Advertisement

Swiss Eurovision winner sings English song

Author thumbnail
Malcolm Curtis - [email protected]
Swiss Eurovision winner sings English song

The winner of a contest to represent Switzerland in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been living in England and her entry is sung in English.

Advertisement

Mélanie René, 24, was voted the best hope for the Swiss over the weekend during a televised show, beating out five other finalists with her song “Time to Shine”.

The singer-songwriter was hailed in Swiss media as a citizen of the canton of Vaud.

But the Tribune de Genéve reported on Monday that she was actually born in Geneva to parents from Mauritius and grew up in neighbouring France.

For several years she has been living in England, where she just spent four years studying music, the newspaper said.

“There must have been a problem with the communication,” René told the Tribune.

The confusion about her origins apparently arises because her manager is from the village of Commugny in the canton of Vaud, she said.

However, René did study music in the canton at a music school in the town of Nyon, the Tribune said.

She will represent Switzerland in the Eurovision 2015 semifinals set for May 19th and 21st in Vienna.

The finals will be held on May 23rd. 

You can see the winning entry in the YouTube video below:

More

Join the conversation in our comments section below. Share your own views and experience and if you have a question or suggestion for our journalists then email us at [email protected].
Please keep comments civil, constructive and on topic – and make sure to read our terms of use before getting involved.

Please log in to leave a comment.

See Also