Swiss-German broadcaster SRF has opened the song submission period for singers and songwriters hoping to be the Swiss pick for 2016.
National selection season is finally kicking off! SRF’s submission period runs for four weeks, closing at 8am on Monday, 26 October. All the songs will be available to listen to on SRF’s website, which will give us the first clues as to what’s coming to Stockholm.
At the end of the submission period, the songs will be voted on by the public (50%) and an expert jury (50%).
The top 10 songs will then join the six songs selected by Swiss-French broadcaster RTS and the three songs from Swiss-Italian broadcaster RSI. These 19 songs will be performed in front of a panel of experts at the appropriately named Expert Check step. The performers will be assessed on “live performance skills, voice quality and stage presence.”
From there, the six top acts will be decided (three from SRF, two from RTS, one from RSI) and they will progress to the live national final, Die Entscheidungsshow on 13 February 2016. Yes, it’s complicated but it’s Switzerland and that’s how they roll.
Technically anyone can enter, but in the past, the successful acts have tended to be ones with a strong Swiss connection. Last year UK X Factor alum Kitty Brucknell entered her song “Yearning”. When it didn’t progress, she later entered it in the Moldovan national selection.
Is it time for a Swiss-German act to make it to Eurovision this year? Should Kitty give Switzerland another shot (or maybe Moldova)? Are you planning to enter? Leave your comments below!
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