Swittzerland has selected Timebelle’s “Apollo” as its Eurovision entry for 2017.
Timebelle are singer Miruna Manescu and multi-instrumentalist Emanuel Daniel Andriescu from Romania and drummer Samuel Forster from Switzerland. They take their name from Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower. They met while studying at the Bern University of the Arts and they first vied for Switzerland’s Eurovision spot in 2015 with their song “Singing About Love.”
“Apollo” is a better song than “Singing About Love,” so Switzerland has that going for it. On the other hand, Switzerland sent a similar song to “Apollo” last year, which you will note finished last in Semifinal Two.
Plus, the first line of the song is “Like a bullet in my chest, you’re written, bound and etched forever in my mind.” I mean, we try not to harp on bad English lyrics anymore, but a bullet in your chest is nothing like having someone written, bound and etched forever in your mind. There are two entirely different surgical procedures involved.
Die Entscheidungsshow opened with host Sven Epiney fantasizing about Switzerland winning Eurovision. It may be too early in the season to make predictions, but we don’t expect “Apollo” to be making his dreams come true.