Michel Imhof from Turin (I)
It was his really big performance: Marius Bear was on the stage at the 66th Eurovision Song Contest in Turin (I) shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and sang for Switzerland’s third ESC victory. In the end it was enough for 17th out of 25 places, a disappointment for Bear. He wanted to be in the top ten.
At the media event that followed at the Swiss delegation’s hotel, Bear did not hold back his feelings, true to his contribution “Boys Do Cry”. He was close to tears, just said: “Love to everyone, I wish you a nice evening.” Then he locked himself in his room. The otherwise cheerful Appenzeller seemed to find it particularly difficult to digest the zero points in the televoting.
Blick reporter Michel Imhof: “Many people were disappointed that Ukraine won”(02:09)
It was “simply not the right moment for this ballad”.
On Sunday he recovered a bit from the initial shock. “I’m fine,” he says to Blick. “I gave 200 percent and am satisfied with my performance.” It was “simply not the right moment for this ballad,” he adds. «I think the performance was great, the light was fantastic. But I suspect it was the wrong song.”
The days at Eurovision were exhausting, says Bear. “I’m exhausted and need a vacation.” After his return from Italy, he will have lunch with his parents on Monday, after which he will take a one-week break.
The coming period will be tougher for the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra. The betting odds favorites convinced the ESC viewers and won the third victory for their homeland with their song “Stefania”. “Help Ukraine, help Mariupol, help Azovstal!” Said singer Oleh Psiuk (27) to the audience shortly after his performance.
It didn’t look like a win for Ukraine during the show for a long time. Rather, the Spaniard Chanel (31), the Briton Sam Ryder (32) and the Swede Cornelia Jacobs (30) delivered a head-to-head race when awarding the jury points. However, the TV viewers gave the Ukrainians a real boon of points, so that in the end nobody could get past them.
The big disappointment: That’s what Marius Bear and Sven Epiney say about their 17th place(01:26)
Marius Bear would like to take part in the ESC every year
Critics are now ranting that the Ukrainians only won out of pity and that they are not entitled to win. Marius Bear cannot agree: «I am super happy with the result. It is a sign for Europe and shows that we stand together. That we don’t put up with what’s going on right now. It is wonderful.”
He will probably follow the biggest music competition for a long time. “I’ve become the biggest ESC fan in the world,” enthuses Bear. “It was the best experience of my life.” He would take part again immediately, “I would like to be there every year”.