Open call roundup, 7/20/11 update

Continuing our summary of open calls for Eurovision entries, Esckaz is reporting that Belgium will have a internal or extremely limited selection in 2012. We also provide more information about the Finnish and Swiss selections.

Finland. In addition to the usual caveats (16 years old blah blah, 3 minutes blah blah) the Finnish Eurovision contest is only open to people with Finnish citizenship or permanent residence in Finland. Unlike the Swedes, who reserve the right to pick whatever singer the producers want, the Finns are looking for the full package. In addition to the song, YLE wants you to submit a photo and a “free form” 1-minute video (whatever that is). Only one submission permitted, so think carefully, Finns — you only get one bite at the apple. In good news, you can pick your language. Submissions will be accepted August 15-September 30, 2011. Full rules are here, and they say they’ll put up the registration forms closer to the date.

Switzerland. This Swiss are going to continue the selection format they used in 2011; Internet submission, public vote narrowed to 14 songs, and then a selection show ridiculously early in the season. Also keeping with Swiss tradition, you do not have to be Swiss to enter. The Swiss 2012 selections will be handled separately from SF (German-speaking), RTS (French-speaking) and RSI (Italian-speaking) broadcasters. Schweizer Fernsehen has announced that they will accept entries on their website starting September 1st. They’re not leaving themselves a lot of time; the public voting window will be October 16-30, and the selection show will be on December 10th, 2011.  Unlike other countries the Swiss are taking back a few days on the eligibility age of contestants; to compete you have to be 16 years old by May 1, 2012. So for those of you born between May 2-21, 1996 — the Swiss aren’t interested in you until next year. One other important rule: the submitted song must not be longer than 3 minutes and no shorter than 2 minutes 55 seconds. (I don’t make this stuff up, folks: the rules are here.) And you shall calibrate the exact length of the song using a fine precision Swiss watch.