You and Me (Takasa song)
|"You and Me"|
|Single by Takasa|
|Released||14 December 2012|
|Writer(s)||Georg Schlunegger, Roman Camenzind, Fred Herrmann|
Written and produced by Georg Schlunegger for HitMill Records, the song competed in the Swiss national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, Die grosse Entscheidungs Show. After winning the selection organized by Schweizer Fernsehen, the German language division of the Swiss public broadcasting organization, on 15 December 2012 the song also won the national final, beating the remaining eight finalists.
The song's win has therefore qualified it to represent Switzerland at the 58th Annual Eurovision Song Contest in in Malmö, Sweden. The band, known as Heilsarmee outside of the contest, agreed to compete with a new name to gain acceptance by the contest, which does not allow any religious or political references in its entries or their songs. "You and Me" is a Pop Rock song with lyrics involving love and empowerment. It will be a part of the contest's second semi final, which will be held on May 16.
In 2012, the Swiss Salvation Army started considering the idea to participate in the national selection of Eurovision Song Contest 2013. According to the project manager of the Salvation Army, Martin Künzi, competing in the Eurovision Song Contest was initially "just a crazy idea", but it was well received by many "enthusiastic supporters" within the Christian movement. The owner of the recording company HitMill, Roman Camenzinds, partnered with the Salavation Army to conduct the project. An internal casting was therefore held among the members of the Salvation Army, resulting in the selection of the six musicians of the band, named Heilsarmee. The members of the band—Emil Ramsauer, Michael Sterckx, Katharina Hauri, Christoph Jakob, Sarah Breiter, Jonas Gygax—are amateur musicians between 20 and 94 years old.
In early October 2012, it was announced that, after recording the song, Heilsarmee had submitted it to the SF regional selection through the official website of the German-language Swiss television. On 12 November 2012 the song was admitted the national final, after a voting process combining internet televotes and points awarded by a jury of industry experts. On 15 December 2012, "You and me" was therefore performed during Die grosse Entscheidungs Show. Heilsarmee's entry was the most voted song, thus beating the remaining eight contestants and being chosen to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden.
The selection of the song received some criticisms by German entertainer and LGBT rights activist Hella von Sinnen. According to von Sinnen, since the Salvation Army is a strict Christian organization with conservative opinions about LGBT rights, this could represent an obstacle for Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, which has a strong gay and lesbian fanbase.
- Digital download
- "You and Me" – 2:54
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||21|
|Switzerland||14 December 2012||HitMill Records||Digital download|
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