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