After each of Switzerland‘s three broadcasters chose their songs for the Expert Check, we finally have the 19 songs, all hungry for that place in the final of Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow.

Before the big final, there is the tough Expert Check round, taking place on December 6. The expert panel will assess the artists’ live performance skills, vocals and stage presence to identify the six finalists. Three songs from the SRF selection, two from the RTS selection and one song from RSI selection will proceed to the final.

Which songs are your favourites? Who should be given the six final spots? Vote in our poll. You can vote for as many songs as you like, but you can vote only once. The poll will close on December 5, the day before the Expert Check.

Note that we are still yet to hear one of the songs but we will add it to the post if the song becomes available.

SRF (German-Swiss) qualifiers

Erica Arnold “Ich bin ich”

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Listen to this song at SRF.

Vincent Gross “Half a Smile”

https://youtu.be/OYJCysmgU6I

Samuel Tobias Klauser “Asking Me Why”

https://youtu.be/4vwE6l6gkQg

Maika “The Reason”

https://youtu.be/P9O1ciZL3nU

Platzhirsch “Holz vor dr Hütta”

Rykka “The Last Of Our Kind”

https://youtu.be/BIlEcu140Ew

Stanley Miller “Feel The Love”

https://youtu.be/ZwLHaJ02Ze0

Patric Scot feat. Abdullah Alhussainy “No Boundaries”

https://youtu.be/CO2P6A8tvpk

Sunanda “Ooops!?!”

Evelyn Zangger “Have a Little Faith in Me”

RTS (French-Swiss) qualifiers

Bella C “Another World”

https://youtu.be/vcPwb0NjO9M

Gina von Glasow “Left With An Idiot”

https://youtu.be/0FcxIDW05pA

Kaceo “Disque d’or”

Loïc Schumacher “Génération demain”

Stephanie Palazzo “Perché mi guardi cosi?”

Stephanie Sandoz “Flashback”

RSI (Italian-Swiss) qualifiers

Theo “Because of you”

Elias Bertini “Elephant”

Nathalie “Share Love”

https://youtu.be/NzQSJzzLum4

Who should proceed to the final from Expert Check?

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CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

I just got finished listening to all 19; and as always I graded them. For this lot, used 5 audio criteria:

SRF (3 to qualify)
9.40 Vincent Gross
9.36 Patric Scott and Abdulla Alhussainy
9.34 Stanley Miller
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9.32 Rykka
9.24 Evelyn Zangger
9.22 Samuel Tobias Klauser
9.22 Maika
9.20 Platzhirsch
8.92 Erica Arnold
8.82 Sunanda

RTS (2 to qualify):
9.24 Stéphanie Sandoz
9.22 Kaceo
——
9.20 Bella C.
9.14 Stéphanie Palazzo
9.00 Gina von Glasow
8.84 Loïc Schumacher

RSI (1 to qualify)
9.40 Elias Bertini
——
9.22 Theo
9.16 Nathalie

My qualifiers:
9.40 Vincent Gross (SRF)
9.40 Elias Bertini (RSI)
9.36 Patric Scott and Abdullah Alhussainy (SRF)
9.34 Stanley Miller (SRF)
9.24 Stéphanie Sandoz (RTS)
9.22 Kaceo (RTS)

Luis
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Luis

SRF:
-Patric Scott – “No boundaries”
-Samuel Tobias Klauser – “Asking me why”
-Maika – “The reason”

RTS:
-Bella C – “Another World”
-Loic Schumacher – “Génération demain”

RSI:
-Elias Bertini — “Elephan”

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

Wow, Stephanie Sandoz’s song has turned up and it’s pretty good. Though the lyric “I have a flashback” somehow sounds like a menopause symptom.

Hanner McSinny/Calvin
Guest

I have four standouts: Ooops?!?, Perché mi guardi cosi?, Disque d’or, and my absolute favorite, Another World. Wistful to see none of them doing well in the poll 🙁

Stephanie
Guest

I highly doubt Spanish fans of Stanley and Maika will cross borders to vote in Switzerland. There’s just something very generic about Stanley’s song, like many other songs I’ve heard similar to it

Mario = Legend
Guest
Mario = Legend

It’s interesting to see that Samuel Tobias Klauser (‘Asking Me Why’) has had most work in musicals, that really does come across in the song. Very over-dramatic, cheesy theatre song. Not for ESC in my opinion.

Bill
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Bill

Everything will be decided when they sing live, and Stanley Miller has a big advantage to them all. Have you seen any of his videos singing live ?by the way, has anyone seen a video of Rikka live?

