Country Of The Month: Switzerland Part-1!


Country of the month is back. We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Switzerland. In a period of five weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Swiss entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Vanilla Ninja – Cool Vibes

In 2005, Switzerland selected Vanilla Ninja and their song “Cool Vibes” to sent in Kyiv. The song is entirely in English.

It was composed by David Brandes, Jane Tempest (Petra Brändle) and John O’Flynn. The song qualified to the final, placing 8th with 114 points. At the final the group placed once again 8th with 128 points.

Vanilla Ninja is a three-member girl band from Estonia. The group had a great career in Europe and not only during 2002 and 2008, especially in Estonia, Germany and Austria. They made two attempts to represent their home country to the contest, in 2003 and 2007, but they fail both times. In 2005, the group was internally selected by the Swiss broadcaster as their representative. Vanilla Ninja were favourite to win, but they finished 8th with 128 points. That was the first Top-10 result of the country since 1993. The group was dissolved in 2008.

Switzerland in the Eurovision

Switzerland debuted at the contest in 1956, being one of the first seven countries. Since then, it has participated in an impressing number of 60 times, missing the event four times – 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2003. The four times the country didn’t participate was due to poor results in the contest – under the rules of the contest only the countries with the best average scores over the previous four years were allowed to participate.

Switzerland has finished 28 times in the Top-10. The country has two victories in its history in 1956 – at the very first contest – and in 1988. In 2019 the country scored 364 points (under the new voting system), making it the most points Switzerland got in any Eurovision Contest it has participated. In contrast, its worst result came in 2004, when not only it was eliminated at the semis, but also finished last with no points. At the finals, Switzerland has placed three times last with no points – 1964, 1967, 1998. In the 21st century, the country has only two Top-10 places, in 2005 and in 2019. Since the introduction of the semis, Switzerland has missed the final 11 out of 16 times.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Switzerland? Let us know in the comment box below.

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