Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country  Switzerland
National selection
Selection processInternal selection
Selection date(s)8 March 2022
Selected entrantMarius Bear
Selected song"Boys Do Cry"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Marius Hügli
  • Martin Gallop
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (9th, 118 points)
Final result17th, 78 points
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

Switzerland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, having internally selected Marius Bear to represent the country with the song "Boys Do Cry", written by himself and Martin Gallop. Bear was announced by the Swiss broadcaster to represent Switzerland with "Boys Do Cry" on 8 March 2022.

Switzerland was drawn to compete in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 10 May 2022. Performing during the show in position 4, "Boys Do Cry" was announced among the top 10 entries of the first semi-final and hence qualified to compete in the final. In the final, Switzerland placed 17th with 78 points. It was later revealed that the country placed 9th in the semi-final with 118 points.

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, Switzerland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest sixty-one times since their first entry in 1956.[1] Switzerland is noted for having won the first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Refrain" performed by Lys Assia. Their second and, to this point, most recent victory was achieved in 1988 when Canadian singer Céline Dion won the contest with the song "Ne partez pas sans moi". Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Switzerland has managed to participate in the final five times. In 2005, the internal selection of Estonian girl band Vanilla Ninja, performing the song "Cool Vibes", qualified Switzerland to the final where they placed 8th. Due to their successful result in 2005, Switzerland was pre-qualified to compete directly in the final in 2006. Between 2007 and 2010, the nation failed to qualify to the final after a string of internal selections. Opting to organize a national final from 2011 to 2018, Switzerland managed to qualify for the final twice. The country returned to internally selecting its entry in 2019, a process that has yielded two top five results: a fourth place in 2019 with the song "She Got Me" by Luca Hänni, and a third place in 2021 with the song "Tout l'univers" by Gjon's Tears.

Before Eurovision

Internal selection

In early April 2021, SRG SSR confirmed their intention to participate at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, opening applications to be part of the selecting committee.[2] On 16 June 2021, the broadcaster published the rules for artists to apply for its internal selection process. Submissions were open between 1 and 15 September 2021.[3]

The selection involved a panel of 100 Swiss viewers – as selected between April and June – alongside a specialized international 23-member jury, composed of former judges in their respective countries – namely Alexey Gross [ru] (Russia), Amie Borgar (Finland), Anders Øhrstrøm (Denmark), Argyro Christodoulidou (Cyprus), Deivydas Zvonkus [lt] (Lithuania), Florent Luyckx [nl] (Netherlands), Gabriela Horn (Austria), Gordon Groothedde [nl] (Netherlands), Gore Melian (Armenia), Grzegorz Urban (Poland), Helga Möller (Iceland), Henrik Johnsson [sv] (Sweden), Ilinca Băcilă (Romania), Julian Le Play (Austria), Karl-Ander Reismann [et] (Estonia), Ludmila Kuts (Belarus), Maria Marcus (Sweden), Mark De Lisser (UK), Milan Havrda (Czech Republic), Ovidiu Jacobsen (Romania and Norway), Pete Watson (UK), Samuli Väänänen (Finland) and Tinkara Kovač (Slovenia); each panel accounted for 50% of the voting, which was articulated in various undisclosed phases and decided the Swiss act for Eurovision before the end of the year.[3][4]

Marius Bear was announced as the selected entrant with the song "Boys Do Cry" on 8 March 2022.[5][6]

At Eurovision

Termoli in the Province of Campobasso in Molise was the location of Marius Bear's postcard.
A video postcard introduced Bear's performance in the first semi-final and final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The postcard was filmed in the small town of Termoli in the Province of Campobasso in Molise
and featured virtual projections of Marius Bear across the location.

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Switzerland was placed into the first semi-final, which was held on 10 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[7]

Once all the competing songs for the 2022 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Switzerland was set to perform in position 4, following the entry from Lithuania and before the entry from Slovenia.[8] Immediately after the close of the first semi-final, a press conference was held in which each of the artists drew the half of the final of which they would perform in. Switzerland was drawn into the first half of the final and was later selected by the EBU to perform in the show in position number 5, following the entry from Finland and before the entry from France.