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

Maika was on The Voice in Spain and she has a serious fanbase who are out to support their rock goddess.

Slippery
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Slippery

Maika’s song reminds of Bon Jovi, fair enough. Now tell me that all the rest have created something new and they are not similar to anything. Everything is already invented.

oooops
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oooops

My favourite songs from SRF:
Oooops!?!
Holz vor dr Hütta
The last of our kind
My favourite songs from RTS:
Disque d’or
Another world
(Also like “Left with an idiot”)
My favourite song from RSI:
Elephant (hard to decide between this and Because of you, but Elephant won. But I would probably be as much happy if “Because of you” would be chosen)
My top 6 of these songs:
1. Oooops!?!
2. Holz vor dr Hütta
3. Disque d’or
4. Elephant
5. Another world
6. The last of our kind

Kjetil
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Kjetil

I don’t know who decided that Erica reaches the Expertencheck-Round but I think this person was really, really drunk. Alcohol was free again?

Donna
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Donna

Platzhirsch may have reminded me of “Slavic Girls”, in fact, I initially thought it was a parody of that song in some way but it’s way better than that. Switzerland should probably give that song a chance. We need more upbeat songs in the Eurovision, honestly.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

@Sal, John: Maika and the song remind me just a bit too much of Jon Bon Jovi; and if the Swiss public thinks so, I don’t think the song will make the next cut.

Bill
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Bill

FEEL THE LOVE!!!! For The win!!!

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

The main Rykka/Sia resemblance is that they both wear a blonde bob. Musically, they have less in common. Sia goes for really big, all-out, super emotional ballads with a hint of Jamaican patois, whereas “Last of our Kind” is a lot more straight-up, restrained and polite. It reminds me more of Lorde or Halsey – that modern alt-pop sound, an anthem for a Hunger Games sequel. BTW, this morning I woke up with a “Left with an Idiot” airworm! Particularly the odd line “my hair is a misère” (or whatever she’s singing). It’s an unusual song, especially because Gina is… Read more »

Pierre
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Pierre

There’s little chance for Switzerland to go to final.
I don’t get the hype over Rykka, it’s just a Sia’s wannabe, and the song has nothing special.
I only like Platzhirsch, but this kind of song have little chance of success, and I don’t talk about live performance…

Mario = Legend
Guest
Mario = Legend

My Top 6
————-
Feel The Love
Last of our Kind
Have a Little Faith in Me
————-
Régarde Demain
Left With An Idiot (Lol)
————-
Share Love

Stelios
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Stelios

Vote Rykka! <3

Daniel
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Daniel

Also typo at 1:56 in Rykka’s video btw.

Daniel
Guest
Daniel

While I like “The last of our kind” she does have a close resemblence to Sia. And I prefer ”Have a little faith in me” and I hope that Evelyn goes to Stockholm. Also, “Elephant” is kind of fun but it is annoying after a while and I HATE “No boundaries”.

Evelyn or Rykka ftw!! 🙂

Stephanie
Guest

I want Patric to make it to the final, I like the pace of the song, his voice is so strong and I like the addition of Abdullah’s vocal giving it a nice fusion feel. I don’t get the hype over Rykka (she looks and sounds like a bad Sia clone), Platzhirsch is just downright awful, and I also don’t get how Sunanda made it – the song is so annoying. As for Maika’s entry, it just feels boring to me, almost like a bland copy of a Bon Jovi song

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

why is Maika in first by such a large margin?
who even is he?
imo Rykka, Patric Scot+Abdullah Alhussainy, and Evelyn Zangger or whatever her name is for SRF
Disque D’or and basically no one else for RSI
And Elias Bertini for the Italian broadcaster (at this point he’s the most quality act left)

Hippo
Guest
Hippo

No winners here, early days but fear for all their chances to make the grand final. Anyway, my personal favourites ;
Loic Schumacher – generation demain was my top pick, deserves to do well but singing in French sadly likely to hurt chances at eurovision.

