Eurovision Song Contest 2017: the search for the Swiss entry has started.
Between 26 September and 8.00 am on 24 October 2016, all performers who would like to represent Switzerland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine can submit their specially composed songs via this dedicated platform. A number of changes have been made to the selection process: in the first phase, the shortlist of songs will now be drawn up by a 20-strong Jury, while the winner of the live show will be determined entirely by the audience.
Musicians are invited to submit their songs from 26 September onwards using the registration form on this website:
At least one person ‒ the performer, composer or lyricist ‒ must hold a Swiss passport or be resident in Switzerland.
Once entries have closed at 8.00 am on 24 October 2016, the songs will be evaluated by a Jury of around 20 members. The songs will not be available publicly. The 20 (as per current planning) songs rated best by the Jury will then go through to the Live Check stage on 4 December 2016. The Jury is composed of experts in the musical field: producers, music industry representatives, musicians and journalists. Their names will be released in advance of the jury stage.
In the second stage, it is planned that the top 20 highest Jury-rated entries will be presented at the Live Check. Here, the performers will have to demonstrate their live performance skills, voice quality and stage presence to the Jury members. The names of these Jury members will be communicated in advance. The 20 songs that are performed at the Live Check will not be published.
The six-to-ten best-ranked performances will then qualify to take part in the live national decider show, to be broadcast from Zurich on 5 February 2017. The ultimate decision on who will represent Switzerland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine will be made by the TV audience alone in a televote.