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Background information
Birth nameTousin Michael Chiza
Also known asTusse
Born (2002-01-01) 1 January 2002 (age 19)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2018–present
LabelsUniversal Music AB

Tousin Michael Chiza (born 1 January 2002), better known as Tusse, is a Congolese-Swedish singer who represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.[1]

Life and career[]

Chiza was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo[2] When he was five years old he had to flee his country. He lived in Uganda in a refugee camp with his aunt for three years. He came to Sweden with his aunt as a refugee at just 8 years old. In Sweden, he started to live with a family in the village of Kullsbjörken where he has resided since 2015.[3][4] He participated as a singer in the Swedish talent show Talang 2018 (as Tousin Chiza) which was also broadcast on TV4; he made it to the semifinals before being eliminated.[5] He received praise for his semifinal performance from judge Bianca Ingrosso.[6] Tusse was a finalist in Swedish Idol 2019,[7] broadcast on TV4, alongside Freddie Liljegren, and was ultimately declared the winner in the final.[8][9]

After winning Swedish Idol, he released three singles, two of them songs he performed on Idol: a cover of "How Will I Know" on 22 November 2019 as a Top 12 contestant.[7] And as the winner, he released his version of the season's winning song, "Rain", on 3 December 2019.[10] As a result of his victory, he got to release his debut single as a CD single as well as on the iTunes Store. His third single is called "Innan du går"[11]

Tusse participated in Melodifestivalen 2021 with the song "Voices".[12] He qualified directly to the final, scheduled for 13 March 2021, and ultimately won with 175 points.[13][14] As a result, he represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.[15] After his first Eurovision rehearsal Tusse was the victim of racist comments on social media.[16]

In the semi-final Tusse managed to qualify for the final on 22 May.[17] In the final he reached 14th place with his song.[18] After Eurovision, he did an interview with the magazine Vanity Teen in which he talked about his personal life, his experience in Eurovision and his future career.[19]



Title Year Peak chart positions Certification Album

"How Will I Know" 2019 Non-album singles
"Rain" 63
"Innan du går" 2020
"Jag tror på sommaren"
"Voices" 2021 1 99
56 11 31
"This Is Our Christmas Song" [A]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.


  1. ^ "This Is Our Christmas Song" did not enter the Swedish Singles Chart, but peaked at number eight on the Swedish Heatseeker chart.[28]


  1. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2021: Sweden confirms Tusse will represent country in Rotterdam". Metro. 14 March 2021. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Tusse — from child refugee to Sweden's Eurovision Song Contest contender". New York Post. 12 April 2021. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  3. ^ Sweden chooses former child refugee as Eurovision contender with record votes The Local. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Tusse Chiza i Idol 2019: 6 saker du inte visste". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Tusse missade finalen när Talang-juryn röstade på en hund". Dalarnas Tidningar. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  6. ^ Fahl, Ragna; Ragna.fahl, Er (2 March 2018). "Tusse missade finalen när Talang-juryn röstade på en hund". Dalademokraten. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  7. ^ a b Kelly, Emma (12 May 2021). "Tusse is juggling representing Sweden at Eurovision with high school graduation". Metro. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Freddie och Tusse till "Idol"-final". Sydsvenskan. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Semifinalen av "Idol" 2019 – minut för minut". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  10. ^ ""Idol"-finalisterna försöker sjunga liv i en plastmugg". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  11. ^ "SONG: Tusse - 'Innan Du Går'". Scandipop. 15 April 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  12. ^ These are Sweden’s contenders for the Eurovision Song Contest The Local. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  13. ^ "LISTA: De tävlar i Melodifestivalen 2021". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  14. ^ TT, Björn Berglund / (20 February 2021). "Perrelli och Tusse till final i Melodifestivalen". Retrieved 4 March 2021 – via Svenska Dagbladet.
  15. ^ "Tusse triumphs at Melodifestivalen with 'Voices'". Eurovision.tv. 13 March 2021. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
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