Back in Turin, Marius Bear made it three-in-a-row for Switzerland, taking the country back to the grand final following the success of Luca Hänni and Gjon’s Tears. Now SRF is hoping to do it again with the public launch of its Eurovision 2023 selection.
Once again Switzerland will choose its song using its internal selection method, which involves two separate panels. Here’s how the broadcaster sums up the process on their official Eurovision site.
Switzerland accepting songs for Eurovision 2023 internal selection
“From August 25 to September 8, 2022 at 10 p.m., songwriters, producers, artists and lyricists are invited to submit their song for Switzerland for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. A panel of 100 viewers and an international expert jury will determine the Swiss contribution. The applications are not publicly accessible.”
“In a multi-stage selection process, 100 selected viewers help determine who will represent Switzerland with which song…The spectator panel is supplemented by a 20-strong international expert jury, who have already proven their expertise as members of the respective Eurovision country juries. As with the international ESC shows, the votes count for 50 percent each.”
“SRF developed this selection process in cooperation with Digame, SRF’s technical partner, who also carries out the process.”
In recent years, Switzerland’s professional jury has included a number of former Eurovision singers, including Spain’s Ruth Lorenzo, Slovenia’s Tinkara Kovac, and Romania’s Ovi.
In its rules, the broadcaster states that it’s looking for “a contemporary song that has international appeal and will stand out” and notes that “the lyrics should have a strong, clear and easily understood message.”
The broadcaster also suggests that songs will benefit from themes that tap into the zeitgeist.
“At the Eurovision Song Contest, it is partly a question of addressing certain themes which will stir the emotions of viewers and jurors. We therefore encourage composers and songwriters also to submit songs about themes that reflect current events or those whose content will evoke an emotional reaction or a feeling of recognition in the ESC audience.”
Anyone, regardless of where they live, can submit an entry…though the Swiss will have the edge if things get close.
“If two entrants score equal points, preference will be given to performers who are Swiss citizens or who are resident in Switzerland. However, nationality is not a deciding factor and does not prohibit anyone from entering a song.”
You can read the full rules in English here.