No less than 179 videos of potential Eurovision entries were uploaded on the Eurovision platform of the Swiss public broadcaster SF, where they could be watched and voted on by the public. At the same time, an expert jury was evaluating the songs. In the end, all the votes were counted, and according to their 50/50 combination, the following four entries qualified for the Swiss national final for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. You can watch their video clips on the official Swiss Eurovision website:
Anthony Bighead - Do The Monkey
Heilsarmee - You And Me
Jesse Ritch - Forever & A Day
Melissa - The Point Of No Return
Anthony Bighead usually presents the music charts on the youth channel Joiz TV. Now he wants to try his luck as a musician himself, and he even created his own dance choreography for his Eurovision act. Will he wear his monkey costume again on stage in Kreuzlingen, fitting the songtitle of his entry?
Talking about Heilsarmee ("Salvation Army"), every Swiss will be immediately reminded of singing amateurs touring the streets before Christmas. But in fact, this time we are talking about a band of six musicians found through a casting. And it's by no means a normal band: its youngest member is 20 years old, and the oldest one no less than 94! Will he get the ticket to Malmö and set a new record on the Eurovision stage?
Jesse Ritch calls the Swiss capital Bern home but he started his TV career in the German talent show Deutschland sucht den Superstar, where he narrowly missed the final. He is just 20 years old, but already determined to conquer Europe with his music.
Melissa is no stranger to national selections for Eurovision: In 2011 she already competed in the Spanish final. She currently lives in Alicante but has a dual Spanish-Swiss citizenship, with Montreux being her home town. Will she be lucky this time and get the ticket to Malmö?
One thing is for sure: the four qualifiers can be very proud of their achievement, as they've beaten some real stars in the online selection. Both the 2011 Eurovision representative of Poland, Magdalena Tul, and the first ever Eurovision Song Contest winner, Lys Assia, did not manage to go forward to the final.
In the Swiss national final, to be held in the Bodensee Arena in Kreuzlingen on 15 December, they will join the following five acts that have already been chosen by the respective Italian and French-language public broadcasters in Switzerland:
Carrousel - J'avais rendez-vous
Nicolas Fraissinet - Lève-toi
Nill Klemm - On My Way
Chiara Dubey - Bella Sera
Ally - Catch Me
Read more about the regional preselection heats in our detailed coverage of the events: