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Switzerland: Submission window for Eurovision 2023 opens

The submission window for potential Swiss entries for Eurovision 2023 is officially open. Whoever is interested in representing the country may apply until 8 September

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it": That could easily be the motto for the Swiss public broadcaster, who's keeping the same selection process for Eurovision following Switzerland's positive recent results.

The qualification streak is looking good for Switzerland, making it through to the Eurovision finals in each of the past three editions, and even achieving the honorable top 5 twice: in 2019 and 2021.

For Eurovision 2023 little will change. From August 25 to September 8, songwriters, producers, artists and lyricists are invited to submit their song which could represent the country at the 2023 event.

A panel of 100 viewers, and an international expert jury (20 musical professionals) will be in charge of deciding the singer and the song that will fly off to the United Kingdom in May of next year.

In the regulation list, the broadcaster claims they’re "looking for a contemporary song that has an international appeal, and that will stand out. The lyrics should have a strong, clear and easily understood message.“

In this specific case, the broadcaster does not limit the open submission to Swiss songwriters, nor people living in Switzerland. In addition, the song can be performed in any language.

Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest

Switzerland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 62 times since the beginning in 1956 - in Switzerland. And the winner of the very first Eurovision Song Contest was... Lys Assia from Switzerland with the song "Refrain."

Switzerland 2021: Gjon's Tears - "Tout l'univers"

Switzerland won the 1988 contest with a then-unknown girl, Céline Dion, with the song "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi" (only ONE point in front of number two, the United Kingdom). A star was born!

Switzerland 2021: Gjon's Tears - "Tout l'univers"

Since then, Switzerland hasn't had huge success in Eurovision. Since the introduction of the Semi-finals in 2004, Switzerland has only managed to qualify for the Grand Final in 7 out of 18 tries. Switzerland is a proud member of "Club Null," with four contests without any points.

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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