Radio Télévision Suisse, the French language broadcaster in Switzerland has launched their search for songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
French language broadcaster Radio Télévision Suisse is using its radio station Option Musique to search for the Swiss entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. RTS is looking for singers and songwriters who wish to write a song to represent Switzerland at next years contest in Israel.
The rules of the RTS selection process are as follows:
- Songs cannot have been released before September 1, 2018
- No more than six singers may be on stage
- Songs cannot exceed three minutes in length
RTS states that they will be working over the summer with interested singers and songwriters. The broadcaster is yet to reveal how their search will tie in to the wider Swiss selection process.
The last time that a song submitted through RTS won the Swiss Eurovision selection was in 2015. Mélanie René and her song “Time to Shine” beat off five other songs in the televised final. At the contest in Vienna, Switzerland finished 17th in their semi-final with 4 points.
German language broadcaster SRF and Italian language broadcaster RSI have yet to reveal how they will be selecting their contributions for the Swiss selection in 2019.
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.