Switzerland: SRF to open song submissions for Eurovision 2022 on September 1
SRF, the Swiss German speaking national broadcaster has made an open call for songs for Eurovision 2022 with the submission window to open on September 1, 2021.
Back in March Switzerland was one of the first countries to confirm its Eurovision 2022 participation and kicked off the selection process for next year's Eurovision Song Contest. The three national broadcasters had began their quest for the 100 members that will form the special Eurovision jury that will determine the nation's next Eurovision act and entry.
While the country has seeked its Eurovision entry the last two editions through closed writting camps, SRF is now makiing an open call for songs from interested songwriters and producers. The full terms and details will be released in mid August with the submission window set to open on September 1, 2021.
Thus, Switzerland will be using the same internal selection format that it has followed since 2019 when Luca Hänni brought an honorable 4th placing. The Swiss entry will be determined by a combination of a 100 member jury panel and an international jury of experts.
Switzerland in Eurovision
Switzerland made its debut in the first Eurovision Song Contest back in 1956 and won the same year with Lys Assia. It was not until 1988 when the country was crowned winner for the 2nd time with Celine Dion leaving in second place behind the United Kingdom only by a narrow margin of 1 point.
In 2018 reached its 4th year of non qualifying results with the duo Zibbz and their song Stones. However in 2019 Luca Hänni made the difference for Switzerland as his entry “She Got me” not only managed to reach the grand final but achieved a 4th placing, the best result since 1993.
In 2020 Gjon's Tears was set to represent the country with “Répondez-moi” but saw his Eurovision journey stay finish early as the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic.
This year Gjon's Tears was invited back to repesent the country in Rotterdam with his entry “Tout L’Univers” which he performed in the second semi final on May 20, 2021 qualifying to the Grand final. The Swiss hopeful topped the jury voting scoreboard and finished eventually in the honorable 3rd place in the overall score with 432 points.
News Source: SRF
Image: Eurovision.tv/ EBU / THOMAS HANSES