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Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1985

Eurovision Song Contest 1985
Country  Switzerland
National selection
Selection processConcours Eurovision 1985
Selection date(s)23 February 1985
Selected entrantMariella Farré & Pino Gasparini
Selected song"Piano, Piano"
Finals performance
Final result12th, 39 points
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1984 1985 1986►

Switzerland was represented by Mariella Farré & Pino Gasparini with the song "Piano, Piano" (Slowly, slowly) at the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Gothenburg, Sweden on 4 May.

Before Eurovision

Concours Eurovision 1985

Swiss-French broadcaster TSR was in charge of broadcasting the selection for the Swiss entry for the 1985 Contest. The national final took place on 23 February 1985 and was held at the studios of TSR in Genève, hosted by Serge Moisson. Nine songs were submitted for the 1985 national final and the winning song was chosen by 3 regional juries (DRS, TSR, TSI), a press jury, and a jury of experts.

Final – 23 February 1985
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Rainy Day "Gioventù" 30 4
2 Nicki Nicolas "Je n'aime que toi" 8 9
3 Mariella Farré "Oh, mein Pierrot" 22 7
4 Friends "Europeo" 21 8
5 Mariella Farré & Pino Gasparini "Piano, Piano" 35 1
6 Arlette Zola "Aime-moi" 31 3
7 Daniela Simons "Repars à zéro" 32 2
8 Swiss Singers "Der kuckuck" 27 5
9 Renato Mascetti "Una notte a Casablanca" 24 6
Detailed Jury Votes
Draw Song DRS TSR TSI Press
Jury
Expert
Jury
Total
1 "Gioventù" 3 5 8 8 6 30
2 "Je n'aime que toi" 1 3 1 2 1 8
3 "Oh, mein Pierrot" 5 4 2 6 5 22
4 "Europeo" 4 2 4 3 8 21
5 "Piano, Piano" 8 7 6 10 4 35
6 "Aime-moi" 7 8 7 7 2 31
7 "Repars à zéro" 6 6 5 5 10 32
8 "Der kuckuck" 10 10 3 1 3 27
9 "Una notte a Casablanca" 2 1 10 4 7 24
  • Other participants included past Swiss representative Rainy Day, who had previously represented Switzerland the year before. Both Mariella Farré & Pino Gasparini had previously represented Switzerland: Farré represented Switzerland at the 1983 Contest whilst Gasparini had represented Switzerland at the 1977 Contest alongside the Pepe Lienhard Band.

At Eurovision

On the night Farré and Gasparini performed 16th on the night, following the United Kingdom and preceding Sweden. At the close of voting Switzerland had picked up 39 points (highest mark awarded was six points from Turkey and Denmark) placing Switzerland in 12th place out of 19 entries. The Swiss jury awarded its 12 points to Turkey

The Swiss conductor at the contest was the composer of the song, Anita Kerr.

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