Today, the online voting for the Swiss entry for Stockholm by Swiss broadcaster SRF has opened. Until 16 November, every user can send up to four votes to their favorites among the 166 songs that have been submitted on esc.srf.ch. Next to the online voting a jury of independent experts will judge the entries. The ten songs that are rated highest by jury (50%) and online voters (50%) will make it to an expert check on 6 December.

Another group of experts will then judge the live performance of the ten SRF online voting winners as well as six candidates chosen by the francophone broadcaster RTS and three by the Italian-speaking broadcaster RTI. Out of those 19 candidates, only 6 will make it to the Swiss national final on 13 February – three from SRF, two from RTS, and one from RTI. In that final live show, each candidate has to perform their own Eurovision song as well as a cover version of another song. Television viewers and one more jury of experts will then finally decide who will represent Switzerland in Sweden 2016.

Among the 166 entries for the SRF online voting, we can find a wide range of music styles – from classic ballades to electro sounds, there is something suitable for every taste. Song titles like “Smoke weed to this beat”, “Tweet”, and “Köttbullar” suggest that there might also be songs that should not be taken too seriously. The latter is apparently picking up on one of the greatest Swedish export goods, the famous meat balls. Whether the Swedes will appreciate this ode to the Swedish culinary heritage and the attempt to sing Swedish in the song remains questionable. But at least they will have something to laugh about. Therefore, though, “Köttbullar” would have to make it through the three elimination phases of the Swiss national final. There have been worse Eurovision entries for Switzerland, however.

I’m German and have been Eurovision-addicted ever since Lena won in 2010 – it’s a young love but all the more passionate! As a volunteer at the Song Contest 2015 in Vienna I got connected to the escXtra team. I’m scared of the day that Ralph Siegel will win again.

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