Switzerland: Mélanie René

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It may be Ms René’s own Time To Shine, but sadly this misfire is likely to mean Eurovision 2015 won’t see Switzerland spending much time in the spotlight. Which isn’t anything new: in the last decade, the EBU’s homeland has qualified for the final just four times. With a tune as tired as its premise, I can barely remember this track already.

 

Credit: SRF/Oscar Alessio, Mélanie René


 

 

All Kinds of Everything: interview with Mélanie René


Who is your favourite Eurovision act of all time?

I have listened to a lot of them, and I can’t pick a favourite! When I was a kid I used to watch the contest with my mum, and I remember thinking it would be incredible to sing on this stage. I would not have dreamt in a million years that my dream would be coming true! Artists all have their own style, their own universe, and I personally believe that this is what makes this contest so interesting!

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WINNER: Céline Dion

There have been really good songs, but my old time favourite is “Ne partez pas sans moi” sang by Céline Dion in 1988. The first album I bought was Lââm and Britney Spears, but I used to be a massive fan of Céline Dion. I learned how to sing with her songs, trying to copy her sounds and vocal melismas. She was a huge influence for me vocal wise.

How do you normally watch the Eurovision Song Contest?

I come from a very musical family, where everyone plays an instrument or sings, so I developed a passion for music quite early on. I did my first steps on stage when I was 7, for a Mauritian charity show, and that was when I realised how much I enjoyed singing in front of an audience. I am extremely blessed that my parents have always encouraged me in pursuing my dream.

 

 

Hello Europe, it’s Camilla calling! Here are the points from the House of Apcar vote.

Switzerland: 1 point.

According to my own personal preference, I have awarded points to all 40 acts entering this year’s contest, with four countries receiving each set of points used by the EBU (12, 10, and 8-1).