Continuing with many of the key themes of this year’s contest, Mauritian native Mélanie René will take her ballad of empowerment to Vienna in hope of qualifying Switzerland into the Grand Final. Unfortunately for performer/composer René, her nice ballad is "more of the same” and may get swamped by slightly better entries in this year’s contest.
Spoiler: Watch Switzerland's Semi Final 2 performance below
4 Questions with Mélanie René
What is an interesting fact about your song?
I wrote 'Time To Shine' at a time in my life when I realised how much I had grown, both in my personal and musical life. For the first time I felt like I knew where I was going in life, and it made me feel free. It is this feeling of freedom that I tried to portray in my song.
What is an interesting fact about yourself?
I come from a multicultural background, from a Mauritian familly. However, after doing some research, I have found out that one of my ancestors was an Indian princess who married a French captain.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
I usually stand in a circle with people sharing the stage with me, and we have a little ritual we do in order to ground ourselves and refocus on what is important - which is have fun and enjoy every second of the show.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
Taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest is like a childhood dream come true! I have the amazing opportunity to share my passion with millions of people, and at the same time to represent a whole country - that is so close to my heart - abroad!