Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg
Participating broadcaster Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR)
Participation summary
Appearances63 (53 finals)
First appearance 1956
Highest placement1st: 1956, 1988, 2024
Host 1956, 1989, 2025
Participation history
    • 1963
    • 1964
    • 1965
    • 1966
    • 1967
    • 1968
    • 1969
    • 1970
    • 1971
    • 1972
    • 1973
    • 1974
    • 1975
    • 1976
External links
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Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024

Switzerland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 63 times since its debut at the first contest in 1956, missing only four contests: 1995, 1999, 2001, and 2003. Switzerland hosted the first contest in 1956 in Lugano, where it also won. The country claimed its second victory in 1988, 32 years after the first, and its third in 2024, 36 years after the second win.

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Lys Assia won the inaugural contest in 1956 with the song "Refrain" and returned to place second in 1958. Switzerland achieved second place with Esther Ofarim (1963) and Daniela Simmons (1986), and third place with Franca di Rienzo (1961) and Arlette Zola (1982). The country won for the second time in 1988 with Céline Dion and the song "Ne partez pas sans moi". Annie Cotton secured Switzerland's 15th top-five finish by placing third in 1993.

Since the introduction of the qualifying round in 1993, Switzerland has reached the top ten only four times. Since the semi-final round's inception in 2004, the country has failed to reach the final in 11 of 19 contests, finishing last in the semi-final on four occasions. Switzerland returned to the top five after 26 years when Luca Hänni finished fourth in 2019, achieving the country's 16th top-five result. This was followed by Gjon's Tears placing third in 2021, marking the 17th top-five finish. Switzerland won the contest for the third time in 2024 with Nemo and the song "The Code". The country has also finished last in the semi-finals four times since 2004, with Piero and the MusicStars (2004), Michael von der Heide (2010), Mélanie René (2015), and Rykka (2016).

Absences

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 selections

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 overview

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. The first two of Switzerland's winning songs were sung in French, with the third being sung in English.

Table key
1First place
2Second place
3Third place
Last place
XEntry selected but did not compete
Upcoming event
YearArtistSongLanguageFinalPointsSemiPoints
1956 Lys Assia " Das alte Karussell " German [lower-alpha 1] [lower-alpha 1] No semi-finals
" Refrain " French 1
1957 Lys Assia" L'Enfant que j'étais "French85
1958 Lys Assia"Giorgio"German, Italian 224
1959 Christa Williams " Irgendwoher "German414
1960 Anita Traversi " Cielo e terra "Italian85
1961 Franca di Rienzo" Nous aurons demain "French316
1962 Jean Philippe " Le Retour "French102
1963 Esther Ofarim " T'en va pas "French240
1964 Anita Traversi" I miei pensieri "Italian13 ◁0
1965 Yovanna " Non, à jamais sans toi "French88
1966 Madeleine Pascal" Ne vois-tu pas ? "French612
1967 Géraldine " Quel cœur vas-tu briser ? "French17 ◁0
1968 Gianni Mascolo " Guardando il sole "Italian132
1969 Paola " Bonjour, bonjour "German513
1970 Henri Dès " Retour "French48
1971 Peter, Sue and Marc " Les Illusions de nos vingt ans "French1278
1972 Véronique Müller " C'est la chanson de mon amour "French888
1973 Patrick Juvet " Je vais me marier, Marie "French1279
1974 Piera Martell " Mein Ruf nach dir "German14 ◁3
1975 Simone Drexel "Mikado"German677
1976 Peter, Sue and Marc"Djambo Djambo"English491
1977 Pepe Lienhard Band "Swiss Lady"German671
1978 Carole Vinci" Vivre "French965
1979 Peter, Sue and Marc, Pfuri, Gorps and Kniri " Trödler und Co."German1060
1980 Paola" Cinéma "French4104
1981 Peter, Sue and Marc" Io senza te "Italian4121
1982 Arlette Zola " Amour on t'aime "French397
1983 Mariella Farré " Io così non ci sto "Italian1528
1984 Rainy Day" Welche Farbe hat der Sonnenschein "German1630
1985 Mariella Farré and Pino Gasparini" Piano, piano "German1239
1986 Daniela Simons " Pas pour moi "French2140
1987 Carol Rich " Moitié moitié "French1726
1988 Céline Dion " Ne partez pas sans moi "French1137
1989 Furbaz " Viver senza tei " Romansh 1347
1990 Egon Egemann " Musik klingt in die Welt hinaus "German1151
1991 Sandra Simó " Canzone per te "Italian5118
1992 Daisy Auvray"Mister Music Man"French1532
1993 Annie Cotton " Moi, tout simplement "French3148 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
1994 Duilio " Sto pregando "Italian1915No semi-finals
1996 Kathy Leander " Mon cœur l'aime "French1622867
1997 Barbara Berta" Dentro di me "Italian225No semi-finals
1998 Gunvor " Lass ihn "German25 ◁0
2000 Jane Bogaert" La vita cos'è? "Italian2014
2002 Francine Jordi " Dans le jardin de mon âme "French2215
2004 Piero and the MusicStars"Celebrate"EnglishFailed to qualify22 ◁0
2005 Vanilla Ninja "Cool Vibes"English81288114
2006 six4one "If We All Give a Little"English1630Top 11 in 2005 final [lower-alpha 2]
2007 DJ BoBo "Vampires Are Alive"EnglishFailed to qualify2040
2008 Paolo Meneguzzi " Era stupendo "Italian1347
2009 Lovebugs "The Highest Heights"English1415
2010 Michael von der Heide " Il pleut de l'or "French17 ◁2
2011 Anna Rossinelli "In Love for a While"English25 ◁191055
2012 Sinplus "Unbreakable"EnglishFailed to qualify1145
2013 Takasa "You and Me"English1341
2014 Sebalter "Hunter of Stars"English1364492
2015 Mélanie René "Time to Shine"EnglishFailed to qualify17 ◁4
2016 Rykka "The Last of Our Kind"English18 ◁28
2017 Timebelle "Apollo"English1297
2018 Zibbz "Stones"English1386
2019 Luca Hänni "She Got Me"English43644232
2020 Gjon's Tears " Répondez-moi "FrenchContest cancelled [lower-alpha 3] X
2021 Gjon's Tears" Tout l'univers "French34321291
2022 Marius Bear "Boys Do Cry"English17789118
2023 Remo Forrer "Watergun"English2092797
2024 Nemo "The Code"English15914132
2025 Confirmed intention to participate [5] Host country

Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest

ArtistSongLanguageAt CongratulationsAt Eurovision
FinalPointsSemiPointsYearPlacePoints
Céline Dion " Ne partez pas sans moi " French Failed to qualify1098 1988 1137

Hostings

YearLocationVenuePresenter(s)
1956 Lugano Teatro Kursaal Lohengrin Filipello
1989 Lausanne Palais de Beaulieu Lolita Morena and Jacques Deschenaux
2025 TBA

Awards

Marcel Bezençon Awards

YearCategorySongComposer(s)
lyrics (l) / music (m)
PerformerFinalPointsHost cityRef.
2021 Composer Award"Tout l'univers"Gjon Muharremaj, Xavier Michel, Wouter Hardy & Nina Sampermans (m & l) Gjon's Tears 3432 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Rotterdam
[6]
2024 Press Award
Artistic Award [lower-alpha 4]
" The Code "Benjamin Alasu, Lasse Midtsian Nymann, Linda Dale, Nemo Mettler (m&l) Nemo 1591 Flag of Sweden.svg Malmö
[7]

Conductors

YearConductor [lower-alpha 5] Musical directorNotesRef.
1956 Fernando Paggi [lower-alpha 6] [8]
1957 Flag of Germany.svg Willy Berking N/A [lower-alpha 7]
1958 Paul Burkhard
1959 Flag of France.svg Franck Pourcel [lower-alpha 8]
1960 Cédric Dumont
1961 Fernando Paggi
1962 Cédric Dumont
1963 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Eric Robinson [lower-alpha 9]
1964 Fernando Paggi
1965 Mario Robbiani
1966 Flag of Luxembourg.svg Jean Roderes [lower-alpha 10]
1967 Hans Moeckel
1968 Mario Robbiani
1969 Flag of Germany.svg Henry Mayer
1970 Flag of France.svg Bernard Gérard [9]
1971 Hardy Schneiders
1972 Flag of France.svg Jean-Pierre Festi
1973 Flag of France.svg Hervé Roy
1974 Flag of Germany.svg Pepe Ederer
1975 Peter Jacques
1976 Mario Robbiani
1977 Peter Jacques
1978 Flag of France.svg Daniel Janin
1979 Flag of Germany.svg Rolf Zuckowski
1980 Peter Reber [10]
1981 Flag of Germany.svg Rolf Zuckowski
1982 Flag of Spain.svg Joan Amils
1983 Robert Weber [lower-alpha 11]
1984 Mario Robbiani
1985 Anita Kerr
1986 Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Atilla Şereftuğ
1987 No conductor
1988 Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Atilla Şereftuğ
1989 Flag of France.svg Benoît Kaufman [lower-alpha 12]
1990 Bela BalintN/A
1991 Flag of Italy.svg Flaviano Cuffari
1992 Roby Seidel
1993 Marc Sorrentino
1994 Flag of Italy.svg Valeriano Chiaravalle
1996 Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Rui dos Reis
1997 Flag of Italy.svg Pietro Damiani
1998 No conductor

