This year's Eurovision Song Contest Serbian winner Marija �erifović entered the Swiss Hitparade at #19 on the Top 100 Singles chart this week. DJ BoBo is back at position #5, while Verka Serduchka, good neigbor Roger Cicero, and chick rockers Serebro are also charting between positions #53 and #68. DJ BoBo occupies the #2 spot on the Album chart, while the Official Eurovision Song Contest album with “all the songs from the show” is holding the #3 spot on the Swiss compilation chart.
The single Vampires are alive is climbing the Swiss Singles Top 100 chart again after falling out of the Top 10 before the Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki. One time favourite DJ BoBo did not qualify for the Song Contest final, but his entry started it's climb back up the hometown charts after his performance in the semi final – first to #9 last week and now to #5. As the Swiss entertainer said many times before the semi final, "You can't ruin a whole career with a three minute performance." The Swiss entry also landed on the Finnish (#12) and German (#37) charts; the song is #1 on the Euro Webcharts.
Molitva, the wining entry from Serbia sung by Marija Šerifović, just breaks into the Swiss Top 20 entering the Swiss Top 100 single charts at a respectable #19. Switzerland awarded her 12 points to Serbia.
Three more Song Contest entries enter the top part of the bottom half of the Swiss singles chart this week. Despite (or because of) her rather elementary German, Ukrainian Verka Serduchka enters the Swiss Top 100 chart at #53 with Dancing lasha tumbai. Roger Cicero from neighbouring Germany enters at #64 with Frauen regiern’ die Welt, and the mysterious Russian trio Serebro takes #68 with their entry Song #1.
At the same time DJ BoBo's concept album "Vampires" took the #2 position it's first week on the Swiss Top 100 Album chart (it was released the day after his semi final shutout), but it couldn't push Linkin Park's album "Minutes to Midnight" (which is also #1 on the Billboard European Top 100) out of the first position. The "Vampires" album also entered the Austrian charts at #74.
The "Vampires" album and the single Vampires are alive were both certified gold last week based on Swiss record sales (pictured DJ BoBo receives the gold certification from his record distributer TBA, AG).
For comparison, Finland's Hard rock hallelujah and Germany's No no never both reached the Top 10 in Switzerland last year. Lordi peaked at #5, while Texas Lightning peaked at #6. Las Ketchup and Kate Ryan also managed to break the Top 100 peaking at #82 and #65 respectively (the Swiss entry If we all give a little was not released as a single). However, before last year one must look back to 1990 for a Song Contest entry in the Swiss Top 10. In 1990 Italy's winning song Insieme: 1992 spent 17 weeks on the Swiss chart peaking at #2.
While the charts show Swiss support for the Song Contest – and a Swiss withdrawal seems unlikely – Swiss Television has not yet committed to taking part in the next Contests. They will begin evaluating their involvement in future editions in June. A Swiss Television spokesman Urs Durrer told the newspaper Heute, "We sent a worldwide star to the Contest with DJ BoBo and he was shut out. Now we will go over the books again and analise the all factors in detail." Meanwhile DJ BoBo claimed in a press conference that many established Swiss stars had already urged their record labels to put them forward for the next Song Contest in Serbia.