Swiss broadcaster SRF confirmed today that the country will participate in Eurovision 2023.
Initial details about the selection process have been given.
In general, Switzerland will continue using the exact mechanism since Eurovision 2019.
This means that the Swiss artist and song for Eurovision 2023 will be internally selected.
The main regulations for the selection process are:
- The submission window will open on the 25th of August 2022 and close on the 8th of September 2022.
- The Swiss broadcaster is looking for a contemporary song that meets international requirements and stands out. The text should have a strong, clear, and understandable message.
- A maximum of 5 songs can be submitted per rights holder.
- Submissions should be digitally submitted via srf.ch/eurovision.
- The selection process will be composed of multi-phases. The results will be determined by 2 groups of voters:
- Expert Jury – A group of 20 music experts that were already involved in different selection processes or voting on the Eurovision jury, or even competing in Eurovision in the past.
- 100 audience viewers who have been recruited by Swiss broadcasters.
- Each one of the groups will have a weight of 50% in the final decision.
- Lyricists and composers are encouraged to submit songs that address topical issues or that trigger an emotional reaction or recognition among ESC viewers with their content.
- The song submitted should not be longer than 3 minutes.
- Lyrics can be submitted in any language.
- Performers who are Swiss citizens or domiciled in Switzerland are preferred in the event of a tie. However, nationality is not decisive and does not exclude anyone from singing a song.
- The winning song and artist will be announced in early 2023. In recent years, the country revealed them in March.
- All performers must be at least 16 years of age as of 1 May 2022.
You can read about last year’s expert jury that was involved in the selection process here.
Switzerland has managed to qualify for the Eurovision Song Contest final 3 years in a row.
This comes after a long period of non-qualifying (2015 – 2018).
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Marius Bear represented Switzerland at Eurovision 2022 with the ballad “Boys Do Cry“.
He ended in 17th place in the grand final, picking up 0 points from the public, and 78 points from the jury.