Switzerland – At last, all 4 Swiss broadcasters, SRF, RTS, RSI and RTR, have come together to have one selection process for the Swiss Eurovision entry. Songs will be entered onto a web-based platform…but no longer will be seen or voted on by the public.
A jury of 20 music experts will choose 20 acts who will be invited to a live check, where they can prove their live singing and performing abilities. 8 acts will then be chosen for the national final to be held in Zurich, which will be broadcast on 5th February 2017 on SRF Zwei. The eventual winner will be chosen by 100% televote.
You can upload your songs between 26th September 2016 and 24th October 2016 and at least one person out of the team (singer or songwriter) needs to be either a citizen or resident of Switzerland.
Switzerland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 57 times since making its debut at the first contest in 1956, missing only four contests, in 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2003. Switzerland hosted the first contest in 1956, and won it themselves with Lys Assia. Switzerland won the contest again in 1988 with Celine Dion. In the last ten years, the country has only qualified for the final twice.