Let’s all take a moment, and remember that it hasn’t been going that well for Switzerland the last 2 years. Finishing on last place in the semi-finals 2 years in a row, is certainly very disappointing, yet the alpine country refuses to give up, and is among 1 of the competing countries, when the big show takes place in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.
There had been a few changes, when selecting which acts could compete for Switzerland. As the case has been previous years, individual broadcasters from the different regions of the country, decided themselves how they would select a entry for the national selection. This was scrapped this year, and this year, and submission period ran from the 26th of September to the 24th of October 2016. As well, these entries was not made public, unlike previous years.
A jury would then select the songs, that would be given a chance, to be performed at the “Live Check” phase. Another new rule, was that at least 1 person, involved with each possible candidate, must be a Swiss resident, or own a Swiss Passport.
21 acts were selected to perform at the “Live Check” round, and among them, we had Lidia Isac who represented Moldova in Stockholm, earlier this year with “Falling Stars”. Under the Live Check, 6-10 of the songs would be selected to perform in the grand final, that will take place on the 5th of February 2017.
In the end, 6 songs were picked, and these will compete in the Swiss National Final.
Freschta – Gold: Her full name is Freschta Akbarzada, she competed in the second season of The Voice of Switzerland, where she was eliminated in the Semi-final, being coached by Stress.
Ginta Biku – Cet Air-Là (That Tune): Her full name is Gintare Kubiliute, and she was born in Lithuania, yet raised in Switzerland.
Michèle – Two Faces: Full name is Michèle Bircher and in 2013, she won the first season of The Voice Kids of Germany, she is of Swiss origin.
Nadya – The Fire In The Sky: Full name is Nadia Maria Endrizzi, she competed earlier this year in the Swiss version of Got Talent, where she reached the final.
Shana Pearson – Exodus: A Swiss-American singer and song composer of Pop and Soul Music
Timebelle – Apollo: The members of the group are from Romania, Serbia, Hungary and Switzerland. They return after having competed in the Swiss final in 2015, where they finished second.
One of these six acts will get the chance to represent Switzerland in Ukraine, who do you prefer to see on stage in Kyiv?