Today morning Switzerland’s national broadcaster  (SRF), revealed to the public the six entries of the national final for Eurovision 2018. The winning song of the final on 4 February in Zurich , will be the one to represent the country in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest next May. 

From a total of  670 songs that were submitted this year, a 20 member jury formed by musicians, fans, journalists and individuals from the TV audience cut the list down to the following six songs

The competing song A Thousand Times has been composed by Jonas Gladnikoff  that takes part every year in the national selection  and has written the Irish Eurovision entry back in 2009,2010 and 2014. In the song’s Secrets and Lies production we meet Jeroen Swinnen, who was behind Belgium’s 6th placing in 2010 with Tom Dice and the entry Me and My Guitar. The big surprise comes from the song Redlights, which is signed by the same team that brought to Bulgaria a 4th placing in 2016 and a 2nd one in 2017 (Borislav Milanov, Joacim Bo Persson, Johan Alkenäs, Jessica Ashley Karpov και Jesse Saint John) . More or less, taking a look at this year’s creators you see that they have a repeating presence in past national selections of other counties.

The six finalists will battle for the golden ticket in the show, Die Entscheidungsshow, on February 4. For the first time this year we will see a new international jury voting in a way that will maintain people’s anxiety until the end, at least that’s what SRF officials have stated. Additionally , Timebelle will perform the night of the national final based on last year’s winning song in Kiev ,Amar pelos dois.

Switzerland was the country to host and win the first Eurovision contest back in 1956. First winner was the popular to the eurovision family Lys Assia with her song Refrain. The country’s second victory came 32 years after,  with the Diva of today’s world music scene  Celine Dion and her song Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi. The last three years Switzerland hasn’t managed to reach the Grand Final. Last time that happened was in 2014 with Sebalter and Hunter of Stars which ended in the 13th place.