Direct from the Bodensee Arena in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland will decide their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 from a total of 14 acts.
The show will be broadcast live on SF here. To vote, viewers can dial 0901 54 49 + plus the two digits of the song number or viewers can send an SMS to 377;
Patric Scott feat. Fabienne Louves , Emel , Chiara Dubey , Guillermo Sorya , Macy , Sosofluo , Atomic-Angels , IVO , Ze Flying Zezettes Orchestra , Raphael Jeger , I Quattro , Sinplus , Lys Assia , Katherine St-Laurent .
Tweet to us; Who do you think will win and why; @escdaily #esc12
The Swiss National Final is now underway! Welcome to the jury; Nik Hartmann, Carlos Leal (from El Internado) and Stämpf!
Song 1: Patric Scott feat. Fabienne Louves – Real love
Patric and Fabienne are the first artists on stage and open the stage together. ‘Real Love’ is a ballad with some light RnB elements that talks about the need of love between of two people. The stage is dimmed with red lights with a silver backscreen; Fabienne wears a sparkly orange dress and Patric is dressed casually with a velvet styled tuxedo jacket. A good vocal performance but a not the strongest entry for Eurovision on offer tonight. The jury says the song presents a very positive message to the listeners.
Song 2: Emel – She
Emel is next on stage with her entry to the National Final ‘She’; this entry is full of rhythms and consists of modern oriental elements. Emel would do fine in the contest and would do well with the Eastern Country votes in the Eurovision with this style of song! She sings well but at song number two, this may struggle to stand out in the bigger picture. A great effort from Emel tonight!
Song 3: Chiara Dubey – Anima Nuova
On a stage full of candles, the only Italian languaged entry (chosen by the Swiss Italian broadcaster RSI) is on stage at the moment. Chiara sings the emotional ballad ‘Anima Nuova’ about a ‘New Soul’ entering the world and beginning its journey through life. Chiara has a expressive voice and sings the song beautifully. The stage is dimmed with blue lights, and Chiara is joined on stage with a guitarist. She is dressed in a simple loose white shirt plus black button up pants. Chiara gets a warm reception from the crowd.
Song 4: Guillermo Sorya – Baby baby baby
The next entry of tonights show would be quite the alternative choice for Switzerland to go for this year. Saying that, Switzerland has a very musically diverse final tonight. ‘Baby baby baby’ has a catchy rhythm which gets the crowd energetic after the previous performance. Guillermo is dressed very smart, with a small red bowtie to finish off his outfit. Guillermo performs the song good, but doesn’t get the desired response from the jury.
@escdaily THANK YOU working hardly on that. may the best song win #esc12
Song 5: Macy – Shining
‘Shining’ is the only rock entry of the show so far in the show, and Macy give a great energetic performance on stage. The stage lighting is a highlight in this performance, with bright orange and red lights, followed by cool blue colours. The singer is on key and the group really ‘rock’ out the stage tonight! Macy perform well and receive a warm reception from the crowd. ‘Shining’ isn’t really considered a favourite, but with 100% televoting, who knows what is possible tonight!
Song 6: Sosofluo – Quand je ferme les yeux
Sosofluo was chosen by the Swiss French broadcaster RTS as an Internet wildcard to this year’s final and is performing a upper tempo-ed styled power ballad. She’s joined on stage by several singers and musicians which creates a very organic and music-friendly atmosphere for the viewers. Sosofluo gets through the song well and looks beautiful in her black dress, but may struggle to finish well tonight in the line-up.
@escdaily For me Sinplus but I think that Lys Assia will win. And you?
Song 7: Atomic Angels – Black Symphony
The very energetic Atomic Angels are the next act on stage tonight! Black Symphony has a very catchy and modern rhythm and is the only standard pop-entry in tonight’s final. The girls put on a great performance with strong vocals, and look very professional as a girl group. Their performance thus far sticks out from the other acts and could do better than expected in the televoting. The jury say the choreography is good, but questions whether it’s the EDC or ESC in their case.
@escdaily I do think and hope that Atomic Angels will win!
We’re taken through Baku now by the Swiss broadcaster. We see many sites including the construction of the arena plus some of the local markets in Baku.
Song 8: Ivo – Peace and Freedom
The rocker Ivo is next on stage who brings a wealth of experience in music and performing to the competition. His rock ballad rendition of ‘Peace and Freedom’ is very energetic on stage and his vocals are undeniable. Ivo gives a great performance to the crowd. The jury seem to love this entry – we hear words thrown around like ‘this is my style’ and that Ivo is very professional. The jury make it clear that this is the best song thus far.
@escdaily Song nr 3 and 6 was good. Lys assia has a big chance too.
@escdaily Haven’t seen a potential winner yet Hard choice!
Song 9: Ze Flying Zézettes Orchestra – L’autre
Believe it or not; song 9 was recorded on a farm. The very upbeat group ‘Ze Flying Zézettes Orchestra’ are next on stage performing their folk styled entry ‘L’autre’. The lighting is effective and the full band, plus all of their instruments, are on stage tonight. The group are energetic and charismatic on stage plus Sebastien, the lead singer of the band, sings well. This isn’t considered much of a favourite tonight, but the performance receives a warn applause.
Song 10: Raphael Jeger – The song in my head
One of tonight’s favourites is Raphael Jeger is next up on stage. Raphael is on stage with his violin and a full band. Raphael is very energetic and charismatic on stage and his singing is satisfactory in the performance. Raphael gets a massive response from the audience – after the song is over, the crowd chants his name! The jury doesn’t seem to agree; the first judge stares in his face and tells him simply ‘no’. Other responses include that it’s too cheesy and simply isn’t good for the contest.
@escdaily Well. I still got a hope with Patric Scott feat. Fabienne Louve, or Chiara Dubey. But haven’t heard all the songs yet
Song 11: I Quattro – Fragile
‘Fragile’ is up next on stage, sung by the classic and operatic group I Quattro. The vocals are almost pitch perfect, as expected, and the group give a beautiful rendition. The back-up singer isn’t the best, but the group deliver a good vocal performance. This gives flashbacks to ‘Questa Notte’(Latvia 2007) with the opera style of the song. This isn’t much of a favourite, but was still a great song in tonight’s musically diverse show.
Song 12: Sinplus – Unbreakable
Sinplus are next on stage and are definitely one of tonight’s favourites if we judge by the audience’s reaction to the band. Lead singer Ivan gives a great and powerful vocal performance and the whole stage show is full of energy from the group. The stage features the two brothers; Ivan and Gabriel; plus a bass player and drummer. This is definitely a favourite for the victory tonight! The crowd and judges are positive about the performance. The crowd cannot stop cheering for the Swiss Italian group!
@escdaily I’ve been quite underwhelmed by them all so far.
Sorry to disagree, but I think Raphael is one! RT @escdaily: RT @hanneemr: @escdaily Haven’t seen a potential winner yet Hard choice!
Song 13: Lys Assia – C’était ma vie
This year’s favourite is next on stage; the very first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Lys Assia! Lys sings beautifully live and is graceful on stage. Lys is wearing an elegant blue sparkling dress and is alone on stage tonight. The lights create a very classic and elegant atmosphere and Lys powers through the song like a true professional. She receives a standing ovation from the crowd and from the judges. Will Lys win? Tweet us @escdaily with your thoughts!
@escdaily She is a queen. No doubt! But not so up to date with her song 0.ô
Lys Assia is an adorable and very nice lady. I had the pleasure of met her in Düsseldorf but she has such a week entry tonight @escdaily
@escdaily wasn’t very good. Great for sentimentalists, but not good. But then. none of these songs have been very good…
Even if Lys Assia doesn’t win this swiss final, she’s the true winner! Une grande dame, resepect! @sf_esc @escdaily #esc12
Song 14: Katherine St-Laurent – Wrong to let you go
Our final song comes from Canadian-French singer Katherine St-Laurent. The light ballad is very elegant on stage, but Katherine’s vocals are letting her down a bit. She is dressed in a beautiful white dress with a gold belt and neckpiece. On stage, she’s joined by several backing vocalists tonight. She receives a warn response from the crowd at the conclusion of the entry. The judges seem to like the entry as well, but will it be strong enough to challenge for the victory?
Time for the recap – get voting!
It’s time to tweet us! Our question is: Who are your three favourites tonight?
@escdaily my favorites are 3,6,11 and 13
@escdaily @sf_esc My three favourites: Lys Assia, Patric Scott and Raphael Jeger
@escdaily @sf_esc Sinplus, ze flying zézettes or Chiara Dubey
@escdaily @sf_esc Lys Assia / Ivo / Atomic Angels #esc12
@escdaily Chiara, Ivo oder Sinplus…
Anna Rossinelli, the Swiss representative of 2011, is on stage now, performing her new single ‘Joker’.
Stay tuned for the results!!!