6,100 have applied to be on the audience panel that will help determine the Swiss entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Speaking to Douze Points, Reto Peritz the Head of Delegation has revealed the number of people that have applied to be on their audience panel. 6,100 people from across all regions of Switzerland have applied to be on the jury. The top 1,000 are now being invited to a section round of questions before the final 100 are selected.
Alongside the public jury will be the International Expert Jury. This jury will be formed of former members of their respective countries juries at Eurovision, this jury will have 20 members.
The search for the Swiss entry is underway with songwriters, producers, artists and songwriters invited to submit their song for Switzerland at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest via SRF. 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.
Source: Douze Points
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.