Switzerland’s annual online search for a Eurovision act has been underway for a week now. So far, the field has mostly been made up of unknown acts; a far cry from previous years when the likes of Lys Assia, Ultra Naté and…erm, Same Difference had a go. But that’s just changed – X Factor star, Kitty Brucknell, has answered the Swiss call with “Yearning.

Kitty became famous in the UK during her rollercoaster journey on the 2011 edition of the talent show, where her eccentric personality and outlandish performances made her one of the most memorable acts for a long time (though not always for the right reasons…).

Since then, she’s been working on her first album “Glamour & Damage”, which is set to be released at the end of this month. There had been no indidcation of a potential Eurovision entry until “Yearning” was uploaded on to SRF’s web portal. But we like surprises, and we’re not ashamed to say that we’re very thankful!

“Yearning” is a slickly produced dance-pop song that really plays to Kitty’s strengths, particularly her powerful vocals. With a catchy chorus to boot, the entire package stands out head and shoulders above the questionable majority of the current crop online. Admittedly, it’s not revolutionary; there are no real new ideas brought to the table and the tune has a slightly generic feel to it.

At this stage though, that’s not necessarily a problem. The Swiss seem to have picked up the habit of really working on whichever song wins their national final – all you need to do is to look at the improvement in “Hunter of Stars” from the national final to Copenhagen.

Time will tell if Kitty can make it through to the next round, but she’s definitely one to look out for if she does. Maybe she’ll get some good luck from Lady Gaga to help her on the way. Again!

You can watch Kitty’s latest single, Glitter in the Sky, here:

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Hebbuzz
Hebbuzz
6 years ago

Well, yearning is this in the race, as a possible Moldovan entry…. She reached last 50 overthere

D
D
6 years ago

I actually wouldn’t mind if this wins in Switzerland, I don’t know if it necessarily will as it’s really early but the song isn’t nearly as horrible as some of the recent Swiss songs and especially songs that make it to the final round of the national selection. I think she might have a similar fate as Gosia from last year though. The only thing is that I hate when singers don’t represent their actual countries.

Stephanie
6 years ago

The SRF online portal allows anyone from any country to send an entry, you just need to be in Switzerland for the expert check and national final if you make it that far. That being said, as a Canadian Eurovision fan who has supported the Swiss entries for 2 years in a row (Takasa last year and Sebalter this year), I find Kitty’s potential entry awful, it just sounds really fake to me

Thiefo
6 years ago

I don’t know, Yearning sounds terribly generic, not bad, just nothing special, and we know generic never does well in Eurovision.

Charles
Charles
6 years ago

We do focus tremendously a lot on the artists here, don’t we? … without having any songs to judge (too soon yet i know) but we rely too much on the possible people able to participate in Eurovision that a lot of illusions come along with it … and then many disappointments and deceptions. As for this girl: her X Factor days passed me by … couldn’t have cared less. The fact that she does dance pop tracks upbeat is not big deal to me. She is that one-octave vocalist with not depth or expression in her voice … which… Read more »

Darren
Darren
6 years ago

Hated her on XFactor, the public was blatantly forced to like her, but, having said that, her song is catchy and up-tempo, a definite qualifier. She’s no Sebalter, but it would be a good move for Switzerland

Nanda
Nanda
6 years ago

The song is better then I expected.
Then again, is PACKED with autotune. Not sure if she can hit those bigger notes live. And she was ANNOYING as hell on the show, so… blah.

Jak
Jak
6 years ago

And her look reminded me Silvía Night.

Jak
Jak
6 years ago

I don’t want to see her as the British representer – but for Switzerland, she is okay.
I really don’t like her entry and clear that it is not an winning song. But it is totally a qualifier, then 10-16 in the Eurovision final.
I hope that Carrousel (“J’avais rendez-vous”, 2013) be back this year. They also will have new album so I am sure that they do have a song for Eurovision!

Mavision
Mavision
6 years ago

I really don’t like Glitter The Sky, and in a way she would be a dreadful entrant for the UK, but now I hear this song and how quirky she is, I mean there’s clearly mass auto-tune but if she could sing live, I actually think she’d be a great entrant. I wish her luck in Switzerland! Really surprised me.

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
6 years ago

it sounds great!

Jacob
Jacob
6 years ago

LOVE it!

Dar
Dar
6 years ago

* many people

Dar
Dar
6 years ago

She is great performer live and unlike my people on reality talent shows she actually has own sense of direction and style

Robyn
Robyn
6 years ago

When you look at the songs that have been submitted to SRF, most of them are from non-Swiss entrants. I suspect a Swiss entrant will ultimately win, but it would be fab to have Kitty in the national final.

William Lee Adams
Admin
6 years ago

Switzerland allows anyone to enter — hence Celine Dion, who is Canadian, winning for Switzerland way back when.

LEAPerce
LEAPerce
6 years ago

Is Kitty Brucknell even remotely Swiss though? It goes against the whole point if not surely?