Back in July Switzerland’s SRF announced the death of its long-standing national selection Die Entschediungsshow. Ahead of Eurovision 2019, SRF will instead have an audience panel and international jury select the song. This won’t be televised, with the winning song being published at some point after the selection is made.
And today the broadcaster opened the application process for that 100-member audience panel. According to the SRF announcement page, “the 100 people of the panel should best represent the televoting results of over 40 ‘ESC’ countries.” They will be selected “in a multi-stage selection process through online surveys.”
That process begins today with an online survey to assess your taste. We’ve had a look at the questions and don’t want to give anything away, but the intro page is pasted below so you can hear straight from the source.
The survey is available in French, Italian and German. You must be in Switzerland to be considered. But anyone can take the assessment for fun.
Switzerland: Audience panel invite
We are looking for you!
Support us in choosing the next ESC candidate for Switzerland and join the 100-member Eurovision jury!
As part of the jury, you decide from the preselection of the songs to the final vote, which candidate Switzerland will send in 2019 to Israel.
We want to get to know you better. You have to spend 5-7 minutes in which you show us through 2 x 3 video reviews your taste in music.
With a little luck, you’ll even win one of two iPads, which we’re giving away to all participants!
This should all sound familiar, as the Swiss appear to be taking note from Germany. Following years in the Eurovision wilderness, Germany climbed back into the Top 5 this year after working with the firm to develop its own multi-stage selection process involving a series of surveys.
The Swiss survey page very clearly displays the logo of Simon-Kucher & Partners, a leading data analysis and consulting firm. As reported by German media in the past, that’s the firm that developed a special algorithm to help Germany separate Eurovision fans from Eurovision fans with predictive power (aka, “broad European tastes”).
Are you going to apply to be part of Switzerland’s selection panel? Do you think this new method will help give Switzerland life at the contest? Let us know down below!