The Swiss national final in February

Switzerland

Switzerland will no longer be among the first countries to pick its representative as the three Swiss broadcasters have decided to revamp the pre-selection format from the previous years.

The German language broadcaster SRF will choose its candidates for national final through an internet selection, just like previously. Entries can be sent from September 30 until October 28 and after this, voting begins online. Also a professional jury will help choosing the nine candidates so that the voting goes 50/50 internet voting/jury voting.

The French language broadcaster RTS chooses its six artists internally while the Italian language broadcaster RSI will pick three candidates for the February final.

In total this means that 18 acts are competing as chosen by these broadcasters. However, only six of them qualifies for the national final, therefore all the artists will perform in front of the jury that makes the final decision. SRF gets three representatives, RTS two and RSI one for the national final which takes place in Kreuzlingen on the first of February.

In addition to their own entries, the artists will also perform another song which will be a cover from a well known song. The eventual Eurovision Song Contest representative will be chosen with a mix of jury votes and televotes (50/50%).

SOURCE: SRF
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