It's Sebalter for Switzerland!

It's Sebalter for Switzerland!
Sebalter. Photo: SRF
Kreuzlingen, Switzerland -

In tonight's Swiss national final Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow, broadcast live from the Bodensee Arena in Kreuzlingen, six acts were fighting for the ticket to Copenhagen. In the end Sebalter won the race, and will represent the Central European country in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with Hunter Of Stars.

In an exciting show, Sebalter has been chosen to represent Switzerland. You can listen to his song on the SRF website. A 50/50 mix of televoting and the verdict of an expert jury decided the final outcome.

Sebalter hails from Italian-speaking Ticino, and throughout the 22 years of his career, his violin has always been with him. He got the inspiration for his Eurovision entry Hunter of Stars during a several months long journey through the USA. His plan is to reach for the stars not only in his song, but also on stage in Copenhagen.

This was the full line-up of tonight's show:

  1. Christian Tschanz - Au paradis (4th place)
  2. 3 For All - Together Forever (3rd place)
  3. Nino Colonna - La luce del cuore (5th place)
  4. Yasmina Hunzinger - I Still Believe (2nd place)
  5. Natacha & Stéphanie - Une terre sans vous (6th place)
  6. Sebalter - Hunter of Stars (1st place)

Each act performed two songs: First their potential Eurovision entry, and then the cover version of a popular hit. You can learn more about the six candidates in six special video features produced by SRF (in German language).

Internationally familiar faces were also present during the show, most notably Emmelie de Forest, who performed her winning Eurovision entry Only Teardrops.

The national final was hosted by Sven Epiney, who is also the Swiss commentator in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Previously, each public broadcaster in Switzerland had held their own regional preselection, out of which a total of 18 candidates were selected to perform in a live "expert check". During that step, the initial list of participants was narrowed down to tonight's six acts.


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  • Posted on 5 March 2014 at 21:54
    Among the bad, they had to choose the less worst. Sebalter has a good face, but it won't be probably enough to emerge in the competition.
    The song has overheard sounds and the lyrics are good, but not enough to be on the top of the chart.
    Don't know whether Switzerland will join the final, but if it should be, I don't think this song will leave a footprint on that stage. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2014 at 14:31
    Intresting song! I think one of the best songs until now! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 14:39
    I like it! Great song! Good luck, Helvetia! :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2014 at 02:47
    Ah, so travelling through the US is where a majority of the sound comes from. Neat! It's actually an interesting number. Was really disappointed with Switzerland's songs this year, but this isn't half bad and is a grower. Good luck to him. My prediction is we will not be seeing Switzerland in the final, but maybe I will be surprised. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 February 2014 at 01:36
    I really like this song!! I hope this year Switzerland qualify for the final. Good luck Switzerland!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 22:12
    Very dissapointed about the winner. The song isn't so good and I don't understand why people like this song instead of other songs where are better than this. It's my opinion of course. Anyway 0/10 and good luck in Copenhagen. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 20:56
    Dommage pour Natacha et Stéphanie, c'était une très belle chanson.
    Bon courage à la Suisse pour qui j'avais voté l'an dernier en demi-finale et qui n'avait malheureusement pas été qualifiée malgré une super chanson.
    Maxime report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 20:12
    nice one from Switzerland, fresh and original. Thumbs up! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 16:52
    Goooood choice, interesting song...but Sebalter should inprowe singing and takeing the rithm.... good luck...one of my faww 'till now!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 12:56
    That was my leader of sui preselections. Glad he won :) Good luck but Austria will win ESC 2014, anyway :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 11:31
    I like it .... its a bit messy live though report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 07:33
    Whistling is an instant turn-off. Otherwise, it's just mediocre. 5/10 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 05:36
    My winner even before the Expert Check took place. I've had this song in my head since then, and today Switzerland made my wish come true. I have high hopes in this song, as it is the first one in the whole Eurovision selection season so far that I truly like (and I mean it!).

    Thank you so much, Switzerland :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 03:48
    Good choice Switzerland, Sebalter - Hunter of Stars, is a catchy song. Christian Tschanz - Au paradis, would have been a good alternative. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 February 2014 at 02:31
    My favourite of Switzerland Final! :D report to the moderator