Heads of delegation

YearHead of delegationRef.
20162021 Reto Peritz
2022Yves Schifferle

Commentators and spokespersons

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

YearCommentatorSpokespersonRef.
SRF RTS RSI
1956 Fritz Schäuffele  [ de ] [15] Raymond Colbert  [ fr ] [16] No broadcastNo spokesperson
1957 No broadcastCommentary via RTF FranceMäni Weber
1958 Theodor Haller
1959 Boris Acquadro
1960
1961
1962 Commentary via RAI ItalyAlexandre Burger
1963 Georges Hardy
1964 Robert Burnier
1965 Jean Charles
1966 Georges HardyGiovanni 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 ThurnheerSerge MoissonEzio Guidi
1985
1986
1987 Wilma Gilardi
1988 Ezio Guidi
1989 Thierry MasselotGiovanni Bertini
1990 Emanuela Gaggini
1991 Lolita Morena
1992 Mariano TschuorIvan Frésard
1993 Bernard Thurnheer Jean-Marc Richard
1994 Wilma Gilardi Sandra Studer
1995 Heinz MargotJoanne HolderDid not participate
1996 Sandra StuderPierre GrandjeanYves Ménestrier
1997 Heinz Margot, Roman KilchspergerJonathan TedescoSandy Altermatt
1998 Jean-Marc Richard Regula Elsener
1999 Sandra StuderDid not participate
2000 Astrid Von Stockar
2001 Phil MundwillerDid not participate
2002 Jonathan Tedesco, Claudio LazzarinoDiana Jörg
2003 Roman KilchspergerJean-Marc Richard, Alain Morisod Daniele Rauseo, Claudio LazzarinoDid not participate
2004 Marco FritscheDaniela Tami, Claudio Lazzarino Emel Aykanat
2005 Sandra StuderJean-Marc Richard, Marie-Thérèse PorchetCécile Bähler
2006 Jean-Marc Richard, Alain MorisodSandy Altermatt, Claudio LazzarinoJubaira Bachmann
2007 Bernard ThurnheerJean-Marc Richard (all), Henri Dès (final),
Nicolas Tanner (semi-final)
Sven Epiney
2008 Sven EpineyJean-Marc Richard, Nicolas TannerSandy AltermattCécile Bähler
2009
2010 Christa Rigozzi
2011 Jonathan TedescoCécile Bähler
2012 Clarissa Tami, Paolo Meneguzzi Sara Hildebrand
2013 Alessandro BertoglioMélanie Freymond
2014 Sven Epiney, Peter Schneider, Gabriel VetterAlessandro Bertoglio, Sandy AltermattKurt 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 EpineyClarissa Tami, SebalterLetícia 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 FormazEllis Cavallini and Gian-Andrea CostaChiara Dubey
2024 Jean-Marc Richard (all), Nicolas Tanner (all), Julie Berthollet (final)Jennifer Bosshard

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 The 1956 contest had secret voting and, apart from the winner, no results were released.
  2. 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.
  3. The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Voted by the national commentators.
  5. All conductors are of Swiss nationality unless otherwise noted.
  6. Also conducted the Dutch and German entries.
  7. Host conductor
  8. Host conductor
  9. Host conductor
  10. Host conductor
  11. Conducted at the national final by Hans Moeckel
  12. Also conducted the Luxembourgish entry and half of the Danish entry.

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