The submission window for entries to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 closed at 08:00 CET this morning.
The Swiss broadcaster reported that a record number of 670 entries were received. The Swiss Head of Delegation, Reto Peritz said:
We are very pleased that the interest in the music producers for the ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ in Switzerland is so great and thank you for all contributions.
A special Eurovision song-writing camp was held by the Swiss broadcaster this year. The camp was open to both Swiss and international composers. It is expected that the camp has produced a wide variety of songs for the Swiss selection. It was earlier reported that composers at the camp aimed for a variety of sounds including “Dirty Pop” and “Bohemian Electronic Vibe.”
The next step in the process to find the Swiss entrant for 2018 will be the selection of the six best songs by an independent jury. The 20 member jury consists of music and media professionals alongside Eurovision fans and television viewers.
Each of the six songs will be tested with a number of different artists to ensure the best possible match of song and performer. The songs will be performed live at the Swiss national final (Die Entscheidungsshow) on Sunday 4th February 2018. The winner will be selected through a mix of televotes and the votes of an international expert jury.
Switzerland have had a disappointing record in recent contests. In 2017, Timebelle failed to qualify for the Grand Final in Kyiv with Apollo. Nevertheless, Switzerland is aiming high for 2018 and hoping to make a return to the Eurovision final and has even taken the step of meeting with the successful Swedish delegation to discuss how to improve Switzerland’s fortunes.
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Switzerland hosted the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 a contest that they won. Lys Assia won the first contest with the song “Refrain”, it wasn’t until 1988 that Switzerland would win the contest again. At the contest in Dublin, it was Celine Dion with “Ne partez pas sans moi” who beat the United Kingdom to victory by just 1 point. In recent years Switzerland has finished last five times since 2004. In the past three years, Switzerland has failed to reach the final.