Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Switzerland
Flag
Member station SRG SSR
National selection events Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow (2011-present)
Concours Eurovision (former)
Appearances
Appearances 54 (47 finals)
First appearance 1956
Best result 1st: 1956, 1988
Worst result Last: 1964, 1967, 1974, 1998, 2004 SF, 2010 SF, 2011
External links
SF page
Switzerland's page at Eurovision.tv

Switzerland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest every year since it began, except 1995, 1999, 2001, and 2003. Switzerland hosted the first contest in 1956, and won it themselves. Switzerland won the contest again in 1988. A third victory in 1963 could have been possibly had Katie Boyle not recalled the Norwegian for their votes again.[citation needed]

Although most of the Swiss representatives are national acts not known outside of the country, many internationally successful artists have represented the country. In 1988 Céline Dion won the contest for Switzerland, in 1993 Annie Cotton finished third, and in 2005 the girl band Vanilla Ninja finished 8th. Esther Ofarim's 1963 second-place finish helped establish her as an international success.

Despite a fourth consecutive semi-final failure, as well as increasing pressure to withdraw from the Contest SRG SSR has confirmed that they have no current plans to withdraw from the contest, claiming that "the Eurovision Song Contest costs the broadcaster less than some entertainment shows".[1] However, the country eventually qualified again for the final in the 2011 contest, with only one more point than Malta and Armenia. Since 2011 no Swiss entry managed to qualify for the final again.

Absences[edit]

Switzerland had been absent from Eurovision four times since their participation began in the first contest. These absences, in 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2003 were caused by poor results in previous contests that relegated Switzerland from the contest.[2][3][4][5]

Contestants[edit]

Switzerland has four official languages, French, German, Italian, and Romansh. For decades, the song requirements stated that the song had to be performed in a national language, which gave Switzerland leeway as they could perform in any of the four languages. Out of their 51 appearances in the Contest, Switzerland has sent 52 songs, 24 of which were in French, 12 in German, nine in Italian, nine in English, and one in Romansh. Both of Switzerland's winning songs have been sung in French.