In Switzerland, all shows were broadcast on SRF zwei, with German language commentary by Sven Epiney, on RTS 1 and RTS 2, with French language commentary by Jean-Marc Richard and Gjon's Tears and on RSI La 1 and RSI La 2 with Italian language commentary by Clarissa Tami, Francesca Margiotta and Boris Piffaretti.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19] The Swiss spokesperson, who announced the top 12-point score awarded by the Swiss jury during the final, was Julie Berthollet.[20][21][22]

Semi-final

Marius Bear took part in technical rehearsals on 30 April and 4 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 9 and 10 May. This included the jury show on 9 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.

The Swiss featured Marius Bear alone on stage in a leather jacket. The staging was predominantly dark with technical effects to create a broken heart shape on Bear's face. The performance remained simplistic and quietly arranged to complement the song style.[23]

At the end of the show, Switzerland was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final. This marked the third consecutive qualification to the final for Switzerland. It was later revealed that Marius Bear placed ninth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 118 points: 11 points from the televoting and 107 points from the juries.

Final

Shortly after the first semi-final, a winners' press conference was held for the ten qualifying countries. As part of this press conference, the qualifying artists took part in a draw to determine which half of the grand final they would subsequently participate in. This draw was done in the order the countries appeared in the semi-final running order. Switzerland was drawn to compete in the first half. Following this draw, the shows' producers decided upon the running order of the final, as they had done for the semi-finals. Switzerland was subsequently placed to perform in position 5, following the entry from Finland and before the entry from France.

Marius Bear once again took part in dress rehearsals on 13 and 14 May before the final, including the jury final where the professional juries cast their final votes before the live show. He performed a repeat of his semi-final performance during the final on 14 May. Switzerland placed seventeenth in the final, scoring 78 points: 0 points from the televoting and 78 points from the juries.

Voting

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Switzerland during the first semi-final and final. Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.[24] The exact composition of the professional jury, and the results of each country's jury and televoting were released after the final; the individual results from each jury member were also released in an anonymised form.[25][26] The Swiss jury consisted of Anna Känzig, Elias Bertini, Sandro Dietrich, Veronica Tracchia, and Yvan Franel.[25][26] In the first semi-final, Switzerland finished in ninth place out of seventeen entries, marking Switzerland's third consecutive qualification to the grand final. The first semi-final saw Switzerland receive twelve points from Bulgaria in the jury vote. Over the course of the contest, Switzerland awarded its 12 points to Netherlands (jury) and Portugal in the first semi-final and Greece (jury) and Serbia (televote) the final.

Points awarded to Switzerland

Points awarded by Switzerland

Detailed voting results

The following members comprised the Swiss jury:[25][26]

  • Anna Känzig – Singer-songwriter
  • Elias Bertini – Singer-songwriter
  • Sandro Dietrich – Singer, producer, composer
  • Veronica Tracchia – Artist
  • Yvan Franel – Singer
Detailed voting results from Switzerland (Semi-final 1)
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Albania 12 16 16 16 13 16 3 8
02  Latvia 9 1 13 13 12 9 2 14
03  Lithuania 10 5 6 10 5 8 3 8 3
04   Switzerland
05  Slovenia 14 13 11 6 16 13 16
06  Ukraine 6 9 10 2 1 3 8 2 10
07  Bulgaria 15 11 9 11 15 14 15
08  Netherlands 1 4 1 1 3 1 12 9 2
09  Moldova 8 10 15 14 7 12 4 7
10  Portugal 11 15 2 3 14 7 4 1 12
11  Croatia 13 6 8 8 9 11 5 6
12  Denmark 2 8 4 12 11 6 5 13
13  Austria 16 12 14 15 10 15 7 4
14  Iceland 7 7 5 4 6 5 6 10 1
15  Greece 3 2 3 5 4 2 10 12
16  Norway 4 3 12 9 2 4 7 11
17  Armenia 5 14 7 7 8 10 1 6 5
Detailed voting results from Switzerland (Final)
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Czech Republic 11 12 4 22 21 11 24
02  Romania 23 21 15 21 23 24 17
03  Portugal 21 1 12 1 20 6 5 4 7
04  Finland 15 22 19 23 16 21 14
05   Switzerland
06  France 20 23 18 20 13 20 20
07  Norway 13 14 6 9 9 10 1 12
08  Armenia 8 13 14 10 19 14 16
09  Italy 5 3 7 12 10 9 2 3 8
10  Spain 16 7 1 4 3 3 8 5 6
11  Netherlands 3 4 11 2 4 2 10 13
12  Ukraine 10 6 10 3 5 8 3 2 10
13  Germany 18 20 21 15 24 22 9 2
14  Lithuania 17 9 8 13 11 13 15
15  Azerbaijan 12 15 22 5 12 12 22
16  Belgium 24 16 17 14 15 19 21
17  Greece 1 2 2 7 7 1 12 19
18  Iceland 14 8 13 11 17 15 23
19  Moldova 22 24 20 24 14 23 7 4
20  Sweden 4 11 3 8 2 4 7 8 3
21  Australia 2 10 5 18 6 7 4 18
22  United Kingdom 6 5 9 6 1 5 6 6 5
23  Poland 9 19 16 16 18 18 10 1
24  Serbia 7 18 24 19 22 16 1 12
25  Estonia 19 17 23 17 8 17 11

