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|Member station||SRG SSR|
|National selection events|
|Appearances||61 (50 finals)|
|Best result||1st: 1956, 1988|
|Nul points||1964, 1967, 1998, 2004 SF|
|Switzerland's page at Eurovision.tv|
| For the most recent participation see|
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Switzerland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 61 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 17 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, followed by their 17th top five finish, when Gjon's Tears placed third in 2021.
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.
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.
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.
|Entry selected but did not compete|
|Lys Assia||"Das alte Karussell"||German||2||N/A||No semi-finals|
|Lys Assia||"L'enfant que j'étais"||French||8||5|
|Lys Assia||"Giorgio"||German, Italian||2||24|
|Anita Traversi||"Cielo e terra"||Italian||8||5|
|Franca Di Rienzo||"Nous aurons demain"||French||3||16|
|Jean Philippe||"Le retour"||French||10||2|
|Esther Ofarim||"T'en va pas"||French||2||40|
|Anita Traversi||"I miei pensieri"||Italian||13 ◁||0|
|Yovanna||"Non, à jamais sans toi"||French||8||8|
|Madeleine Pascal||"Ne vois-tu pas?"||French||6||12|
|Géraldine||"Quel cœur vas-tu briser?"||French||17 ◁||0|
|Gianni Mascolo||"Guardando il sole"||Italian||13||2|
|Paola del Medico||"Bonjour, Bonjour"||German||5||13|
|Peter, Sue and Marc||"Les illusions de nos vingt ans"||French||12||78|
|Véronique Müller||"C'est la chanson de mon amour"||French||8||88|
|Patrick Juvet||"Je vais me marier, Marie"||French||12||79|
|Piera Martell||"Mein Ruf nach Dir"||German||14 ◁||3|
|Peter, Sue and Marc||"Djambo, Djambo"||English||4||91|
|Pepe Lienhard Band||"Swiss Lady"||German||6||71|
|Peter, Sue and Marc + Pfuri, Gorps and Kniri||"Trödler und Co"||German||10||60|
|Paola del Medico||"Cinéma"||French||4||104|
|Peter, Sue and Marc||"Io senza te"||Italian||4||121|
|Arlette Zola||"Amour on t'aime"||French||3||97|
|Mariella Farré||"Io così non ci sto"||Italian||15||28|
|Rainy Day||"Welche Farbe hat der Sonnenschein?"||German||16||30|
|Mariella Farré and Pino Gasparini||"Piano, piano"||German||12||39|
|Daniela Simmons||"Pas pour moi"||French||2||140|
|Carol Rich||"Moitié, moitié"||French||17||26|
|Céline Dion||"Ne partez pas sans moi"||French||1||137|
|Furbaz||"Viver senza tei"||Romansh||13||47|
|Egon Egemann||"Musik klingt in die Welt hinaus"||German||11||51|
|Sandra Simó||"Canzone per te"||Italian||5||118|
|Daisy Auvray||"Mister Music Man"||French||15||32|
|Annie Cotton||"Moi, tout simplement"||French||3||148||Kvalifikacija za Millstreet|
|Duilio||"Sto pregando"||Italian||19||15||No semi-finals|
|Kathy Leander||"Mon cœur l'aime"||French||16||22||8||67|
|Barbara Berta||"Dentro di me"||Italian||22||5||No semi-finals|
|Gunvor||"Lass ihn"||German||25 ◁||0|
|Jane Bogaert||"La vita cos'è?"||Italian||20||14|
|Francine Jordi||"Dans le jardin de mon âme"||French||22||15|
|Piero and the MusicStars||"Celebrate"||English||Failed to qualify||22 ◁||0|
|Vanilla Ninja||"Cool Vibes"||English||8||128||8||114|
|six4one||"If We All Give a Little"||English||16||30||Top 11 previous year|
|DJ BoBo||"Vampires Are Alive"||English||Failed to qualify||20||40|
|Paolo Meneguzzi||"Era stupendo"||Italian||13||47|
|Lovebugs||"The Highest Heights"||English||14||15|
|Michael von der Heide||"Il pleut de l'or"||French||17 ◁||2|
|Anna Rossinelli||"In Love for a While"||English||25 ◁||19||10||55|
|Sinplus||"Unbreakable"||English||Failed to qualify||11||45|
|Takasa||"You and Me"||English||13||41|
|Sebalter||"Hunter of Stars"||English||13||64||4||92|
|Mélanie René||"Time to Shine"||English||Failed to qualify||17 ◁||4|
|Rykka||"The Last of Our Kind"||English||18 ◁||28|
|Luca Hänni||"She Got Me"||English||4||364||4||232|
|Gjon's Tears||"Répondez-moi"||French||Contest cancelled X|
|Gjon's Tears||"Tout l'univers"||French||3||432||1||291|
|Artist||Language||Title||At Congratulations||At Eurovision|
|Celine Dion||French||"Ne partez pas sans moi"||Failed to qualify||10||98||1988||1||137|
|1956||Lugano||Teatro Kursaal||Lohengrin Filipello|
|1989||Lausanne||Palais de Beaulieu||Lolita Morena and Jacques Deschenaux|
lyrics (l) / music (m)
|2021||Composer Award||"Tout l'univers"||Gjon Muharremaj, Xavier Michel, Wouter Hardy & Nina Sampermans (m & l)||Gjon's Tears||3||432||Rotterdam|
|1996||Rui dos Reis|
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Over the years Switzerland has broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest on three television stations, SRF (German language), RTS (French language) and RSI (Italian language).
