The Swiss plans for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 are taking form.
Earlier, we reported on the rules for application:
The Swiss broadcaster is looking for a modern song, with lyrics that have a strong, clear and understandable message. One author can enter no more than five songs. Please note that commercial, religious, or non-profit organizations and foundations are prohibited from participating in the Swiss national selection.
The applications will be accepted only via the SRG SSR platform, and once submitted, you can not withdraw your application. Composers and lyricists who are Swiss nationals or are residents in Switzerland will be given priority, however the nationality will not be the deciding factor, thus anyone can submit their song(s).
Die Entscheidungsshow, which they have used for years to pick their Eurovision entry, will not be taking place last year, according to SRF because of austerity measures.
From September 1 until October 1 (at 12:00 CET) interested composers, lyricists and artists are invited to upload their songs. The composers and artist that go through from this round will be notified by the end of the year.
The Swiss broadcasters reserve the right to pair up songs with artists they deem a better fit for the song.
But how will those songs be chosen?
This year, panels will be in charge!
The Swiss broadcaster will for a 100-person public jury. These will be selected from Swiss people who have completed several surveys, divided over several stages, on their website and represent a broad European taste.
During the selection, the four broadcaster representing the different national languages in Switzerland, SRF (German), RTS (French), RSI (Italian) and RTR (Romansch) can give out wildcards.
In the end, this public jury, together with an international jury, will select that Swiss entry, which will be released at a later point next year.
For Swiss people wanting to take this survey, it can be found over here!
This year Switzerland were represented by the happy siblings ZiBBZ and their ‘Stones’:
If you’re Swiss, will you be applying?
And if you’re not, do you think this method of choosing the entry will bring them the same success Germany had this year with a similar method?
Tell us in the comments below?