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.

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:

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Turin chosen to host Eurovision Song Contest in 2022

The next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2022 will be held in the northern Italian city of Turin, organisers confirmed on Friday.

Italy's Maneskin performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
Italy's Maneskin performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. Photo: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP

“Turin has won the race to become the host city of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, having triumphed over 16 other competing bids,” read a statement on the contest’s official website.

“The Grand Final will be held in PalaOlimpico on Saturday 14 May with Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May.”

“We won! Turin has won!” mayor Chiara Appendino wrote in a celebratory post on Facebook.

Italian state broadcaster Rai said Turin had beaten off competition from the cities of Milan, Bologna, Rimini and Pesaro to host the event.

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Turin will be the third Italian city to host the event after Naples (which hosted in 1965) and Rome (1991), after Rome-based rock band Måneskin’s victory in Rotterdam earlier this year with the song ‘Zitti e buoni’.

That event, watched by 183 million people, was Italy’s third Eurovision win and its first for three decades.

‘Turin is the perfect Host City for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest,” said Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl.

“As we saw during the 2006 Winter Olympics, PalaOlimpico exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale and we have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment from the City of Turin who will welcome thousands of fans next May.”

“This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Italy in 30 years and, together with our Host broadcaster Rai, we are determined to make it a special one.’

Turin was home to the 2006 Winter Olympics and is hosting the ATP Finals tennis tournament next month.