SRF, the Swiss German broadcaster has released further information on their 2014 Eurovision national final and song selection process.
A total of 6 candidates will compete in the Swiss national final on February 1st ( 3 from SRF/RT) ,2 from RTS and 1 from RSI. Each candidate will have to sing his/her respective entry + a cover version of another song.
The Method and Mechanism- How will it work?
Artists who wish to represent Switzerland at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest can do so by uploading a video of their song on the SRF’s internet platform: srf/ch/Eurovision, from 30 September- 28 October.
The song submitted must be no longer than 3 minutes and not shorter than 2 minutes and 50 seconds. It also must not have been published before 1.9.2013.The minimum age of the performers is 16 years (Cut-off date 1.5.2014). There are no language requirements, but the song should not contain any political, racist or violent lyrics.
Voting on srf.ch/Eurovision
After the deadline, online voting will kick off inviting the public to vote for their favorite songs. Simultaneosly a special jury will also deliberate their verdict. Hence a total of nine candidates will be selected by SRF and RTR via a 50/50 jury-online voting mechanism.
New selection mode
The 9 best candidates from the internet platform of SRF / RTR selection +6 candidates of RTS (via an internal selection)+3 candidates from RSI (via an internal selection) will present their song live in front of a panel of experts. Hence a total of 18 candidates will be go through an audition enfront of a special jury. They will all have to showcase their vocal and singing skills live along with their stage presence.
The 3 best performers from SRF+ 2 best performers from RTS +the best performer from RSI will qualify to compete at the 2014 Swiss Eurovision National Final which will be held on 1 February 2014 in Kreuzlingen. A total of 6 acts will fight for the golden ticket to Denmark, each act will have to peform 2 songs ( their respective Eurovision entry + a cover version of a song) in order to showcase their talent and vocal skills to the Swiss audience.
The 2014 Swiss entry will be selected via a 50/50 jury- televoting deliberation. You can find the rules to compete in the Swiss national final here
Stay tuned for more information on Switzerland and the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.