Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011

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Eurovision Song Contest 2011
Country  Switzerland
National selection
Selection processDie grosse Entscheidungs Show
Selection date(s)Online Selection:
1 November 2010 -
10 November 2010
11 December 2010
Selected entrantAnna Rossinelli
Selected song"In Love for a While"
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (10th, 55 points)
Final result25th, 19 points
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2010 2011 2012►

Switzerland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany and selected their entry through the national final Die grosse Entscheidungs Show, organised by Swiss broadcaster SRG SSR idée suisse (SRG SSR).

Selection process[edit]

After 6 years of internal selections it was announced in June 2010 that SRG SSR were looking at possibilities to hold a national final to select the Swiss entry, the first time since 2004, depending on budget details to be finalised in early autumn.[1]

On 24 August Schweizer Fernsehen (SF) announced that a national final would be organised, after increased popularity for Eurovision in Switzerland after victories for Norway and Germany. SRG SSR compiled the list of candidates for the national selection final with the Swiss radio broadcaster DRS 3 and the Swiss French and Italian-language television networks TSR and RSI. A national final with 12 finalists was held on 11 December 2010 in Kreuzlingen. Seven finalists came from SF, three from DRS 3, one from TSR and one from RSI.[2] Televoting selected the final winning song.[3][4][5][6]

The logo of "Die grosse Entscheidungs Show".

SF selection[edit]

The overall SF selection selected seven finalists. Candidates could submit entries to the broadcaster from 1–30 October. Former Eurovision Song Contests participants applied to take part in this selection: DQ, Todomondo (both 2007), Miodio from San Marino 2008, as well as Mariella Farré who represented Switzerland in the 1983 and 1985 contests.[7] Piero Esteriore, Switzerland's representative in 2004 also submitted a song.[8] However, none of these made it to the final.

Voting was held from 1 November to 10 November, with a jury and internet voting (each with 50%) selecting seven songs from the 327 submissions to qualify to the national final.[9] The seven finalists were announced on 16 November by SF:[10][11]

SF Selection - November 2010
Artist Song
CH "Gib nid uf"
Sarah Burgess "Just Me"
Polly Duster "Up to You"
The Glue "Come What May"
Anna Rossinelli "In Love for a While"
Bernarda Brunovic "Confidence"
Andrina "Drop of Drizzle"

DRS 3 selection[edit]

DRS 3 selected its three finalists via online voting. Over 4 weeks the submitted entries were discussed and voted on in the radio show ESC-Club. Listeners and a jury decided 10 entries to proceed to the online voting which was held from 2–12 November on the DRS 3 website. DRS 3 stated afterwards that one user had tried to manipulate the voting, but this was spotted in time and the result was corrected after the voting had closed. The three entries which received the most votes and proceed therefore to the final are Dominique Borriello, Duke, and The Colors and Illira.[12][13] The ten songs in the voting were:

DRS 3 Selection - 2–12 November 2010
Artist Song Result
Dominique Borriello "Il ritmo dentro di noi" 20.4%
Duke "Waiting for Ya" 19.9%
The Colors and Ilira "Home" 16.1%
Anetta Morozova feat. Wilder Berg "Sky" ?
Dorian Gray "No Seasons" ?
Simongad "I Will Stand (for the Nation)" ?
Fräkmündt "D'Draachejongfer" ?
Evelyn "Who Do You Love?" ?
Scilla "Barbie Doll" ?
Lucas "Hot Temptation" ?

RSI selection - RSI Eurosong Contest[edit]

Italian language Swiss broadcaster Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana (RSI) chose one song for the national final. A jury selected five songs from 46 submissions, which took part firstly in an internet vote from 3–9 November, and then in a radio final on 10 November from the Hotel Besso in Lugano, broadcast on radio station Rete Uno.[14] The winner was chosen by online voting (10%), SMS voting (50%) and jury voting (40%). The winner of the final was Orpheline with "Surrender",[14] but the singer renounced for personal reasons. Therefore, Vittoria Hyde (2nd) was planned to be sent to the Swiss final, as RSI announced on 15 November.[15][16] On 23 November however, SF disqualified her because her song had already been published before 1 September, which was a clear violation of the rules.[2][17][18] This meant that 3rd-placed Scilla was the RSI finalist. The five songs in the RSI final

RSI Eurosong Contest – 1–10 November 2010
Artist Song Result
Orpheline "Surrender" 1st (Withdrew)
Vittoria Hyde "Play the Trumpet" 2nd (Disqualified)
Scilla "Barbie Doll" 3rd
Néo "Learning to Love" ?
Maxi B feat. Marco "Most Likely - Probabilmente" ?

