Switzerland will reveal its entry for Eurovision 2020 next Wednesday, 4 March. But until then, the broadcaster and stirred up some hype. SRF has released a video showing ordinary Swiss folk listening to the song for Rotterdam, with some giving some very intriguing comments.
The short video was released on the official Eurovision Twitter account. It shows everyday Swiss people listening to the song through headphones and giving their opinion on the song.
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A few listeners don’t offer more than an enthusiastic “wow”, but others reveal more about the song itself.
One man wonders, “Is it a man or a woman?”. As any viewer of The Voice knows, it isn’t always possible to tell the gender of a performer from their voice alone. The comment perhaps suggests a performer with a broad singing range.
But whoever is singing, it prompts another man to exclaim, “Wow, amazing voice!”
The other comment getting Eurovision fans excited is from a man who says, “I heard this language before but I can’t say what it is.”
Switzerland has four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansch. Most Swiss speakers would be familiar with all four to some extent, as well as English. Romansch is the least common, but would a Swiss person not be able to identify it? Switzerland previously sent a Romansch song to Eurovision in 1989, when Furbaz sang “Viver senza tei”.
Or could the song include lyrics in another European language? Is it the whole song or just a few lines?
“So many emotions!”
Others have commented on the character of the song. One woman has a strong reaction, declaring, “Wow… it goes straight to the heart!” Another woman simply says, “This is beautiful”, while a man exclaims “So many emotions!”
The reactions suggest an emotional ballad, but the listeners seem to be bopping their heads at a faster pace, suggesting at least a mid-tempo song.
One thing is for sure, the song doesn’t seem to be giving the same sort of high-energy vibes we would expect to see for a song like last year’s entry, “She Got Me”. This suggests that Switzerland is moving in a different direction for 2019.
Switzerland’s Eurovision 2020 selection process
Back in September, the Swiss broadcaster confirmed that 515 songs had been submitted to the 2020 internal selection process.
Then, a 100-member audience panel and a 20-person international expert jury rated both the song submissions and artists. SRF revealed the 20 individuals making up the jury in December of last year. The list contained several familiar faces from the Eurovision bubble, such as Spain’s Ruth Lorenzo and Slovenia’s Tinkara Kovac.
Furthermore, the broadcaster opted to invite back many who partook in the process last year — a clear indication that Switzerland aims to repeat the success of 2019. The two panels also made the final decision as to the lucky artist and song that will make it to Eurovision. The audience panel and expert jury votes were split 50/50.
The panel has now selected the Swiss act for Rotterdam. Broadcaster SRF will announce the Swiss entry for Eurovision 2020 next Wednesday, 4 March.
What do you think? Who do you think Switzerland’s singer will be? And what sort of song will they perform? Tell us your thoughts below!