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Monday, 12 November 2012 12:30

Switzerland: National Final Participants Revealed

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For the past two years, Switzerland have become the first nation to announce their entry to the Eurovision Song Contest but this year they will have to settle for being number two actually noting that the week before the national final known as Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow 2013, Belarus would have already picked their entry for Malmo, Sweden. Switzerland have been trying to reinvent their selection process and have achieved more success in the past two years than they had achieved since the introduction of the semi-final which only saw them through to the final on one occasion, that being in 2005 thanks to the Estonian group; Vanilla Ninja and the track Cool Vibes. In 2011, Anna Rossinelli qualified with the song In Love for a While whilst Sinplus and their entry Unbreakable almost did the same feat finishing in eleventh place within the semi-final. The idea of collaborating between the three regional broadcasters is ideal as all factions would be represented and it seems that RSI, RTS and SF have now announced their respective song selections as chosen by the public, an internal jury and even online voting.

Switzerland brings about a lot of multiculturalism and this also seems to be reflected in terms of the languages that the qualifying tracks are actually performed in noting that two are in French, another one is in Italian and the last six being in English. Surprises have always been the case in such selection processes and when the online voting came to an end, several people tried to predict the outcome but it seems that many have been wrong due to the fact that the former winner of the Eurovision Song Contest; Lys Assia was one of the participants who did not manage to make it through this time round despite having been in the finals last year with the track C'Etait Ma Vie. Another former participant at the esteemed event who did not make it through was Magdalena Tul from Poland whose song Jestem had finished last in the semi-final back in 2011. Nevertheless, the ones chosen represent a fair idea of the music scene in Switzerland noting pop, rock, ballads, and that something a little bit different. 

You can press on each of the songs in order to hear the tracks. It is important to note that there are a number of notable names including former Spanish national final contestant Melissa and also German Idol runner-up Jesse Rich amongst others. The Swiss national final for the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be staged at the Bodensee Arena in the city of Kreuzlingen on Saturday 15th December and will streamed live through all of the major Swiss channels. We will be offering our live commentary of the selection through one of our editorial board members who are gearing up to start reporting this coming season. We would like you to stay tuned to for all of the latest news about the upcoming edition of the prestigious music event hoping that you indeed enjoy every bit of the preparations along with our team.

Source: SF, RSI, RTS

Last modified on Monday, 12 November 2012 13:05