Luca Hänni

Eurovision fans have been picking through the continent’s representatives for this year’s contest and a new favourite is emerging.

Though the Netherlands’ entry, “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence, is maintaining pole position, Switzerland is rapidly gaining ground.

According to SkyBet, “She Got Me” by Luca Hänni is now at 11/2, just behind second favourite Russia at 5/1.

Hänni, a Swiss singer-songwriter and model, first rose to fame in the German-speaking world when he won the Pop Idol clone Deutschland sucht den Superstar in 2012. Since then he has scored a string of hits in central Europe and is sure to be well supported.

A Modern Hit

“She Got Me” is co-written by Laurell Barker who also wrote last year’s Swiss entry, “Stones”, as well as being involved in both the German and English entries for this year. With lyrics in English, “She Got Me” has a more modern sound than many recent Eurovision entries, with influences from soul, reggaeton and hip hop. Even if fails to win the contest, it seems certain to become a hit across the continent.

Switzerland is one of the veterans of the competition, having participated 58 times. It has won the contest twice, first in 1956 and then in 1988. Their entries often strike a chord with the British, who have awarded Switzerland more points than any other European country.