Switzerland: Six acts announced for revamped Swiss national final

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They’ve brought in a much-changed selection process in a bid to turn their fortunes around. We’re getting even closer to finding out who will represent Switzerland in Kyiv following yesterday’s Live Check. Swiss broadcaster SRF has now revealed the six acts who will compete at ESC 2017 – Entscheidungsshow.

Yesterday the 21 shortlisted candidates performed their entries in front of an expert jury panel, where they were judged on their vocal ability and performance skills. As the broadcaster kept their names a secret, the auditioning was all done behind closed doors.

The jury deliberated and has now released the list of six finalists. It hopefully includes that one special act who can get Switzerland back in the grand final.

The line-up is notable for being all female singers. Some acts involve men on stage, but at the final of ESC 2017 – Entscheidungsshow on 5 February, we’ll see six ladies behind the microphones.

Switzerland national finalists 2017

Freschta

Freschta Akbarzada competed on The Voice of Switzerland in 2014 where she made it to the semi-final.

Ginta Biku

Ginta Biku is the stage name of Gintare Kubiliute, a Europop performer. She was born in Lithuania and raised in Switzerland, but has kept close ties with her country of birth.

Michèle

In 2013 at the age of 12, Michèle won the first German series of the The Voice Kids. Now aged 16, the teen is the youngest competitor in the Swiss national final this year.

Nadya

Under her birth name Nadia Maria Endrizzi, Nadya was finalist on this year’s series of Switzerland’s Got Talent.

Shana Pearson

Swiss-American pop singer Shana provided vocals on American rapper Big Ali’s 2011 Eurodance hit “Sending out an SOS”.

Timebelle

Swiss-Romanian band Timebelle has returned to the contest after previously making it to the final in 2015. Their upbeat song “Singing About Love” placed second in the grand final.

Interestingly, their song “Apollo” has been making the rounds of closed-door Eurovision selections since at least the spring of 2015. Azerbaijan previously considered the song during its internal selection process in 2015, when it was paired with an aspiring female contestant. The broadcaster ultimately decided to send Elnur Huseynov with “Hour of the Wolf”.

Sadly, the journey in Switzerland ended for Moldova’s 2016 Eurovision representative Lidia Isac. Last week she revealed that her entry “The Life Beyond”, a duet with Italian singer Daniele Guastella, was one of the 21 acts through to the Live Check stage.

Changes to the national final

Switzerland’s national final revamp comes after two years of disappointing results at Eurovision. Both Mélanie René and Rykka placed last in their semi-finals.

This inspired an overhaul of the national final. Broadcaster SRF scrapped its infamous open web platform and has instead — like most broadcasters — selected the finalists using a closed system.

The final, ESC 2017 – Entscheidungsshow, will take place in Zurich on 5 February. The jury vote has also been scrapped so Swiss televoters alone will make that all-important decision on who represents the country in Kyiv.

What do you think of the 2017 line-up? Can any of these artists get Switzerland back in the grand final? Tell us what you think below!

Image credit: SRF

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