The race to win Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow — Switzerland’s Eurovision 2016 selection — has been going on for months. But on February 13 Switzerland finally crowned Rykka their ESC queen with the song “The Last Of Our Kind”. She didn’t just sing her original number: she also wowed with her cover of Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do”.

Rykka and Vincent, who were are favourites to win for months, battled for victory until the last minute, but the result, which was determined by televoting (50%) and a jury (50%), was clearly on Rykka’s side.

Ahead of the final, Rykka also did well with the Wiwi Jury, our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals.

One juror described her act this way: “With shades of Sia and Agnes, Rykka pulls Switzerland into 2016. Her modern entry stands out for its production value and for mixing a hopeful message with dark, electro sounds. It’s heady and modern, yet clearly engineered for Eurovision: see the key change in the final third.”

Rykka “The Last Of Our Kind”

Rykka “Love Me Like You Do”

Switzerland’s Eurovision selection: Full results

  1. Rykka – “The Last of Our Kind”
  2. Bella C – “Another World”
  3. Vincent Gross – “Half a Smile”
  4. Stanley Miller – “Feel the Love”
  5. Theo – “Because of You”
  6. Kaceo – “Disque d’or”

So, what do you think? Did the right song win in Switzerland?

Rykka INTERVIEW AHEAD OF SWISS FINAL

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Notts
Notts
4 years ago

a Canadian-born girl representing Switzerland – that might end well for Rykka
hahaha

Racal
Racal
4 years ago

No final for us this year… What a boring song. The best of a bad bunch, yes, but still quite bad and bland.

eve
eve
4 years ago

Well, they chose the best of a bad bucnh, still not convinced about her live performance even though I like the song, it will struggle to qualify in May

Luke
Luke
4 years ago

I think Vincent would be more successful in the semi final. He had a sweet song and is a really engaging performer. Rykka needs to avoid shouting and ‘over singing’.

azaad
azaad
4 years ago

Decent song (Switzerland won’t finish dead last this year) but Rykka’s vocals need to improve. When she increases her volume she loses her control. Juries might be turned off, although the public will be receptive enough. Borderline qualifier.

Laburnum
Laburnum
4 years ago

YES SWITZERLAND

2015
2015
4 years ago

This will qualify in the semi final with a avarage staging.
With a small revamp and a amazing live performance it could be in the top 10.

kazool
kazool
4 years ago

YES! I was so happy when she won. I have been a huge supporter of RYKKA ever since she submitted her song. This clearly has a strong potential on the eurovision stage. I do agree that she can improve her vocals. But put it this way: the SRF stage limits a lot the scenographics, can you image what this song could do on a swedish eurovision stage? I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD to see her performing in Stockholm. If she doesn’t qualify for the grand final, I’ll be mad. SO mad! Maybe she won’t win the whole thing, but there… Read more »

Richard Hochuli
Richard Hochuli
4 years ago

1 Switzerland
2 Austria
3 Spain
4 Malta.
Hoping Justs for Latvia
HARDKISS FOR Ukraine and Freddie for Hungary

Sarah Boucher
4 years ago

Kaceo deserved last place. 🙂

PP
PP
4 years ago

1.Spain
2.Belgium
3.Denmark
4.Belarus
5.Austria
6.Switzerland
7.Albania
8.Malta
9.Ireland

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
4 years ago

Bad vocals, great song. If the vocals improve, Switzerland could finally qualify. My top:

1. Austria
2. Denmark
3. Spain
4. Switzerland
5. Malta
6. Albania
7. Belarus
8. Ireland
9. Belgium

ct_greece
ct_greece
4 years ago

She needs to work her vocals there, but this is a great choice for Switzerland. My top so far:

#1 Austria
#2 Spain
#3 Switzerland (would be #2 if her vocals improve – a much better song than “Say yay”)
#4 Malta
#5 Denmark
#6 Ireland
#7 Belgium
#8 Albania
#9 Belarus

ESC 4ever
ESC 4ever
4 years ago

my top 9:
1-Spain
2-Denmark
3-Belgium
4-Switzerland
5-Austria
6-Malta
7-Ireland
8-Albania
9-Belarus

Its a really close race !!

Frank
Frank
4 years ago

Unfortunately rather weak vocals…

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

Very nice chorus … a very underwhelming and very unfocused vocal performance .. if she is better than this … then she left her voice at home. Not a fan of the verses and how the verses transit to the chorus …
As far stage and how the song is presented … I just couldn’t care less. What my ears gave me is enough already.

Ariso Light
Ariso Light
4 years ago

My top 9:
1. Denmark
2. Spain
3. Austria
4. Switzerland
5. Ireland
6. Albania
7. Belarus
8. Malta
9. Belgium

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

None of the songs were/are strong enough to achieve anything really special, but we should try and get the best songs to ESC and in a bad bunch, this was the best.

