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Saturday, 15 December 2012 18:25

Switzerland: Die Grosse Entscheidungs - LIVE

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It has become somewhat of a tradition for Switzerland to host their national final in December and despite the fact that they are normally the first nation to pick their entry, they have been pipped out of that post this time round due to the fact that Belarus selected their entry last weekend with Alyona Lanskaya set to do the honour with the track Rhythm of Love. Nevertheless, the focus of the evening turns to SF, the main Swiss broadcaster which also represents the largest community in the small nation found in the middle of Europe. Switzerland have not been so lucky at the Eurovision Song Contest despite winning on two occasions, the first time in 1956 with Lys Assia's entry Refrain and the second time round in 1988 with Celine Dion's Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi. It seems that the connection with French has proven successful with most of their other top ten entries also being in the language of love. This evening, there is one song which will be performing in French, another in Italian and the rest in English.

Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow has become the main selection show for the country following a bout of internal selections. The concept was thought up in order to increase popularity of the competition in Switzerland whilst mainly focusing on improving the results especially since they have not managed to succeed on consecutive years with the introduction of the semi-final system. As a matter of fact, they managed to qualify in 2005 thanks to Vanilla Ninja and their track Cool Vibes and then in 2011 with In Love for a While performed by newcomer Anna Rossinelli. Earlier this year, the country was represented by the brotherly duo Sinplus with the song Unbreakable and they will be expected to perform as guests this evening. The final will be featuring nine songs in total, four chosen from the German broadcaster; SF, two chosen from the Italian regional broadcaster; RSI, and and another three internally decided by the French regional broadcaster; RTS. It features a mixture of genres and will surely be well enjoyed by many. You may watch the show through the official website.

The Show (Part 1)

The show has just become with Sven looking dapper in a dark blue suit and speaking in three languages for the introduction representative of the collaboration between the three broadcasters. An international panel of judges from Italy, Turkey, Sweden, Germany and Serbia will be giving their opinion on this evenings' entries but will not decide the result, which is completely in the hands of the Swiss public. An introductory note on each of the respective reviewers is currently being shown. noting that the individuals range from fans to musicians. Sven is now talking to each of the international judges and it seems that the Italian representative is getting a huge cheer. Huge applause for the German representative on the jury as as she enters with a fanfare.

01. Catch Me - Ally

The first performer, Ally presents Catch Me. She starts seated with a hat in her hands. She is wearing a black & white dress. She also has on stage, two backing vocals together with a male dancer are accompanying her on stage. the background is simple, mainly a blue/pinkish colour. Quite a good performance.


02. Bella Sara - Chiara Dubey

The next song is the one of Chiara. this sing is in Italian. Chiara is alone in the middle of the stage. It seems that hats are popular in this festival tonight, she is wearing a black hat together with a black coat. The main colours of the stage are mainly black & yellow picturing the sun. This song has strong vocals & is quite a strong song. the audience in the hall, seemed they liked it.


03. J'Avais Rendez-Vous - Carrousel

The next song is carrousel & the first duet of the night. Both singers are playing an instrument. Accompanying them on stage there is adrummer & a bassist. The main colours of the stage is blue & black.at the bag there was a kind of nature graphics that went well with this song. It is quite an original & different song. They both did a great perfrmance tonight.


04. Do the Monkey - Anthony Bighead

The fourth song is do the monkey. The singer is wearing a costume of a monkey. the song starts in silhouette, reminding usof the nature of where the monkey lives; maybe the jungle? the backing vocals are wearing yellow dresses, & it fits well with the background. The microphone is yellow just like a banana. Together with the singer there are 2 guys wearing as monkeys, dancing together with the singer. Also there is a dj at the back. a great show.


05. You and Me - Heilsarmee

The next song has quite a nice background. lamps are standing by the stage. The singers walk together in the middle of the stage. Together with the singers there are 4 other playing different instruments The backround is black again, together with white light. the singer is wearing like a army captain, all in black. The singer is also in black. One of the guys that played the trumpet is quite old. Quite a nice song with a great catchy melody.


06. On my Way - Nill Klemm 

The sixth song is presented having the main singer in the middle of the stage with a guitar. Three dancers at the back in a linear way are dancing the same moves together with the melody of the song quite similar to the dance used by Kurt Calleja in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. A backing vocal is on the right of the stage. Quite a sweet & simple song.


07. The Point of No Return - Melissa

Melissa starts walking the stage holding two men with a rope. later they burst dancing together with other dancers on stage.Melissa is wearing a green dress. The performance is quite strong. The colours of the stage are blue with many colours flowing with the strong melody of the song. As a performance it reminded me of Carola's Invincible back in 2006. An amazing song.

08. Lève-toi - Nicolas Fraissinet

The singer starts playing the piano and performs his rock-ballad song. At the back there are 2 drummers & 2 guitarists. The main colour of the stage is black, visually we see pictures of the mountains. Vocally the singer is quite strong and he gives a strong performance.


09. Forever and a Day - Jesse Ritch

The singer is in the middle of stage wearing a white suite. At the back 2 backing vocals on the right & other 2 on the left. In the middle of the song he sits on a white box. A dancer dances on this white box. At the back visually we see the fireworks. It is a Bruno Mars style of song. A good performance.
The Show (Part 2)
The entries have officially come to an end and the international panel is discussing the entries that have just been presented whilst Sven announces that the tele-voting and the sms-voting is also open and therefore, as has become traditional in such national selections, a recap of each of the performances of the evening is shown in order to remind the people what choices they have to send to Malmo, Sweden. A commercial break and then, when they return another recap before the discussions commence backstage at the selection. Next up, a guest performance by Sinplus at the tele-voting comes to an end. Focus seemingly turns to Sweden, which will be hosting the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. Heilsarmee have been declared as the winners.
Last modified on Saturday, 15 December 2012 21:45