Switzerland are in many ways the first country of Eurovision. They weren’t only the winners of the first ever contest, they also hosted it in Lugano, all the way back in 1956. Since then, they have gone through times of success, and also times of being ignored by the rest of Europe. How much do you know about their recent, and less recent history? We have a Swiss trivia quiz for you to check out in this article, so go ahead and give it a go!
So You Think You Know… is a series that will arrive each Wednesday, each time focusing on a new active Eurovision country. We move alphabetically so the next quiz will be the first winners, Switzerland. In the meantime, enjoy our Swiss trivia quiz!
The now sadly departed Lys Assia was the first winner of the Eurovision song contest and Switzerland’s first winner. What was her song called?
During the days of a national language being a rule, what language was Switzerland required to sing in?
The national language did not restrict countries to one language, and Switzerland, with four official languages, had the advantage of choice. Over this period, they did enter songs in all four languages, although they only entered one Romansh song, in 1989, when hosting.
Which future global star won for Switzerland in 1988?
Which of the following Swiss entries was a nul-pointer (either the semi-final or the final)?
Celebrate came last in the first semi-final in Eurovision history, earning Switzerland the unenviable position of worst semi-final performers for that first year.
Vanilla Ninja, one of Switzerland’s most beloved and best entrants, came from which other European country?
That's the only Sweden-Switzerland mixup reference I'm making.
DJ Bobo’s Vampires Are Alive famously was top of the odds in 2007, as can be seen in ESCXtra’s odds article, where our recording starts from 2007. However it failed to even qualify from the semi-final, starting off a chain of Swiss non-qualifiers. When did they next see the final?
The latest version of that incredible odds article can be found here: https://escxtra.com/2019/03/25/analysing-12-years-eurovision-odds/ In Love For A While scraped through in 2011. Small comfort to the Swiss however, as it finished last.
Takasa in 2013 were from a branch of which charitable organisation, required to change their name to fit in with Eurovision rules?
Their original name was 'Heilsarmee'. Takasa did not make it to the final.
Sebaltar is famous for whistling and hunting stars. What instrument did he play on stage?
Sebalter's Wiki page lists one of his occupations as a fiddler. One of his others is an attorney. A banjo and guitar were held by his backup singers
Timebelle was singing a song about which Greek god/goddess of myth?
Luca Hanni managed to finish where for Switzerland? He broke a top 10 drought that had lasted since 'Cool Vibes' in 2005.
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