SRF, the German speaking Swiss national broadcaster has announced that the 2015 Swiss Eurovision national final will be held on 31 January in Kreuzlingen where a total of 6 acts will battle for the golden ticket to Austria.
SRF along with RTR, RTS and RSI will be organzing the 2015 Swiss national selection very much in the fashion of this year’s Swiss national selection. Artists, musicians, composers, wishing to compete at the forthcoming Swiss national selection can apply from September 29 until 27 October. The applicants will be able to upload their bidding entries on SRF’s digital platform. After a jury/public internet voting a total of 9 candidates will be shortlisted for the next phase. SRF and RTR will contribute at total of 9 acts for the second phase of the selection.
SRF has published the rules and regulations for the 2015 Swiss Eurovision National Selection on its official website. You can read them here.
SRF and RTR will select their bidding entries for the competition via the SRF digital platform selection whilst RSI and RTS will use their own mechanism and method to select their bidding entries.
During the 2nd Phase of the selection a total of 18 acts will audition live in front of a special jury and pannel of judges ( 9 acts selected by SRF/RTR, 3 by RSI and 6 by RTS). After an exhaustive evaluation and deliberation the expert jury will shorlist a total of 6 candidates who will compete for the golden ticket to Austria at the 2015 Swiss Eurovision national final on 31 January in Kreuzlingen. ( 3 acts from RTR/SRF, 1 act from RSI, 2 acts from RTS).
The 2015 Swiss Eurovision entry and representative will selected via a 50/50 jury- public televoting deliberation.
Sebalter won the 2014 Swiss Eurovision national final last February and represented Switzerland at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with his entry Hunters of stars. Switzerland achieving a 13th place in the grand final in Copenhagen.
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.
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