Switzerland: National final on February 1st

Switzerland: National final on February 1st
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The Swiss broadcasters SRF, RTR, RTS and RSI have kicked off their selection mode for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with a call for entries. Artists can submit their songs through an online platform starting from September 30th, and a televised national final to choose the Eurovision representative will take place on February 1st in the Bodensee Arena in Kreuzlingen.

The Swiss national selection for 2014 follows a similar mode as in 2013: First of all, the German-language and Rhaeto-Romanic broadcasters SRF and RTR are requesting singers and songwriters to upload their songs to a web portal between September 30th and October 28th. Out of all submissions, a 50/50 vote of internet users and music experts will pick the nine hopefuls that make it to the next round.

Parallel to this, the French-language broadcaster RTS will choose six entries, and the Italian-language broadcaster RSI will pick three more songs through a regional selection procedure.

What's new compared to 2013 is that, this time, all 18 acts that make it that far will have to perform live in front of an expert commission who will evaluate their live competence, singing abilities and stage presence.

Only the six who fare best will get a ticket to the Swiss national final, to be broadcast live from Kreuzlingen on February 1st. During that show, each act will perform both their potential Eurovision entry, and a cover version of another song. In the end, a 50/50 combination of televoting and the verdict of an expert jury will decide the Swiss entry for Denmark 2014.

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  • Posted on 23 July 2013 at 00:27
    There are elements of this new format that have been used with great success across Europe. The closed ‘heats’ stage of the national final is used in Ukraine and Selecția Națională (Romania) while the performance of covers is used in Österreich rockt den Song Contest (Austria). The introduction of a 50/50 televote and expert jury much alike most Eurovision national finals will hopefully derive a better Eurovision result and finals qualification for Switzerland. Looking forward SRF/RTR online voting. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 July 2013 at 00:01
    It still doesn't look promising. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 July 2013 at 23:55
    Why not just have them all in the live final... juries often remove the best songs and just leave boring ones report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 July 2013 at 07:10
    Like the Swiss like, everything in the rules....

    I hope that they will send a good song for next year ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 July 2013 at 21:28
    Looks like Switzerland wont be first country for 2014, like the 3 previous times.
    Personally I think Sinplus and Takasa deserved a spot in the final, but sadly no, because the juries have no taste in new and interesting music report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 July 2013 at 20:09
    I can't understand why the Italian language broadcaster of Switzerland in the last three years got always the possibility to send to the national final only a little number of song, it's not far they should use an equal number for the 4 broadcasters or organize the selection like Belgium: for example an year RTSI, another SRF, another RTR and another RTS, but Swiss-Germans and Swiss-French not consider a lot the Italian and the Romanic languages... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 July 2013 at 20:03
    I think these plans may bag Switzerland a win. Everyone knows to be successful at the Eurovision, you must have vocal ability, a catchy song and stage presence. If that's what a qualified panel are going to be evaluating, I think Switzerland may get a win.

    I hope they do, the so deserved a Grand Final place this year. report to the moderator