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Switzerland: New Selection Process Revealed


SwitzerlandSwitzerland – 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.

12 comments on “Switzerland: New Selection Process Revealed

  1. Wrong year in the article: You can upload your songs between 26th September 2016 and 24th October 2016. 2017 is too late ;)

  2. Hmm.A slight change.Of course it’s for the better that a jury panel will select the 20 hopefuls and that they need to have an established connection to the country.

  3. Things can only get better … but i’ll miss Chrützlenge (Kreuzlingen) …

  4. Two consecutive last places in a semi should mean something…

  5. Are we ready for ETSC yet?

  6. Wise decision.

  7. Guys I’m quite busy until the weekend, so I’ll try to make the full results article tomorrow, if not then probably this weekend I am for sure too busy all of Friday. Sorry!

  8. The WTF entries from Männerchor Steili Kressä wll be missed…

  9. Unfortunately many of the Swiss entries in the last years have been too harmless.

    “Hunter of Stars” and “In Love For a While” were not without charm though, especially not the latter one. The last two songs weren’t necessarily bad, but they didn’t really reach out, and they lacked something to make them interesting.

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