After a three year run of non-qualification, Switzerland is hoping to turn it out in 2018. With a revamp of their selection process for Entscheidungsshow, they now have six acts looking to bring the country back to the final.
On Tuesday we learned that the six competing acts are Zibbz, Angie Ott, Naeman, Chiara Dubey, Alejandro Reyes and Vanessa Iraci. Now, ahead of the final on February 4, we want to know your opinion. Who should represent Switzerland at Eurovision 2018?
You can find all the competing songs below, and then vote in our poll:
Zibbz is a brother-sister duo made up of Corinne “Co” Gfeller and Stee Gfeller. Their song “Stones” was written by Co and Stee in collaboration with Canadian songwriter Laurell Barker, at the Swiss songwriting camp. Laurell is an experienced songwriter and co-wrote “I Wish I Loved You More” and “Freedom Hearts” in the 2017 UK national final.
Angie Ott came to fame in 2013 as the runner-up of the first series of The Voice of Switzerland. Her song “A Thousand Times” was written by the Swedish-Maltese team of Jonas Gladnikoff, Sara Ljunggren, Glen Vella. Glen represented Malta at Eurovision 2011 and is a frequent contributor to national final songs, especially in partnership with Jonas.
Naeman is a Dutch-born, Swiss-raised singer and has experience on talent shows. He was a semi-finalist on the 2015 edition of Switzerland’s Got Talent and made it to the early stages of German Idol the same year. He will sing “Kiss Me”, written by Kate Northrop, Eric Lumiere, Ken Berglund and Alejandro Reyes. The song is another product of the Swiss songwriting camp.
Chiara Dubey is no stranger to the Swiss national final. The talented singer and violinist has competed twice before. In 2012, she placed third with “Anima nuova”, then the following year she placed fifth with “Bella sera”.
She will sing “Secrets and Lies”, which she co-wrote along with Janie Price, Jeroen Swinnen, Darcy Proper and Sally Herbert. Amongst the authors, Jeroen Swinnen is a Belgium songwriter, best known for co-writing Tom Dice’s “Me and My Guitar” and Sally Herbert is a noted string arranger who has worked with artists such as Florence + the Machine and Kylie Minogue.
Alejandro Reyes is the Chilean-born, Swiss-raised singer-songwriter who has long been a fan favourite to represent Switzerland at Eurovision. Alejandro will sing “Compass”, which he has co-written along with Laurell Barker and Lars Christen. Laurell is a Canadian songwriter who has also co-written Zibbz’s song “Stones”; Lars is a songwriter who had worked with many popular Swiss acts.
Vanessa Iraci came to fame in 2014 on the second series of The Voice of Switzerland. She made it to the semi-final before being eliminated. Her song “Redlights” is written by the Symphonix songwriting collective, including Boris Milanov, Joacim Bo Persson, Johan Alkenäs, Jessica Ashley Karpov and Jesse Saint John. Symphonix has an impressive track record, but are best known for being behind Bulgaria’s 2016 and 2017 entries, “If Love Was a Crime” and “Beautiful Mess”.
Entscheidungsshow – Who should win?
Those are the six competing acts. Now, it’s time for you to have your say on who should win. Our poll is now open, and you can vote for as many acts as you like. But remember, you can only vote ONCE. Make sure that vote counts, y’all:
We’ll update the poll results as the show goes closer. Which act is your favourite? Will any of these acts be able to bring Switzerland back into the final? Tell us in the comment section below!