With preparations for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest underway, Switzerland’s national broadcasting union SRG SSR has confirmed the country will be participating at Eurovision 2024.
No selection method chosen for Switzerland act
In an email responding to That Eurovision Site, Swiss German broadcaster SRF confirmed that Switzerland would participate. This now adds one more country confirmed to be taking part in Sweden next year.
SRG SSR did not outline a specific selection method as yet. However, in previous years, Switzerland has used an internal selection to choose its artist and title. This mostly opened to the public, with music industry experts, past Eurovision participants and a focus group helping to make the final decision. It was through these selections that Marius Bear and Remo Forrer were selected to represent the nation.
Switzerland’s Eurovision journey
Switzerland both hosted and debuted in the inaugural Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Their first participation was successful, as they won with Lys Assia’s “Refrain”. Since then, they have participated on 62 occasions, making the Grand Final 51 times.
Switzerland’s most recent participation saw them being represented by Remo Forrer with his song “Watergun”. Performing in the first semi-final, he qualified for the Grand Final for a fourth consecutive participation. In the final, Switzerland finished 20th, after receiving 92 points. Of these, 61 came from the jury and 31 points came from the televote.
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News Source: SRF
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