Eurovision 2024: 10 things to know about Nemo, the Swiss who won with his song “The Code”

Eurovision 2024: 10 things to know about Nemo, the Swiss who won with his song “The Code”
Eurovision 2024: 10 things to know about Nemo, the Swiss who won with his song “The Code”

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Switzerland won the 68th edition of Eurovision thanks to the victory of Nemo and his song “The Code”. Slimane finished 4th place. Who is Nemo, a supercharged candidate who was able to seduce national juries and European viewers?

He was one of the favorites. And he won. Nemo, the Swiss candidate, who was in competition with the song “The Code” was crowned the big winner of Eurovision, in Malmö in Sweden shortly before 1 a.m. An edition marked by the controversy over the maintenance of Israel’s candidacy in times of war and by several demonstrations in Sweden.

At Eurovision, 50% of points are awarded by a jury of professionals in each country and 50% by calls and text messages from European viewers. Nemo was able to seduce a large part of the juries because 22 out of 37 awarded it maximum points. He came first ahead of France and Croatia. When adding up the viewers’ votes, Switzerland remained in first place, Croatia ranked second and Ukraine came third. France finished 4th with “Mon amour” by Slimane and Israel in fifth position.

This is the third time that Switzerland has won Eurovision after Lys Assia in 1956 and Céline Dion in 1988. But who is Nemo, the big winner?

1 – A 25-year-old artist

Nemo is his stage name. In real life his name is Nemo Mettler. He was born in 1999 in Bienne in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. He is therefore 25 years old. He has a younger sister. His parents ran a company that went bankrupt in the early 2010s.

2 – “Incredible Talent” candidate at 15 years old

Nemo developed his artistic fiber very early on. At the age of 13, he played a role in the musical “Ich war noch niemals in New York”. At 15, he appeared on the Swiss version of “Incroyable talent” as a rapper. It was that year that he released his first EP. He then enjoyed relative success in his country.

3 – An experienced musician

Nemo learned the violin at 3, the drums at 8 and, as an adult, he studied solo singing in jazz and pop at the University of the Arts in Zurich for a year. In 2017, he received the Swiss Music Award for best talent and then collected four other trophies in 2018.

4 – He defines himself as non-binary

In the fall of 2023, Nemo came out as non-binary in an interview with a Swiss newspaper. “I feel neither a man nor a woman,” the article headlined. “I like to think of gender as a galaxy, imagining myself as a little star, floating somewhere inside it. That’s where I feel most like myself.” Being non-binary means not recognizing yourself as strictly female or strictly male.

5 – “The Code” evokes its binary nature

“The Code” explores the fact of not feeling like a man or a woman, the journey taken to find one’s identity but also one’s emancipation and fulfillment.

He sings in particular: “Me, I’ve been to hell and back to get back on track / I’ve cracked the code, woah / Like the ammonites, I just gave it time / Now I’ve found the heaven”.

In an interview with 20 Minutes Switzerlandthe winner states: “The main question was to know where is my place if I am neither on one side nor the other. I describe all this personal evolution made up of very beautiful but also very difficult moments”.

6 – A piece written in a day

It took just one day to write the lyrics and music for “The Code.” At first listen, the changes in rhythm can be disconcerting. The song is effective and mixes rap, drum and bass and opera with a gimick that we remember: “who oh oh”. It was written a year ago, in the company of a Swedish composer, a Norwegian producer and a Swiss producer.

7 – A showman

Nemo has energy to spare! Just watch his performance at Eurovision again. Standing, lying down, hopping across the stage, running from one end to the other or standing on a circular platform balancing.

8 – A queer anthem

According to Tetu magazine, “The Code” is already a queer anthem. For the magazine, the song is both “powerful and moving, and also functions as a queer anthem” [“Personne dont l’orientation ou l’identité sexuelle ne correspond pas aux modèles dominants”].

9 – Personality in “Mask Singer”

Like France, Switzerland has its own version of “Mask Singer”, a musical show where personalities sing hidden in imposing animal costumes. Nemo took part in the game recently, disguised as a panda.

10 – Nemo lives in Berlin

Nemo has chosen to no longer live in Switzerland. He now resides in Germany in Berlin.

To discover the universe of Nemo, here are the links to his YouTube and Spotify page.

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