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Switzerland: Drops Die Entscheidungsshow As Eurovision Selection Process

Die Entscheidungsshow has been dropped as Switzerland looks to two juries to select the nations entry for Eurovision 2019.

Die Entscheidungsshow which has been used to select the Swiss entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 has been dropped as part of austerity measures. Instead the Swiss broadcasters are turning to 120 jury members to select the song that will represent them on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

Two juries will each have a 50% say in the Swiss entry for Israel. The 100-member public panel will be put together according to selected criteria in cooperation with Digame. The 100 most suitable applicants based on a set of criteria will be able to have their say in who should represent Switzerland at the “Eurovision Song Contest” in 2019. While the International Expert Jury will be formed of  former members of the respective country juries at Eurovision, this jury will have 20 members.

The search for the Swiss entry will get underway on September 1 when songwriters, producers, artists and songwriters are invited to submit their song for Switzerland at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. These songs will not be made available publicly at any point in the selection

Once the submission window closes on October 1 the two juries will be invited to listen to all of the songs. They will the entries and artists, all of the Swiss broadcasters; SRF, RSI, RTS and RTR have the ability to add wildcard entries to the selection.

The final decision on the Swiss entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will then be made by the public jury and the international expert jury. With the winner to be revealed at an unspecified date by the Swiss broadcasters.

The application process to be a member of the public jury will be launched at the end of August. The public jury is formed entirely of members of the Swiss public.

Source: SRF

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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