Swiss-German broadcaster SRF has now closed its online submission period, with around 175 songs submitted. We’ve listened to them all and have selected some of the best from Switzerland‘s class of 2016.
Starting Monday 2 November, the public will be able to vote for their favourites. Combined with a 50% jury vote, the top 10 songs will progress to the Expert Check phase. They’ll join six songs internally chosen by French-Swiss broadcaster RTS and three songs from Italian-Swiss broadcaster RSI. Then from the Expert Check stage, six performers will advance to the grand final on 13 February.
But before all that happens, y’all have the time to familiarise yourself with some of the best songs. It’s important to remember that these songs should all be treated as demos. Switzerland has never been shy about rerecording, rewriting or remixing songs between the national final and the ESC final.
“Attitude” – Barbara Berta
Barbara Berta originally represented Switzerland in 1997 with the Italian song “Dentro di me”. 18 years later she’s back singing en français with elegant silver fox style and and the equally stylish “Attitude” (and you know how much wiwibloggs loves attitude). Babs only placed 22nd in the ’90s, but if Switzerland selects “Attitude”, it could be the start of a killer comeback.
“Have a Little Faith In Me” – Evelyn Zangger
Swiss recording artist Evelyn made it to the national semi-final in 2010, but missed out. This time she’s back with “Have a Little Faith In Me”. It has a huge chorus and is the kind of song that could easily let Switzerland slide into the grand final.
“Sunshine” – Germein Sisters feat. Alphorn-Trio Fröschental
These Australian sisters have gone to the effort of incorporating some Swiss culture into their song, getting an alphorn trio involved. The song is a cute, sunny pop song, full of optimism. Can they bring some sunshine to the Swiss Alps?
“Boom Boom” – Gisel de Marco
Gisel was one of the final 12 contestants on the 2013 series of The Voice of Switzerland. She’s moved away from the big diva ballads of The Voice to the feel-good dance pop of “Boom Boom”. The track has a very Scandinavian sound, but it seems like Gisel has the necessary sass to give the song the energy it needs.
“No Boundaries” – Patric Scott feat. Abdullah Alhussainy
Patric Scott was Sebatler’s backing vocalist in Copenhagen, but this time he’s getting serious. “No Boundaries” alludes to the European refugee crisis – but obviously doesn’t mention it directly in order to comply with EBU rules. Patric is joined by the Egyptian singer Abdullah Alhussainy who joins in with some Arabic vocals. It’s a super catchy song, and the message is ultimately one of hope and togetherness, and that’s a good thing.
“My heart is still winning” – Ramona Nerra
“My heart is still winning” was written by the Romanian songwrite Al Mike, who also co-write “Singing About Love” by Timebelle, aka the song that should have won the national final last year. Romanian singer Ramona Nerra – who was a contestant on The Voice of Germany in 2011 – also co-wrote the song, and delivers a great vocal performance. It might not be the most Swiss team, but a song this good should at least get a shot at the Expert Check round.
“The Last of Our Kind” – Rykka
Swiss-Canadian singer Rykka delivers the big song “The Last of Our Kind”. It sounds like the sort of track that would be the theme for film like The Hunger Games – an epic anthem.
“Feel So Fine” – Sara McLoud
Sara brings some R&B vocal sass to a folk-pop song. If her music video is anything to go by, she’ll put a lot of energy into to her performance.
“Feel the love” – Stanley Miller
Stanley Miller is an American singer based in Spain, and he’s teamed up with some Spanish songwriters for this big modern pop song. As always, it’ll be interesting to see if the Swiss are interested in having a song by a foreign team represent them, but it’s definitely worth a shot.
“Half a Smile” – Vincent Gross
Vincent is adorable, and if his video is anything to go by, the girls in his town agree! “Half a Smile” is a sweet love song, with a contemporary folk-pop sound.
Is this the best Switzerland has to offer? Have we missed any? Who will you be voting for? Share your thoughts below.