Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010
|Eurovision Song Contest 2010|
|Selection process||Internal Selection|
18 December 2010
Song: 9 January 2010
|Selected entrant||Michael von der Heide|
|Selected song||"Il pleut de l'or"|
|Semi-final result||Failed to qualify (17th)|
|Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest|
Switzerland participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, that was held in Oslo, Norway. On 18 December SRG SSR idée suisse, following internal selection again, announced that they had selected Swiss singer Michael von der Heide to represent the country with "Il pleut de l'or", sung in French.
SRG SSR announced plans for the 2010 Contest which, as with every year since 2005, the broadcaster would hold an internal selection to select the Swiss entry. The group announced that they are looking for "a strong song of an international standard", with a public invitation to submit entries to the broadcaster, alongside the broadcaster inviting artists from the music industry to compete.
Certain criteria for competing artists are being set by SRG SSR, alongside the rules set by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for the Contest. Artists competing for Switzerland must have:
- Television and stage experience (live performances)
- Made at least one video
- Released at least one CD which placed among the top 50 in an official chart.
On 18 December, SRG SSR announced that they had selected Michael von der Heide to represent Switzerland with the French language song "Il pleut de l'or" (It's raining gold), out of over 60 entries received by the broadcaster. Von der Heide had previously participated in the 1999 German national final, coming in fifth place with "Bye Bye Bar". The song was revealed on 9 January at the SwissAwards show, broadcast on all channels in SRG SSR.
Von der Heide promoted his song for Eurovision before competing in the second semi-final. A new version of "Il pleut de l'or" was performed during the Latvian national final on 27 February. Von der Heide also released a music video with the studio version of the new version of the song in March 2010.
Von der Heide performed at the "Eurovision in Concert" preview concert in the Amsterdam municipality of Zaanstad in the Netherlands on 24 April, along with 17 other competitors. He performed "Il pleut de l'or" as well as his German national final entry in 1999, "Bye Bye Bar".
As Switzerland had not competed in the final of the contest since 2006, and was not one of the "Big Four", it was obliged to compete in one of the two semi-finals of the contest.
Switzerland was drawn to perform in the second semi-final, held on 27 May, at the semi-final allocation draw on 7 February, performing in the first half of the show. At the running order draw on 23 March, Switzerland was chosen as a "wildcard", allowing the Swiss delegation to select the country's draw in the semi-final. The delegation chose to perform 5th on the night, following Denmark and preceding Sweden
At the end of the voting Switzerland failed to qualify to the final for the 4th consecutive time, finishing last out of the 17 entries, receiving only two points from Georgia. This was Switzerland's 6th last place finish in their history in the contest, after finishing last in 1964, 1967, 1974, 1998 and the 2004 semi-final.
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Several Eurovision songs charted in the Swiss Music Charts. The winning song, Lena's "Satellite" for Germany, reached number one, having previously peaked at number 2 in April 2010. "Satellite" is the first Eurovision winning song to reach the top of the Swiss charts since 1982, with Nicole's "Ein bißchen Frieden", also for Germany.
Entries from Denmark, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Romania, Armenia, Turkey, Sweden, Iceland, Ukraine and the Swiss entry itself also charted. "Il pleut de l'or", which charted at #65, was Michael von der Heide's first ever song to chart on the Swiss singles chart after 12 years in the music business.
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