We haven’t heard much lately about the Swiss selection process for Eurovision 2020, but behind the scenes, the things are running at full blast. The Swiss broadcaster SRF has now revealed that Switzerland‘s act for Rotterdam will now be revealed in March 2020.
The broadcaster confirmed to Swiss fan site douzepoints.ch that it will present Luca Hänni’s successor sometime in March 2020. It is likely to be earlier in the month, as the deadline for Eurovision 2020 songs is March 9th.
Back in September, the broadcaster confirmed that 515 songs had been submitted to the broadcaster for their 2020 internal selection process.
Switzerland’s selection process for Eurovision 2020
From there, a 100-member audience panel and a 20-person international expert jury will rate both the song submissions and artists. The two panels will also make the final decision as to the lucky artist and song that will make it to Eurovision. The audience panel and expert jury will have a 50/50 vote split.
Things are a lot quieter this season compared to last year. Back then, there was plenty of fan speculation that well-known singer Luca Hänni was one of the shortlisted acts for Tel Aviv. This year, however, rumours are scarce.
Douzepoints.ch asked the German-Swiss broadcaster SRF what their next step would be in selecting Switzerland’s act for Rotterdam. A spokesperson said, “Right now we are testing which singers fit to which best-ranked songs out of both juries the most. We are not just happy about the number of submissions we got but also about their quality.”
While the broadcaster did not say how many singers or songs are still in the game, SRF confirmed that both the singer and song will be presented in March 2020. Towards the end of the year, the broadcaster will show interviews members of both the public and expert juries.
Earlier this year, SRF announced that there won’t be any restriction about whether an act has a Swiss connection or not. Singers and songwriters from any country could enter. The submitted songs won’t be made public during the selection process.
In 2018, the broadcaster confirmed that it would switch to an internal selection instead of using their national final Die Große Entscheidungsshow. Luca Hänni, the lucky winner of this selection, represented Switzerland with “She Got Me”. He took Switzerland to the grand final for the first time since 2014. There he placed fourth, only six points behind Russian star Sergey Lazarev.
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