Introducing 2011: Switzerland

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All songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 have been selected. During the weeks between the national final season and the actual Eurovision Song Contest, we will introduce all 43 entries in random order. Part seven of the series is dedicated to the Swiss entry.

Basic information

Performer: Anna Rossinelli
Song: In love for a while
Language: English
Music: David Klein
Lyrics: David Klein

8th in the first semi final

The song

In love for a while is an acoustic mid-tempo guitar pop song. The lyrics are a declaration of love with the protatagonist explaining why she loves her partner so much and why their love is going to last forever – or at least for a while:

But a love like ours is here to stay
Each lovely night and sunny day

I love everything about you
I couldn’t do without you
Whenever you’re near me
All my days are on the bright side

The performer

Anna Rossinelli is a newcomer to the professional music business. However, she has been performing on stage with various bands since she was a teenager. Currently, she is the lead singer of the band Anne-Claire. Furthermore, she is a music school graduate.

In 2010, she entered the SF online qualifying round for the Swiss national final for the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf. She made it to the final in December 2010, which she won by a clear margin. Her song In love for a while is also her first single.

The songwriter

In love for a while was written by David Klein, who has been working as a songwriter and producer since the 1970s. As an instrumentalist he performed with various bands all over the world. On his album Selma – in Sehnsucht eingehüllt, where he set poems of Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger to music, he worked with artists such as Sarah Connor, Xavier Naidoo and Reinhard Mey. Furthermore, he composed the music for various films.

The national selection

For the first time since 2004, a national final was held to determine the Swiss entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. Three Swiss broadcasters submitted a total of 12 songs to the show, where the winner was chosen by televoting alone. The broadcasters used different methods to choose their entries.

Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest

Switzerland took part in the first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has never deliebrately missed an edition since, but was relegated in 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2003. Lys Assia won in 1956 on homeground and it would take another 33 years until Céline Dion managed to bring the victory to Switzerland again. Since 1993, when the country achieved its last top three placing to date, they were in the top ten only once. The last four years, Switzerland was eliminated in the semi finals.


This will be Switzerland's 52nd participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. It will already be the 31st time in total and the first time since 2002 that the country is being represented by a female solo performer. Furthermore, it will be the sixth in ten times since the abolishment of the language rule that the Swiss entry is being performed in English.

In love for a while will be the eighth song to be performed in the first semi final, after the dance pop song from Russia and before the pop rock song from Georgia. Remarkably, it is the first slower song in the line-up on the first semi final and it might well profit from the fact that it is performed after no less than seven faster and more energetic songs.

Wir wünschen der Schweiz und Anna Rossinelli viel Glück und eine gute Platzierung in Düsseldorf!
Nous souhaitons bonne chance à la Suisse et à Anna Rossinelli. Marquez un bon résultat à Düsseldorf!
Auguriamo alla Svizzera e a Anna Rossinelli buona fortuna ed un buon risultato a Düsseldorf!
Nus giavüschains a la Svizra ed al Anna Rossinelli bgera furtüna ed ün bun resultat a Düsseldorf!


Live performance in the national final:

The preview video:

Mario Ferrini & Imblosion feat. Anna Rossinelli – I'm sorry:

Tomorrow, we will take a look at the Ukrainian entry.

Previous parts of the series:

  1. Estonia
  2. Italy
  3. Croatia
  4. Slovakia
  5. Lithuania
  6. Finland

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