You and Me (Takasa song)

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"You and Me"
Single by Takasa
Released 14 December 2012
Format Digital download
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:54
Label HitMill Records
Writer(s) Georg Schlunegger, Roman Camenzind, Fred Herrmann
Producer(s) Georg Schlunegger
Music video
"You and Me" on YouTube
Switzerland "You and Me"
Eurovision Song Contest 2013 entry
Country Switzerland
Artist(s) Takasa
Language English
Composer(s) Georg Schlunegger, Roman Camenzind, Fred Herrmann
Lyricist(s) Georg Schlunegger, Roman Camenzind, Fred Herrmann
Appearance chronology
◄ "Unbreakable" (2012)   
"Hunter of Stars" (2014) ►

"You and Me" is a song recorded by Swiss group Takasa, a band composed of six members of the Swiss Salvation Army.[1]

Written and produced by Georg Schlunegger for HitMill Records,[1] 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,[2] on 15 December 2012 the song also won the national final, beating the remaining eight finalists.[3]

The song's win has therefore qualified it to represent Switzerland at the 58th Annual Eurovision Song Contest in in Malmö, Sweden.[4] 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.

Background[edit]

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.[1] The owner of the recording company HitMill, Roman Camenzinds, partnered with the Salavation Army to conduct the project.[5] 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.[5] 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.[6][7]

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[4]

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.[8]

Tracklist[edit]

  • Digital download[9]
  1. "You and Me" – 2:54

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 21

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Switzerland[11] 14 December 2012 HitMill Records Digital download
Germany[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Oliver Baroni (4 October 2012). "Mit Heilsarmee zum Schweizer ESC-Erfolg?". 20 Minuten (in German). Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Juha Repo (12 November 2012). "The Swiss final line-up complete". ESCToday.com. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Brey, Marco (15 December 2012). "It's Heilsarmee for Switzerland!". European Broadcasting Union. 
  4. ^ a b "Découvrez le titre qui représentera la Suisse". 20 Minuten (in French). 16 December 2012. Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Heilsarmee vertritt die Schweiz in Malmö". Neue Luzerner Zeitung (in German). 15 December 2012. Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Heilsarmee rockt für einen guten Zweck" (in German). Presse Portal. 4 October 2012. Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Die Heilsarmee vertritt die Schweiz am Eurovision Song Contest" (in German). Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen. Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hella von Sinnen: Heilsarmee wird Gays vor den Kopf stossen" (in German). Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen. Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Heilsarmee & Armée Du Salut / The Salvation Army Switzerland - You and Me". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Takasa – You and Me – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "You And Me - Single by The Salvation Army Switzerland". iTunes Store (Switzerland). Apple Inc. Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "You and Me - The Salvation Army Switzerland, Heilsarmee & Armée du Salut" (in German). Amazon.de. Retrieved 16 December 2012.