Category Archives: Switzerland

386 Unbreakable – Sinplus (Switzerland, 2012)

I’m going to take issue with the first semi of the 2012 contest, held on 22nd May in Baku, Azerbaijan. Not since the introduction of two semi finals in 2008 have our deliberations been so at variance with the official scores. … Continue reading

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394 Il Pleut De L’or – Michael von der Heide (Switzerland, 2010)

In 2004 the Big 4 nations (France, Germany, Spain and the UK) plus the 10 highest placed countries from the previous year (other than the Big 4) all automatically qualified for the final, while the first ever semi final was held for all other … Continue reading

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414 Vampires Are Alive – DJ BoBo (Switzerland, 2007)

Since the introduction of the semi final in 2004 several songs that were expected to easily qualify for the final didn’t. Je T’adore by Kate Ryan in 2006 comes to mind, as does Anna Bergendahl’s This Is My Life in 2010 and … Continue reading

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469 Welche Farbe Hat Der Sonnenschein? – Rainy Day (Switzerland, 1984)

Eurovision has never been at the cutting edge of popular music but there have been times when the winning songs have reflected the zeitgeist better than others, for instance France Gall’s Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son, Abba’s Waterloo and even Loreen’s … Continue reading

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473 Giorgio – Lys Assia (Switzerland, 1958)

With Giorgio Lys Assia becomes the first artist to appear more than once in our blog, though strictly speaking her first entry, Refrain, sits just outside the Top 500 (see No. 502). Assia was born Rosa Mina Schärer in 1924 in the German-speaking town of … Continue reading

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481 La Vita Cos’è – Jane Bogaert (Switzerland, 2000)

Of the 11 Swiss entries sung in Italian six have made it into the Top 500, La Vita Cos’è (What Is Life?) is the first of these to make an appearance. Jane Bogaert is from Solothurn in the north western – … Continue reading

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493 Viver Senza Tei – Furbaz (Switzerland, 1989)

From 1966 to 1972 and again from 1978 to 1998 Eurovision rules stipulated that a song had to be sung in a country’s national language. With four to choose from this has given multi-lingual Switzerland more options than anyone. Back in 1956 … Continue reading

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