After revealing that they will be participating at Eurovision 2024, Switzerland’s SRF has revealed that it will once again internally select its representative for Malmö.
Switzerland’s plan for Eurovision 2024 already underway
Whilst revealing their plans for next year’s competition, SRG SSR published guidelines for their eventual strategy for Eurovision 2024. Switzerland will once again be using an internal selection to find their entry to next year’s competition.
All songs submitted to the broadcaster will be assessed by editors, with any songs failing to meet SRG SSR’s requirements being discarded. Those remaining in contention will then be put through a number of stages within the broadcaster. A panel of national and international viewers and an international jury of 25 music professionals will select the song.
A window for submissions will open on August 10th and will run until August 24th, with a deadline of 11pm CEST. In addition, Switzerland’s broadcaster specified the style of the song they are looking for. In a booklet providing the rules for submissions, the broadcaster said:
SRG SSR is looking for a modern, striking song that complies with international requirementsStipulation in SRG SSR rulebook for Eurovision 2024
As well as this, the broadcaster stipulated that nationality will not be a determining factor for those wishing to apply. However, should two artists receive equal scores during the selection process, preference will be given to Swiss citizens or residents. The successful artist and entry to be reevaled in early 2024.
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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