Online voting for Swiss entry begins, with a few familiar faces
SRF, the Swiss German-language broadcaster, has officially opened the online voting platform for choosing their entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
“We have received 159 videos, which is pretty good. We are very satisfied as the songs cover a wide range of styles. We are confident that we will find a great song within this selection which will take us to the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest,” said SRF.
From November 4-18, fans will be able to rate all the entries at the online SRF Eurovision platform http://www.eurovisionplattform.sf.tv/.
From then, nine qualifiers will be chosen based on online votes and 50% from the opinions of the expert jury.
On November 30, the nine entries will perform in front of the expert jury, in order to see their live singing and performing abilities. Only three will be chosen to move on to the final.
Joining the lucky three from SRF will be two finalists from French-language broadcaster RTS and one finalist from Italian-language broadcaster RSI.
A few familiar faces are among the 159 submitted entries. Daria Kinzer, who represented Croatia in 2011 with the song “Celebrate,” has entered with the song “Somebody Like You.” Kinzer was born in West Germany to a Croatian mother and a German father, and was raised in Austria. She failed to reach the final in 2011. Also among the entries is Greek-American Annet Artani, who represented Cyprus in 2006 with the song, “Why Angels Cry.” She has entered the Swiss selection with the song “You Got What I Need.”
The final will be broadcast live from Bodensee Arena in Kreuzlingen on February 1.
Photo courtesy: Miriam Primik / dariakinzer.com, MaRaDinn photography