TSR selection[edit]

French-language broadcaster TSR selected its finalist internally.[16] They chose the duo Aliose.[19][20] On 29 November, TSR announced that they would send "Sur les pavés" to the national final.[21][22]

National final[edit]

The national final was held on 11 December 2010 in the Bodensee Arena, Kreuzlingen and hosted by Sven Epiney. The entries were commented by an "expert group", consisting of Baschi, Nik Hartmann and the three former Swiss ESC participants Francine Jordi (2002), Pepe Lienhard (1977), and Peter Reber (member of Peter, Sue and Marc, representants in 1971, 1976, 1979, 1981).[23] Televoting was used to select the winner. Switzerland was the first country to announce its artist and song for the 2011 contest.

National final - 11 December 2010
Draw Artist Song Result Vote Channel
01 Polly Duster "Up to You" 8 4.36% SF
02 Duke "Waiting for Ya" 11 2.66% DRS 3
03 Andrina "Drop of Drizzle" 9 3.30% SF
04 Bernarda Brunovic "Confidence" 2 13.36% SF
05 Anna Rossinelli "In Love for a While" 1 23.93% SF
06 Aliose "Sur les pavés" 7 6.49% TSR
07 Dominique Borriello "Il ritmo dentro di noi" 12 2.33% DRS 3
08 Scilla "Barbie Doll" 10 2.88% RSI
09 CH "Gib nid uf" 4 11.73% SF
10 The Colors and Illira "Home" 3 13.05% DRS 3
11 Sarah Burgess "Just Me" 6 7.70% SF
12 The Glue "Come What May" 5 8.21% SF

At Eurovision[edit]

Switzerland started their Eurovision campaign for 2011 with Anna Rossinelli selected as their representative. Switzerland competed in the first semi final on 10 May 2011 with position 8. She sang "In love for a while" and was one of the crowd favorites in the contest. She managed to earn 10th place after a good performance, with 55 points, narrowly beating Armenia and Malta who both drew on 54 points. This ended a run of not qualifying for the grand final since 2006, their last qualification into it. Switzerland drew position 13 in the grand final on 14 May 2011. Anna sung very well, and again drew a good reaction from the crowd. However at the end of voting, Switzerland came 25th and last.

Split Results[edit]

  • In the Semi-final 1 Switzerland came 10th with 55 points: the public awarded Switzerland 12th place with 45 points and the jury awarded 7th place with 76 points.
  • In the Final Switzerland came 25th with 19 points: the public awarded Switzerland last place with 2 points and the jury awarded 23rd place with 53 points.

Points Awarded by Switzerland[24][edit]

Points Awarded to Switzerland (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Switzerland (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Coroneri, Alenka (1 September 2010). "SF decides on December 11". Oikotimes. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  4. ^ Klier, Marcus (2010-09-01). "Swiss national final on 11th December". ESCToday. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
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  6. ^ Laufer, Gil (2010-10-01). "Switzerland: 2011 selection kicks off". ESCToday. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  7. ^ Hondal, Victor (28 October 2010). "Former Eurostars apply in Switzerland". ESCToday. Retrieved 29 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2011". SF. Retrieved 29 October 2010.
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  11. ^ Sahiti, Gafurr (16 November 2010). "Switzerland: 7 new finalists announced". ESCToday. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  12. ^ "Jetzt abstimmen: Wen schicken wir an den Eurovision Song Contest 2011?" (in German). DRS 3. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  13. ^ Coronerri, Alenka (12 November 2010). "German Swiss broadcaster announce 3 participants". oikotimes.com. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  14. ^ a b "I nomi degli interpreti prescelti e le canzoni finaliste" (in Italian). RSI. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
  15. ^ "La finale di RSI Eurosong Contest" (in Italian). RSI. Archived from the original on 31 December 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  16. ^ a b Sahiti, Gafurr (11 November 2010). "Switzerland: First finalist announced". ESCToday. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  17. ^ "ESC-Finalistin Vittoria Hyde disqualifiziert" (in German). SF. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  18. ^ Hondal, Victor (23 November 2010). "Switzerland: Vittoria Hyde disqualified from national final". ESCtoday.com. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
  19. ^ Tanner, Nicolas (18 November 2010). "Sélection Suisse : les 12 candidats sont connus !" (in French). TSR. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  20. ^ Busa, Alexandru (19 November 2010). "Switzerland: Aliose completes the final line-up". ESCToday. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
  21. ^ Fisher, Luke (29 November 2010). "French broadcaster decides on song for Aliose". ESCDAILY.com. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  22. ^ Busa, Alexandru (30 November 2010). "Switzerland: Five Eurovision experts will have their say". ESCToday. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  23. ^ "Das sind die fünf Eurovision-Experten" (in German). SF. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  24. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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