Gjon's Tears

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Gjon's Tears
Gjon's Tears during a rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest
Gjon's Tears during a rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest
Background information
Birth nameGjon Muharremaj
Born (1998-06-29) 29 June 1998 (age 23)
Broc, Fribourg, Switzerland
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2011–present

Gjon Muharremaj (Albanian: [ɟɔn muharɛˈmaj]; born 29 June 1998), known professionally as Gjon's Tears, is a Swiss singer and songwriter. He was scheduled to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song "Répondez-moi" prior to the contest's cancellation. He was internally selected again as the country's representative for the 2021 contest with his song "Tout l'Univers". He finished in third place with 432 points, the best placing for Switzerland since 1993.

Life and career

Muharremaj was born in Broc, Fribourg, Switzerland to a Kosovo Albanian father from Gjinoc, part of Suharekë[1] municipality in Kosovo, and an Albanian mother from Tirana, Albania.[2][3][4][5] He acquired his stage name after moving his grandfather to tears when he performed Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love". In 2011, at the age of 12, Muharremaj competed in the first season of the talent show Albanians Got Talent, placing third in the final.[6][7] One year later, he reached the semi-final of Die grössten Schweizer Talente [de].[8] In 2019, he auditioned for the eighth season of the French singing competition The Voice: la plus belle voix and reached the semi-finals with Team Mika.[9]

The Voice: la plus belle voix performances and results
Round Song Original Artist(s) Result
Blind Audition "Christine" Christine and the Queens Joined Team Mika
The Battles "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" Elton John & George Michael Winner
The Knockouts "Under Pressure" Queen & David Bowie Advanced
Live Show 1 "SOS d'un terrien en détresse" Daniel Balavoine Advanced
Live Show 2 "Rocket Man" Elton John Advanced
Semi-Final "Relax, Take It Easy" Mika Eliminated
"Life on Mars" David Bowie

In March 2020, Muharremaj was announced by the Swiss national broadcaster, Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR), as the country's representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song "Répondez-moi".[6] However, following the contest's cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the broadcaster eventually announced that he would represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with a new song. His 2021 entry, "Tout l'univers" was released on 10 March 2021.[10][11] He placed first in his semi-final. In the final, Gjon's Tears won the jury vote but came sixth in the televote. As a result he was placed third overall, behind France and eventual winner Italy. He, along with the song's producers, won the Composer Award in the 2021 edition of the Marcel Bezençon Awards, voted on by a panel of participating composers in the 2021 contest.[12] In 2021, he gave an interview for Vanity Teen magazine, talking about his success, the origin of his stage name, and his result in the Eurovision Song Contest.[13] In late 2021, he participated in The Voice All Stars France.

The Voice All-Stars performances and results
Round Song Original Artist(s) Result
Blind Audition "Corps" Yseult Joined Team Zazie
Cross-Battle "Smalltown Boy" Bronski Beat Advanced
Semi-Final "Sur un prélude de Bach" Maurane Eliminated

Discography

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
SWI
[14]
ALB
[15]
BEL
(FL)

[16]
FIN
[17]
GER
[18]
IRE
[19]
NLD
[20]
NOR
[21]
SWE
[22]
UK
[23]
"Babi" 2018 1 Non-album singles
"Back in Light"
"Répondez-moi" 2020 42
"Tout l'univers" 2021 1 50 5 86 52
[24]
16 36 21 93
"Silhouette" 2022 6 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
ALB
[25]
"Dance Me"
(Arilena Ara featuring Gjon's Tears)
2021 10 Pop Art The Album
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nomination Work Result Ref.
2021 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Swiss Act Himself Won [26]

References

  1. ^ ""Fol Shqip Show - Gjon Muharremaj"" (in Albanian). "Radiotelevizioni21". Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Suisse-Kosovo 2/5 - Comme un oiseau" (in French). RTS. Retrieved 15 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Gjon's Tears Biografia" (in Albanian). TeksteShqip. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Gjon's Tears #Bio" (in Albanian). Top Channel. Archived from the original on 25 October 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Le Fribourgeois Gjon's Tears représentera la Suisse à l'Eurovision". La Liberté (in French). 4 March 2020. Archived from the original on 23 October 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Switzerland picks Gjon's Tears with French 'Repondez-moi' for Rotterdam". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 4 March 2020. Archived from the original on 24 February 2021. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Gjon Muharremaj, shqiptari që befasoi jurinë e "The Voice" në Francë me zërin e tij". telegrafi.com (in Albanian). 22 May 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Das ist unser ESC-Kandidat: Gjon's Tears". Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (in German). 4 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  9. ^ Farren, Neil (4 March 2020). "Switzerland: Gjon's Tears to Eurovision 2020". Eurovoix.
  10. ^ "Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam is cancelled". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 18 March 2020. Archived from the original on 8 April 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  11. ^ Jansen, Esma (20 March 2020). "Cry no more! Gjon's Tears confirmed as Switzerland's Eurovision 2021 act". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 8 February 2021. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  12. ^ Van Lith, Nick (23 May 2021). "🏆 Barbara Pravi and Gjon's Tears win Marcel Bezençon Awards". ESCXTRA.
  13. ^ Switzerland’s Eurovision Representative Gjon’s Tears: I Want to Touch Everyone’s Hearts With my Songs 29 May, 2021. Vanity Teen.
  14. ^ "Discographie – Gjon's Tears". Swiss Hitparade. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  15. ^ Note: "The Top List" are the charts conducted by Top Channel since December 2015.
  16. ^ "Discografie Gjon's Tears" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  17. ^ "Discography Gjon's Tears". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  18. ^ "Discographie Gjon's Tears". offiziellecharts.de (in German). Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  19. ^ "Discography Gjon's Tears". irish-charts.com. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  20. ^ "Discografie Gjon's Tears". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  21. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single 2021-21". VG-lista. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  22. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 21". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  23. ^ "Gjon's Tears | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  24. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  25. ^ For peak positions in Albania:
  26. ^ Muldoon, Padraig (21 October 2021). "MTV Europe Music Awards 2021: Italy's Måneskin receive three nominations". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 22 October 2021. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
2020 (cancelled)
2021
Succeeded by
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