to competitive live singing: he won the third season of talent show 'The Voice of Switzerland' in 2020 and took part last year in the national version of the popular 'I Can See Your Voice' franchise across the border in Germany.
Remo explains that his song means a great deal to him and has - in his view - "ear worm potential". It is also very demanding on his voice, going from very low in some parts to very high in others.
Switzerland competed in the inaugural Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, becoming the first country to be victorious at the newly-established international event thanks to Lys Assia and her song 'Refrain'.
The nation's second win came over thirty years later, when a certain Canadian songstress by the name of Céline Dion claimed the coveted trophy by one point with the now iconic pop ballad 'Ne partez pas sans moi'.
In more recent times, Switzerland has notched up two Top 5 placings: 4th in 2019 ('She Got Me' by Luca Hänni) and 3rd in 2021 ('Tout l'univers' by Gjon's Tears). Last year, Marius Bear - who's half-Australian - qualified for the Grand Final and finished 17th with 'Boys Do Cry'.
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