Diane
Diane
4 years ago

I was kinda hoping she would end the song with a soaring high notes, that would’ve been incredible.

Diane
Diane
4 years ago

A little revamp on the vocal production might be needed, and then this song will straight qualify to the final.

Ohi
Ohi
4 years ago

Ok so just sort out where she is pitchy and bereft of emotion and we might have something here…

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

This is the first time that my favorite made it in my own country. Happy with the results, Rykka really has potential.

Hiccup
Hiccup
4 years ago

I seriously must have been watching a different final to you guys.

This was just… awful… no notes, the song is boring, no stage presence, no staging, no cameracraft.

Denis
Denis
4 years ago

Decent song and a worthy winner. But I think we overestimate the song. It’s not the magical potion Switzerland thinks it is, and nor is it a song that will sway us over. It will qualify but won’t bother Sebalter’s result.

Barbara Livesey
Barbara Livesey
4 years ago

She looked and sang like a superstar.
By far the best entry.
Switzerland has a chance this year.

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

Once I completely agree with the results. Rykka and Bella were amazing and it was obvious one of them had to win. Vincent was endearing, though, and I’m glad he finished third. Stanley was excellent, his song not so much. Theo’s song was as boring as ever. And Kaceo… well, let’s just say the last place is the only one they should have got. Very pleased with the Swiss jury/public. Shows they have taste.

Olly the Swede
Olly the Swede
4 years ago

This song is a decent entry in comparison with Time to Shine, especially for Switzerland who haven’t been so lucky in recent years, with the exception of Sebalter in 2014. We’ll definitely see Switzerland in the final again, but most likely on the right hand-side of the scoreboard I’m afraid.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

I still don’t think this song is the magic bullet that Switzerland needs. Sebalter’s 13th place isn’t going to be troubled, but all going well, Switzerland should at least qualify.

Tha
Tha
4 years ago

She missed some notes, she really must improve her voice.
And this song makes me remember of Sia.
Okay choice, Swtizerland, way better than what you sent last year.

Sparrow
Sparrow
4 years ago

This is a prime example of learning from your mistakes. Welcome back to the left side of the board Switzerland you finally got it right!

Stephanie
4 years ago

Switzerland made the right choice! After listening to her song multiple times after seeing her expert check performance, I knew that this was the strongest of the remaining six. I wish Rykka all the best, and I hope she does well in Stockholm!

MTD
MTD
4 years ago

Who the f*** will actually vote for this in May? None?

Mar
Mar
4 years ago

Now we know who will be taking Denmark’s place in the Final. Well done Switzerland!

DenizNL
DenizNL
4 years ago

Awesome! Luckily I just came right on time to see the actual result. Rykka improved her singing and The Last Of Our Kind is amazing! Definitely deserves the Grand Final.

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Well they definitely got this one right, thank God.

They did a great job on Rykka, not quite Polina, but she looked lovely. Not sure what all the rolling on the floor was, but she sang it well.

This is how they finished :-

1st Rykka
2nd Bella C
3rd Vincent
4th Stanley
5th Theo
6th Kaceo

Antranig Shokayan
Editor
4 years ago

At least one country got something right this weekend. Good job Switzerland!

EF0912
EF0912
4 years ago

Amazing choice Switzerland! This could actually qualify and this is one of my favorites. I really hope they don’t ruin the song with the revamp.

Paul D
Paul D
4 years ago

I kinda hate this lol Switzerland never learns… they’re bidding for bottom 3 in the semifinal again. Actually ”Time to Shine” is a masterpiece compared to this crap #sorrynotsorry

JonathanUK
JonathanUK
4 years ago

Fantastic! Finally a country sending the correct song!!! Amazingly flawless entry so I am so happy! This is fantastic news to hear!!! #GoRykka!!!

Ben Rafter
Ben Rafter
4 years ago

This sounds amazing!!!! Can’t decide between Spain and Switzerland as my favourite!!!!!

dd
dd
4 years ago

Nice one, Switzerland. This could definitely go to the grand final in Stockholm.

Freyah
Freyah
4 years ago

Thank god at least one country made the right decision tonight *cough Sweden cough Denmark cough*.

Seriously deserving winner, and hopefully with a small revamp this can bring Switzerland back to the final in Stockholm

Alvin Sebetero
Alvin Sebetero
4 years ago

LOL! A very, very OVERRATED SONG! Boring!

Zenjak
Zenjak
4 years ago

Well deserved, pretty obvious she was going to win!

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
4 years ago

AYY TURN UP
now it needs a revamp