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post Aug 20 2015, 05:00 PM
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Rykka - The Last Of Our Kind

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post Aug 20 2015, 05:01 PM
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Here is an interesting feature from ESC Xtra that you may or may not agree with. They do have a point as Switzerland's very complicated selection process does seem to result in fairly average national finals, and hits do seem to be rare in recent years.

Mélanie's last place finish was undeserved, but was of course not helped by her running order position after 'Heroes'. That said, I do think it may be good to consider a change in selection process although of course Switzerland do have a fairly unique situation of having to deal with multiple broadcasters. Then again Belgium and Russia cope with alternating responsibility between theirs so maybe Switzerland should do the same.

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With one top ten finish in the last two decades, Swiss fortunes at Eurovision have been rather bleak. An inauspicious 17th and last place at the semifinal stage for Mélanie René means Swiss stakeholders are asking questions, but the response from the broadcasters remains the same.

Plans for 2016 have already been announced, with another drawn-out multi-broadcaster marathon, culminating in a sixth Grosse Entsheidungsshow on 13 February. Once again, an open invitation for submissions has been announced, by German-language broadcaster SRF with potential contenders to be received by 26 October. Live auditions will take place for a selected handful for each broadcaster, with six finalists reaching the live televised show, the same arrangement as in previous years. (Three acts from SRF, two from French-Swiss RTS and one from Italian language RTI.)

The 12th place of Sebalter in 2014 marks the greatest success that Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow has produced, but the general quality of songs in the national final has not been high, nor have the competing songs shown significant local chart impact or contemporary kudos, if these were aims of the organisers. Whilst nuggets of precious metal such as ‘Hunter of stars’ and ‘In love for a while’ have been strained from the narrow seams of the Swiss selection, the broadcasters are chipping away at the wrong rock if they are serious about seeing chart success or the left side of the Eurovision scoreboard.

The multi-phase operation will scare off established acts. Record companies are not directly approached to enter songs, and with the prospect of being pitted against amateur acts and internet novelties, those in the industry see far more threat than promise. Compare that to the invitational approach of Melodifestivalen or the controlled established versus emerging talent of the German selection franchise, and it is clear why established Swiss acts steer clear of the show. Of course, this is by no means only a Swiss problem; but another early announcement of an identical selection procedure is surprising, given the dearth of gems it has produced. Broadcasters are also too often over-reactive in ditching a selection procedure after one or two bad outcomes (see: UK), but there’s surely a place for considered tinkering.

Mélanie René’s fate is not too unusual in recent Eurovision history for Switzerland. Lacklustre results saw the Confederation step out of the arena for 1995 and yo-yo with three relegation gaps in 1999, 2001 and 2003. The Swiss have tried a range of selection procedures to stop the rot. Internal selections were used from 2004 to 2009. The notable success here was the first attempt at this strategy, where Estonian pop-rock pixies were drafted in by the Swiss, amid much consternation from local media and fans who resented the use of an act with negligible Swiss ties, albeit with a Swiss-penned song. However, the formula worked thanks to a plum draw and some friendly voting, and the Estonians finished eighth for Switzerland.

The two points somehow collected by Michael von der Heide in 2010’s semfinals marked a low point, and led the the birth of Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow in 2011 (pictured in the article heading image), with the captivating Anna Rossinelli stumping up a strong enough song to scrape the Swiss into the Eurovision final for the first time in five years. Sebalter finished fourth in his Eurovision semifinal, the best Swiss performance under the new system. Aside from that, the Swiss public have had little opportunity to pick entries that can threaten the qualification zone. It looks like this pattern will continue in 2016, or will some Eurovision gold emerge from the Swiss musical reserves to challenge in Stockholm?