References

  1. ^ "Switzerland Country Profile". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  2. ^ Christou, Costa (2 April 2021). "Switzerland confirms Eurovision 2022 participation". ESCXtra. Retrieved 30 October 2021.
  3. ^ a b "English information: «Eurovision Song Contest» 2022". srf.ch (Press release). SRG SSR. 15 September 2021. Retrieved 30 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Die ESC Fachjury". srf.ch (in Swiss High German). SRG SSR. 14 December 2021. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  5. ^ SRF Eurovision Song Contest [@srfesc] (1 March 2022). "Mark March 8, 2022, in your calendars. #Eurovision #ESC2022 #Switzerland #SRF" (Tweet). Retrieved 1 March 2022 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Marius Bear défendra la Suisse avec «Boys Do Cry» à l'Eurovision Song Contest 2022". rts.ch (in Swiss French). RTS. 8 March 2022. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Eurovision 2022: Which Semi-Final is your country performing in? 🇮🇹". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 25 January 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Semi-Final running orders revealed!". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 29 March 2022. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  9. ^ "Marius Bear, con "Boys Do Cry", rappresenterà la Svizzera all'Eurovision Song Contest 2022". RSI (in Italian). 8 March 2022. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Palinsesto - RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera". rsi.ch (in Italian). Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  11. ^ Grace, Emily (8 May 2022). "Switzerland: Eurovision 2022 Commentators For RSI Revealed". Eurovoix. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  12. ^ "Programme TV - 10/05/2022". rts.ch (in French). Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  13. ^ "Programme TV - 12/05/2022". rts.ch (in French). Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  14. ^ "Programme TV - 14/05/2022". rts.ch (in French). Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  15. ^ "Marius Bear mit «Boys Do Cry» für die Schweiz am «Eurovision Song Contest» 2022". Medienportal (in German). Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  16. ^ Fernsehen, Schweizer Radio und. "TV-Programm - srf.ch - 10.5.2022". www.srf.ch (in Swiss High German). Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  17. ^ Fernsehen, Schweizer Radio und. "TV-Programm - srf.ch - 12.5.2022". www.srf.ch (in Swiss High German). Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  18. ^ Fernsehen, Schweizer Radio und. "TV-Programm - srf.ch - 14.5.2022". www.srf.ch (in Swiss High German). Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  19. ^ Granger, Anthony (19 April 2022). "Switzerland: SRF Reveals Eurovision 2022 Broadcast Plans". Eurovoix. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  20. ^ "Eurowizja 2022: kto będzie prezentował wyniki głosowania?". Eurowizja.org (in Polish). OGAE Polska. 12 May 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  21. ^ "Eurovision 2022 Spokespersons – Who will announce the points?". Eurovisionworld. 14 May 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  22. ^ "Eurovision 2022, tante eurostars fra chi annuncerà i voti: l'elenco completo". Eurofestival News (in Italian). 14 May 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  23. ^ Granger, Anthony (30 April 2022). "🇨🇭 Switzerland: All The Details About Marius Bear's Rehearsal". Eurovoix. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  24. ^ "Voting–Eurovision Song Contest". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Archived from the original on 26 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  25. ^ a b c "Juries in the First Semi-Final of Turin 2022". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  26. ^ a b c "Juries in the Grand Final of Turin 2022". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  27. ^ a b "Results of the Second Semi-Final of Turin 2022". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  28. ^ a b "Results of the Grand Final of Turin 2022". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 15 May 2022.