Chiara Dubey and Ally qualify in Swiss-Italian heat

Chiara Dubey and Ally qualify in Swiss-Italian heat
Chiara Dubey and Ally, tonight's qualifiers. Photo: RSI
Lugano, Switzerland -

Tonight, the first qualification heat of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest season took place in Switzerland. Out of seven acts, two qualified for the Swiss national final, to be held on 15 December in Kreuzlingen: Chiara Dubey, who was the top choice of both the jury and the public, and Ally!

The radio channel Rete Tre has broadcast tonight's regional preselection heat live from the Living Room club in Lugano. The show was kicked off by a performance of Sinplus, the 2013 Swiss Eurovision representatives, who also come from the Italian-speaking part of the country.

The radio listeners could cast their votes along with a professional jury, and in the end, two lucky acts were chosen to go forward to the Swiss final. This is tonight's line-up (in order of appearance, qualifiers in bold):

  • N2L - Smoke Out
  • Vanda Palma - La Farfalla Va
  • Theo - My Wonderful Life
  • Sohaila - But Who
  • Marilise - Nobody
  • Chiara Dubey - Bella Sera
  • Ally - Catch Me

First, the winner of the televote was announced: Chiara Dubey, who had already came third in the Swiss national final 2012, again won the hearts of the Swiss public, this time with her sweet ballad Bella Sera. After she had performed her entry once again, the jury announced their verdict. The jury speaker confirmed that they agreed with the choice of the radio listeners, and that the second finalist would be Ally.

A total of nine entries will be featured in the Swiss final, Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow, to be held in the Bodensee Arena in Kreuzlingen on 15 December. Along with tonight's qualifiers, three entries will be selected by the French-language broadcaster TSR, and four more by the German-language broadcaster SF. The latter will be chosen in an online selection, which is still ongoing.

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  • Posted on 25 October 2012 at 10:02
    I'm happy for Chiara. She really deserves it! And a bit surprised for the second qualifier, I would have loved Theo to get through.

    But for the national final I have no doubts: LYS ASSIA!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 October 2012 at 01:20
    @HelloThereEurope.. Wow !! That was a surprising list ! There were a lot of great possibles there ! Lys Assia is still a terrific singer and Newjack are a great Rap Foursome , but they don't go together . She should have gone with some older guys , and Newjack should have tried out by themselves .

    It could be anybody's guess who would win , they are all very talented .
    Your favorites were the pop numbers like Bar Bados , Man Meadow , Jessie Rich , Cherimoya , Julia , Mike Melange and The Fires . Or the light rock singers like Sara McCloud and Sparrohs .

    But I preferred the pop/folk groups like Lembo , Theo , Julia Star , LA The Voices , Hellsarmee and Jerome Mevis ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 October 2012 at 18:30
    Not bad, but would've liked Theo to go through. Here is my video with the best Swiss preselections songs for 2013 - its not so bad! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 October 2012 at 05:17
    Yes, I think Chiara's song is the most decent there. Sorry, but this year Dubey want to get people slept in Malmö!!! Anima nouva last year was 10000 times better.
    Swtizerland doesn't have to go with a ballad again like 2011 :/. This country has to send a different song, rhythm.
    I heard some songs and possible good candidates would be:
    Lys Assia - All in your head ♥ ♥ ♥ Yeah, take it or leave it! But if she'll be choosed she would win AGAIN!. This woman is an example of life!
    Sparrohs - Pinch me I'm dreaming the singer's voice is awesome!
    Heilsaarme - You and me will be fun too! =)
    And Magda Tul - Give it up would be great too! She's very talented and will do it awesome! She deserves another chance, and this time to go far!
    GO SWITZERLAND! Always send great songs!
    So I hope this year you'l do it again.
    Sinplus was great this year! And they deserved top 5 or 10! :D report to the moderator