zibbz stones switzerland 2018 entscheidungsshow
Switzerland, Stefan Gfeller, 2

After three years of being stuck in the Eurovision semi-finals, Switzerland went back to the drawing board for 2018. With a stronger field than ever, tonight’s Die Entschiedungsshow looked to be a close fight. In the end, Switzerland chose Zibbz with “Stones” for Eurovision 2018!

ZIBBZ — “Stones”

Tonight’s decision was made of a 50/50 split between public voting and an international jury. Whilst the jury had a close fight between Zibbz and Alejandro Reyes, the public overwhelmingly supported Zibbz. The brother and sister duo won with a total of 153 points.

Alejandro Reyes finished second, whilst Vanessa Iraci won a close battle for third. You can find all the results below:

Entscheidungsshow 2018: International Jury

Germany — 12 points to Alejandro Reyes
France — 12 points to Alejandro Reyes
Armenia — 12 points to Vanessa Iraci
Albania — 12 points to Zibbz
Italy — 12 points to Zibbz
Iceland — 12 points to Zibbz
Israel — 12 points to Zibbz

Entscheidungsshow 2018: Public Vote

  1. Zibbz, “Stones” — 77pts
  2. Alejandro Reyes, “Compass” — 48pts
  3. Chiara Dubey “Secrets and Lies” — 44pts
  4. Angie Ott — 39pts
  5. Vanessa Iraci — 25pts
  6. Naeman – 19pts

Entscheidungsshow 2018: Full Results

  1. Zibbz, “Stones“: 153pts
  2. Alejandro Reyes, “Compass“: 120pts
  3. Vanessa Iraci, “Redlights“: 67pts
  4. Chiara Dubey, “Secrets and Lies“: 66pts
  5. Angie Ott, “A Thousand Times“: 65pts
  6. Naeman, “Kiss Me“: 33 pts

Tonight’s show opened with a brief reprise of Switzerland’s 2017 entry, “Apollo”, performed by Miruna Manescu of Timebelle.

We also saw an interval act, where singer Leticia Carvlho teamed with a Swiss yodelling band to cover “Amar pelos dois”. Yes, that really happened, y’all!

As revealed at the end of January, Zibbz will sing in the second half of the first semi-final. Will that draw help them achieve Switzerland’s goal of qualifying?

What do you think of Switzerland’s choice tonight? Do you think they can finally return to the Eurovision final with “Stones”? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!

Read more Swiss Eurovision news here

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Kazool
Kazool
3 years ago

How much of your opinion is biased because it’s Switzerland? Think about it.

Gokhan
Gokhan
3 years ago

Stone Cold… Somehow reminded me Black Smoke of Germany! Seems they might share the same fate. Well sung though…

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
3 years ago

Much better than last year’s entry. It is competent and well sung, but leaves me rather cold.

Lazerfan
Lazerfan
3 years ago

bland song won

LLolly
LLolly
3 years ago

bland bland

olvr20
olvr20
3 years ago

Zibbz and stones won’t break my soul gotta be your on miracle

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

Something I noticed: save for Italy, Germany, and France, all the other countries who voted here are performing/voting in semi-final 1 as well. This could bode well for them, given that most of them put their votes behind Zibbz.

Nikos
Nikos
3 years ago

I was very impressed with the staging, it was really cool with the diamonds (especially when they flew at the camera into the first chorus), and the alternating red/blue lights and pyramids were fun. I really like the song but I think it MUST have good staging or it may become forgettable. The only thing I didn’t like was the long pause immediately after the first chorus.

doldol
doldol
3 years ago

If you see the odds for the swiss natinal selection you can see that sometimes or often bookies are wrong…. they put vanessa iraci first and zibbz 4th and finally it’s zibbz have won

Kris
Kris
3 years ago
Reply to  doldol

Zibbz was leading by far till 2 days ago!! Then Alejandro was leading for 36 hrs and then Vanessa became 1st in odds!
What people fail to recognize is its not a person who determines these odds …. it’s we the people who are willing to bet on certain entries winning is what determines the odds.

