Suisse 1981

Switzerland was represented by Peter, Sue and Marc with the song Io senza te at the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest which took place on April 4. The group were the winners of the Swiss national final for the 1981 Contest, held on February 21.

National Final

Swiss French broadcaster TSR in charge of broadcasting the selection for the Swiss entry for the 1981 Contest. The Final was held at the Geneva Palladium in Geneva, hosted by Jean-Pierre Pastori. Six songs were submitted for the 1981 national final and the winning song was submitted by 3 regional juries (DRS, TSR, TSI), plus a press jury and a jury of experts. Other participants included future Swiss representative Mariella Farré (1983 and 1985)

Swiss National Final – 21 February 1981
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Peter, Sue and Marc « Io senza te«  30 1
2 Rose Brown « Du fehlst mir » 13 5
3 Pascal Auberson « Comme l’eau de la mer » 16 4
4 Ireen Indra Io 21 3
5 Swiss Union « San Gottardo » 25 2
6 Mariella Farré « Una cosa meravigliosa » 6 6
Jury Votes
Song DRS TSR TSI Press Experts Total
Io senza te 4 5 7 7 7 30
Du fehlst mir 3 2 3 1 4 13
Comme l’eau de la mer 2 4 2 3 5 16
Io 5 4 5 4 3 21
San Gottardo 7 7 4 5 2 25
Una cosa meravigliosa 1 1 1 2 1 6

At Eurovision

On the night of the contest the group performed nineteenth, following Cyprus and preceding Sweden. At the close of voting Io senza te picked up 121 points (including five maximum 12 points from Finland, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom and Yugoslavia) placing Switzerland in fourth place out of twenty. It was the seventh consecutive year that Switzerland had finished in the top 10. The Swiss jury awarded its 12 points to France.

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