Table key

     Winner
     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
     Did not compete or was relegated
Year Switzeland Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1956 1956 Lys Assia German "Das alte Karussell" 2 [6] N/Aa
No Semi-Finals
1956 1956 Lys Assia French "Refrain" 1 N/Aa
1957 1957 Lys Assia French "L'enfant que j'étais" 8 5
1958 1958 Lys Assia German,
Italian
"Giorgio" 2 24
1959 1959 Christa Williams German "Irgendwoher" 4 14
1960 1960 Anita Traversi Italian "Cielo e terra" 8 5
1961 1961 Franca Di Rienzo French "Nous aurons demain" 3 16
1962 1962 Jean Philippe French "Le retour" 10 2
1963 1963 Esther Ofarim French "T'en va pas" 2 40
1964 1964 Anita Traversi Italian "I miei pensieri" 13 0
1965 1965 Yovanna French "Non, à jamais sans toi" 8 8
1966 1966 Madeleine Pascal French "Ne vois-tu pas?" 6 12
1967 1967 Géraldine French "Quel cœur vas-tu briser?" 17 0
1968 1968 Gianni Mascolo Italian "Guardando il sole" 13 2
1969 1969 Paola del Medico German "Bonjour, Bonjour" 5 13
1970 1970 Henri Des French "Retour" 4 8
1971 1971 Peter, Sue and Marc French "Les illusions de nos vingt ans" 12 78
1972 1972 Veronique Mueller French "C'est la chanson de mon amour" 8 88
1973 1973 Patrick Juvet French "Je vais me marier, Marie" 12 79
1974 1974 Piera Martell German "Mein Ruf nach dir" 14 3
1975 1975 Simone Drexel German "Mikado" 6 77
1976 1976 Peter, Sue and Marc English "Djambo, Djambo" 4 91
1977 1977 Pepe Lienhard Band German "Swiss Lady" 6 71
1978 1978 Carole Vinci French "Vivre" 9 65
1979 1979 Peter, Sue, Marc, Pfuri, Gorps and Kniri German "Trödler und Co" 10 60
1980 1980 Paola French "Cinéma" 4 104
1981 1981 Peter, Sue and Marc Italian "Io senza te" 4 121
1982 1982 Arlette Zola French "Amour on t'aime" 3 97
1983 1983 Mariella Farré Italian "Io così non ci sto" 15 28
1984 1984 Rainy Day German "Welche Farbe hat der Sonnenschein?" 16 30
1985 1985 Mariella Farré and Pino Gasparini German "Piano, Piano" 12 39
1986 1986 Daniela Simmons French "Pas pour moi" 2 140
1987 1987 Carol Rich French "Moitié, moitié" 17 26
1988 1988 Céline Dion French "Ne partez pas sans moi" 1 137
1989 1989 Furbaz Romansh "Viver senza tei" 13 47
1990 1990 Egon Egemann German "Musik klingt in die Welt hinaus" 11 51
1991 1991 Sandra Simó Italian "Canzone per te" 5 118
1992 1992 Daisy Auvray French "Mister Music Man" 15 32
1993 1993 Annie Cotton French "Moi, tout simplement" 3 148
Participated Previous Year
1994 1994 Duilio Italian "Sto pregando" 19 15
No Semi-Finals
1995
1995
Relegation from Participating
1996 1996 Kathy Leander French "Mon coeur l'aime" 16 22 8 67
1997 1997 Barbara Berta Italian "Dentro di me" 23 5
No Semi-Finals
1998 1998 Gunvor German "Lass' ihn" 25 0
1999
1999
Relegation from Participating
2000 2000 Jane Bogaert Italian "La vita cos'è?" 20 14
2001
2001
Relegation from Participating
2002 2002 Francine Jordi French "Dans le jardin de mon âme" 22 15
2003
2003
Relegation from Participating
2004 2004 Piero and the MusicStars English "Celebrate"
Failed to qualify
22 0
2005 2005 Vanilla Ninja English "Cool Vibes" 8 128 8 114
2006 2006 six4one English "If We All Give a Little" 16 30
Top 11 Previous Year
2007 2007 DJ BoBo English "Vampires Are Alive"
Failed to qualify
20 40
2008 2008 Paolo Meneguzzi Italian "Era stupendo"
Failed to qualify
13 47
2009 2009 Lovebugs English "The Highest Heights"
Failed to qualify
14 15
2010 2010 Michael von der Heide French "Il pleut de l'or"
Failed to qualify
17 2
2011 2011 Anna Rossinelli English "In Love for a While" 25 19 10 55
2012 2012 Sinplus English "Unbreakable"
Failed to qualify
11 45
2013 2013 Takasa English "You and Me"
Failed to qualify
13 41
2014 2014 Sebalter English "Hunter of Stars"
NOTES:
a. ^ The full results for the first contest in 1956 are unknown, only the winner was announced. The official Eurovision site lists all the other songs as being placed second.
b. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2013, Switzerland's voting history is as follows:

12 points[edit]

Table key

     Winner – Switzerland gave 12 points to a winning song / Switzerland won the contest.
     Second place – Switzerland gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Switzerland was runner-up in the contest.
     Third place – Switzerland gave 12 points to a third place song / Switzerland came third in the contest.
     Qualified – Switzerland gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals / Switzerland qualified to the Grand Finals.
     Non-qualified – Switzerland gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals / Switzerland qualified to the Grand Finals.
Year Given Received
Final Semi Final Semi
1975  Finland No semi-finals  Italy No semi-finals
1976  United Kingdom  United Kingdom
1977  France
None
1978  Israel
None
1979  Spain  Austria
1980  Ireland  Finland
 Ireland
1981  France  Finland
 Ireland
 Norway
 United Kingdom
 Yugoslavia
1982  Germany  Belgium
 United Kingdom
1983  Netherlands
None
1984  Ireland
None
1985  Turkey
None
1986  Sweden  Belgium
 Israel
 Luxembourg
 Netherlands
 Sweden
1987  Ireland
None
1988  Luxembourg  Germany
 Portugal
 Sweden
1989  Greece
None
1990  France  Denmark
 Greece
1991  Spain  Belgium
 Luxembourg
1992  France  Iceland
1993  Ireland None1  France
 Germany
 Luxembourg
Did not Participate
1994  Ireland No semi-finals
None
No semi-finals
1995 Relegated
None
1996  Ireland Unknown2
None
Unknown2
1997  United Kingdom No semi-finals
None
No semi-finals
1998  Germany
None
1999 Relegated Relegated
2000  Germany
None
2001 Relegated Relegated
2002  Spain
None
2003 Relegated Relegated
2004  Serbia and Montenegro  Serbia and Montenegro Did not Qualify
None
2005  Serbia and Montenegro  Portugal  Estonia
 Latvia
 Estonia
2006  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Malta Did not Participate
2007  Serbia  Serbia Did not Qualify
None
2008  Serbia  Portugal Did not Qualify  Malta
2009  Turkey  Turkey Did not Qualify
None
2010  Germany  Ireland Did not Qualify
None
2011  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Serbia
None
None
2012  Albania  Albania Did not Qualify
None
2013  Italy  Hungary Did not Qualify
None

