X Factor star bids for Swiss Eurovision place

Professional singer Kitty Brucknell, a former semifinalist on British television talent show The X Factor, is bidding to become Switzerland’s representative in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

X Factor star bids for Swiss Eurovision place
Kitty Brucknell: UK singer hopes to represent Switzerland. Photo: Handout

London-based Brucknell, who turns 30 on Saturday, has recorded a song called “Yearning” that she hopes will win enough support through an Internet vote to put her in the running.

The Gloucestershire-born entertainer, who reached the semifinals of The X Factor in 2011, points out that Swiss regulations for the Eurovision contest allow entries from abroad, as well as Switzerland.

Chart-topping Canadian singer Céline Dion won the contest for Switzerland in 1988 without being Swiss, Brucknell noted.

"I want to bring something new and fresh to Switzerland's bid for the contest,” she said.

Brucknell said the UK hasn’t taken the competition seriously in a long time and she told The Local that she hopes by representing Switzerland with its “long history of supporting new and emerging artists” she stands a chance of competing at a "serious and credible level".

As a Swiss connection she cites that her grandfather, Robert Fisher, was educated in Switzerland before the First World War, and spoke fluent German.

The singer-songwriter, who has performed Britney Spears, Christine Aguilera and Lady Gaga tribute acts, has just released an album, Glamour and Damage, through crowd funding.

Now she is pitching for votes for her Eurovision candidacy at her website.

Brucknell is competing against more than 200 other performers in an online vote that ends on Monday at 8am.

Under the Swiss selection rules, an expert jury will also weigh in with its views, with a 50 percent weighting in the vote, which will narrow the field to nine candidates.

The French-language national broadcaster RTS is selecting an additional six candidates, while Italian-language RSI is selecting another three.

The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation will reduce the number of finalists to six for a televised competition to decide who will ultimately represent Switzerland in the Eurovision contest, to be held next year in Vienna. 

For a look at all the entrants vying to represent Switzerland through the Internet vote, check videos here.

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Canadian vies for Swiss in Eurovision contest

A Canadian singer was picked at the weekend to represent Switzerland in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Stockholm in May.

Canadian vies for Swiss in Eurovision contest
Photo: SRF

Rykka, a singer-songwriter from Vancouver, won the Swiss televised final on Saturday night, beating five other competitors with her English-language song, The Last of Our KInd.

She won the most votes both from a ten-member expert jury and TV viewers who selected their favourites by telephone.

The competition was broadcast from the small town of Kreuzlingen, in the canton of Thurgau, where contestants presented an array of styles featuring everything from cow bells to a smiley-filled LED backdrop.

Thirty-year-old Rykka, the stage name for Christina Maria Rieder, sang in the centre of a stage filled with dry ice.

Currently a resident of Meilen in the canton of Zurich, she has already produced four albums, one of them under the stage name she now uses.

She will represent Switzerland in the Eurovision semifinal on May 12th.

If she makes the cut, she will advance to the final on May 14th.

Switzerland permits foreigners to represent the country in Eurovision, a contest organized by the European Broadcasting Union with participants from 43 countries.

The last time a Canadian competed for the Swiss was in 1988, when Céline Dion participated and won the competition before going on to become an international superstar.

Check out Rykka's winning entry below: