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Switzerland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 57 times since making its debut at the first contest in 1956, missing only four contests, in 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2003. Switzerland hosted the first contest in 1956, and won it themselves. Switzerland won the contest again in 1988.
Lys Assia won the very first contest in Lugano in 1956 with the song « Refrain« . She returned to place second in 1958. Switzerland would go on to finish third in 1961 with Franca Di Rienzo and 1982 with Arlette Zola, and place second with Esther Ofarim in 1963 and Daniela Simons in 1986, before winning the contest for the second time in 1988 with Celine Dion and the song « Ne partez pas sans moi« . In 1993, Annie Cotton gave the country its eighth top three result, when she placed third.
In the 21st century, Switzerland has only once reached the top ten, in 2005 with the girl band Vanilla Ninja finishing eighth. Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Switzerland has failed to qualify for the final nine times. At the 2014 contest, Sebalter gave the country its second best result of the century, finishing 13th.
- Voting history
- Commentators and Spokespeople
- Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest
- External links
Switzerland had been absent from Eurovision four times since their participation began in the first contest. These absences, in 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2003 were caused by poor results in previous contests that relegated Switzerland from the contest.
Switzerland has four official languages, French, German, Italian, and Romansh. For decades, the song requirements stated that the song had to be performed in a national language, which gave Switzerland leeway as they could perform in any of the four languages. Out of their 55 appearances in the Contest, Switzerland has sent 52 songs, 24 of which were in French, 12 in German, nine in Italian, nine in English, and one in Romansh. Both of Switzerland’s winning songs have been sung in French.
- Table key
- a. ^ The full results for the first contest in 1956 are unknown, only the winner was announced. The official Eurovision site lists all the other songs as being placed second.
- b. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year’s grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.
As of 2016, Switzerland’s voting history is as follows:
|1956||Lugano||Teatro Kursaal||Lohengrin Filipello|
|1989||Lausanne||Palais de Beaulieu||Lolita Morena and Jacques Deschenaux|
Commentators and Spokespeople
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|Year(s)||Swiss German Commentator||Swiss French Commentator||Swiss Italian Commentator||Spokesperson||Dual Swiss German Commentator||Dual Swiss French Commentator||Dual Swiss Italian Commentator|
|1956||No broadcast||Georges Hardy||No broadcast||N/A||No Dual Commentator||No Dual Commentator||No Dual Commentator|
|1957||Commentary via RTF France between 1957 and 1961||Mäni Weber|
|1962||Georges Hardy||Commentary via RAI Italy between 1962 and 1965||Alexandre Burger|
|1984||Bernard Thurnheer||Serge Moisson||Ezio Guidi|
|1992||Mariano Tschuor||Ivan Frésard|
|1993||Bernard Thurnheer||Jean-Marc Richard|
|1994||Wilma Gilardi||Sandra Studer|
|1995||Heinz Margot||Joanne Holder||Did not participate|
|1996||Sandra Studer||Pierre Grandjean||Yves Ménestrier|
|1997||Heinz Margot||Jonathan Tedesco||Sandy Altermatt||Roman Kilchsperger|
|1998||Jean-Marc Richard||Regula Elsener|
|1999||Sandra Studer||Did not participate||No Dual Commentator|
|2000||Astrid Von Stockar|
|2001||Phil Mundwiller||Did not participate|
|2002||Diana Jörg||Claudio Lazzarino|
|2003||Roman Kilchsperger||Jean-Marc Richard||Daniele Rauseo||Did not participate||Alain Morisod|
|2004||Marco Fritsche||Daniela Tami||Emel Aykanat|
|2005||Sandra Studer||Cécile Bähler||Marie-Thérèse Porchet|
|2006||Sandy Altermatt||Jubaira Bachmann||Alain Morisod|
|2007||Bernard Thurnheer||Sven Epiney||Henri Dès (final) + Nicolas Tanner (semi-final)|
|2008||Sven Epiney||Cécile Bähler||Nicolas Tanner||No Dual Commentator|
|2011||Jonathan Tedesco||Cécile Bähler|
|2012||Clarissa Tami||Sara Hildebrand||Paolo Meneguzzi|
|2013||Alessandro Bertoglio||Mélanie Freymond||No Dual Commentator|
|2014||Kurt Aeschbacher||Sandy Altermatt|
|2015||Clarissa Tami||Laetitia Guarino||Paolo Meneguzzi|
|2016||Sebalter||Peter Schneider + Gabriel Vetter (final)||Michele Carobbio (final)|
Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest
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|Year||Artist||Language||Title||Final||Points||Semi||Points||Place (1988)||Points (1988)|
|1988||Celine Dion||French||« Ne partez pas sans moi«||Failed to qualify||10||98||1||137|
- « History by Year: Eurovision Song Contest 1995 ». EBU. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
- « History by Year: Eurovision Song Contest 1999 ». EBU. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
- « History by Year: Eurovision Song Contest 2001 ». EBU. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
- « History by Year: Eurovision Song Contest 2003 ». EBU. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
- Barclay, Simon (June 17, 2010). The Complete and Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Silverthorn Press. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1.
- Points to and from Switzerland eurovisioncovers.co.uk
(Note : Entries scored out are when Switzerland did not compete)