After two top-five finishes in the past two editions of Eurovision, Switzerland is sticking with its successful song selection formula. Now German-Swiss broadcaster SRF has opened submissions for its internal selection, looking for the entry that will represent Switzerland at Eurovision 2022.
SRF has opened applications, which can be made via a form on the broadcaster’s website. The submission period opens today, 1 September, and closes at midday (CET) on 15 September 2021.
Switzerland’s internal selection process for Eurovision 2022
Last month, SRF announced details of its internal selection process for 2022. Switzerland will again use a 100-person panel to help select its entry. The panel was selected earlier in the year in conjunction with regular partner Digame. The panel has been specially selected to represent the tastes of a typical Eurovision viewer, rather than Eurovision fans.
During the selection process, the songs will also be assessed by a 20-person international expert jury. In recent years, the jury has included former Eurovision acts such as Ruth Lorenzo and Tinkara Kovač, as well as names outside the Eurovision bubble.
The final decision of Switzerland’s song for Eurovision 2022 will be decided in a 50/50 vote by the audience panel and expert jury.
Looking for songs that ‘trigger an emotional response’
SRF has also published terms and conditions of entry, with details of the song selection. The broadcaster says they are looking for a “contemporary, striking song” and that “the lyrics should have a strong, clear and understandable message.”
The broadcaster is also urging songwriters to not hold back with the themes of their songs. In one section, the rules advise that:
“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.”
This could be seen as a reference to the success of Gjon’s Tears’ emotional song “Tout l’univers”. The French lyrics and emotional interpretation took the listener on an emotional journey and won over both juries and televoters in Rotterdam.
The rules don’t say when the successful act will be announced but notes that applicants will know by the end of 2021 if their song has been successful. The rules also require the successful acts to be available for rehearsals from January 2022 onwards.
The contest is open to entrants of any nationality, however in the case of a tiebreak, priority will be given to Swiss acts.
Switzerland has used their internal selection process since 2019 and the system has worked well for the nation. In 2019, Luca Hänni finished fourth in the Eurovision grand final with “She Got Me”. Earlier this year. Gjon’s Tears did one better, finishing third with his song “Tout l’univers”. Switzerland may be hoping they can do even better in 2022.
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