Why Switzerland’s song rocks.

Switzerland's Anna Rossinelli with 'In Love For A While': Quality over show.

So I have been visiting the other Eurovision Song Contest sites out there to see what everyone has been saying about Switzerland’s 2011 representative Anna Rossinelli and the song In Love For A While and so far, the reactions seem to be quite mixed. People either love it, hate it or are indifferent to it. Overall though, the reaction seems to be largely positive.

Personally, I feel that In Love For A While was the best selection for Switzerland for a number of reasons. First and most importantly, Anna can SING. The last few entries fielded by Switzerland, while being amazing songs, have been plagued with dismally poor live vocals. Who didn’t cringe all the way through Paolo Meneguzzi’s performance of Era Stupendo? We shan’t have this problem in 2011 as Anna Rossinelli sings beautifully live. In fact, it is her strong vocals that gives the song it’s X factor.

Which brings us to the second reason why In Love For A While is a strong entry: It relies purely on the vocal, melody and gentle strumming of the ukulele and guitar. Its a gentle, minimalistic song that is pure music and somehow, makes an impact without a flashy performance, fireworks and wind machines. It actually conveys genuine emotions that comes across through the screen. While I was watching the show, I felt that In Love For A While really stood out in this regard and I’m sure will do the same on the Eurovision stage.

Thirdly, did you see how the juries fawned over the song? My German ain’t that great, but I can recognise sheer enthusiasm when I see it. I have a feeling that the international jurors will have a similar reaction and award it high points. Belgium came second with Tom Dice’s Me & My Guitar with the juries in the Grand Final, finishing only a few points behind Germany. Hopefully they will also see the pure musicality of In Love For A While as well.

Fourthly are the performers themselves. Anna, along with Georg Dillier and Manuel Meisel make for a likable, stylish and rather attractive trio. They look great on camera with their elegant yet casual look, which could also translate into some points. I’m also really happy that Switzerland is fielding native Swiss performers for the fifth year in a row.

All in all, the key word here is simplicity, with focus on the music. No extravagant performance, suggestive choreography or numerous costume changes. In fact, I think In Love For A While harks back to the good old days of the Eurovision Song Contest in the 1950s and 60s when it was about good songs. Could this herald a new era in the Eurovision Song Contest, where music and substance takes precedence over show and fireworks? I certainly believe so.

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