Switzerland: Everything settled for tomorrow’s artist and song presentation
SRF has revealed that Switzerland’s act and song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be revealed tomorrow in Zurich at 14:30 CET. Already in July 2018 SRF had announced to skip their national final format “Die Entscheidungsshow” and to opt for an internal choice instead.
As Switzerland has failed to qualify for the Grand Final since 2014, SRF decided to select its Eurovision 2019 entry via a collaboration of a public spectator panel with an international expert jury without any broadcast of the selection process. The public spectator panel was made up of 100 Swiss citizens, who were chosen to represent the taste and voting at the Eurovision Song Contest as accurate as possible. The used algorithm (reminiscent of the German selection process in 2018 and 2019) was based on a questionnaire worked out by the leading cosulting firms Digame and Simon-Kucher, that are involved in the voting process of the Eurovision Song Contest.
All of the 420 songs submitted to SRF were assessed and evaluated by both the public spectator panel and the international expert jury, whose combined results resulted in the final decision on the Swiss entry in Tel Aviv. SRF will reveal the final decision and therefore the act and the song that will represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv tomorrow in Zurich at 14:30 CET.
Switzerland made its debut at the very first Eurovision Song Contest back in 1956 and won the same year with Lys Assia. It was not until 1988 when the country was crowned winner for the second time with Celine Dion leaving the United Kingdom behind by a narrow margin of only 1 point.
Last year the duo ZiBBZ emerged as the winners of “Die Entscheidungssgow 2018” and represented Switzerland in Lisbon with their song “Stones”. In spite of their dynamic performance they could not avoid Switzerland’s fourth successive failure to qualify for the Grand Final.