Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest

Switzerland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 63 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.

Switzerland
Switzerland
Member stationSRG SSR
National selection events
National final
  • Concours Eurovision
  • 1956–1957
  • 1959–1961
  • 1963–1968
  • 1973–1979
  • 1981–1993
  • 1998
  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2004
  • Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow
  • 2011–2018
Internal selection
  • 1958
  • 1962
  • 1969-1972
  • 1980
  • 1994
  • 1996–1997
  • 2005–2010
  • 2019–2023
Participation summary
Appearances63 (52 finals)
Host1956, 1989
First appearance1956
Highest placement1st: 1956, 1988
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 2023

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 qualifying round in 1993, Switzerland has entered the top ten only four times. Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Switzerland have failed to reach the final in 11 of 19 contests, including finishing in last place in the semi-final on 4 occasions. 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, followed by their 17th top five finish, when Gjon's Tears placed third in 2021. They have also finished in last place in the semi-final 4 times since their introduction in 2004, with Piero & The Music Stars (2004), Michael von der Heide (2010), Mélanie René (2015) and Rykka (2016).

AbsencesEdit

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 led to relegation.[1][2][3][4]

National selectionsEdit

A mix of different selection processes have been used to determine Switzerland's entry in each year's contest. Since 2019, SRG SSR has used an internal selection process, although televised national finals were used in previous years, held under various names including Concours Eurovision from the 1950s to 2000s, and Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow between 2011 and 2018. In the 1980s, the Swiss national finals tended to have ten participating songs each year: three in French, three in German, three in Italian and one in Romansch.

Participation overviewEdit

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, 24 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
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Winner
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Second place
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Third place
Last place
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Entry selected but did not compete
Upcoming
Year Entrant Song Language Final Points Semi Points
1956 Lys Assia "Das alte Karussell" German [a] [a] No semi-finals
"Refrain" French 1
1957 Lys Assia "L'Enfant que j'étais" French 8 5
1958 Lys Assia "Giorgio" German, Italian 2 24
1959 Christa Williams "Irgendwoher" German 4 14
1960 Anita Traversi "Cielo e terra" Italian 8 5
1961 Franca di Rienzo "Nous aurons demain" French 3 16
1962 Jean Philippe "Le Retour" French 10 2
1963 Esther Ofarim "T'en va pas" French 2 40
1964 Anita Traversi "I miei pensieri" Italian 13 ◁ 0
1965 Yovanna "Non, à jamais sans toi" French 8 8
1966 Madeleine Pascal "Ne vois-tu pas ?" French 6 12
1967 Géraldine "Quel cœur vas-tu briser ?" French 17 ◁ 0
1968 Gianni Mascolo "Guardando il sole" Italian 13 2
1969 Paola del Medico "Bonjour, Bonjour" German[b] 5 13
1970 Henri Dès "Retour" French 4 8
1971 Peter, Sue and Marc "Les Illusions de nos vingt ans"[c] French 12 78
1972 Véronique Müller "C'est la chanson de mon amour" French 8 88
1973 Patrick Juvet "Je vais me marier, Marie" French 12 79
1974 Piera Martell "Mein Ruf nach Dir" German 14 ◁ 3
1975 Simone Drexel "Mikado" German 6 77
1976 Peter, Sue and Marc "Djambo, Djambo" English 4 91
1977 Pepe Lienhard Band "Swiss Lady" German 6 71
1978 Carole Vinci "Vivre" French 9 65
1979 Peter, Sue and Marc, Pfuri, Gorps and Kniri "Trödler und Co" German 10 60
1980 Paola del Medico "Cinéma" French 4 104
1981 Peter, Sue and Marc "Io senza te" Italian 4 121
1982 Arlette Zola "Amour on t'aime" French 3 97
1983 Mariella Farré "Io così non ci sto" Italian 15 28
1984 Rainy Day "Welche Farbe hat der Sonnenschein?" German 16 30
1985 Mariella Farré and Pino Gasparini "Piano, piano" German 12 39
1986 Daniela Simons "Pas pour moi" French 2 140
1987 Carol Rich "Moitié, moitié" French 17 26
1988 Céline Dion "Ne partez pas sans moi" French 1 137
1989 Furbaz "Viver senza tei" Romansh 13 47
1990 Egon Egemann "Musik klingt in die Welt hinaus" German 11 51
1991 Sandra Simó "Canzone per te" Italian 5 118
1992[d] Daisy Auvray "Mister Music Man" French 15 32
1993 Annie Cotton "Moi, tout simplement" French 3 148 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
1994 Duilio "Sto pregando" Italian 19 15 No semi-finals
1996 Kathy Leander "Mon cœur l'aime" French 16 22 8 67
1997 Barbara Berta "Dentro di me" Italian 22 5 No semi-finals
1998 Gunvor "Lass ihn" German 25 ◁ 0
2000 Jane Bogaert "La vita cos'è?" Italian 20 14
2002 Francine Jordi "Dans le jardin de mon âme" French 22 15
2004 Piero and the MusicStars "Celebrate" English Failed to qualify 22 ◁ 0
2005 Vanilla Ninja "Cool Vibes" English 8 128 8 114
2006 six4one "If We All Give a Little" English 16 30 Top 11 in 2005 final[e]
2007 DJ BoBo "Vampires Are Alive" English Failed to qualify 20 40
2008 Paolo Meneguzzi "Era stupendo" Italian 13 47
2009 Lovebugs "The Highest Heights" English 14 15
2010 Michael von der Heide "Il pleut de l'or" French 17 ◁ 2
2011 Anna Rossinelli "In Love for a While" English 25 ◁ 19 10 55
2012 Sinplus "Unbreakable" English Failed to qualify 11 45
2013 Takasa "You and Me" English 13 41
2014 Sebalter "Hunter of Stars" English 13 64 4 92
2015 Mélanie René "Time to Shine" English Failed to qualify 17 ◁ 4
2016 Rykka "The Last of Our Kind" English 18 ◁ 28
2017 Timebelle "Apollo" English 12 97
2018 Zibbz "Stones" English 13 86
2019 Luca Hänni "She Got Me" English 4 364 4 232
2020 Gjon's Tears "Répondez-moi" French Contest cancelled[f] X
2021 Gjon's Tears "Tout l'univers" French 3 432 1 291
2022 Marius Bear "Boys Do Cry" English 17 78 9 118
2023 Remo Forrer "Watergun" English 20 92 7 97

Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song ContestEdit

Entrant Song Language At Congratulations At Eurovision
Final Points Semi Points Year Place Points
Céline Dion "Ne partez pas sans moi" French Failed to qualify 10 98 1988 1 137

HostingsEdit

Year Location Venue Presenter(s)
1956 Lugano Teatro Kursaal Lohengrin Filipello
1989 Lausanne Palais de Beaulieu Lolita Morena and Jacques Deschenaux

AwardsEdit

Marcel Bezençon AwardsEdit

Year Category Song Composer(s)
lyrics (l) / music (m)
Performer Final Points Host city Ref.
2021 Composer Award "Tout l'univers" Gjon Muharremaj, Xavier Michel, Wouter Hardy & Nina Sampermans (m & l) Gjon's Tears 3 432   Rotterdam

Related involvementEdit

ConductorsEdit

Year Conductor[g] Musical Director Notes Ref.
1956 Fernando Paggi [h] [8]
1957   Willy Berking N/A [i]
1958 Paul Burkhard
1959   Franck Pourcel [j]
1960 Cédric Dumont
1961 Fernando Paggi
1962 Cédric Dumont
1963   Eric Robinson [k]
1964 Fernando Paggi
1965 Mario Robbiani
1966   Jean Roderes [l]
1967 Hans Moeckel
1968 Mario Robbiani
1969   Henry Mayer
1970   Bernard Gérard [9]
1971 Hardy Schneiders
1972   Jean-Pierre Festi
1973   Hervé Roy
1974   Pepe Ederer
1975 Peter Jacques
1976 Mario Robbiani
1977 Peter Jacques
1978   Daniel Janin
1979   Rolf Zuckowski
1980 Peter Reber [10]
1981   Rolf Zuckowski
1982   Joan Amils
1983 Robert Weber [m]
1984 Mario Robbiani
1985 Anita Kerr
1986     Atilla Şereftuğ
1987 No conductor
1988     Atilla Şereftuğ
1989   Benoît Kaufman [n]
1990 Bela Balint N/A
1991   Flaviano Cuffari
1992 Roby Seidel
1993 Marc Sorrentino
1994   Valeriano Chiaravalle
1996     Rui dos Reis
1997   Pietro Damiani
1998 No conductor