|1956||No broadcast||Robert Burnier||No broadcast||No spokesperson|
|1957||Commentary via RTF France||Mäni Weber|
|1962||Commentary via RAI Italy||Alexandre Burger|
|1966||Georges Hardy||Giovanni Bertini|
|1984||Bernard Thurnheer||Serge Moisson||Ezio Guidi|
|1989||Thierry Masselot||Giovanni Bertini|
|1992||Mariano Tschuor||Ivan Frésard|
|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)
|2008||Sven Epiney||Jean-Marc Richard, Nicolas Tanner||Sandy Altermatt||Cécile Bähler|
|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)
|2021||Jean-Marc Richard, Nicolas Tanner (all);|
Joseph Gorgoni (final)
|Clarissa Tami (2nd semi-final and final);|
Belgium has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 62 times since making its debut as one of seven countries at the first contest in 1956. The only countries with more appearances are Germany (64), France (63) and the United Kingdom (63). Belgium have been absent only three times in total, in 1994, 1997 and 2001, due to low scores in the previous contests that relegated them from the contest. Belgium has won the contest once, in 1986.
Germany has officially participated in every Eurovision Song Contest since its beginning in 1956, except in 1996 when its entry did not qualify past the audio-only pre‐selection round, and consequently was not seen in the broadcast final and does not count as one of Germany's 64 appearances. No other country has been represented as many times. Along with France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, Germany is one of the "Big Five" countries that are automatically prequalified for the final, due to being the largest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The final is broadcast in Germany on ARD flagship channel, Das Erste. Germany has won the contest twice, in 1982 and 2010.
Italy has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 46 times since making its debut at the first contest in 1956. It was one of the seven countries that competed at the first contest, which took inspiration from the Sanremo Music Festival. Italy competed at the contest frequently until 1997. After a 13-year absence, the country returned to the contest in 2011. Italy has won the contest three times.
Luxembourg has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 37 times since making its debut at the first contest in 1956. Between 1956 and 1993, Luxembourg missed only the 1959 contest. Luxembourg has not participated in the contest since its last participation in 1993. Luxembourg has won the contest five times. Only Ireland (seven) and Sweden (six) have more wins.
France has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 63 times since its debut at the first contest in 1956. France is one of only seven countries to be present at the first contest, and has been absent from only two contests in its history, missing the 1974 and 1982 contests. Along with Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, France is one of the "Big Five" countries that are automatically prequalified for the final, due to being the largest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). France has won the contest five times.
Hungary has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 17 times since making its debut in 1994. Hungary attempted to participate in 1993 but failed to qualify from a special qualifying competition set up for seven former eastern bloc countries.
Sweden has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 60 times since making its debut in 1958, missing only three contests since then. Since 1959, the Swedish entry has been chosen through an annual televised competition, known since 1967 as Melodifestivalen. At the 1997 contest, Sweden was one of the first five countries to adopt televoting. Sweden is the only country to have hosted the event in five different decades, three times in Stockholm, twice in Malmö and once in Gothenburg (1985).
Finland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 53 times since its debut in 1961. Finland won the contest for the first time in 2006 with Lordi's "Hard Rock Hallelujah". The country's best result before then was achieved by Marion Rung with the song "Tom Tom Tom" in 1973, which placed sixth.
Austria has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 53 times since its debut in 1957. The country has won twice, in 1966 and 2014, and such it holds the record for the longest gap between consecutive wins — 48 years. The contest is broadcast in Austria by ORF. Vienna was the host city on both of the occasions that the contest was held in Austria, in 1967 and 2015.
