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Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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 Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country  Switzerland
National selection
Selection processInternal selection
Selection date(s)7 March 2019
Selected entrantLuca Hänni
Selected song"She Got Me"
Selected songwriter(s)Laurell Barker
Mac Frazer
Luca Hänni
Jon Hällgren
Lukas Hällgren
Switzerland in the  Eurovision Song Contest
◄2018 2019

Switzerland will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR) organised an internal selection in order to select the Swiss entry for the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Prior to the 2019 Contest, Switzerland had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-nine times since their first entry in 1956.[1] Switzerland is noted for having won the first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Refrain" performed by Lys Assia. Their second and, to this point, most recent victory was achieved in 1988 when Canadian singer Céline Dion won the contest with the song "Ne partez pas sans moi". Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Switzerland had managed to participate in the final four times up to this point. In 2005, the internal selection of Estonian girl band Vanilla Ninja, performing the song "Cool Vibes", qualified Switzerland to the final where they placed 8th. Due to their successful result in 2005, Switzerland was pre-qualified to compete directly in the final in 2006. Between 2007 and 2010, the nation failed to qualify to the final after a string of internal selections. Since opting to organize a national final from 2011 onwards, Switzerland has managed to qualify to the final twice. In 2018, Switzerland failed to qualify to the final, placing 13th in the semi-final with the song "Stones" performed by Zibbz. The last time they had qualified was in 2014.

The Swiss national broadcaster, Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR), broadcasts the event within Switzerland and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. SRG SSR confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on 15 May 2018.[2] Along with their participation confirmation, the broadcaster also announced that the Swiss entry for the 2018 contest would be selected through a Die Entscheidungsshow which has been used to select the Swiss entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 has been dropped as part of austerity measures, and would therefore opt for an internal selection to select thir entry for 2019. The last time Switzerland internally selected their entry was in 2010.

Before Eurovision

Internal selection

On 19th July 2018, it was announced that Switzerland would drop Die Entscheidungsshow and select their entry by having 120 jury members to select the song that will represent them on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.[3]


The juries consisted of a 100-member public panel that was put together according to selected criteria in cooperation with Digame, while a 100-member International Expert Jury was formed of former members of the respective country juries at Eurovision. Both juries will each have a 50% say in the Swiss entry for Israel. Once the submission window closed on October 1 the two juries were invited to listen to all of the songs. All of the Swiss broadcasters; SRF, RSI, RTS and RTR had the ability to add wildcard entries to the selection. The final decision on the Swiss entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 was then be made by the public jury and the international expert jury, with the winner revealed on 8 March 2019 by the Swiss broadcasters.[4] On 19 December 2018, SRF revealed the 21-member international jury panel who will help to determine the Swiss entry and artist for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

RSI selection

On 21 July 2018, Switzerland’s Italian language broadcaster, RSI, launched its search for the nation's next entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Interested singers and songwriters were able to submit their entries between July 27 and August 30.[5] On 10 September 2018, RSI revealed the thirteen songs in the running for their Eurovision 2019 selection. A public poll was also launched for the public to vote for their favourite until 28 September. On 30 September, RSI revealed the three entries that advanced to the next stage of the selection.[6]

RSI Selection – 21 July 2018
Artist Song Votes
Davide Buzzi "Mama" 0
Dianaerika Lettieri "Amore infernale" 0
Iris Moné "Lift My Soul Up" 0
"Torno a casa" 0
Julie Meletta "Mama (I Walk Alone)" 13
Karin Cerini "Sorry" 2
Max Deste "Dove finisce il giorno" 0
Nick Antik "Until You Will Be mine" 3
Scilla Hess "Playground" 7
Scilla Hess "Silence Breakers" 3
Sebalter "Carry the Light" 12
Theo "One More Time" 0
Tommaso Giacopini "Mi hai detto ama" 0

SRF selection

On 16 November 2018, Switzerland’s German language broadcaster, SRF, revealed that five songs had made it through to the final round, which would be tested by music producers and various artists, who would then face the jury for further evaluation, with the final entry to be revealed in March.[7]

Final selection

On 8 March 2018, Luca Hänni was announced as the Swiss entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song "She Got Me".[8]

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final.


Switzerland will perform in the first half of the second semi-final.


Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results will be released shortly after the grand final.


  1. ^ "Switzerland Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  2. ^ Granger, Anthony (15 May 2018). "Switzerland: SRF Will Continue Eurovision Participation Despite Run of Poor Results". Eurovoix. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  3. ^ Granger, Anthony (19 July 2018). "Switzerland drops Die Entscheidungsshow as Eurovision selection". Eurovoix. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  4. ^ Granger, Anthony (1 September 2018). "Switzerland: SRF opens applications for audience jury". Eurovoix. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony (21 July 2018). "Switzerland: RSI announces Eurovision 2019 selection details". Eurovoix. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  6. ^ Granger, Anthony (30 September 2018). "Switzerland: Three songs progress to next round of RSI selection". Eurovoix. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  7. ^ Herbert, Emily (16 November 2018). "Switzerland: Five Songs Through to Next Round of Eurovision Selection". Eurovoix. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  8. ^ Groot, Evert (8 November 2019). "Switzerland sends Luca Hänni with 'She Got Me' to Tel Aviv". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 18 March 2019.

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