RTS, the Swiss French speaking broadcaster has confirmed to Esctoday.com that it will be selecting its candidates for the 2015 Swiss Eurovision national selection via a special jury selection. The broadcaster has opened the submission period for artists wishing to enter the 2015 Swiss Eurovision national selection via RTS.
Artists wishing to compete in the Swiss French RTS Eurovision selection can do so by sending in the required material (application forms, songs,videos, etc) to RTS from 09 Septemeber- 27 October. The Swiss French broadcaster will launch a special Eurovision page with the rules and regulations on its official website in due course. A special jury will then shortlist all received entries to 12 songs (27 October- 20 November). A special radio show is scheduled to air on 20 November where the 12 shortlisted songs will be premiered for the very first time, once again a special jury will evaluate all 12 entries and make their deliberation by selecting 6 songs which will proceed to the live audition scheduled to be held in Zurich on 7 December.
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). The live audition is scheduled to be held on 7 December in Zurich. 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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