Swiss composers complain about Siegel's attendance

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SF DRS announced that Ralph Siegel is the composer of the Swiss entry for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. Like the choice of Vanilla Ninja did in 2005, Siegel's participation provocates anger among the Swiss composers.

Peter Reber told to a Swiss newspaper: “If the authors are not from Switzerland, at least the performing artists must be from our country”. Attila Sereftug, who wrote the Swiss entries in 1986 and 1988, isn't happy about the choice either: “That's a totally bad choice. It's like Switzerland declares its bancruptcy”. Another newspaper asked Heiri Dürst from the association of the Swiss musicians (Verband Schweizer Musiker) what he thinks about the decision: “It's scandalous. If Siegel is not able to succeed in Germany, he comes to us”.

SF DRS confirmed in a press release: “Ralph Siegel's entry was the best one. A national jury has chosen a song which is likely to become a hit. If some Swiss person had submitted a similar good song, he or she would have been favoured”. In 2006, SF DRS want to enter the top 10 again to be automatically qualified for the 2007 final. In 2005, Vanilla Ninja reached, with their song Cool vibes, the first top 10 position since 1993. Bernd Meinunger, who is the lyricist of the 2006 entry, also wrote the lyrics of Cool vibes under the name John O'Flynn.

In 1988, Switzerland won the contest with Céline Dion and Attila Sereftug's song Ne partez pas sans moi. In 1986 his song Pas pour moi finished second, sung by Daniela Simons.

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