SWITZERLAND – Following the SRF announcement for their national selection search, the Swiss national broadcaster who ultimately will represent the country in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest kicks off the national selection by publishing the rules for it. Submissions begin on September 1st and due on October 1st.
SRG SSR is seeking a modern, striking song that complies with international requirements. Words must have a strong, clear and understandable message. Applications must be submitted with an audio file via the official SRG SSR platform. The application and the song may only be uploaded by the song’s legal owners. Legal
owners may submit no more than five songs each.
Commercial, religious or non-profit organizations and foundations are absolutely prohibited from participating. SRG SSR can utilize the final Swiss entry to the “Eurovision Song Contest” on all vectors (radio, TV, online, social media etc.) without conditions or restrictions of any kind. The song’s legal owners retain their rights to the work in perpetuity.
Songs and artistes will be selected in a multi-stage, multi-level process by a panel of 100 viewers and an international jury of 20 experts. SRG SSR channels have the option of awarding up to three wild cards each in a pre- selection process. SRG SSR channels need not exercise this option. These nine (or fewer) wild cards are also assessed by the viewer panel and the specialist jury, who do not know which songs are wild cards and which are not.
Arousing the feelings of the viewers and jury members by addressing specific topics is part of the Eurovision Song Contest. Swiss broadcaster therefore encourage composers and authors to submit songs that address topical issues or which evoke an emotional reaction or recognition effect among ESC viewers. Examples: In her song “Toy”, Netta from Israel took up the “me-too” debate. Michael Schulte addressed the death of his father in his song “You Never Let Me Walk Alone”.