Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022
|Eurovision Song Contest 2022|
|Selection process||Internal selection|
|Selection date(s)||8 March 2022|
|Selected entrant||Marius Bear|
|Selected song||"Boys Do Cry"|
|Semi-final result||Qualified (9th, 118 points)|
|Final result||17th, 78 points|
|Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest|
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.
Prior to the 2022 contest, Switzerland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest sixty-one times since their first entry in 1956. 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.
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. 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.
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 (Russia), Amie Borgar (Finland), Anders Øhrstrøm (Denmark), Argyro Christodoulidou (Cyprus), Deivydas Zvonkus (Lithuania), Florent Luyckx (Netherlands), Gabriela Horn (Austria), Gordon Groothedde (Netherlands), Gore Melian (Armenia), Grzegorz Urban (Poland), Helga Möller (Iceland), Henrik Johnsson (Sweden), Ilinca Băcilă (Romania), Julian Le Play (Austria), Karl-Ander Reismann (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.
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.
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. 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. The Swiss spokesperson, who announced the top 12-point score awarded by the Swiss jury during the final, was Julie Berthollet.
Marius Bear took part in technical rehearsals on 3 and 6 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 11 and 12 May. This included the jury show on 11 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. The Swiss jury consisted of Anna Känzig, Elias Bertini, Sandro Dietrich, Veronica Tracchia, and Yvan Franel. 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.
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