Winner Nemo receives a triumphant welcome at home in Switzerland

Winner Nemo receives a triumphant welcome at home in Switzerland
Winner Nemo receives a triumphant welcome at home in Switzerland

Nemo’s welcome on his native land lived up to his feat. Winner of Eurovision 2024 in Sweden, the singer was received as a hero late Sunday on his return to Switzerland by hundreds of fans.

The artist made his country win at the end of a 2024 edition marked by heated controversy over the participation of Israel, in which the singer placed fifth. Nemo Mettler won the competition with The Codea highly personal track chronicling her journey toward realizing her gender identity.

“We exist, we insist, we persist”

The 24-year-old non-binary artist landed at Zurich Airport from Copenhagen at 10:38 p.m. local time. Fans gathered behind barriers patiently awaited his arrival while repeating his song.

Applause began to ring out when Nemo appeared, who responded with two thumbs up before taking selfies and signing autographs. “Congratulations “honey pie” (affectionate nickname in English)! “, exclaimed an admirer, handing her a bouquet of flowers.

Others brandished flags displaying in English the message “We exist, we insist, we persist”, in reference to the struggle of non-binary people for recognition of their identity. Another banner proclaimed “Woman, man, human” in German. Nemo joined the group of fans chanting “We broke the codes,” “We exist,” going so far as to hug a fan who was wearing a “Protect trans kids” t-shirt.

“I broke the codes. I broke the trophy »

At a press conference, the Swiss then indicated that he wanted to rest in his garden. “I’m going to lie down and try to calm down a little.” “It feels like it’s not real.” “I broke the codes. I broke the trophy,” he repeated, after literally breaking it in a gesture of enthusiasm when he received his prize. The welcome from fans at the airport was “extremely beautiful (…) it showed me how good it is to be part of a community”.

Nemo Mettler, who currently lives in Berlin, is originally from Bienne, a bilingual German-French city in northern Switzerland, where a public reception is planned to congratulate the child of the country. “It will certainly be a big party in the city, with the public, the fans,” predicted Biel Mayor Erich Fehr, interviewed at the airport by the Swiss press agency Keystone-ATS. “It’s crazy, it’s an incredible story that Nemo de Bienne won this title. The largest music competition in the world. We are really proud and happy.”

Third victory for Switzerland

This is Switzerland’s third victory in this competition since its creation in 1956. As tradition dictates, the country will host the next edition. The European Broadcasting Union, which organizes the event, estimated that 160 million people watched the 2024 contest.

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