Osocio NL

The Salvation Army rocks out at Eurovision!

Posted by Claire | 21-01-2013 22:33 | Category: Social aid

Thanks to Howard Lake for spotting this interesting bit of news!


Switzerland’s entry for the May 2013 Eurovision contest is a very catchy rock song written and performed by the Salvation Army of Switzerland, Austria & Hungary (Heilsarmee). The Heilsarmee won 37.5% of the overall vote (more than double the votes of the second-runner up) to make them Switzerland’s official representatives to the upcoming contest in Malmö, Sweden.

The six-member Heilsarmee rock band includes 94-year-old “self-confessed ‘old crock’” Emil Ramsauer on double-bass! Check out the video for “You and Me”:

The pick is not without controversy, however. Some media reports wonder if Salvation Army’s Christian affiliation may violate the rules of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) which produces Eurovision. EBU contest rules specify that “political” or “commercially promotional” songs are not allowed.

Heilsarmee acknowledges this concern in a statement on their website:

Martin [Künzi, Salvation Army Head of Marketing & Communications] says he disagrees with the EBU but admits that there is ongoing dialogue to ensure Heilsarmee can take part in a way that represents the original concept of presenting a true face of The Salvation Army.

‘For us,’ he says, ‘it is not a question about uniforms and the name as such but that if we have to change them it will disrupt our concept. We were authentic as The Salvation Army – no wild choreography, a band that can perform the song in the streets. If the uniform is removed the concept will be affected. Therefore we want the EBU to rethink the restrictions and let us create a concept that works.’

Switzerland has not won Eurovision since Celine Dion represented the country in 1988. (She really did!)  The first semi-final is May 14, 2013. Will you be voting for “You and Me”?


The Salvation Army of Swizerland, Austria, Hungary (Heilsarmee)

My comment


Your comment will not be visible until a moderator approves it.

Some rights reserved 2005-2013 Osocio/Houtlust.
Disclaimer. Terms of use. Privacy statement.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Support us

Do you like our blog? Support us with a donation.
We're non-commercial. We all make Osocio pro bono in our spare time and we can use some support.

image of a graduation cap

Recent in Academy

Does social media have the power to change the world?

Does social media have the power to change the world? The answer is yes. But there are still many obstacles, like censorship and literacy. Three-fifths of the world’s population is not connected. This video from the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia is a animated infographic…
Read more

Does Media Matter for International Development?

‘Does Media Matter for International Development?’ is a rhetorical question. From encouraging charitable donations and delivering public health messages to promoting democratic participation and state accountability; the media can play a crucial role in development. How should we respond to the growing importance of the media - including journalism, radio,…
Read more

About Osocio

Osocio is dedicated to social advertising and non-profit campaigns. It’s the place where marketing and activism collide. Formerly known as the Houtlust Blog, Osocio is the central online hub for advertisers, ad agencies, grassroots, activists, social entrepreneurs, and good Samaritans from around the globe.
Read more

(the about page is also available in Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese 汉语/漢語, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Nihongo 日本語, Ivrit עברית, Filipino, Polski, Português, Russian Русский язык, Slovenčina, Suomi, Svenska and Türkçe)