1 Switzerland was illegible to vote at the 1993 pre-qualifying round, as voting was restricted to countries taking part in the pre-qualifying round.
2 The voting for the 1996 pre-qualifying round is unknown to date.

Hostings[edit]

Year Location Venue Presenters
1956 Switzerland Lugano Teatro Kursaal Lohengrin Filipello
1989 Switzerland Lausanne Palais de Beaulieu Lolita Morena and Jacques Deschenaux

Commentators and Spokespeople[edit]

Over the years Switzerland has broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest on three television stations, SRF (German language), RTS (French language) and RSI (Italian language).

Year(s) Swiss German Commentator Swiss French Commentator Swiss Italian Commentator Spokesperson Dual Swiss German Commentator Dual Swiss French Commentator Dual Swiss Italian Commentator
1956 No broadcast Georges Hardy No broadcast N/A No Dual Commentator No Dual Commentator No Dual Commentator
1957 Mäni Weber
1958 Theodor Haller
1959 Boris Acquadro
1960
1961
1962 Giovanni Bertini
1963
1964 Alexandre Burger
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971 No Spokesperson
1972
1973
1974 Alexandre Burger
1975 Michel Stocker
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984 Bernard Thurnheer Serge Moisson Ezio Guidi
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989 Unknown
1990 Emanuela Gaggini
1991 Lolita Morena
1992 Mariano Tschuor Ivan Frésard
1993 Bernard Thurnheer Jean-Marc Richard
1994 Wilma Gilardi Sandra Simo
1995 Heinz Margot Joanne Holder Did not participate
1996 Sandra Studer Pierre Grandjean Yves Ménestrier
1997 Heinz Margot Jonathan Tedesco Sandy Altermatt Roman Kilchsperger
1998 Jean-Marc Richard Regula Elsener
1999 Sandra Studer Did not participate No Dual Commentator
2000 Astrid Von Stockar
2001 Did not participate
2002 Phil Mundwiller Diana Jörg Claudio Lazzarino
2003 Roman Kilchsperger Jean-Marc Richard Daniele Rauseo Did not participate No Dual Commentator
2004 Sandra Studer Emel Aykanat Claudio Lazzarino
2005 Cécile Bähler Marie-Thérèse Porchet
2006 Sandy Altermatt Jubaira Bachmann Alain Morisod
2007 Bernard Thurnheer Sven Epiney Henri Dès
2008 Sven Epiney Cécile Bähler Nicolas Tanner No Dual Commentator
2009
2010 Christa Rigozzi
2011 Jonathan Tedesco Cécile Bähler
2012 Clarissa Tami Sara Hildebrand Paolo Meneguzzi
2013 Alessandro Bertoglio Mélanie Freymond No Dual Commentator
2014 Valérie Ogier Sandy Altermatt

Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Artist Title Place Points Year Place Points
Celine Dion "Ne partez pas sans moi" 10 98 1988 1 137

Photogallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Die Teilnahme kostest uns nicht viel" (in German). 20 Minuten. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  2. ^ "History by Year: Eurovision Song Contest 1995". EBU. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  3. ^ "History by Year: Eurovision Song Contest 1999". EBU. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  4. ^ "History by Year: Eurovision Song Contest 2001". EBU. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  5. ^ "History by Year: Eurovision Song Contest 2003". EBU. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  6. ^ Barclay, Simon (June 17, 2010). The Complete and Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Silverthorn Press. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1. 

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