A songwriting camp is being held in Maur, Switzerland as the search begins for the next Swiss entry in the Eurovision Song Contest.
In Maur, Switzerland a songwriting camp is being held to compose 15 songs to compete in the 2018 Swiss Eurovision selection process. The camp has been organised by SUISA the society for Swiss songwriters, composers and music publishers. The aim of the event is to:
Create authentic songs. We are looking for songs that are out-of-the-box and not made according to Scheme F. Songs that are radio-compatible and also work outside the ESC.
This is according to composer Pele Loriano who is helping to organise the event. The camp works with five groups made up of between three and five individuals coming together. Each group includes singers or musicians, producers and copywriters. Each team then goes on to produce three songs over the three days.
Switzerland has revamped their selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. SRG SSR invites interested songwriters to submit a song to compete in the selection process. After September 22 a 20 member panel of music and media representatives, Eurovision fans and television views will listen to the songs and select six to go through to the final.
Once the six songs have been selected SRG SSR will trial each song with a number of different singers, to find the perfect voice for each song. At the national final on February 4, the six songs will be performed. The Swiss public will then have a 50% say in the result, with a new international jury will also decide 50% of the vote.
Songwriters are invited to submit songs into the selection between September 1 and September 22. Composers and lyricists that are Swiss nationals or are resident in Switzerland will be given priority, however international composers and lyricists are invited to submit songs. Songs may be submitted to the contest with a demo singer, however, it must be made clear if the demo singer does not wish to compete.
Source: Tages Anzeiger
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Switzerland hosted the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, a contest that they won with Lys Assia and the song “Refrain”. Switzerland didn’t win the contest again until 1988, when in Dublin they were represented by Celine Dion with “Ne partez pas sans moi”. She beat the United Kingdom’s Scott Fitzgerald to victory, winning by just 1 point. In recent years Switzerland has struggled at the contest, finishing last five times since 2004.