Tonight Switzerland will pick the entry for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Die Entscheidungsshow will be broadcast live at 20:10 CET, you can watch it online on the SRF website. Six acts are competing, and a 50/50 combination of jury vote and televoting will decide who will be flying the Swiss flag in Stockholm this May.
The Bodensee Arena in Kreuzlingen will host the Swiss national final for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest tonight. Six acts are fighting for the right to represent their country in Stockholm.
This is the running order of all artists and their competing songs:
Vincent Gross - Half A Smile
Bella C - Another World
Kaceo - Disque d’or
Theo - Because Of You
Rykka - The Last Of Our Kind
Stanley Miller - Feel The Love
After that, each act will perform once again, this time a cover version of a popular hit:
Vincent Gross - Astronaut (original by Sido & Andreas Bourani)
Bella C - Empire State Of Mind (Part II) (original by Alicia Keys)
Kaceo - Video Killed The Radio Star (original by The Buggles)
Theo - Photograph (original by Ed Sheeran)
Rykka - Love Me Like You Do (original by Ellie Goulding)
Rykka (29) was born in Vancouver, Canada, where she grew up in a very musical family. Her real name is Christina Rieder and her forefathers are Swiss. In Canada Rykka went to a music school and, for a long time, toured the country as a street musician. Meanwhile she has also recorded a few albums.
Right now the versatile artist lives in a farm house close to Zurich, Switzerland, together with her husband, five fellow housmates, cat Charlie and a flock of sheep.
Bella C (38) is the stage name of Bulgarian singer Borislava Panosetti. She has lived in Switzerland since 2004 and calls the town of Winterthur her home. At the age of 6, she started her piano and vocal education. From the age of 17 she has worked as a professional singer, musician and entertainer.
As a composer, Bella C already participated in the Swiss national selection in 2011, with the song Waiting For Ya performed by Duke.
Kaceo from Geneva have entered the stage together as a band for the first time in 2013. They have since played more than 80 concerts, reaching all the way to Paris. They convince their audience mainly with their sense of humour, authenticity, and liveliness.
The current line-up consists of lead vocalist Nicolas Vivier, Karim Maghraoui (accordion), Luis Pisconte (guitar), Florian Casarsa (drums), and Quentin Mathieu (e-bass). Their song Disque d'Or makes fun of the music business, stating that it's often more about the show than about music as such.
Stanley Miller, alias Chipper, lives in Madrid but hails from Richmond, Virginia, USA. He studied musical theater at the James Madison University of Arts in Philadelphia.
His experience as a singer is based on performances in theme parks, on cruise ships and in productions of the musicals Rent and Hair. In Spain, he gained fame through his participation in the Operación Triunfo talent show in 2008, where he came third.
Theo lives in Lugano and grew up in a musical family. He lives for music. At the moment he trains to become a multimedia and electrical technician.
At the age of ten, Theo started to sing and play the guitar. He has since had a lot of experience performing in musicals, talent shows and concerts in several countries. He recorded his first song when he was 18 years old.
Vincent Gross grew up in Basel. He has been singing since his early childhood, starting with the school choir. He sings in German and in English, cover versions as well as own songs. In 2011 his brother showed him the first three chords on the guitar, and since then he has always been playing this instrument along with his singing.
The first milestone in his career was when Vincent was voted Newcomer of the Year in the show Hello Again, getting more than 30% of the calls. He is about to start studying but hopes to pursue his career as an artist and entertainer at the same time. In spring 2016 he plans to release his first album.
Sven Epiney will host the show. In the interval act, Conchita Wurst will perform together with Flavio Rizzello, the winner of the talent show Die Grössten Schweizer Talente.