Among the very first ones to make a move in this new Eurovision season there is Switzerland. Italian-speaking broadcaster RSI has opened the online voting for 13 bidding acts. Believe your eyes: a big comeback may be underway.
Not even two weeks into the official Eurovision season, and Eurofans can already enjoy potential entries. Swiss-italian broadcaster RSI has opened an online platform to vote 13 bidding acts.
Between comebacks and newcomers
An explanation is needed: these 13 songs are not yet in the official national selection. They have been selected by RSI and submitted to a public vote. According to the results, a few songs may be officially submitted to the juries in charge of the internal Swiss selection.
13 songs, 10 artists. Among them, a few known faces of the Swiss selection, such as Scilla Hess (Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow 2011) or Iris Moné (2014). Yet, Eurofans will recognise someone in particular: Sebalter! The 33 year-old lawyer from Giubiasco is back with a new hit, Carry the light. He represented the land-locked country in 2014 with the title Hunter of stars reaching the 13th spot in the Grand Final with 64 points. To this day, he is the last Swiss representative to reach the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
You can listen the 13 bidding entries on the online platform of RSI and give your opinion until Friday, 28 September at 12:00 CET.
Huge interest for public jury
But Sebalter isn’t the only Eurovision news coming from Switzerland this week. In an interview with douzepoints.ch, the Swiss Head of Delegation Reto Peritz confirmed that Swiss-German broadcaster SRF has received an astonishing total of 6,100 submissions for the public jury, which will count for 50% of the final vote in the internal selection. 1’000 lucky ones will be contacted by the broadcaster and only 100 will have their say on the internally selected acts.
Have you submitted your application? Will you be one of the few lucky ones?
In the meantime, let’s watch again Sebalter with Hunter of stars on stage in Copenhagen (2014).