"Expert Check" will be streamed online at srf.ch/eurovision from a TV studio in Zurich. Here the participants will perform their songs in front of a panel of experts consisting of a choreographer, a song trainer, a musician, and representatives from the music industry. Participants are rated on all the criteria that must be met to win Eurovision: Live Performance, voice, vocal technique and stage performance.
The 19 aspiring candidates will be whittled down to just six in the "Expert Check". The 6 recurrent artists will appear in "Die Große Entscheidungsshow" on 13 February 2016 broadcasted live from Kreuzlingen. Here it will be decided who the Swiss candidate for Eurovision Song Contest 2016 will be.
Candidates for "Expert Check"
SRF (German - 10 candidates, 3 to qualify)
- Erica Arnold - Ich bin ich
- Vincent Gross – Half a smile
- Samuel Tobias Klauser – Asking me why
- Maika – The reason
- Platzhirsch – Holz vor dr hütta
- Rykka – The last of our kind
- Stanley Miller – Feel the love
- Patric Scott feat. Abdullah Alhussainy - No boundaries
- Sunanda – Ooops!?!
- Evelyn Zangger – Have a little faith in me
RTS (French – 6 candidates, 2 to qualify)
- Bella C – Another world
- Gina von Glasow – Left with an idiot
- Kaceo – Disque d'or
- Loic Schumacher – Génération demain
- Stephanie Palazzo – Perché mi guardi cosi?
- Stephanie Sandoz – Flashback
RSI (Italian – 3 candidates, 1 to qualify)
- Nathalie Cadlini – Share love
- Elias – Elephant
- Theo – Because of you
Since then, Switzerland haven't had huge succes in Eurovision. Since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004, Switzerland only managed to qualify for the Grand Final 4 out of 12 tries. Switzerland is a proud member of "Club Zero", with four contests without any points.