It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost Eurovision season again!
Yes, in less than six weeks time, the pop-loving eyes of Europe will be firmly fixed on the Swedish city of Malmö, as 39 countries from across the region compete for the most coveted prize in music – the Eurovision Song Contest trophy.
As always, the competition is split into three finals; the two semi finals (to be held on May 14 and 16) and the grand final (on May 18), in which the victorious countries from the two semi-finals will line up alongside the host nation Sweden and the “big five” of the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
In part three of our look at the entrants for this year’s competition, we check out the offering from Switzerland.
TAKASA : You And Me
The six members of Swiss outfit Takasa have already created a little bit of controversy in their homeland, given they’re all members of the Salvation Army. Originally known as “Heilsarmee” (Salvation Army in German), the band was forced into changing their name because of Eurovision rules that deny entry to political or religious content. They won their way through to Eurovision after triumphing against all comers in the national selection ‘Die grosse Entscheidungs Show’ and will perform the single ‘You And Me’ at the second semi final on May 16.
The track itself is likeable enough, with the clip featuring the six members of the band crammed into an old Fiat 500 as they make the long trek from Switzerland to Malmö.