Country of the month is back. We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Switzerland. In a period of five weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Swiss entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.
Céline Dion – Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi
In 1988, Switzerland selected Céline Dion and her song “Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi” to sent in Ireland. The song is entirely in French.
It was composed by Nella Martinetti and Atilla Şereftuğ. The song won the contest with 137 points winning with a margin of just one point from Scott Fitzgerland and the United Kingdom.
(Note by the editor: 😅 Like you need a bio for Céline Dion, but long story short…)
Céline Dion was born on 30 March 1968 in Quebec, Canada. She rosed to fame in the ’80s, the decade she won Eurovision. She mainly sings in French and English, but she can also sing in a variety of other languages like Latin. She has released a total of 27 studio albums, 7 live albums, 19 compilation albums and 25 box sets. With 200 million record sells worldwide she is one of the best-selling artists of all time and the best selling Canadian artist. Her most recent album “Courage” was released in November 2019.
Switzerland in the Eurovision 🇨🇭
Switzerland debuted at the contest in 1956, being one of the first seven countries. Since then, it has participated in an impressing number of 60 times, missing the event four times – 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2003. The four times the country didn’t participate was due to poor results in the contest – under the rules of the contest only the countries with the best average scores over the previous four years were allowed to participate.
Switzerland has finished 28 times in the Top-10. The country has two victories in its history in 1956 – at the very first contest – and in 1988. In 2019 the country scored 364 points (under the new voting system), making it the most points Switzerland got in any Eurovision Contest it has participated. In contrast, its worst result came in 2004, when not only it was eliminated at the semis, but also finished last with no points. At the finals, Switzerland has placed three times last with no points – 1964, 1967, 1998. In the 21st century, the country has only two Top-10 places, in 2005 and in 2019. Since the introduction of the semis, Switzerland has missed the final 11 out of 16 times.
That’s the last part of our Swiss tribute, next week we will focus on a different country!
What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Switzerland? Let us know in the comment box below.