Nickc
Nickc
3 years ago

Another worthy winner. This year we have 7 decent entries now. However, I only love France out of these 7, the others are just decent songs, and it is difficult to rank them. I am happy that this year is progressing with no bad songs, jury corruption…etc

Steve
Steve
3 years ago
Reply to  Nickc

Corruption stories are yet to come, as mostly Eatsern Europe coutries haven’t stepped into the game…Azerbaijan, Russia, Belarus. These songs are meh for me. Last year’s entries of the same countries were 100 times better for me…Requiem by Alma, Apollo and even Do it for your lover (the first 2 minutes). Probably Czech Republic is the only exception.

LLolly
LLolly
3 years ago
Reply to  Steve

oh you’re western it seems. On your high horse again *rolleyes*

HBau
HBau
3 years ago
Reply to  LLolly

It’s quite easy to be on a high horse when certain countries keep digging their ditches deeper and deeper.

Kris
Kris
3 years ago
Reply to  Nickc

Which is the 7th entry?

NickC
NickC
3 years ago
Reply to  Kris

I assumed Alekseev will win Belarus selection, but maybe they will throw a curve ball 🙂

Denis
Denis
3 years ago

Once again Switzerland sends the song people forgot was competing. As they have done since 2015. Seems to be their new role in the contest..

SebastienXavier
SebastienXavier
3 years ago

Handle this carefully Switzerland. You’ve already ruined Apollo. (My heart is still aching from it)

Leo M
Leo M
3 years ago

It’s a decent modern pop song but yet it also feels very generic. I think semi 1 is going to be very open so I wouldn’t rule it out

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 years ago

Weird. This was one of the better songs in a weak selection and only now have Switzerland fallen to 43rd in the betting odds. What exactly had the bookmakers been expecting?

Stephanie
3 years ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

By the time of the results Zibbs fell to 4th in the Swiss NF odds behind Vanessa, Alejandro and Chiara. Which is why the bookies should never be trusted (remember they said in 2014 that Conchita didn’t have a prayer compared to Aram MP3 and look what happened)

jim
jim
3 years ago

this is so bad, apollo was 100 times better

Bastian
Bastian
3 years ago
Reply to  jim

lol, no. This is more original and less cliche like that awfull apollo-thing. This will do better and at least qualify 🙂

Jim
Jim
3 years ago
Reply to  Bastian

The lyrics are vague and most people wont get the meaning, the chorus is repetiive, the staging with the stones is cheesy it looks like a try hard mess overall not to mention that these rock\edgy songs rarely do well in esc

up!
up!
3 years ago

I’m really happy about the outcome. This will be definitely one of my favourites in Lisboa.
So far, this year kicks off marvellously imo…

AzeriChico
AzeriChico
3 years ago

It’s just an OK-ish song, not bad, not that good. I don’t see it doing well in May tho..

1. France 9/10
2. Spain 7.5/10
3. Albania 7/10
4. Czech Republic 7/10
5. Malta 6/10
6. Switzerland 5/10

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 years ago

I still think that Ciara was the only one that brought something special to my ears. But I know it’s a song that needs the silence of a small teather and probably wouldn’t survive a noisy arena. If only she could grab our attention as Salvador was able to do, but that was not the case. So I think Switzerland made the best possible choice. “Stones” is a dynamic song which lyrics that address a current subject. I don’t think they do it with the necessary punch though. The siblings seem to be lovely and I guess most people will… Read more »

poipoi
poipoi
3 years ago

My new top :
1:/ France (so far)
2:/ Czech Republic (so far)
3:/ Switzerland
4:/ Malta
5:/ Spain
6:/ Albania

My Top 2 is very strong and Albania is my real last but it’s hard to choose between Switzerland, Malta and Spain

beccaboo1212
3 years ago

Welcome back to the final, Switzerland! 😀

James
James
3 years ago

Do people really believe at what oddmakers have to say?

