Switzerland haven’t had the best of luck when it comes to Eurovision in recent years, so with their confirmation of participation at Eurovision 2018 came a new plan to help bring Switzerland back to the Eurovision final. Swiss broadcaster SRG SSR have announced changes to their national selection process, including a heavier focus on the song.
The selection process will still comprise of a national final, and as such, the submission period for songs will open on Friday the 1st of September, and close on Friday the 22nd of September. According to the broadcaster, a song that is strong and features a clear and understandable message is the aim for the 2018 selection.
After the submission period, a jury of music and media professionals, joined by Eurovision fans will select the songs that will appear in the life finals. One of the changes made for 2018 is that the songs which make the shortlist will be tested out with a range of vocalists to find the perfect interpretations for each other songs. Artists that are Swiss nationals or residents of Switzerland will get first preference, although it is not a deciding factor.
The national final will take place on Sunday the 4th of February 2018, and the winner will be selected by a 50/50 split of televoting and votes from an international jury.