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.
Sebalter – Hunter Of Stars
In 2014, Switzerland selected Sebalter and his song “Hunter Of Stars” to sent in Copenhagen. The song is entirely in English.
It was composed by Sebastiano Paù-Lessi – Sebalter himself. The song qualified to the final, placing 4th with 92 points. At the final the Sebalter placed 13th with 64 points.
Sebastiano Paù-Lessi was born on 1 July 1985 in Ticino, Switzerland. He was an attorney until he won the Swiss national final in 2014 and represented his country in Denmark. After that, he focused on his music career. Since then he has released three studio album, the most recent one being “Gente Simpatica”, which was released in March. In late 2018, he submitted a song – “Carry the Light” -in the Swiss public television in order to represent the country in the 2019 edition for the contest. It was later revealed that Luca Hänni was the internally selected artist.
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.