Michel Imhof from Turin (I)
Today it’s serious again for Marius Bear (29)! The Appenzeller sings in the grand finale of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest in Turin (I) with “Boys Do Cry” for the title of the best song in Europe. “Of course I want to be at the forefront!” he says euphorically before his performance to Blick.
About half an hour after the start of the show at 9 p.m. (live on SRF 1), his performance on stage is already being asked, and Bear was given start number 5. “I think the starting order is very good. With Finland before and France after, two uptempo tracks are set around me. My ballad will stand out clearly in between,” he says.
Ukraine is top favourite
With his performance he wants to build on the success of the semi-finals. “I want to be in the moment and show all my emotions that connect me so strongly with the song. I want to give Boys Do Cry the focus it deserves and needs.”
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He is not one of the favorites. This year it is unusually large. While betting shops see Kalush Orchestra from the Ukraine clearly ahead, the Swede Cornelia Jakobs (30), the Brit Sam Ryder (32), the Spaniard Chanel (31) and the Italians Mahmood (29) and Blanco (19) are high among the fans in the course.
He doesn’t want to risk a prediction
Luca Hänni (27) finished fourth at the ESC in 2019, Gjon’s Tears (23) third in the next edition in 2021. So does second place follow? Bear doesn’t want to risk a prediction as to where he might ultimately place himself. “I thought about it for a long time and I see myself between first and 25th place,” he jokes. And continues with a laugh: “But that’s pure speculation.”
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