Joe
Joe
3 years ago
Reply to  James

The same bookies who said it was Italy until, like, the day of the finals? I can count the amount of times the bookies got it right the first time on one hand. (Far as I can remember, ’97, ’09, and ’12 were the only times the bookies got it right the first time, maybe ’88 as well. Feel free to prove me wrong!)

Denis
Denis
3 years ago
Reply to  Joe

In 2015 they got the top 5 exactly right.
And let’s not forget that everybody, not just bookies, were sure Italy would win. I mean I can’t tell how many comments I read on here that said “Italy will win with the biggest margin ever” and “Italy should already start to pick arena for next year”. There was also the “it will be the biggest winning song in ESC history”
Don’t blame the bookies for that. We all fell for the hype, with or without bookies.

Joe
Joe
3 years ago
Reply to  Denis

And I stand corrected! Well done, sir. I have heard many stories about the Italian hype (I only got into the contest July of last year). In hindsight, it should’ve been in the top 5, but considering how hard it is to pin down what makes a Eurovision song a winner (you couldn’t draw a clear thread from, say, Believe to Fairytale to Satellite to Running Scared, since they were all very different songs and music tastes change over time), it takes a lot for me to determine a Eurovision song “winner-ly,” and that’s mostly in hindsight. Italy didn’t really… Read more »

Kris
Kris
3 years ago
Reply to  Joe

It changed it one day before Semi-final as in after jury semi-final to Portugal!!

Marcelo
Marcelo
3 years ago
Reply to  James

They have Spain very high. Like, yeah right.

Matt
Matt
3 years ago

The chorus is really strong and catchy, not quite as Lie to Me but really good. The first two verses however dragged a lot I think the staging didn’t really elevate it until the second half of the song. Make it a bit more visually interesting (don’t have camera angles where the lights block the artists faces) and with a good place in the running order I see this putting Switzerland back in the final 01) Lie to Me – Czech Republic 02) Tu Cancion – Spain 03) Stones – Switzerland 04) Mercy – France 05) Mall – Albania 06)… Read more »

Con
Con
3 years ago

1. France
2. Czech Republic
3. Spain
4.Albania
5. Switzerland
6. Malta

AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago

Yeeesss!!!!! My favourite song! This entry brings even more diversity to this year’s Eurovision. It’s the best choice Switzerland could make! Wish them luck!

Patrick
Patrick
3 years ago

Well I don’t like rock songs so there is my first issue ( but of course that’s just a personal preference ). And what can the do with the staging. Nothing more that give her a mic stand and him the drums. The lyrics were mention quite a lot but I don’t think that the audience listen so much to a rock song when they hear the t the first time!!!there is just too much going on. That only works for ballads of mid-tempos! I’m Swiss by the way!

Safiya
Safiya
3 years ago

Meh.

John Moynahan
John Moynahan
3 years ago

IMO Switzerland made big strides forward with this year’s selection..
The overall quality was much higher than last year..all songs were good
Therein lies the problem………all the songs were very good….but not great…..
In my opinion “Stones” was the best of the bunch and I do enjoy it…..it’s just not special enough…..Not to win
All these comments apply to the UK selection on Wednesday also…..overall good but not great
Sorry!!

desfolhada
desfolhada
3 years ago

OMG Madonna will perform on ESC 2018

beccaboo1212
3 years ago
Reply to  desfolhada

Nope. Not confirmed. :/

desfolhada
desfolhada
3 years ago
Reply to  beccaboo1212

it’s about the Switzerland’s woman, she looks a like Madonna

Nicola
Nicola
3 years ago

Yes! My favourite song won!

MY TOP 6:
1. Spain
2. Czech Republic
3. Albania
4. Switzerland
5. France
6. Malta

Kazool
Kazool
3 years ago

The song has a powerful message.
No person can be insulted or mobbed on the internet while the authors of such hate speech remain anonymous. The lyrics invite to – metaphorically – throw stones in defense. Live and let live!

