Which of these songs will represent Switzerland in 2018?09 January 2018 at 08:08 CET
Switzerland is changing direction for Eurovision 2018. According to the rules of the 2018 selection, SRG SSR is seeking a modern song with a "strong, clear and understandable message." The songs which made the shortlist were tested out with different vocalists to find the perfect interpretation for each song.
The national selection will take place on Sunday 4th February 2018 and the winner will be decided by a 50/50 combination of public televotes and votes from an international jury. More details are available on the website of SRG SSR. You can also find out more information on Facebook and Twitter. Don't forget to use the hashtag #srfesc.
The Swiss finalists
Zibbz - Stones
Zibbz is comprised of siblings Corinne “Co” Gfeller (32) and Stee Gfeller (30). The pair have performed at rock concerts and festivals both together and as solo artists in Switzerland and abroad.
Angie Ott - A Thousand Times
Angie Ott (27) is married and has a young son. Music is her greatest passion and she draws on the power of her family to inspire her. In 2013 she finished second in The Voice of Switzerland and wants to share her feelings with the audience through her music.
Naeman - Kiss Me
"Never give up" is the motto of the 23-year-old Naeman. His biggest dream is to have an international career as a musician. The dancer and musicians plays the guitar, piano and drums and he has appeared on several TV talents shows in Switzerland and abroad. Naeman has extensive live performing experience and has visited over 35 major cities.
Chiara Dubey - Secrets and Lies
Chiara Dubey (24) has previously participated in the Swiss national selection for the Eurovisio Song Contest and 2018 marks the third time she will appear. Chiara plays the violin and piano and has been living in Zurich for several years.
Alejandro Reyes - Compass
Alejandro Reyes was born in Chile and moved to Switzerland at the age of 10. Now 26, Alejandro began his musical career when his friend gave him a guitar. The singer-songwriter gets inspiration for his songs from real life situations. Music guides him through difficult times, like a compass, which is also the title of his entry.
Vanessa Iraci - Redlights
Vanessa Iraci has been writing and composing since she was 15 years old. Vanessa is an accomplished live performer as well as recording artist. In 2014 she participated in The Voice of Switzerland. She also performs in a band called Myron and has toured extensively with them as well as a solo artist.
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Switzerland won the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and 2018 will mark the 30th anniversary of the country's last victory when Celine Dion lifted the trophy with Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi.
Timebelle represented Switzerland in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, narrowly missing out on a place in the Grand Final with their song Apollo.