Norway has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 59 times since making its debut in 1960 and has only been absent twice since then. In 1970, the country boycotted the contest over disagreements about the voting structure, and in 2002, they were relegated. The contest is broadcast in Norway by NRK, which also broadcasts Norway's national selection competition, Melodi Grand Prix.
Iceland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 33 times since its debut in 1986, missing only two contests since then, in 1998 and 2002, when prevented from competing due to finishing outside qualification places the preceding years. The country's best result is two second-place finishes, with Selma in 1999 and Yohanna in 2009.
Cyprus has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 38 times since making its debut in 1981. Cyprus' first entry was the group Island, who finished sixth. The country's best result in the contest is a second-place finish with Eleni Foureira in 2018.
Denmark has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 49 times, making its first appearance in 1957. Having competed in ten consecutive contests until 1966, Denmark was absent for eleven consecutive contests from 1967 to 1977. Since 1978, it has been absent from only four contests. Denmark has won the contest three times: in 1963, 2000 and 2013. The Danish national selection for the contest is the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.
The participation of Switzerland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest first began in Lillehammer, Norway, at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004. Radiotelevisione svizzera (RSI), a member organisation of the multilingual Swiss Broadcasting Corporation and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), were responsible for the selection process of their participation. The only representative to participate for the nation was Demis Mirarchi with the song "Birichino", which finished in sixteenth place out of eighteen participating entries, achieving a score of four points. Switzerland withdrew from competing in the contest in 2005, and have yet to make their return to the contest.
Eimear Quinn represented Ireland in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "The Voice".
The United Kingdom has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 63 times. It first took part in the second contest in 1957 and has entered every year since 1959. Along with Sweden and the Netherlands, the UK is one of only three countries with Eurovision victories in four different decades. It is one of the "Big 5" countries, along with France, Germany, Italy and Spain, who are automatically prequalified for the final each year as they are the biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The British public broadcaster, the BBC, broadcasts the event and organises the national selection to choose the entry. The United Kingdom has won the Eurovision Song Contest five times, and has finished as runner-up on a record fifteen occasions. The UK has hosted the contest a record eight times, four times in London and once each in Edinburgh (1972), Brighton (1974), Harrogate (1982) and Birmingham (1998).
Switzerland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Time to Shine", written and performed by Mélanie René. The Swiss German broadcaster Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) in collaboration with the other broadcasters part of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation organised the national final ESC 2015 – Die Entscheidungsshow in order to select the Swiss entry for the 2015 contest in Vienna, Austria. After narrowing down hundreds of candidate songs to a field of six entries, the votes of jury panel and a public televote selected "Time to Shine" performed by Mélanie René as the winner. In the second of the Eurovision semi-finals, Switzerland failed to qualify to the final, placing seventeenth and last out of the 17 participating countries with 4 points.
Switzerland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "The Last of Our Kind" written by Christina Maria Rieder, Mike James, Jeff Dawson and Warne Livesey. The song was performed by Rykka. The Swiss entry for the 2016 contest in Stockholm, Sweden was selected through the national final ESC 2016 – Die Entscheidungsshow, organised by the Swiss German speaking broadcaster Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) in collaboration with the other broadcasters part of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. Artists that were interested in entering the Swiss national final had the opportunity to apply to one of three open selections with defined submission periods: an online platform where entries could be uploaded for public viewing, which was organised by the Swiss-German broadcaster SRF and the Swiss-Romansh broadcaster Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha (RTR), or by submitting an entry directly to the Swiss-French broadcaster Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) and/or the Swiss-Italian broadcaster Radiotelevisione svizzera. A total of 19 entries were selected to advance to an "Expert Check" round; ten entries were selected from the SRF/RTR selection, six entries were selected from the RTS selection and three entries were selected from the RSI selection. The "Expert Check" was held on 6 December 2015 at SRF Studio 5 in Zürich and involved four experts evaluating the live performances of the 19 entries and selecting six entries to advance to the televised national final—three artists and songs from the SRF/RTR candidates, two from the RTS candidates and one from the RSI candidates. The six finalists performed during the national final on 13 February 2016 at the Bodensee Arena in Kreuzlingen where a combination of jury voting and public voting ultimately selected "The Last of Our Kind" performed by Rykka as the winner.
Switzerland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The Swiss German speaking broadcaster Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) in collaboration with the other broadcasters part of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation organised a national final in order to select the Swiss entry for the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal.
Switzerland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation organised an internal selection in order to select the Swiss entry for the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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