Switzerland confirmed their participation over two months ago and announced yet another new format for their national selection. The country has now officially started looking for their next Eurovision entrant that will represent them in Lisbon!
Submissions are now open!
The Swiss broadcaster, SRF, just announced the submission period for their (once again) newly-changed national selection! Artists hoping to represent Switzerland in Lisbon will be able to submit their songs between 1 and 22 September 2017. Composers and artists of any nationality are able to submit a song for the selection; however, artists that are Swiss nationals or are resident in Switzerland will be given priority. Also, songs may be submitted with a demo singer and must be specified whether the singer will compete or not.
The selection process and the final
SRG SRR will select the songs for the national selection along with a jury that will consist of music and media representatives, Eurovision fans and television viewers. In addition, as specified in the regulations by the broadcaster, the jury will be selecting the song rather than the artist. That means that the singer performing the submitted song might not be selected along with the song.
The national final will to take place on 4 February 2018 in Zurich. The selected artists will perform their songs live and the winner will be chosen 50% by the Swiss audience and 50% by an international expert jury.
The story last year
Last year Timebelle represented Switzerland with their song Apollo. Despite being a fan favorite, the country did not manage to qualify to the final for third time in a row and finished 12th in the second semi-final, missing the qualification by just 4 points. Switzerland’s last appearance in the final is Sebalter’s Hunter of Stars in 2014. Will the new format of their national selection help Switzerland hop back to the finals?