Switzerland: Selection Process and Regulation for Eurovision 2022

Sparks of excitement can already be seen in the air as the 1st of September is getting closer.
4 national broadcasters in Switzerland (SRF, RTS, RSI and RTR) have made an announcement regarding Eurovision 2022.
Switzerland confirms participation at Eurovision 2022, alongside an open call for songs.
The submission window will be open from September 1 to September 15, 2021 at 12 noon.

Selection Process

As of 2019 and 2020, the selection process will involve multiple rounds of voting based on 2 groups:

  • 100 audience viewers who have been recruited by Swiss broadcasters
  • 20 international expert jury members who were involved in the national selection process in their countries or voted as jury in Eurovision itself. In the past, Ruth Lorenzo and Tinkara Kovac were part of the jury.

the 2 mentioned panels will have a weight of 50% in the voting that will determine the Swiss artist and song for Eurovision 2022.
The chosen song and artist will be announced at the beginning of 2022 (in the last years, the country revealed them only in March).

Yves Schifferle, the head of Swiss delegation says:

ESC is the largest and most spectacular music show in the world and offers young Swiss artists and songwriters the opportunity to present their skills and art in front of hundreds of millions of viewers on an international stage. That can be the beginning of a really great career and is in any case an unforgettable, educational adventure.

Here are the main parts of regulation made by SRF, RTS, RSI and RTR:

  1. Songs should be striking and comply with international requirements.
  2. The lyrics should have a strong, clear and understandable message.
  3. Copyright holders may submit no more than five songs each.
  4. Commercial, religious and non-profit organisations and foundations are prohibited from participating.
  5. Once submitted, songs may not be subsequently withdrawn
  6. Songs that do not meet the quality standard or do not comply with regulations will be eliminated.composers and
  7. Lyricists and composers are encouraged to submit songs that address topical issues or which trigger an emotional reaction or recognition among ESC viewers with their content.
  8. The song submitted cannot be longer than three minutes.
  9. Lyrics can be submitted in any language.
  10. The song must not contain any lyrics of a political or racist nature, or any lyrics glorifying
  11. violence.
  12. Instrumental versions are not permitted. All songs must include sung or spoken passages.
  13. Songs may be submitted even if the final performer is not yet known.
  14. If two entries are awarded the same number of points, performers who are Swiss nationals or residents in Switzerland will be given priority. However, nationality is not a deciding factor and does not prohibit anybody from singing in a song
  15. All performers must be at least 16 years of age as of 1 May 2022.
  16. The performers can be changed by SRG SSR for quality reasons at any time during the selection process. SRG SSR will make the final decision as to which performer(s) will sing which song(s).

Who will follow the steps of Gjon’s Tearn and wave the Swiss flag in Italy?
Will Switzerland make another top 5 achievement after 2019 (4th place) and 2021 (3rd place)?

Doron Lahav is 28 years old guy who lives in Israel. Doron watches Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and also shows interest in singing and writing.

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