On November 3, at 10:00 am, the voting for the Swiss national selection has officially started. No matter if you live in Switzerland or in any other part of the world, you can join in and vote up to four times for your favourites - just follow the link to the official online platform setup by the public broadcasters SRF and RTR, watch the videos, and pick the best ones! The voting is open until November 17, at 8:00 am.
As you might know, Switzerland is a multilingual country, and this is only one part of the national preselection procedure: The French language broadcaster RTS and the Italian-language broadcaster RSI are conducting their own respective regional selections. You can find out more in our info box below!
After all the regional selections have been completed, the 18 selected candidates will meet for an "expert check" on December 7, where they have to prove their vocal abilities and their stage performing skills.
Only six of them will make it to the national final, to be broadcast live from the Bodensee Arena in Kreuzlingen on January 31. During that show, a 50/50 combination of televoting and an expert jury vote will decide who is going to represent Switzerland in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
Regional selections: The Italian-speaking areas
Until October 15, candidates were asked to send in their songs and applications to public broadcaster RSI. A total of 28 songs have been received.
On November 4, a three-member expert jury consisting of Iris Moné, Simone Tomassini, and Paolo Meneguzzi (pictured above) will gather to evaluate the entries and pick the three lucky ones who will make it to the expert check on December 7.
Regional selections: The French-speaking areas
The deadline to send in songs was October 27. Until then, 26 songs had been received, the videos of which you can check out on the RTS website.
On a live radio show on November 20, an expert jury will decide which six acts will make it to the expert check on December 7.
One of the candidates, Sosofluo, has already taken part in the 2012 Swiss national final.
Regional selections: The German and Romansh speaking areas
Public broadcasters SFR and RTR have teamed up with their selection procedures. They have conducted an open selection, in which candidates have been asked to upload their songs to an online platform. You can check out all 210 videos on the SFR website, and you can even vote for your favorites up to four times!
In the end, the votes of the web users will be added up and combined in an equal ratio with the votes of an expert jury. The nine acts who manage to best convince both the experts and the public will make it to the expert check on December 7.