Radio Télévision Suisse announces its shortlisted candidates.

Swizerland’s French language broadcaster, Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), have revealed the names of the 27 songs that will compete for three spots in Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow 2012. People will have the chance to vote for their favourite songs until 20th October and the top 10 will then move on to the second phase of the contest, where they square off on the Swiss radio show ‘Option Musique’, and three songs will be selected to compete in the televised final.

Amongst the candidates, I am thrilled beyond words to find Wrong To Let You Go by Katherine St-Laurent and Demande-Moi (You Can Ask Me) by Marie-Élaine Thibert and Étienne Drapeau, as they are by and far my favourites. This also means that these two amazing songs have two chances to make it to the final, as they are both still competing on SF’s Eurovision platform as well. As with all things related to SF, it’s getting a bit complicated but as long as Wrong To Let You Go and Demande-Moi (You Can Ask Me) make it, I’ll be happy.

So please VOTE, VOTE, VOTE for these two songs!

Vote for Demande-Moi (You Can Ask Me) by Marie-Élaine Thibert & Étienne Drapeau here.
Vote for Wrong To Let You Go by Katherine St-Laurent here.

Album art for ‘Demande-Moi’ by Marie-Élaine Thibert & Étienne Drapeau.

I’m really loving Demande-Moi (You Can Ask Me), the stunning duet by Marie-Élaine Thibert and Étienne Drapeau. So much so that I went ahead and created album art for it. This is the first official album design I’ve done for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. It was impossible finding a picture of the two of these singers together. Instead, I decided to go for an abstract cover that embodied the sophisticated vibe of the song. To that end, I came up with a dream-like pastel watercolour painting with French couture-style typography. Hope you all like it!

Just to remind you on the amazingness that is Demande-Moi, you can listen to the song here and don’t forget to vote for it!

What music does to Same Difference.

The quality of entries on Switzerland’s digital Eurovision platform has shot up and through the roof over the past few hours. The deadline has now passed and people can vote for their favourite songs in a bid to get them through to the televised national final ‘Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow’.

And one of the entries recently submitted is by none other than British pop sensation Same Difference! Their entry entitled Music is a euphoric pop stomper that will make your head spin. It’s so catchy with lyrics that every Eurovision fan can relate to. I’ve always thought that Same Difference would be a perfect fit for the Eurovision Song Contest with their bright-eyed, unabashed love of pop and Music is exactly the sort of song I envisioned them competing with, only its so much better! Check out the song here.

I haven’t heard all the songs competing (nowhere close but now I’m looking forward to it) but Music is one of my favourites now, along with Demande Moi (You Can Ask Me) by Marie-Élaine Thibert & Étienne Drapeau. Funny how these two songs are both duos and the complete opposite of each other. I suspected, after Ell/Nikki’s win, that duos might be popular, but not to this extent!

New Music: ‘Demande-Moi’ by Marie-Élaine Thibert & Étienne Drapeau.

Introducing Marie-Élaine Thibert and Étienne Drapeau, who have joined forces to sing Demande-Moi (You Can Ask Me). This stunning duet sung in French and English is just plain amazing. It’s mature, dramatic, elegant and those voices! Demande-Moi is currently participating in the online leg of Switzerland’s National Final for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest and is one of the best songs so far taking part. It’s got the full package, as these two singers complement each other perfectly and are very experienced. They will be able to take this song to another level live. And they’re both easy on the eyes as well, which can’t hurt at all. Check out the song here.

This is easily the highlight of the Swiss selection, along with Lys Assia’s comeback.

EDIT: Find out more about Marie-Élaine Thibert and Étienne Drapeau’s race to Baku here, as well as customised album art for Demande-Moi (You Can Ask Me) here.