While the internal selection of the Swiss entry for Eurovision 2019 is largely taking place behind closed doors, one Swiss broadcaster has just invited the public to help out. Italian-Swiss broadcaster RSI has launched an online poll, where members of the public can listen to and rate snippets of 13 songs.
This year Switzerland has done away with its national final and will instead choose their act internally. An audience panel and international jury will select the song after a non-broadcast event where the competing songs will be performed.
But it’s up to each of Switzerland’s three broadcasters to field the acts that the juries will judge. RSI have chosen to get the public involved via an online survey.
Interested members of the public can listen to snippets of the 13 potential songs and then rate them based on how much they like the song and if the song holds their interest.
This system has reminded fans of German-Swiss broadcaster SRF’s online public vote. But unlike that vote, RSI have already pre-selected the candidates. As well, voters have to register an account using their email address, making fraudulent voting a lot harder.
Of the 13 candidates, the most recognisable name is Sebalter. He represented Switzerland at Eurovision 2014, where his feel-good song “Hunter of Stars” placed 13th in the grand final. It remains Switzerland’s best result since 2005, and one of only two qualifiers in the past 12 years.
He’s long been a fan favourite to return to Eurovision — and this year fans may get their wish. This time Sebalter has the song “We’ll Carry the Light”.
Also on the list is The Voice of Switzerland finalist Iris Moné. She has two songs: the English “Lift My Soul Up” and the Italian “Torno a casa”.
Matteo Rossi is taking another shot at Eurovision. He first appeared in 2016 under the stage name Theo, where his song “Because of You” placed fifth in the national final. He is now hoping that he’ll have better luck with “One More Time”.
RSI online candidates – Swiss national selection 2019
- Davide Buzzi – “Mama”
- Dianaerika Lettieri – “Amore infernale”
- Iris Moné – “Lift My Soul Up”
- Iris Moné – “Torno a casa”
- Julie Meletta – “Mama (I Walk Alone)”
- Karin Cerini – “Sorry”
- Matteo Rossi – “One More Time”
- Max De Stefanis – “Dove finisce il giorno”
- NickAntic – “Until you will be mine”
- Scilla Hess – “Playground”
- Scilla Hess – “Silence Breakers”
- Sebalter – “We’ll Carry the Light”
- Tommaso Giacopini – “Mi hai detto ama”
Voting closes on 28 September. The winner of the poll will reportedly be announced on 30 September, on a radio special broadcast on RSI Rete Uno.
What is your favourite Italian-Swiss national selection candidate?
Once you’ve listened to all 13 songs, tell us what you think and vote in our poll. You can vote for as many songs as you like, but you can only vote once — so make it count!