Sebalter gave Switzerland it’s best result in years in Copenhagen this year. We have to look back almost ten years since Switzerland did as well with Vanilla Ninja and Cool Vibes in 2005. Swiss broadcaster SRF confirmed their participation at next years event with an appeal on their official website.
Neighbouring Austria may have taken the crown with Conchita Wurst and Rise Like a Phoenix, giving them the right to host next year’s Eurovision, but Switzerland also had cause for celebration this year. With a 13th position for Sebalter and his Hunter of Stars, this was the best Swiss showing at the contest since the 8th place Estonian girl group Vanilla Ninja achieved in 2005 in Kyiv with Cool Vibes.
Swiss broadcaster SRF launched an appeal on its website yesterday, asking writers and composers to start writing potential submissions. They will open for submissions for a national final at some point in the autumn, and join the growing list of countries to confirm their participation at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, with Armenia, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and host country Austria having already confirmed that they will be going to Austria next year.
Sebalter’s positive result also seems to have influenced the Swiss record buyers, with no fewer than four of this year’s entries making the top twenty singles chart, barely a week after the final. This year’s winner Conchita Wurst has made the largest impact on this week’s chart, debuting straight in at number two with Rise Like a Phoenix. Right behind her is the dutch duo The Common Linnets which Europe seems to have taken quite a shine to. Their country ballad Calm After the Storm sees a remarkable rise from number 71 to number 3 this week. Swiss homeboy Sebalter’s success has seen his Hunter of Stars make a re-entry into the charts, sitting pretty at number 6. Swedish songstress Sanna Nielsen debuts just shy of the top 10 with her power ballad Undo jumping into the charts at number 11. The Sinplus brothers who represented Switzerland in 2012 with Unbreakable are also to be found on this weeks chart, rising one place with their collaboration on Love is Free, currently occupying the 21. spot. The final entry to make the Swiss top 40 this week is Norway’s Carl Espen, with Silent Storm debuting at number 40.
SRF’s latest appeal indicates that they intend to continue with the format used last year, an online voting platform where interested artists and composers were able to submit potential entries. Their national final, Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow, normally held in December, was held in the beginning of February this year. Stay tuned for futher details surrounding the Swiss selection as and when they are made known.
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