After earlier confirming they were sticking with the successful internal selection format for Eurovision 2020, German-Swiss broadcaster SRF has now opened applications for Switzerland‘s 2020 song selection process. And this year’s process has some good news for creatives outside of Switzerland.
When Swiss broadcaster SRF announced in 2018 that it was scrapping the national final in favour of internal selection, fans were unsure if this was a good move. But after Luca Hänni sailed through to the grand final and gave Switzerland its second-best Eurovision result since Céline Dion’s 1988 victory, it seems like internal selection is the ticket to success.
The broadcaster launched the online applications today, including a version of the entry form in English. With Canadian and Swedish songwriters on the “She Got Me” team, SRF know the power of an international team.
As with previous years, SRF says that it is looking for a “modern, striking song”. The broadcaster notes that “Words must have a strong, clear and understandable message.” When she go low, she go so low, y’all!
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The broadcaster elaborates on what they’re looking for:
“One of the purposes of the Eurovision Song Contest is to arouse the feelings of the viewers and jury members by addressing certain topics. We therefore encourage composers and lyricists to submit songs that address topical issues or which trigger an emotional reaction or recognition among ESC viewers with their content.”
While last year’s application process started with looking only for songs with the intention of later matching them with singers, this year applicants can note if the singer on the demo also wishes to perform the song at Eurovision.
Open to all
The competition is also reverting to the popular rule from previous years, having no restrictions on the nationality of either the performer or the songwriter. The contest, however, is still interested to know of any Swiss connections. And if there is a tie-break at any point during the selection process, the Swiss act will win the tie.
Since the 2017 national final, entrants had been required to have some sort of Swiss connection. Prior to that, the contest was open to all, which led to the online video submissions website becoming a last chance saloon for the unsuccessful songwriters of Europe.
But with the current internal process, SRF promises that the unselected songs will not be made public.
The exact process of selecting Switzerland’s song for Rotterdam hasn’t been detailed, but it will involve “various levels and stages” and a 100-person viewer jury and a 20-person expert jury.
Applications are now open and will close on 16 September 2019 at midday.
What do you think? Who would you like to see enter this year? What sort of song should Switzerland send to Eurovision 2020? Tell us your thoughts below!