Switzerland - Under the title “Switzerland: Zero points” the website 20MinutenOnline has published its assessment of the Swiss finalists for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. Their opinion: devastating! The prejudice, that the Swiss are a very humble people is reinforced in this article. They don’t talk about the question “Who will win for us” but rather “Who will not come last with zero points for us”. “A flop becomes apparent – a disgrace seems inevitable” says the author of the article Niklaus Riegg and then talks about each of the finalists individually. He also criticises that SF has not revealed the members of the juries which accounted for 50% of the result. Furthermore they report, that SF has admitted that there have been manipulations.
Those which might get more than 0 points:
20MinutenOnline is convinced that Andrina would not come last due to the “Kückenfaktor” (chick factor) . At the Eurovision stage in May 2011 she would only be 16-years old and thus probably be the youngest participant. However, her song “Drop of Drizzel” doesn’t impress the author at all.
He then states that Ilira (from Albania) and Duke (from Ireland) might profit from points attributed by their respective home countries. As a whole package the acapella group “The Glue” might get some votes. They offer something new and Riegg thinks that their song “Come what may” has potential.
The songs which are probably not going to get a single point:
Riegg calls the rest of the participants “candidates for zero points” and a qualification in Düsseldorf would be “a big surprise“. Polly Duster for example: The author calls their song “just as original as the pun in their band name”
He praises Sarah Burgess’ “interesting voice”, but is critical about the fact that she is from America “(…) that Europe will vote for a North-American, that represents Switzerland, is doubtful. It might have worked with Céline Dion - but she is definitely in a different league than Burgess.” Riegg also likes Anna Rossinelli’s voice but calls her song “In love for a while” too “slow for Eurovision”.
With Kisha a quite popular singer in Switzerland is among the finalists, but the author is convinced that her song in Swiss German wouldn’t stand a chance at Eurovision.
Vittoria Hyde might have a novelty factor but nothing more, Dominique Borriello will have “difficulties” with his latin-pop song and Bernanda Bruncovic is criticised to be “colorless“.
“With these participants Switzerland will have enormous troubles to qualify” is the final devastating assessment of Riegg.