Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member stationSRG SSR
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances60 (49 finals)
First appearance1956
Best result1st: 1956, 1988
Worst resultLast: 1964, 1967, 1974, 1998, 2004 SF, 2010 SF, 2011, 2015 SF, 2016 SF
Nul points1964, 1967, 1998, 2004 SF
External links
SF page
Switzerland's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

Switzerland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 60 times since making its debut at the first contest in 1956, missing only four contests, in 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2003. Switzerland hosted the first contest in 1956 in Lugano, and won it. Switzerland won the contest again in 1988, with the 1989 contest being held in Lausanne.

Lys Assia won the first contest in 1956 with the song "Refrain". She returned to place second in 1958. Switzerland would go on to finish second with Esther Ofarim (1963) and Daniela Simmons (1986) and third with Franca Di Rienzo (1961) and Arlette Zola (1982), before winning the contest for the second time in 1988 with Celine Dion and the song "Ne partez pas sans moi". Annie Cotton gave the country its 15th top five result in 1993, when she placed third.

Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Switzerland have failed to reach the final in 11 of 16 contests. Switzerland returned to the top five for the first time in 26 years when Luca Hänni gave the country its 16th top five result by finishing fourth in 2019. The country's only other top 10 result of the 21st century is girl group Vanilla Ninja's eighth-place in 2005.


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.[1][2][3][4]


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 60 appearances in the Contest, Switzerland has sent 61 songs, 23 of which were in French, 12 in German, 15 in English, 10 in Italian and 1 in Romansh. Both of Switzerland's winning songs have been sung in French.

Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1956 Lys Assia German "Das alte Karussell" 2[a] N/A No semi-finals
Lys Assia French "Refrain" 1 N/A
1957 Lys Assia French "L'enfant que j'étais" 8 5
1958 Lys Assia German, Italian "Giorgio" 2 24
1959 Christa Williams German "Irgendwoher" 4 14
1960 Anita Traversi Italian "Cielo e terra" 8 5
1961 Franca Di Rienzo French "Nous aurons demain" 3 16
1962 Jean Philippe French "Le retour" 10 2
1963 Esther Ofarim French "T'en va pas" 2 40
1964 Anita Traversi Italian "I miei pensieri" 13 0
1965 Yovanna French "Non, à jamais sans toi" 8 8
1966 Madeleine Pascal [de; fr; lt; nl; pt] French "Ne vois-tu pas?" 6 12
1967 Géraldine French "Quel cœur vas-tu briser?" 17 0
1968 Gianni Mascolo Italian "Guardando il sole" 13 2
1969 Paola del Medico German, French "Bonjour, Bonjour" 5 13
1970 Henri Dès French "Retour" 4 8
1971 Peter, Sue and Marc French "Les illusions de nos vingt ans" 12 78
1972 Véronique Müller French "C'est la chanson de mon amour" 8 88
1973 Patrick Juvet French "Je vais me marier, Marie" 12 79
1974 Piera Martell German "Mein Ruf nach Dir" 14 3
1975 Simone Drexel German "Mikado" 6 77
1976 Peter, Sue and Marc English "Djambo, Djambo" 4 91
1977 Pepe Lienhard Band German "Swiss Lady" 6 71
1978 Carole Vinci French "Vivre" 9 65
1979 Peter, Sue and Marc + Pfuri, Gorps and Kniri German "Trödler und Co" 10 60
1980 Paola French "Cinéma" 4 104
1981 Peter, Sue and Marc Italian "Io senza te" 4 121
1982 Arlette Zola French "Amour on t'aime" 3 97
1983 Mariella Farré Italian "Io così non ci sto" 15 28
1984 Rainy Day German "Welche Farbe hat der Sonnenschein?" 16 30
1985 Mariella Farré and Pino Gasparini German "Piano, piano" 12 39
1986 Daniela Simmons French "Pas pour moi" 2 140
1987 Carol Rich French "Moitié, moitié" 17 26
1988 Céline Dion French "Ne partez pas sans moi" 1 137
1989 Furbaz Romansh "Viver senza tei" 13 47
1990 Egon Egemann German "Musik klingt in die Welt hinaus" 11 51
1991 Sandra Simó Italian "Canzone per te" 5 118
1992 Daisy Auvray French "Mister Music Man" 15 32
1993 Annie Cotton French "Moi, tout simplement" 3 148 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
1994 Duilio Italian "Sto pregando" 19 15 No semi-finals
1995 Did not participate
1996 Kathy Leander French "Mon cœur l'aime" 16 22 8 67
1997 Barbara Berta Italian "Dentro di me" 22 5 No semi-finals
1998 Gunvor German "Lass ihn" 25 0
1999 Did not participate
2000 Jane Bogaert Italian "La vita cos'è?" 20 14
2001 Did not participate
2002 Francine Jordi French "Dans le jardin de mon âme" 22 15
2003 Did not participate
2004 Piero and the MusicStars English "Celebrate" Failed to qualify 22 0
2005 Vanilla Ninja English "Cool Vibes" 8 128 8 114
2006 six4one English "If We All Give a Little" 16 30 Top 11 Previous Year[a]
2007 DJ BoBo English "Vampires Are Alive" Failed to qualify 20 40
2008 Paolo Meneguzzi Italian "Era stupendo" 13 47
2009 Lovebugs English "The Highest Heights" 14 15
2010 Michael von der Heide French "Il pleut de l'or" 17 2
2011 Anna Rossinelli English "In Love for a While" 25 19 10 55
2012 Sinplus English "Unbreakable" Failed to qualify 11 45
2013 Takasa English "You and Me" 13 41
2014 Sebalter English "Hunter of Stars" 13 64 4 92
2015 Mélanie René English "Time to Shine" Failed to qualify 17 4
2016 Rykka English "The Last of Our Kind" 18 28
2017 Timebelle English "Apollo" 12 97
2018 ZiBBZ English "Stones" 13 86
2019 Luca Hänni English "She Got Me" 4 364 4 232
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 2019, Switzerland's voting history is as follows:


Year Location Venue Presenter(s)
1956 Lugano Teatro Kursaal Lohengrin Filipello
1989 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 Robert Burnier No broadcast N/A No Dual Commentator No Dual Commentator No Dual Commentator
1957 Commentary via RTF France between 1957 and 1962 Mäni Weber
1958 Theodor Haller
1959 Boris Acquadro
1962 Commentary via RAI Italy between 1962 and 1965 Alexandre Burger
1963 Georges Hardy
1964 Robert Burnier
1965 Jean Charles
1966 Georges Hardy Giovanni Bertini
1967 Robert Burnier
1968 Georges Hardy
1971 No Spokesperson
1974 Michel Stocker
1984 Bernard Thurnheer Serge Moisson Ezio Guidi
1989 Thierry Masselot
1990 Emanuela Gaggini
1991 Lolita Morena
1992 Mariano Tschuor Ivan Frésard
1993 Jean-Marc Richard
1994 Wilma Gilardi Sandra Studer
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 Phil Mundwiller Did not participate
2002 Diana Jörg Claudio Lazzarino
2003 Roman Kilchsperger Jean-Marc Richard Daniele Rauseo Did not participate Alain Morisod
2004 Marco Fritsche Daniela Tami Emel Aykanat
2005 Sandra Studer Cécile Bähler Marie-Thérèse Porchet
2006 Sandy Altermatt Jubaira Bachmann Alain Morisod
2007 Bernard Thurnheer Sven Epiney Henri Dès (final) + Nicolas Tanner (semi-final)
2008 Sven Epiney Cécile Bähler Nicolas Tanner No Dual Commentator
2010 Christa Rigozzi
2011 Jonathan Tedesco Cécile Bähler
2012 Clarissa Tami Sara Hildebrand Paolo Meneguzzi
2013 Alessandro Bertoglio Mélanie Freymond No Dual Commentator
2014 Kurt Aeschbacher Peter Schneider + Gabriel Vetter Sandy Altermatt
2015 Clarissa Tami Laetitia Guarino Paolo Meneguzzi
2016 Sebalter Michele Carobbio
2017 Luca Hänni Stefan Büsser + Micky Beisenherz Sebalter
2018 Letícia Carvalho No Dual Commentator
2019 Sinplus Nicolas Tanner + Bastian Baker (final)


All conductors are Swiss except those marked with a flag.

  • Anita Kerr changed her nationality to Swiss in 1970.
  • Atilla Şereftuğ holds dual citizenship since 1985.
  • Bela Balint later changed his nationality to Swiss.
  • Rui dos Reis holds dual citizenship since 2010.
  • Prior to 1999, the Swiss entry was performed without orchestral accompaniment in 1987 and 1998.[5]

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

Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points Place (1988) Points (1988)
1988 Celine Dion French "Ne partez pas sans moi" Failed to qualify 10 98 1 137


See also[edit]


  1. ^ According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the Grand Final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.


  1. ^ "History by Year: Eurovision Song Contest 1995". EBU. Archived from the original on 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2009-04-15. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "History by Year: Eurovision Song Contest 1999". EBU. Archived from the original on 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2009-04-15. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "History by Year: Eurovision Song Contest 2001". EBU. Archived from the original on 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2009-04-15. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "History by Year: Eurovision Song Contest 2003". EBU. Archived from the original on 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2009-04-15. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-19. Retrieved 2017-11-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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