Sitting in the middle of the Swiss delegation on the couch in the Green Room, 30-year-old Wouter Hardy followed nearly 200 million TV viewers worldwide in thrilling third place at Gjon’s Tears up close. The Dutchman has a perfect nose for ESC songs: he wrote about his home country the winning title of the 2019 “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence (27) – and now for Gjon Muharremaj (22) and for Switzerland “Tout l’univers”.
“Duncan was my first assignment when I started my own business after completing my training at Rotterdam Conservatory,” says Hardy. “After winning with him, I really wanted to finish with the Economic and Social Council. I had no ambition to be a pure ESC producer. But when I heard the voice of Gjon, I was killed on the spot. I knew: I could work with her. “
Greifensee’s big success is achieved
Without meeting the singer in person beforehand, he traveled with co-author Nina Sampermans (27) on an invitation to Suisa Songwriter Camp at Powerplay Studios at Maur ZH am Greifensee, several notches worked on the perfect ESC song. Not Hardy’s preferred method of work, actually.
“I would like to get to know an artist beforehand and talk to him about his life. Then things start working normally. ”Nevertheless, he manages to focus perfectly here. Also thanks to the beautiful ocean with water.” Developed “Tout l’univers” the first morning after three hours, initially in English under the title of work. Ground Zero “.
“When I first played Gjon’s song on the piano, he was confused and couldn’t believe how fast it turned out. I did the same as usual: I did what I liked.” That same afternoon, they began working together to adapt the song’s content to Gjon’s character. With resounding success, it has also now been proven admirably.
It helps to look at the list of countries that voted for the Swiss Economic and Social Council contribution, divided according to public vote and specialized jury committees. In both categories, Albania awarded Gjon’s Tears a maximum of twelve points, which can be explained by the singer’s Albanian roots. Switzerland is also very popular in the Baltic countries and in the North: juries in Estonia, Latvia, Denmark, Iceland and Finland received the highest scores. Serbia’s defensive behavior is also remarkable: it awarded the public and the jury only one point – the Swiss public, on the other hand, scored the highest scores for Serbia. Also noteworthy is the behavior of Italy, which left the neighbors empty-handed in both cases, while Switzerland has won the winning country 10 (crowd) times in a row. 8-point (jury) firmly backed.