As announced earlier this afternoon, Swiss television has decided upon their representative for Oslo.
Out of over 60 submitted entries, an internal jury has chosen Schlager singer Michael von der Heide with his song Il pleut de l'or to represent Switzerland at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Norway. Von der Heide will present his song to the public for the first time on January 9th, 2010 at the television show SwissAward.
Michael von der Heide has been working in the Swiss music scene since 1996, already having released numerous albums and given lots of concerts. Swiss television states to be glad about being represented at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest by an artist who is established in the Swiss music scene. However, this isn’t the first attempt for the singer to get a ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest: In 1999, he reached 6th place at the German preselection with a song called Bye Bye Bar.
In a first statement about his participation at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, von der Heide expressed his enthusiasm about the contest, stating that it is a childhood dream come true. He also said that he is not afraid to fail as he is geared to those singers who achieved great success for Switzerland, such as Lys Assia and Celine Dion, who both won with a song in French language.
Michael von der Heide – Laisser Tomber les filles
Michael von der Heide – Jeudi Amour