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Switzerland reveals Eurovision schedule for May 2020

The nation will celebrate Eurovision Song Contest in a different way

Many broadcasters are continuing the trend to fill the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 void due to its cancellation which was announced by the EBU. A special show will be held instead titled "Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light".

The national broadcaster from Switzerland, SRF, revealed their alternative plans for Eurovision during the month of May 2020. The nation will take a different route from other countries by airing a special program.

Switzerland at the ESC – dramas, victories, emotions

Saturday 16 May, Switzerland will reminisce all the entries that the country sent to the Eurovision Song Contest. Special focus will be given to their victories of 1956 with Lys Assia and her entry "Refrain" together with their latest victory to date that of 1988, represented by Celine Dion's entry "Ne partez pas sans moi". Special moments, dramas and memorable highlights will also be aired during the broadcast.

The audience will get an exclusive behind the scenes peak of what happens at the Eurovision Song Contest and will also show the preparations of the artists during the recent years. Attention will be given to the 2020 Swiss representative Gjon’s Tears who was due to represent the nation in Rotterdam with the song "Répondez-moi‎". A few weeks after the cancellation of the contest, the broadcaster announced that Gjon's Tears will again represent Switzerland at the next Eurovision Song Contest. We will follow what preparations were done for 2020 and also what is being done for his 2021 appearance.

Switzerland at the ESC – dramas, victories, emotions will air on Saturday 16 May at 20:10 CEST on SRF 1.

Gjon's Tears - "Répondez-moi"

Switzerland in Eurovision Song Contest

Switzerland 1988 | Céline Dion - "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi"

Switzerland has been in Eurovision Song Contest since it's beginning in 1956 - in Switzerland. And the winner of the very first Eurovision Song Contest was... Lys Assia from Switzerland with the song "Refrain". Since then, Switzerland won the 1988-contest by an, back then, unknown girl, Céline Dion with the song "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi" (only ONE point to number two, United Kingdom). A Star was born.

Switzerland 1988 | Céline Dion - "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi"

Since then, Switzerland hasn't had huge succes in Eurovision. Since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004, Switzerland only managed to qualify for the Grand Final 5 out of 16 tries. Switzerland is a proud member of "Club Null", with four contests without any points.

About the author: Steven Spiteri (Malta)

Steven has been a huge Eurovision fan since 1995. He comes from a small town called Birkirkara located in Malta and graduated in Business & Administration. Steven follows all the national finals and Eurovision Song Contests every year especially Melodifestivalen and Eesti Laul. His all time favorite entry is Italy's 2016 entry "Nessun grado di separazione" by Francesca Michielin whilst Lisbon 2018 is his favorite Eurovision edition.



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