Michael
Michael
3 years ago
Reply to  Kazool

No, I’m pretty sure that violates free speech. A person does have the right to stay anonymous if they merely insult or “mob” a person. If this is really what the song is about, then I can’t believe we’ve got 2 political songs already. Both supporting social justice ideas. How lame.

Jonas
Jonas
3 years ago
Reply to  Michael

Oh, please.

Azaad
Azaad
3 years ago
Reply to  Michael

So what if songs have nice messages. I love how poignant and important Mercy is.

Michael
Michael
3 years ago
Reply to  Azaad

Mercy does have a nice laid-back feel and I don’t speak French. But this song was never about the song itself, it was about the political message. And the political message falls flat when you learn that it doesn’t apply in the majority of cases. All of these songs about refugees ignore the facts. They aren’t going to let us forget the meaning at Eurovision.

Polegend Godgarina
3 years ago

They did the right choice. But that The Voice auditioner hat needs to go at the Eurovision.

Daniel_2017
Daniel_2017
3 years ago

Great choice! I must say, Alejandro would have been also a good one.

Vanessa disappointed me a little tonight, but I have her song on a loop, I love it so much! I was surprised of how low the televoting ranked her.

Rory
Rory
3 years ago

I like the song. Alejandro’s as well.

Will this song make me vote for it? No.

Good luck CH!

For now, I can only see Czech Rep. making me voting for it.

Neeeeext song/country, please!

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

Just wanna throw it out there that Tina Turner is a Swiss citizen. Next year, Switzerland. Next year.

Calum Macleod
Calum Macleod
3 years ago

I am so so happy my favourite won!

My ranking:
1. France
2. Switzerland
3. Czech Republic
4. Albania
5. Spain
6. Malta

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 years ago

Best choice they could made! My top:
1. France, 10/10
2. Czech Republic, 9/10
3. Malta, 8/10
4. Switzerland, 7,5/10
5. Spain, 6,5/10
6. Albania, 4/10

Henry
Henry
3 years ago

Nice political song, but the girl doesn’t convey the feelings of the song. She needs to at least pretend she hates Trump and be pro-new generation.

Kazool
Kazool
3 years ago
Reply to  Henry

The lyrics have a powerful message.
No person can be insulted or mobbed on the internet while the authors of such hate speech remain anonymous. The lyrics invite to – metaphorically – throw stones in defense. Live and let live!

Marc
Marc
3 years ago

Not great, not bad. That’s the problem.. it doesn’t make any impact.
It won’t make people to pick up the phone like Sebalter did in 2014. It’s too average and forgettable. Not enjoyable, not catchy. It has nothing to stand out.
France, Spain or Czech Republic are way ahead compared to this. They make you feel something which is the key.

Marc
Marc
3 years ago
Reply to  Marc

Unlike* Sebalter I mean. People called to vote for him xD. Switzerland 2018 is the opposite.

penaut butter and jelly
penaut butter and jelly
3 years ago

1 ALB 2 CZE 3 FRA 4 ESP 5 MAL 6 SWI

Héctor
Héctor
3 years ago

I’m happy with this choice! However, I’m not sure if Switzerland will qualify. I would have preferred Chiara’s “Secrets and Lies”. I can’t believe the jury ranked her 5th out of 6.

For now this is my new top:

1. Spain (8.5)
2. Albania (8.25)
3. Switzerland (7.25)
4. France (7)
5. Czech Republic (4.5)
6. Malta (4)

bulgariastan
bulgariastan
3 years ago

She also worked on All the Feels by Renaida.

Janro
Janro
3 years ago

And yet again my favourite comes second… First Eva, then Song for Dad, and now Compass. Very disappointed. Stones is a pretty good song but I really did love Compass.

My top 6 as it stands:
1. Czech Republic
2. Spain
3. Switzerland
4. Albania
5. Malta
6. France

Steve
Steve
3 years ago

Looks like that this year’s Eurovision has all chances of being a wake ahead of funeral. I like the girl, not the song. Why do countries choose mid-tempo songs or ballads?

