Switzerland – The Swiss national broadcaster, SFR, has announced the first details about its selection process for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. It will initially focus on the song, and consider who will perform it at a later date, plus give preference to Swiss artists or residents. Other changes include the introduction of an international jury and the removal of regional voting.
A national final will be held on 4th February 2018 by SRG SSR, where six songs will be performed by various artists to see who sings which song the best. The final vote will be 50% public / 50% international jury.
Eurovision hopefuls will be able to submit their songs from the 1st of September 2017 until the 22nd September.
Switzerland has not won the competition since 1988 with Céline Dion. Since 2000, Switzerland has only once reached the top ten, in 2005 with the girl band Vanilla Ninja finishing eighth. Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Switzerland has failed to qualify for the final ten times.