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Timebelle in Kyiv 2017
Background information
Origin Bern, Switzerland
MembersMiruna Mănescu
Samuel Forster
Emanuel Daniel Andriescu
Past membersRade Mijatović
Christoph Siegrist
Sándor Török

Timebelle is a Swiss-Romanian band from Bern, currently consisting of lead vocalist Miruna Mănescu, drummer Samuel Forster, and multi-instrumentalist Emanuel Daniel Andriescu. Past members include accordionist Rade Mijatović, guitarist Christoph Siegrist, and bassist Sándor Török. The band was formed as a five-member boyband while its members were students at the University of Bern. [1] [2] Shortly after, Mănescu was added to the group as a lead singer by their Romanian producer Mihai Alexandru. [3] The name of the band is derived from the Zytglogge which is one of the main sights of Bern. [4] While the band was formed in and is based in Switzerland, its members have hailed from Romania, Hungary, and Serbia, in addition to Switzerland.


The band represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Apollo" placing 12th in the 2nd Semi Final. [5] They previously attempted to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Singing About Love", but failed, placing second in the Swiss national final. [6]





Extended plays



TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"Singing About Love"2015Non-album single
"Are You Ready?"
"Apollo"201737Non-album single
"Come Around"
(featuring Soundland)
(featuring SunStroke Project)
"Movin On"
(featuring Soundland)
"Black Sea"
"Beautiful People"
(featuring Alizé Oswald)
(featuring Alejandro Reyes)
"About Us"
"No Se Puede"
(featuring Alejandro Reyes)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Stones"