While Switzerland‘s song selection for 2019 is taking place behind closed doors, broadcaster SRF is keeping fans up to date with the progress. The German-Swiss broadcaster has recently announced that of the 420 song entries received, a shortlist of five has been decided by the juries.
The broadcaster confirmed the update on its Facebook page. It told fans that the audience panel and expert jury had selected the top five songs.
The next stage is for the selected songs to be matched with performers. SRF said that music producers are now demoing the songs with various artists. After that, the completed songs will again be assessed by the juries.
All this is happening privately. The first the public will hear is when the selected song for Eurovision 2019 is released to the public sometime in March. It is not known if the four runners-up will also be released..
Selektions-Update: Die Zuschauer- und Experten-Jurys haben die Top 5 Songs gewählt ?, die nun Musikproduzenten mit verschiedenen Künstlern testen ?. Dann folgt eine weitere Jury-Bewertung. Den Beitrag für die Schweiz kommunizieren wir im März.
Posted by SRF Eurovision Song Contest on Friday, November 16, 2018
Back in October, SRF confirmed that 420 entries had been received for open song selection process.
These songs included three shortlisted by the Italian-Swiss broadcaster RSI. The broadcaster held an online poll, open to all. In the end, the three top-rated songs were Julie Meletta with “Mama (I Walk Alone)”, Scilla Hess with “Playground” and Eurovision 2014 representative Sebalter with “We’ll Carry the Light”.
All the Swiss songs were then assessed by a 100-person audience panel and 20 international jurors. The audience panel was demographically selected from Swiss fans to represent the tastes of general Eurovision televoters. The audience panel and international jury each counted for 50% of the vote.
Earlier in the year, SRF announced major changes for the way it selects Switzerland’s act for the Eurovision Song Contest. In July it scrapped long-time national final Die Entscheidungsshow and unveiled the new internal selection process.
The process appears closely modelled on Germany’s selection for Eurovision 2018, down to the same data partner Simon-Kucher & Partners being drafted in to algorithmically select an audience panel with the broadest possible music taste for the competition.
SRF will hope changes can reverse a downturn in Switzerland’s fortunes at Eurovision in recent years. Swiss acts have spent the past four years in the semi-finals and have only made it to the grand final twice since the two semi-final format was introduced in 2008.
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