Switzerland: Online platform closes, familiar faces enter

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The chance to submit songs to the Swiss online platform has come to a close as the country moves a step closer to selecting their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Over 100 songs were submitted for consideration. Acts from across the globe and not just Europe have put in their bid to represent Switzerland in Stockholm next year.

Amongst the acts competing is Barbara Berta, who represented Switzerland back in 1997. She picked up five points that year for her song Dentro di me.

Another entrant with previous Eurovision experience is Omar Naber. He represented his home country, Slovenia, in 2005. He failed to reach the final in Kiev after a 12th place finish in the semi.

Andrius Pojavis has also entered the running. He previously represented Lithuania in 2013 and is hoping to make a return to the contest for Switzerland with his entry Air of the place.

Ramona Nerra is someone the Germans might be familiar with, as the singer made it into the final 12 in The Voice of Germany back in 2012.

Of the 100+ songs, only ten will make it to the next stage of the competition.

The top ten will be chosen by a combination of a public and jury vote and represent SRF in the second phase.

The ten lucky acts will join a further six acts selected by RTS and three chosen by RSI, who will all perform in front of an expert panel.

The expert panel will then shortlist six finalists to compete in the country’s national final. Three of those finalists will come from the online platform, two from RTS and one from RSI.

The vote for songs on the online platform will begin on November 2 and will take place on the SRF website.

Earlier this year, Melanie Rene won the Swiss national final and represented Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Her performance of Time to shine wasn’t enough to earn herself a place in the final after placing 17th in the semi-final.

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