Timebelle will represent Switzerland at Eurovision 2017. Find out more about the Swiss pick, with our 10 Things About…Timebelle feature!
1. Timebelle is a Swiss band from Bern, currently consisting of lead vocalist Miruna Manescu, drummer Samuel Forster, and multi-instrumentalist Emanuel Daniel Andriescu.
2. Past members include accordionist Rade Mijatović, guitarist Christoph Siegrist, and bassist Sándor Török.
3. The band was formed as a five-member boyband while its members were students at the University of Bern. Shortly after, Manescu was added to the group as a lead singer by their Romanian producer Mihai Alexandru.
4. The band’s name is derived from the Zytglogge a landmark medieval clock tower, which is one of the main sights of Bern.
5. The band have a mixture of nationalities with members from Switzerland, Serbia, Romania and Hungary. This has allowed them to develop a sound that takes inspiration from a number of different national heritages and offers a unique flavour.
6. As well as nationalities the band have a wide range of instrumental abilities, boasting players skilled in the saxophone, clarinet, accordion, drums, guitar and bass.
7. As well as being in the band, all the members are freelancers, engaged in different orchestras, as well as soloists in chamber music and solo projects.
8. The band will represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song “Apollo”. This however is not their first attempt. They previously competed in 2015 with the song ‘Singing About Love’, but came in second to Melanie Rene.
9. Speaking of their disappointment at losing out two years ago, frontwoman Miruna said that it has only spurred them on to do better in 2017
‘Nothing happens without a reason – maybe 2015 was simply not the time. Now we are 100 percent ready.’
10. It definitely paid off as Timebelle won the Swiss National selection show with a whopping 47.88% of the vote, this is nearly more than all the other five finalists combined.
Check out some of Timebelle’s hits in our YouTube playlist: