Switzerland: RSI selects 3 acts via internal regional final

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 2,028 views

A special jury consisting of Paolo Meneguzzi ( Switzerland 2008), Ramona Cerutti and  Igor Negrini met up at the Rete Tre studios in Lugano today and evaluated a total of 23 entries, from which they have selected 3 entries.

Valentino Alfano, Sebalter and Jasmine are the lucky acts that have been selected today via an internal regional selection organized by Swiss Italian broadcaster RSI, in order to fight for the golden ticket to Copenhagen.

Valentiono Alfano- 103 parole

Sebalter- Hunter of stars

Jasmine – Higher Love

The 3 lucky acts will now take part in the live audition casting phase on November 30 in Zurich. One of them will qualify for the 2014 Swiss national final scheduled to be held in Kreuzlingen on 1 February.

The 2014 Swiss Italian Eurovision regional final kicked off today at 14: 30 at the Rete Tre studios. The 2008 Swiss Eurovision representative Paolo Meneguzzi along with Ramona Cerutti and Igor Negrini were resposible to evaluate all the competing entries and make a final deliberation in order to select the 3 lucky acts that qualify for the next round of the 2014 Swiss Eurovision national selection.


The 9 best candidates from the internet platformof 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  on November 30. 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.

Takasa  represented Switzerland at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo with You and Me.  Takasa failed to qualify to the grand final in Malmo.

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.

Stay tuned to esctoday.com for more information on Switzerland and the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.