As the old adage goes, if it ain’t broken – don’t fix it.
Considering Luca Hänni achieved an incredible fourth place at Eurovision 2019 (their best result since 1993), Swiss broadcaster SRF has stuck with doing away with the previous national selection show Die Entscheidungsshow, opting again for an internal selection.
The news was announced on the SRF website this morning by Luca, who reminisced of submitting his entry “She Got Me” this time last year. Now a platinum-selling recording artist, he goes to prove what a difference a year makes!
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@lucahaenni1 and broadcaster SRF have officially announced their internal selection process for #ESC2020. Singers and songwriters can submit their entry from September 2, and an 100-audience panel and 20 international experts will select the winning song and artist. ???? #eurovision2019 #eurovision #switzerland #lucahaenni
The broadcaster will instead open submissions on 2 September, encouraging songwriters, producers, artists and lyricists to submit a song. Like last year, entries submitted will not be made publicly available – meaning that we will have to wait until a later date for the big winning song reveal.
The SRF website has released a regulations document, including their agenda for their song selection. The network is looking for a “modern, striking song that complies with international requirements, and have a strong, clear and understandable message”.
Applicants are able to submit a song without a singer, but must provide a demo voice. This does leave room for SRF to internally select their artist and match them with an appropriate song.
The winning song and singer combo will be chosen again by an 100-member audience panel and 20 experts on an international jury – who have already proven their ESC expertise as members of their countries’ national juries. Their final decision, with each group accounting for 50% of total votes, will determine who will fly the red and white flag to The Netherlands in 2020.
SRF will be hoping to repeat the success of this year, with the same selection process garnering their best result in years.
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