It’s the Alpine nation that’s seen its Eurovision fortunes transform in recent years. And now, fresh from a second consecutive top-five finish, Switzerland is almost ready to hit the ground running for 2022. The country’s German-language broadcaster SRF has confirmed that it will start accepting songs from 1 September.
Switzerland will accept Eurovision 2022 submissions from 1 September
In an 8 July Facebook post, the Swiss TV channel writes in German: “Switzerland will also take part in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. From September 1st, it is possible to submit songs for the Swiss participation in the Eurovision Contest 2022. Detailed information on the registration regulations and selection will be communicated in mid-August”.
The post makes clear that we’ll have to wait another month before we get a clearer picture of what the Swiss have planned for next year. But given the success of both Luca Hänni in 2019 and Gjon’s Tears in 2021, one would expect that the broadcaster will stick with its current internal selection process.
Switzerland’s Eurovision selection process
In 2020, a 100-member audience panel and a 20-person international expert jury will rated both the song submissions and artists. The two panels also made the final decision on the artist and song — which in that instance turned out to be Gjon’s Tears with “Répondez-moi”. The audience panel and expert jury had a 50/50 vote split.
A similar process had been used in 2019. However, following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, Gjon’s Tears was internally reselected in 2021 without the involvement of the audience panel and expert jury. However, they still had a say on the selection of his song “Tout l’univers”.
While Switzerland has reaped the rewards of this system, it’s not necessarily a guaranteed way to the top of the scoreboard. Germany’s jury method is identical to that of Switzerland’s and indeed was developed by the same management consulting team. In 2019 and 2021, Germany placed 25th with both S!sters (including zero televote points) and Jendrik (again, no points from the public).
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