Post Mortem – In our next look at the countries that did not make it through to the grand final this year, Eurovision Times looks at the fortunes of Rykka from Switzerland singing ‘The last of our kind‘. Chosen in a national selection, the song was written by written by Rykka, Jeff Dawson, Mike James, and Warne Livesey.
Switzerland again used its crazy selection system with the country’s different broadcasters all taking different approaches (Direct entry – RTS & RTS. An online platform where entries could be uploaded for public viewing- SRF & RTR) 19 entries were selected to advance to an “Expert Check” round; ten entries were selected from the SRF/RTR selection, six entries were selected from the RTS selection and three entries were selected from the RSI selection. Rykka came through the selection process via the online platform and was one of the three candidates ultimately selected by RTS/RTS.
Rykka went on to win the national final ESC 2016 – Die Entscheidungsshow on 13th February 2016. ET Regulars were not impressed, commenting the following on the night of the selection…
“The song’s boring and a pale Sia copy but not awful per se. On the other hand, Rykka is an AWFUL singer and an AWFUL performer. Considering other Canadians Switzerland has sent to the contest (like 1988 or 1993), this might be the worst one yet.”
“She’s a really bad singer and has zero stage charisma!This one occupies the last place in my 2016 list atm and i thought it wouldn’t get worse after the Danish selection.”
“Awful and amateurish. Unless we see a miracle happening, Switzerland will find it’s entry at the bottom of the SF scoreboard once again.”
Before the semi-final
Rykka’s first dress rehearsal left the press centre looking for words to describe what they’d just witnessed as she bobbed up and down on the spot in a transparent skirt whilst smoke billowed from her as she looked to be on fire.
- The Georgian and Slovenian jury awarded Rykka 7 points each
- The Irish jury awarded 5 points
- The Danish jury gave 2 points
- The Australian, Belgian, Israeli and German juries gave it 1 point each
- This placed it 15th out of 18 with the juries
- Albania’s televoting public awarded Rykka 3 points
- That was it. Zilch, nada, nil points from anywhere else!
- Well and truly in 18th place out of 18 with the tele-voters
During the semi-final
Rykka was joined by three off-stage backing vocalists but they didn’t help. Social media was not kind…
Rykka’s non-conventional style just didn’t work on the night. Her smoking armpits made people laugh… and not in a good way. Her bobbing around with her feet glued to the floor and her outfit made no sense. There was little other staging and her vocals were weak. All this combined with a less than average song had non-qualifier written all over it from the start and she didn’t connect with the audience at all.
Switzerland had 6 poor songs in their national final and chose an average song, with a singer with poor vocals. They need to come up with something much stronger next year.