RTS, the Swiss Francophone broadcaster has informed esctoday.com that it will be holding an internal selection on November 18 in order to select 6 candidates for the 2014 Swiss Eurovision national selection.
RTS confirmed to esctoday.com that it has received aproximately 30 entries. A special panel of judges will evaluate all received entries on 18 November and select 6 entries for the Swiss casting. The first round of the 2014 Swiss national selection, the live audition is scheduled to be held in Zurich on 30 November where 9 candidates from SRF, 6 candidates from RTS and 3 candidates from RSI will be scrutinised by a special jury.
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.
Switzerland is one of the founder members of the Eurovision Song Contest, having hosted the very first edition in Lugano in 1956 and winning the very first grand prix with Lys Assia‘s Refrain on home ground. The Helvetic nation has won the event 2 times in 1956 with Lys Assia and in 1988 with Celine Dion’s Ne partez pas sans moi.