Switzerland – Switzerland’s broadcaster has announced that it will not be using Die Entscheidungsshow to choose its representative for Israel due to cost cutting. Instead, an audience panel and an international jury will be used to select the entry internally.
Switzerland has not reached the Grand Final since 2014, when Sebalter made it. They are looking for a ‘striking, modern’ song’. They say they will select using a ‘multi-stage, multi-level process’.
The rules give a suggestion for thematic content…
“Arousing the feelings of the viewers and jury members by addressing specific topics is part of the Eurovision Song Contest. We therefore encourage composers and authors to submit songs that address topical issues or which evoke an emotional reaction or recognition effect among ESC viewers. Examples: In her song “‘Toy’, Netta from Israel took up the “me-too” debate. Michael Schulte addressed the death of his father in his song ‘You Never Let Me Walk Alone’.”
The audience panel will be made up of 100 people. Anyone can apply to be on it. The international jury will consist of 20 people and both the panel and the jury will each have 50% say in the final selection. The Swiss broadcasters, SRF, RSI, RTS and RTR will also have the ability to add 3 wildcard entries each.
The submission period will be open between 1st September 2018 and 1st October 2018. To enter online, see HERE.