The deadline to apply for Die grosse Entscheidungs, the show that determines who will represent Switzerland at Eurovision 2012, is September 30. Ultra Nate is hoping the Swiss will go American.
The 43-year old R&B and dance singer is probably best known for her hit “Free.” Most of her singles, including “If You Could Read My Mind,” have cracked the Top 10 of the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play list. (Her selection would mark a sharp shift away from last year’s rep Anna Rossinelli, who has never charted in America, and prefers folk to trance.) Nate will be entering a song called “My Love.”
So far Swiss Eurovision officials have approved 31 songs for the first round of competition. Those songs, plus any more they approve before the deadline, will face off in an online vote. Those results combined with the scores from a professional jury will determine which six songs proceed to a televised national final on December 10.
Those six contestants will represent SF, the German-language broadcaster. RTS, the French-language broadcaster, and DRS3, a radio station, will also field three contestants each. Italian broadcaster RSI will field two more contestants, bringing the total field to 14.
You can listen to the Swiss songs here.
“If You Could Read My Mind”: