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Switzerland: RSI Announces Eurovision 2019 Selection Details

RSI has announced its search for the Swiss entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel.

Switzerland’s Italian language broadcaster, RSI, has launched its search for the nations next entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. RSI is looking for modern songs with an international appeal, as well as a strong, clear and understandable message.

Interested singers and songwriters will be able to submit their entries between July 27 and August 30.  Those interested in entering the RSI selection process must submit the following to the broadcaster;

  • Audio file of the complete song (music and voice) in mp3 or wav format
  • Audio file of the basic song only in mp3 or wav format
  • The lyrics of the song in word format, text only or pdf
  • The biography in word format, text only or pdf
  • Copy of the document (passport or identity card) pdf or jpg format
  • 1 recent photo in pdf or jpg format

It was announced earlier this week that 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.

Source: RSI

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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