Commentators and spokespersonsEdit

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 Commentator Spokesperson Ref.
SRF RTS RSI
1956 No broadcast Robert Burnier No broadcast No spokesperson
1957 Commentary via RTF France Mäni Weber
1958 Theodor Haller
1959 Boris Acquadro
1960
1961
1962 Commentary via RAI Italy Alexandre Burger
1963 Georges Hardy
1964 Robert Burnier
1965 Jean Charles
1966 Georges Hardy Giovanni Bertini
1967 Robert Burnier
1968 Georges Hardy
1969
1970
1971 No spokesperson
1972
1973
1974 Michel Stocker
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979 Max Rüeger
1980 Theodor Haller
1981
1982
1983
1984 Bernard Thurnheer Serge Moisson Ezio Guidi
1985
1986
1987 Wilma Gilardi
1988 Ezio Guidi
1989 Thierry Masselot Giovanni Bertini
1990 Emanuela Gaggini
1991 Lolita Morena
1992 Mariano Tschuor Ivan Frésard
1993 Bernard Thurnheer 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, Roman Kilchsperger Jonathan Tedesco Sandy Altermatt
1998 Jean-Marc Richard Regula Elsener
1999 Sandra Studer Did not participate
2000 Astrid Von Stockar
2001 Phil Mundwiller Did not participate
2002 Jonathan Tedesco, Claudio Lazzarino Diana Jörg
2003 Roman Kilchsperger Jean-Marc Richard, Alain Morisod Daniele Rauseo, Claudio Lazzarino Did not participate
2004 Marco Fritsche Daniela Tami, Claudio Lazzarino Emel Aykanat
2005 Sandra Studer Jean-Marc Richard, Marie-Thérèse Porchet Cécile Bähler
2006 Jean-Marc Richard, Alain Morisod Sandy Altermatt, Claudio Lazzarino Jubaira Bachmann
2007 Bernard Thurnheer Jean-Marc Richard (all), Henri Dès (final),
Nicolas Tanner (semi-final)
Sven Epiney
2008 Sven Epiney Jean-Marc Richard, Nicolas Tanner Sandy Altermatt Cécile Bähler
2009
2010 Christa Rigozzi
2011 Jonathan Tedesco Cécile Bähler
2012 Clarissa Tami, Paolo Meneguzzi Sara Hildebrand
2013 Alessandro Bertoglio Mélanie Freymond
2014 Sven Epiney, Peter Schneider, Gabriel Vetter Alessandro Bertoglio, Sandy Altermatt Kurt Aeschbacher
2015 Clarissa Tami, Paolo Meneguzzi Laetitia Guarino
2016 Clarissa Tami, Michele Carobbio Sebalter
2017 Sven Epiney (all); Stefan Büsser, Micky Beisenherz (final) Clarissa Tami (all); Sebalter (final) Luca Hänni
2018 Sven Epiney Clarissa Tami, Sebalter Letícia Carvalho
2019 Jean-Marc Richard, Nicolas Tanner (all);
Bastian Baker (final)
Sinplus
2021 Jean-Marc Richard, Nicolas Tanner (all);
Joseph Gorgoni (final)
Clarissa Tami (2nd semi-final and final);
Sebalter (final)
Angélique Beldner
2022 Jean-Marc Richard (all);
Nicolas Tanner (semi-finals)
Gjon's Tears (final)
Clarissa Tami (all);
Francesca Marigiotta (1st semi-final and final)
Boris Piffaretti (2nd semi-final and final)
Julie Berthollet
2023 Jean-Marc Richard, Nicolas Tanner, Priscilla Formaz Ellis Cavallini and Gian-Andrea Costa Chiara Dubey

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b The 1956 contest had secret voting and, apart from the winner, no results were released.
  2. ^ Contains some words in French.
  3. ^ Peter, Sue and Marc were set to perform the song "Légende de mon pays," but was withdrawn and replaced for an unknown reason.[5][6]
  4. ^ Géraldine Olivier won the national final with the song "Soleil, soleil," but was disqualified as Olivier had submitted the song to multiple Swiss broadcasters under different languages. "Mister Music Man," performed by Daisy Auvray, the runner-up song was selected instead.
  5. ^ 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 the next year's grand final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.
  6. ^ The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  7. ^ All conductors are of Swiss nationality unless otherwise noted.
  8. ^ Also conducted the Dutch and German entries.
  9. ^ Host conductor
  10. ^ Host conductor
  11. ^ Host conductor
  12. ^ Host conductor
  13. ^ Conducted at the national final by Hans Moeckel
  14. ^ Also conducted the Luxembourgish entry and half of the Danish entry.

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