The submission period for the German-Swiss broadcaster SRF closed and we selected our favourites – the songs we thought had a good chance of progressing to the Expert Check stage. But there were songs that got our attention for other reasons. They might not be destined for Die Entscheidungsshow, but these Swiss gems deserve a special mention just for being so entertaining.

“That’s What It’s All About” – Maria Christina

“You cannot stop me,” Maria Christina asserts – and we believe her. “That’s What It’s All About” is a bold declaration that Maria Christina is here and she’s determined to enjoy life to her fullest ability. The video is an extravagant production filmed in a vintage aircraft hangar, with a huge cast of dancers. Eurovision’s limit of six performers could never do this song justice, though perhaps Maria Christina could find a way to get the plane on stage.

“5,9% mehr Liebe” by Horst Blue

This is a big ol’ disco track, advocating 5.9% more love for everyone. Why 5.9%? Why not 6%? Or 10% Or even 100% I don’t know, but there is something very catchy about that “Fünf Komma neun Prozent mehr Liebe!” chorus. Get out your spreadsheets and dance!

“Trümmer” – Inge and the TritoneKings

A 94-year-old granny and a metal band? It’s an odd combination but it works. The band deliver a dramatic accompaniment (including piano and brass along with a traditional metal sound) while Inge proves she’s one mean nonagenarian. And age really is no barrier – in 2013 Switzerland sent 95-year-old Emil Ramsauer as part of Takasa.

“Urlaub” – Konrad Shou

Konrab Shou delivers “Urlaub”, his electro ode to vacation fun times. For a non-German speaker, it’s not exactly clear what he’s singing about, but there’s something about itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis, and Santa Claus appears in the video, which pretty much covers everything you’d want in a good vacation.

https://youtu.be/gbJRhbbRDZ4

“#SHAKETHATDOWN” by YOUR FAVORITE SH*T

If the smiling poop emoji is your favourite emoji, you’ll love this video. It’s based on emoji characters, led by the smiling – and dancing – poop emoji. He loves to party and his international friends – represented by emoji poop in national colours – join him for some fun. We are expecting that SRF might eventually delete this video.

“Oh Captain My Captain” – Mimis Levandes

Like most of us, Mimis Levandes felt great sadness when he heard the news of the death of comedic legend Robin Williams. But Mimis went a step further, penning this ode to the great entertainer. The lyrics cram in references to almost the entire Robin Williams filmography. And as Mimis sings, “If life is just a song, who can sing it better than me?” Who indeed.

https://youtu.be/r_oUAV4aXlc

“Holz vor dr Hütta” – Platzhirsch

It doesn’t get more Swiss than this. “Holz vor dr Hütta” is an ode to the pleasures of cozying up in a traditional Swiss chalet, enjoying fondue, beer, kirsch and good times. There’s a mix of traditional Swiss folk music and modern styles, with a bit of rap, metal, rock and roll, and disco. And there’s an accordion. And yodelling. Hey, there’s room in this hut for everyone!

Vote for your favourites in the SRF’s public vote.

Should any of these songs make it to the Expert Check stage? Who are your favourites from SRF’s submissions? Share your thoughts below.

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Calum Macleod
Calum Macleod
6 years ago

Have any of you noticed that one of the members of Platzhirsch is San Dii from last year’s selection?

Robert
Robert
6 years ago

i think maria-christina should be in the top candidates. her appearance is authentic and different, wheras other good vocal high performers have got rather mainstreamy songs that easily would get overvoted in stockholm by more original and unique 3 minutes.

Inge Ginsberg
6 years ago

New YouTube Video
We replaced the YouTube video for our song ” Trümmer ” with a longer version. The new link is now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABKIQTKzY5U
Enjoy! Inge & the TritoneKings

P.S. Is it possible to change the link above?

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
6 years ago

Be warned, though: At YouTube, the Germain Sisters’ “Sunshine” has over 21,000 views, and Vasilije (whose song “Zauvijek” might run into eligibility problems) has more than 6,600. As far as I know, no other song has more than 1,000.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
6 years ago

I presume the French and Italian broadcasters will choose among those that were not selected by the German broadcaster, yes?

Be that as it may, I am looking at these 6: Crispi and Thessa, the Germein Sisters, Patric and Abdullah, Vincent Gross, Serrano Terrace, and Voxa; with Conny Conrad as a sleeper insurgent. I’ve got 7 others as possible finalists.

Azaad
Azaad
6 years ago

Let’s rely on the Italian and French broadcasters for the eventual entrant….

Iberian
Iberian
6 years ago

I bet Platzhirsch is going to win.

Steven
Steven
6 years ago

YALLALEYO is pretty good, so is Get Your Lovin’

Mel Howerts
6 years ago

I really like Vasilije’s “Zauvijek”, and I don’t get why people tell ot’s plagiarism, because I shazamed song from few different devices, and it always shows Vasilije Ojdani? – “Zauvijek”. It’s a great song, ballad with a great chorusx and with a good choreography it could win the whole thing! Also, story behind song is difficult. Vasilije lost his first girlfriend in car accident, that is what the whole song says — “and when everyone leaves, I will be just there standing for you, when you are alone, I am there for you…”. Any person can find itself in the… Read more »

Steven
Steven
6 years ago

MARIA CHRISTINA IS BACK WITH A BOP <3

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
6 years ago

@moco: The novelties will be quickly laid to waste. Count on it!

I THOUGHT I heard everything available from SRF; but it turns out I was wrong and I heard maybe 40 or 50 of them (that which was available at YouTube). I’m going through every last one at the SRF site, and after hearing perhaps another 25 that I DIDN’T hear before, my 3 are Crispi (for its uniqueness among those I have heard so far), the Germein Sisters (a real feel-good song) and Vincent Gross (another good song worthy of the ESC stage)..

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

YESSSS MARIA CHRISTINA!!! 😀 She had a great song the last time, and I just love her spirit, voice and energy.

Daan
Daan
6 years ago

“HEARTLESS DANCER” by ANNE MARIE SUNSHINE http://esc.srf.ch/en-ch/anne-marie-sunshine-0

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
6 years ago

Ew novelty acts
Take me back to last year’s selection with Arbresha and Celia

Hanner McSinny/Calvin
6 years ago

“That’s What It’s All About” is actually spectacular.

Silly Liam
Silly Liam
6 years ago

Horst Blue, Inge and the Tritonekings and Your Favorite Sh*it should go to the Expert Round! My Winners of the swiss pre selection are Ylva & Linda with “Closer To The Heart”.

martin
martin
6 years ago

The only good one so far is Ramona Nerra – My Heart Is Still Winning

Bogdan Honciuc
Bogdan Honciuc(@bogdanhonciuc)
6 years ago

Wow. The level of talent emanating from these artists is too damn high!