Less than a week after the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 concluded, Danish broadcaster DR started preparing the 2011 edition of its national selection, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. As in recent years, the selection was a one-off event. Songs could be submitted until 27 September 2010. Performers or songwriters were required to hold Danish citizenship or have correspondingly strong relationships with Denmark. There was no restriction on the language of the entries. A preliminary jury would select 6 songs for the national selection, while another 4 entries would be contributed by acts invited by the broadcaster on the basis of editorial considerations.
On 27 September 2010, DR announced that 663 songs had been submitted for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2011, 101 songs more than the previous year.
In the second round of voting, the four qualifiers competed against each other in pairs, with only two progressing to the final round. Stine Kinck, with the song "Hvad hjertet lever af" squared off against Anne Noa, who performed "Sleepless", and Le Freak, with the song "25 Hours a Day" faced off against A Friend In London and "New Tomorrow". Both of the latter songs won, making the final round a match-up between Anne Noa and A Friend In London. The winner of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2011 was the song "New Tomorrow", performed by A Friend In London.
Denmark performed in the second half of the second semi final of the contest, with starting position 18 on the 12th of May 2011. Denmark qualified for the grand final on May 14, 2011, placing 2nd with 135 points. Shortly after the completion of the second semi final, Denmark drew starting position 3 for the grand final on Saturday night. After a solid performance from the Danes, and at the completion of the voting, they finished 5th with 134 points rounding out the top 5.