As we are heading into the new year, and more countries reveal more about their national selection, Swiss broadcaster SRF has released new information about their selection method, by releasing the names of the members of the International Jury, who picked the five songs currently being tested out by music producers.
Eurovision artists part of the jury
We reported earlier that 2010 and 2014 Romanian representative Ovi was invited to be a part of the jury. Ovi represented Romania both times with Paula Seling, with their songs “Playing with Fire” (2010) and “Miracle” (2014) which both qualified for the Grand Final and placed 3rd and 12th respectively.
In addition to this, X Factor contestant and Spanish artist Ruth Lorenzo Pascual was also in the jury. Ruth is well known for representing Spain in 2014 with her song “Dancing in the Rain” which placed 10th overall in the Grand Final.
Rounding up the list was Tinkara Kovač, who represented Slovenia in 2014 with her song “Round and Round“, which managed to qualify for the Grand Final after two consecutive non-qualifications for Slovenia. Tinkara managed to finish 25th overall in the competition.
The full list
- Belgium: Typh Barrow – She is a songwriter, musician and performer. Typh will be a vocal coach at the next season of The Voice Belgique.
- Sweden: Maria Marcus – She is a multi-platinum award winning song-writer and producer. As a producer her songs have sold over seven million records worldwide.
- Belarus: Leonid Shyrin – He is a song-writer and known for making music in television and film.
- United Kingdom: Mark de Lisser – He is an international renowned choir director and vocal coach. He was responsible for arranging “Stand By Me” for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding (Harry and Meghan).
- United States of America: Rennie Miro – He is a Golden Mask theatre award winner and have starred in numerous theatre productions.
- Austria: Sasha Saedi – He is a producer and has been the A&R Manager for Universal Music Austria since 2005.
- Belarus: Alexey Gross – He has participated in the Belorussian national selection three times.
- Hungary: Adrienn Zsédenyi – Known to the public as Zséda, she is an award-winning singer, who has won numerous awards in Hungary. She was also a judge in A Dal back in 2016.
- Denmark: Anders Øhrstrøm – He is a composer, music producer, sound designer, vocal coach and singer. He is known for being one of the most successful composer and producer in Danish television.
- Lithuania: Deivydas Zvonkus – He is a record producer, songwriter and composer of background music used for television productions.
- Slovenia: Tinkara Kovac – She represented Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014.
- Poland: Grzegorz Urban – He is a Musical Director.
- Romania: Ovidiu Jacobsen – He represented Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and 2014 with Paula Seling.
- Iceland: Helga Moller – She is a singer and is a member of ICY, the first representatives of Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986.
- Armenia: Gore Melian – He is a singer and song-writer.
- Lithuania: Rafailas Karpis – He is an opera singer, having worked at over 40 opera roles in numerous productions in Lithuania and other countries.
- Australia: Danielle Spencer – She is an actress, who has worked in television, film and theatre.
- Spain: Ruth Lorenzo Pascual – She participated in X Factor UK in 2008, and represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014.
- Cyprus: Argyro Christodoulidou – She is a freelance musician, pianist and singer.
- The Netherlands: Gordon Groothedde – He is a producer, who has collaborated with numerous Danish artists.
- Sweden: Henrik Johnsson – He is a producer and a manager for numerous Swedish artists.
What happens next?
The top five songs, which were chosen by the expert juries and the public are currently being tested out by various artists. The final result and therefore the Swiss entrant for Tel Aviv, would then be announced in March.
Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest
Switzerland has been part of the competition since the very first contest back in 1956, which they also hosted. They have missed only four contests so far: 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2003.
Apart from the first hosts of the competition, they were also the first to win it, when Lys Assia won in 1956 with the song “Refrain”. However, that wasn’t their only victory as their second victory came in 1988 with Celine Dion and the song “Ne partez pas sans moi”.
In 2018, Switzerland selected ZiBBZ to represent them in Lisbon, with their song “Stones”. Unfortunately, they continued their non-qualification streak, as the brother and sister duo placed 13th with 86 Points.
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