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Switzerland: Sebalter among 3 who made it through the next round of RSI selection

Switzerland has not been in the grand final since 2014 and in the hope to break the negative record they have chosen to internally select their entrant. Yesterday, the Italian-language broadcaster (RSI) revealed the three songs that will go to the next round and one of them is performed by 2014 entrant Sebalter! 

Julie Meletta got the most points

Back in early September, RSI published the 12 songs in their selection for Eurovision 2019 and opened online voting. At the closing, the three singers that moved to the next round were Julie Meletta, Sebalter and Scilla Hess. 

As the picture shows, Julie Meletta got the most points, closely followed by 2014 entrant Sebalter while Scilla Hess came on a solid third. Sebalter is currently the last Swiss entrant to qualify for the grand final of Eurovision. 

The other singers who did not qualify for the next round are: 

  • Davide Buzzi – Mama
  • Dianerika Lettieri – Infernal Love
  • Iris Mone – Life My Soul Up
  • Matteo Rossi – One More Time
  • Max Deste – Where the day ends
  • Tommaso Giacopini – You told me he loves

First internal selection in years

For the first time since 2011, Switzerland decided to let go of their televised national final Die Grosse Entscheidungsshowand and use internal selection. Instead a 120 member jury will be used to select their 2019 entry. The jury will consist of 100 selected members of the public and 20 industry experts. We also know that SRF invited twice entrant for Romania Ovi Jacobsen to be part of the jury. The two juries will have equal 50/50 say in the outcome. The 20-member international expert jury will consist of former members of the respective countries’ juries. The submission window closes today and the jury will then listen to all the songs. Currently, it is not known when SRF will reveal their Tel Aviv entrant. 

Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest

Switzerland was one of the countries that competed in the very first Eurovision in 1956. They were also the first winners with Lys Assia’s “Refrain”. They also won the contest in 1988 with Celine Dion’s “Ne partez pas sans moi.” Since the introduction of the semi-finals, Switzerland struggled to make the final and only managed to qualify for the grand final on four occasions, most recently in 2014. It also placed last in their semi-final in three occasions. In Lisbon, the sibling duo Zibbz represented Switzerland with their entry “Stones”. Despite their powerful performance, they only placed 13th in semi-final 1, failing to make the final.

Would you want to see Sebalter back for Switzerland? Do you think Switzerland can turn their fortunes around and qualify for the grand final in Israel? What is your favorite Swiss entry so far? Who would you like to see win the Swiss ticket for Israel?

Let us know in the comments below or on social media @ESCXTRA.

Riccardo Maddalozzo

Born in Italy, I have lived in 5 countries in 3 continents. I discovered Eurovision by accident in 2010 and became a superfan in 2013. I attended both Eurovision and Junior Eurovision events and covered several national finals on the ground and hope to continue doing so for a long time!

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