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Switzerland: SRF Will Continue Eurovision Participation Despite Run of Poor Results

SRF will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest next year for Switzerland, despite a run of poor results which has seen the country fail to qualify since 2014.

The German language broadcaster SRF, has stated that they will continue to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, despite failing to qualify for the Grand Final of this years competition. Zibbz who had been among the favourites to qualify from semi-final one were knocked out and placed 13th in the first semi-final.

SRF spokesperson Eva Wismer explained that;

The participation fees at the Eurovision Song Contest are dependent on the size of the country and here, of course, benefits small Switzerland – so we get for the ESC participation fee equal to three high-end broadcasts for our audience. 

SRF pays a total of 227,000 Francs to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, making it one of the most cost effective broadcast events of the year for the German language broadcaster.

The broadcaster will carry out a detailed analysis of their participation in Eurovision in the coming months. This years Grand Final was watched by 234,000 viewers on SRF Eins with a market share of 23.1%. The viewing figures are the lowest since the 2012 contest in Baku, Azerbaijan when 184,000 viewers watched the final.

The viewing figures for this years contest on SRF were as follows:

  • Semi-Final One – 122,000 viewers – 10.1% share
  • Semi-Final Two – 89,000 viewers – 6.8% share
  • Grand Final – 234,000 viewers – 23.1% share

Source: 20minutes.ch

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 four years, Switzerland has failed to reach the final.

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