It has been just over a month since Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin Italy. Today the Live-On-Tape performances that were recorded in the event an artist could not perform in Turin have continued to be released. The next performance that was released was Marius Bear’s performance of his song “Boys Do Cry”.
About Marius Bear
The 28 year-old-musicians come from Appenzell in Switzerland. He first found out about his singing talent, when he was undertaking his compulsory military service with the Swiss army:
From 2016, he gave up his pathway to becoming a construction machinery mechanic to under to tour Germany and Switzerland as a street musician. A few years later, he release his first album in 2019 “Not Loud Enough” which charted in the Top 20 of the Swiss album charts. In the same year, he won the Swiss Music Award for “Best Talent”.
What is a Live-On-Tape?
A Live-On Tape performance is essentially a backup performance. Last year they were used in the event that a delegation could not travel to Rotterdam. This proved to be the case for the Australian delegation in 2021, due to the strict travel restrictions in place in the country at the time. Iceland also had to use a backup performance, however instead of the one they recorded in Iceland they used rehearsal footage, recorded in Rotterdam. Iceland had to use a Live-On tape due to the fact several members of Daði & Gagnamagnið tested positive for Covid-19 during Eurovision 2021.
Watch the Other Live-On-Tape Performances
Switzerland’s Eurovision Journey
In 1956, Switzerland was one of the countries that debuted in the inaugural competition in 1956, where they won with Lys Assia and “Refrain”. Since then they have participated on 62 occasions, with 51 of them making the Grand Final.
Switzerland’s recent participation saw them being represented by Marius Bear with his song “Boys Do Cry”, which saw them qualify for the Grand Final for a third consecutive participation. Overall, Switzerland finished 17th, after receiving 78 points from the jury and 0 points from the televoters.
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