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
3 years ago
Reply to  Steve

Albania: kinda rock song, no ballad, France: Pop song, no ballad, czech republic: Uptempo song, no ballad, Spain: Okay, this is a ballad, Switzerland: Uptempo song, not a ballad… We’ve got ONE ballad out of 6. Your comment doesn’t make any sense.

Colin
Colin
3 years ago
Reply to  Steve

This is a very uptempo rock! What’s up with your hearing?

Steve
Steve
3 years ago
Reply to  Colin

Pals, I need some dance pop songs like Descpacito or Timberlake’s hit songs. That’s how we should party that night and not sit back and yawn. No song can make me stand and party so far. Sorry and please don’t be rude. It’s my opinion

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
3 years ago
Reply to  Steve

It’s not about being the fastest pop trash! it’s about good Music. if you want swedish Pop trash 43 times, go for it….But slow Songs are as equally good as fast songs.Often even better.

Colin
Colin
3 years ago
Reply to  Steve

Whether or not it’s any good is totally your opinion. Whether or not it’s a ballad is a fact. It’s not. Nothing to do with it’s quality or individual taste. We all have our own personal favorites and that’s cool. Only saying that musical tempo is a metric fact and not up to debate. Use different reason to say it’s bad, if that’s how you feel.

Joe
Joe
3 years ago
Reply to  Colin

Listen man, I’m all for a mix of uptempo and slow, but last time I can remember a largely uptempo year, it was 2008. Did anyone actually like 2008? That’s the worst year in recent memory to me.

Pasadena
Pasadena
3 years ago

Best of the bunch tonight, but worst of the 6 selected so far.

Marcelo
Marcelo
3 years ago
Reply to  Pasadena

That’s Malta, though.

Stephanie
3 years ago

Again, the best song won! It’s a great song, and with just a little fine tuning on the vocals combined with good staging and decent promotion, I think this could do well. With SF1 wide open as compared to SF2, it all depends on how well the performance goes

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
3 years ago

My ranking: 1.czech republic 2.Spain 3.France 4.Albania 5. Switzerland 6.Malta.. Not that Stones is bad… I just think it’s kinda average and nothing special.

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

Legends is the big favorite, so you might be on to something!

brennan
brennan
3 years ago

my issue is like… this song seems to be super angry about nothing in particular… is there something else other than !!!the world is unfair and I can’t do anything!!!! sung by… middle class white people from switzerland? i can see it *maybe* being an anti-trump anthem but in that case it sparks as much thought as maraaya’s ‘diamond duck,’ ie none in comparison to mercy it just sounds so juvenile and I guess there’s some aggressive american-sounding grit in this that mimics some sort of southern rock (alabama shakes? samuel adams ads?) but As Someone From South Of The… Read more »

Kazool
Kazool
3 years ago
Reply to  brennan

The lyrics actually are about sexual harassment.
No person can be insulted or mobbed on the internet while the authors of such hate speech remain anonymous. The lyrics invite to – metaphorically – throw stones in defense. Live and let live!

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

Yay! I’m happy. You’re on the right track, Switzerland! Pull through!

So, we’ve got six now. I enjoy them all, and again, my opinion will change as we get closer to the contest, but for now:
1. Spain
2. Albania
3. Switzerland
4. France
5. Czech Republic
6. Malta
Let’s see how things change! Three days until we hear from the United Kingdom, six until Italy and Denmark! I’m pumped!

That grumpy guy
That grumpy guy
3 years ago

The typical radio-friendly songs you listen for 3 or 4 days then you forget them forever and ever. Might pass the Semi, but pretty sure it will be bottom in the final. Too generic. No emotion. 1. Albania (Too much potential in this. I keep listening to it everyday on my phone on my way to work) 2, France (I just love it, but it has started to fade a little bit. Not much replays on my way to work lol. I see a winner potential in this though. Paris 2019 maybe?) ——–DECENT SONGS BORDER——— 3. Malta (catchy at first,… Read more »

That grumpy guy
That grumpy guy
3 years ago

pumped up by*