Switzerland has one of the most complicated national selection processes in all of Europe, however we are now one step closer to tasting our cheese fondue on 13 February! Italian-Swiss broadcaster RSI has announced the three songs that will progress to the Expert Check stage.

Radiotelevisione svizzera (RSI) has announced the three acts and songs that will be vying for the sole Italian-Swiss spot in the final. These are:

  • Theo – “Because of you”
  • Elias Bertini – “Elephant”
  • Nathalie – “Share Love”

Both Elias and Nathalie also entered their songs in the open selection of German-Swiss broadcaster SRF. The public voting period continues for SRF’s selection until 16 November.

The three RSI songs will join 10 from SRF and six from French-Swiss broadcaster RTS. Those songs will be assessed at the Expert Check stage on 6 December, from which six acts – including one of the RSI songs – will make it to the final in Kreuzlingen on 13 February.

Gabriel Broggini from Sinplus, alongside Pablo Meneguzzi (Switzerland 2008) and Simone Tomassini whittled down 30 songs submitted to RSI before choosing these three artists. Take a listen to the songs!

Theo – “Because of You”

Theo is a 21-year-old Lugano-born singer-songwriter. Theo describes “Because of You” as being “for all those people that like me, once in your life, have had a person away waiting just to be able to see: a loved one, a friend, a brother.. It doesn’t matter. This is dedicated to you all.”

Elias Bertini – “Elephant”

Elias is a London-based musician and was the former frontman of the Swiss group Zero On In. Elias featuring Zero On In made it as far as the Expert Check stage in 2014 with their song “Your Perfume”.

Nathalie – “Share Love”

Nathalie is a London-based singer/actress. She is known in Italy for being the girlfriend of Grande Fratello (Big Brother) contestant Amedeo. Nathalie played the role of a violinist in the music video for Brighi feat. Snoop Dogg’s 2012 song “Play Me Like a Violin”.

Nathalie RSI Swiss Italian 2016

Click here to listen to Nathalie’s song.

Who is your favourite?

What’s your favourite song? Could one of these songs win the Swiss national selection? Could there even be a potential Eurovision winner here? Vote in our poll, and share your thoughts below.

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CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

I suspected “Elephant would make it through. That video certainly did the trick, yes?

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

share love also isn’t bad
very radio friendly but not to the degree where I could hear it in the local supermarket

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

oh hey, Elephant! that was my fifth place out of the SRF entries–pleasantly surprised to hear that it made it to the expert check. good job, Elias!

cheesecake
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cheesecake

@luis: The Expert Check will be broadcast on SRF’s website, yes. But it’s a rather boring process of about 10 hours…

About the songs: None of them a ESC qualifier for sure. Elephant is the most enjoyable one, although I’m afraid Elias won’t pull it off live. (Last year’s ‘Your Perfume’ was brilliant, but his singing just wasn’t good enough.)

Marco
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Marco

I love “Elephant”! Hope it will make it to the national final.

Mario = Legend
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Mario = Legend

Theo ‘Because of You’ – Quite enjoyable easy listening, for a car journey perhaps as an album filler. It’s not destined for the big stage though. It just goes on and on, with no real chorus (flashbacks of ‘Still in Love With You’ song structure) and even the climax at the end is half hearted. It’s an album filler type track which wouldn’t be released by a successful artist/record company. No thanks. Elias Bertini ‘Elephant’ – Not a huge fan of the voice or accent, also the ‘Just like a nelephan’ (which is how he’s pronouncing it throughout most of… Read more »

luis
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luis

Do you know if the expert check on 6th December will be broadcasted on any web?
Thanks in advance!
Luis

Jak
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Jak

CARROUSEL (2013) SHOULD RETURN!

I FUCKIN LOVE them

Bella
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Bella

Elephant is a brilliant song! sounds so modern and i love Elias’ voice! I love the RSI songs in the Swiss NF (I am part Italian -_-)! Best of any song i have seen for Switzerland so far!!

Bb
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Bb

“Because Of You” and “Elephant” are good actually very solid, the latter probably being my favorite.

James
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James

I like Elephant, Your Perfume I think was a better song tho. Sadly they went for tacky pop instead, choosing Deborah and the awful “Take Me Back to 23”.
I have no doubt they will probably do exactly the same and send Nathalie this year to the national final. Yerg.

Robyn Gallagher
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When Bojana sang “I am different and I’m ok, she was a bold plus-size diva, proudly unleashing a flood of self-love. But it’s a harder sell when a singer who does modelling on the side sings “It doesn’t matter what’s your size”. It just comes across as being a bit condescending and all “o rly?”

martin
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martin

Wow they are all so mediocre. Lyrics of ‘Share Love’ are shocking. Not going to vote for any of these.

Daniel
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Daniel

Elephant is by far the best. It would certainly get my vote! It probably wouldn’t get many others’ though haha.