Back in April, SRF launched the search for the jury members that will select their next entry. Switzerland joined the likes of Israel, Germany and Australia in confirming their participation early. Today, the broadcaster confirmed that they will open submissions for their Eurovision 2022 entry from September 1.
Switzerland’s participation was confirmed for Eurovision 2021 back in April. With the announcement, they made the call to find the 100 members of the Eurovision Jury that will help determine the Swiss act and song for next year’s contest.
Today, they announced that submissions for entries will open in September, with more details to be communicated next month:
Although exact details of the selection haven’t been revealed yet, it is expected that Switzerland will continue to internally select their entries for next year’s contest as they have the past two years. Their change of approach for 2019 has so far lead to two consecutive top four placements, after years of non-qualification.
A winning formula?
SRF originally announced Gjon’s Tears as their representative for the 2020 contest in Rotterdam. The same day, his entry “Répondez-moi” was released, which was Switzerland’s first French-language entry for 10 years. The song quickly became a favourite to win the 2020 contest.
Just a few weeks later, the 2020 contest was cancelled as a result of the pandemic. However, SRF quickly announced that Gjon would be back to represent Switzerland at the 2021 contest.
Earlier this year, it was revealed by Gjon and Head of Delegation Reto Peritz how the song was selected. Thirteen songs were created at the songwriting camp, and these entries were then produced across the continent before being presented to a jury of 100 Swiss residents and 20 international experts, in both their live and studio versions.
Despite the bar set by Luca Hänni in 2019, Gjon surpassed this and gave Switzerland their best result in the contest since 1993. “Tout l’univers” won semi-final two and ultimately placed 3rd in the Grand Final in Rotterdam, winning the jury vote and scoring 432 points.
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