Back in June Swiss broadcaster SRF released details of the national selection process for Eurovision 2017, revealing some pretty sweeping changes. The regional quotas are gone, a Swiss connection is required for entry, and the winner will be decided by televote alone. Also gone are the three separate submission processes managed by the regional broadcasters SRF, RTS, RSI and RTR, as the broadcasters have joined forces to run the submission process together.
Today the official submission period finally opened and songwriters are invited to submit songs on Switzerland’s Eurovision 2017 submission portal between now and October 24.
— SRF ESC (@srfesc) September 26, 2016
Switzerland’s Eurovision jury
The initial set of entries will be rated by a panel of experts from across Switzerland, with the top 20 rated entries progressing to the next stage. The panel consists of the following Swiss luminaries.
- Gülsha Adilji – author and presenter
- Bettina Bendiner – Head of Department Entertainment 20 minutes
- Roman Camenzind – music producer
- Camille Destraz – music journalist
- Beppe Donadio – musician and journalist
- Freda Goodlett – Vocal Coach
- Michael Kinzer – Jury President Swiss Music Prize
- Pascal Künzi – General Manager Musikvertrieb
- Nicola Locarnini – Musicians
- François Pinard – Directeur Make Sense Production
- Simone Reich – Journalist Ringier Axel Springer AG Switzerland / TV magazines
- Jocelyn Rochat – Journaliste musical
- Oliver Rosa – Operators Swiss Music Awards and Artist Manager
- Peter Röthlisberger – Chief Editor View
- Yves Schifferle – Program Development SRF Entertainment
- Lina Selmani – editorship watson
- Dano Tamasy – SRF 3 Best Talent
- Christoph Trummer – President musical artists Switzerland
- Flavio Tuor – Responsabel Musica RTR
- Denise Vogel – Production Coordinator 360 ° Showproduction AG
- Sébastien Vuignier – Directeur TAKK Productions
This marks the end of SRF’s highly entertaining online open submission process, where artists from around the world entered songs of wildly varying quality, hoping to make the shortlist.
The new rules now require that at least one person directly involved with the entry — the performer, composer or lyricist — must hold a Swiss passport or be resident in Switzerland. Swiss artists will still be able to team up with others from abroad, but it will stop random foreign artists sending in their amateur efforts.
The traditional live check stage remains the same, where the artists’ live performance skills are assessed. The jury will then select around eight acts which will progress to the live final, due to be held on 5 February 2017.
The rules suggest that Switzerland has a specific type of act in mind, saying that they are “looking for a strong song which meets international standards, performed with a powerful, note-perfect voice.” And as always, the broadcaster reserves the right to revamp the winning track, even after the national final.
What do you think? Can Switzerland reverse its run of bad fortune at Eurovision? Are the changes an improvement? Share your thoughts below.