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post Oct 18 2015, 04:34 PM
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Listening through the shortlist of entries uploaded by the German language broadcaster. It's an interesting experience. Not come across a 'Euphoria' yet surprisingly ;o
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post Oct 18 2015, 04:55 PM
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http://esc.srf.ch/de/stiffano?sorting=created

nü il volo or what

and what about this http://esc.srf.ch/de/flo-raf-0?sorting=created

how about this as well http://esc.srf.ch/de/arianne?sorting=created it's like 1999 never left us

send this and get this over with http://esc.srf.ch/de/ludmila-davidenko-pav...sorting=created
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post Oct 18 2015, 07:05 PM
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http://esc.srf.ch/de/nico-honey-0?sorting=created

I mean, who is CHECKING these entries??
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Well he did change the title so no one will figure it out. Shhhhhhh
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post Nov 9 2015, 09:02 PM
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The Italian broadcaster have chosen their final 3, only one will make it to the Swiss final.

Theo - Because Of You
Elias Bertini - Elephant
Nathalie - Share Love

I think 'Elephant' is the best choice there.
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post Dec 7 2015, 12:24 AM
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They've selected their final six. Basically summing up for you there's a modernish ballad that some people have been calling Sia-esque, four dull dirges and one uptempo pop song.

Given the context, I'd say odds are on the uptempo being sent but stranger things have happened.

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post Dec 11 2015, 09:21 PM
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Stephanie has been disqualified, so Kaceo has taken her place!
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Anyway I've just listened to the two supposed favourites not knowing who Lex had linked to in his post, and it turned out to be the same two so these two definitely must be way ahead of the rest!

Stanley is very dated, generic and would finish at the bottom of the semi-final and would be a massive step backwards after 2 really solid entries in past years. On the other hand Rykka reminds me a lot of Aminata actually and I could see that springing a surprise top 10 in the final if staged and performed to the best of its ability, it's a very good bet for qualification at least.

Hopefully Mélanie's disaster of a result doesn't put the Swiss off sending an "alternative" (using that very loosely) female.
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I've listened to the nightcore of Rykka's song too much so the original seems really dull to me now (but it's still pretty good!)



But that aside it still just leaves me cold and if the semis are in any way competitive then I think it'd struggle to qualify (especially if Simone wins in Denmark and gets drawn in the same semi). That it's still, objectively, the best of the bunch tells you all you need to know about the Swiss chances this year.
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post Feb 13 2016, 12:17 AM
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TONIGHT'S NATIONAL FINAL...



SWITZERLAND
Die Entscheidungsshow


13th February 2016
Begins at 7.10pm in the UK, 8.10pm in Switzerland and Central Europe
The show is scheduled to last 2 hours 5 minutes

Watch the selection via the official SRF webcast


Running Order
Click ♫ to listen to the studio versions of each song!

Round One - Eurovision Entries
01 | Vincent Gross - Half A Smile
02 | Bella C - Another World
03 | Kaceo - Disque d'or
04 | Theo - Because Of You
05 | Rykka - The Last Of Our Kind
06 | Stanley Miller - Feel The Love

Round Two - Cover Versions
01 | Vincent Gross - Astronaut (by Sido feat. Andreas Bourani)
02 | Bella C - Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down (by Alicia Keys)
03 | Kaceo - Video Killed The Radio Star (by The Buggles)
04 | Theo - Photograph (by Ed Sheeran)
05 | Rykka - Love Me Like You Do (by Ellie Goulding)
06 | Stanley Miller - Hello (by Adele)

Voting
There will be a single round of voting where the winner will be decided based on 50% televoting and 50% jury voting. The jury will consist of 5 members.

Potential Winners?
At the time of writing, Betfair has Rykka as favourite on odds of 2/5. If there was to be a surprise, Bella C and Vincent Gross are joint second favourites on odds of 4/1 with Kaceo fourth on 8/1, Stanley Miller fifth on 10/1 and Theo is the outsider with odds of 18/1.

Further details available at ESC Today
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If we HAVE to have one of these songs in Stockholm, I suppose Rykka is the best choice, but any of them will be keeping Switzerland in the semis again this year.
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post Feb 13 2016, 09:09 PM
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SWITZERLAND SAVE THE NIGHT! Rykka wins!
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post Mar 13 2016, 02:35 PM
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Official preview video is here, they've dubbed a slightly tweaked studio version over the live performance - sounds a little more polished now but the changes are very tiny, just the added echo or synth here and there.

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