My other picks:

Rykka- the last of our kind
Stanley Miller- feel the love
Kaceo- disque d’or (with a lot of editing)
Bella C – another world
Elias Bertini – Elephant

Slippery
Guest
Slippery

The Reason by Maika should be understood as a rock ballad. Probably it needs some kind of change near the end but it’s a great song. I’ve seen some videos of her live performances and it’s absolutely stunning. Brilliant live voice. Let’s see if the expert check really evaluates this. Of course, some of you will not notice this song and its atmosphere. Maika can be a surprise in a live show and stands out from the rest. And most of the times, difference wins…

cheesecake
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cheesecake

Have A Little Faith In Me
The Last Of Our Kind
Half A Smile
Another World
No Boundaries
Elephant

D
Guest
D

SRF:
-Rykka – “The Last of Our Kind”
-Sunanda – “Ooops!?!”
-Evelyn Zangger – “Have a Little Faith In Me”

RTS:
-Bella C – “Another World”
-Loic Schumacher – “Génération demain”

RSI:
-Theo – “Because of You”

My overall winners would be the two RTS songs though. There aren’t many good ones in Switzerland’s national final this year, they’ll struggle to qualify especially if they pick the wrong song.

John
Guest
John

Why Maika is first? 😮 let’s vote all the best song the last of our kind RYKKA!

Sal
Guest
Sal

Elias Bertini – Elephant is the best. Followed by Rykka. I don’t understand why Maika is so high on the poll

Katerina
Guest
Katerina

VOTE THE WINNER! RYKKA!
TOP5 AT EUROVISION 2016

Katerina
Guest
Katerina

Switzerland send RYKKA – The Last of Our Kind!
AMAZING SONG

Mario = Legend
Guest
Mario = Legend

Also, not getting the hype for Rykka. It’s decent, but has a Sia tribute vibe to it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sia. But hey, why not just create your own image? Sounds incredibly autotuned too, so we’ll see. Timebelle were dreadful in their live performances in comparisson to Melanie, I feel like the same will happen again. I wonder if she could borrow Azerbaijan’s creepy dancers from last year.

Maarten
Guest
Maarten

I am sorry, but the level is not very high. Rykka looks the most ‘current’ and ‘professional’, but musically it is not a very special song. At this moment I find ‘Half a smile’ the most pleasant song to listen to, but not more than that.

Mario = Legend
Guest
Mario = Legend

‘Holz vor dr hutta’ is a good option. Bear in mind I’m commenting in order of viewing the videos, it has exactly what Melanie lacked. People are gonna love this, the fun. Time to Shine was just apathy inducing, which was their downfall last year. It was forgettable. This isn’t. Would love to see this come to life at a NF.

Aaran
Guest
Aaran

Don’t really get the hype over Rykka. The chord sequence is rather unimaginative and the singer is too obviously like Sia to be a credible artist.

Having said that, I do like Have a Little Faith in Me, very nice song and voice. Also I like No Boundaries and Elephant as they both offer something that hasn’t been done at Eurovison before. Don’t see a Eurovision winner here but OK songs nonetheless.

Simon
Guest
Simon

They should’ve picked Männerchor Steili Kressä and their epic meatball song!

Max
Guest
Max

Where is Rise – Young and Free?

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

CookyMonzta: A lot of acts submit their song to all three Swiss broadcasters to increase their chances of selection, but I guess Stephanie Sandoz only sent hers to the French-Swiss broadcaster. Three other RSI acts didn’t enter on SRF: Kaceo, Loic Schumacher and Theo.

Iberian
Guest
Iberian

*french-speaking

Iberian
Guest
Iberian

Obviously the french-speking part will hate it, but Platzhirsch is simply big fun and should win. As wiwibloggs stated before, it can’t get more Swiss than this.

CookyMonzta
Guest
CookyMonzta

Never mind. I found the site. I don’t know French, but if the audio or video ever gets posted, I’ll find it. 🙂

CookyMonzta
Guest
CookyMonzta

@Robyn: That’s odd. Every one of the songs listed here (except hers) was among the SRF candidates; and yet, hers was submitted to RTS but there is no audio to be found, let alone a video.

Does RTS have a Web site? And how soon will they post her audio or videoclip?

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

CookyMonzta: She was one of RTS’s qualifiers. The three broadcasters run their selection processes independently of each other, so “Flashback” would have only been on the SRF website if she’d also submitted it to them as well.

CookyMonzta
Guest
CookyMonzta

Just a thought here: Did I miss something in reviewing all of the submissions at esc.srf.ch, or am I correct in my observation that Stephanie Sandoz’ “Flashback” was not among ANY of the presentations there? And if hers wasn’t among the 167 clips at the site, how did she get voted in?

Baku Cash
Guest

Rykka for the win!

Sparrow
Guest
Sparrow

The last of our kind
No boundaries
Another world
Elephant

But Switzerland seems to have this habit of picking the wrong songs so I’m bracing myself for the worst, being if Rykka doesn’t win the whole thing and go to Stockholm.