The semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest are to return to SRF 1 for the first time in over 10 years, as Switzerland looks ahead to May.
SRF, the German language broadcaster in Switzerland has confirmed that for the first time in over a decade, SRF 1 will air both semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest. SRF 1 has not aired a semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest since the 2005 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.
In the past decade, SRF has aired the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest on its second channel SRF Zwei, with the Grand Final being aired most years on SRF 1. Italian language broadcaster RSI and French language broadcaster RTS are yet to announce their plans for May.
The results of the Swiss selection show was as follows:
- Zibbz – Stones – 153 points – 1st
- Angie Ott – A Thousand Times – 65 points – 5th
- Naeman – Kiss Me – 33 points – 6th
- Chiara Dubey – Secrets And Lies – 66 points – 4th
- Alejandro Reyes – Compass – 120 points – 2nd
- Vanessa Iraci – Redlights – 67 points – 3rd
Juries from seven different countries decided 50% of the vote at Entcheidungsshow 2018. The remaining 50% was decided by public televote. The jury consisted of members from:
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.
Switzerland will be competing in the second-half of the first semi-final which being held on May 8.
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.