The Swiss national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 will take place on 11th December after an internet qualification round in November. According to the broadcaster, the selection format was changed because “the Eurovision Song Contest has gained popularity in Switzerland due to the victory of two Western countries (Norway/Germany).”
From 1st October onwards, artists can submit their entries. All songs that meet the rules will be uploaded on sf.tv and in early November, internet voters and a jury will choose seven qualifiers for the national final. They will be joined by three radio wildcards. On Saturday, 11th December, the ten finalists will present their songs in the national final which will be broadcast live from Kreuzlingen. The winner will be chosen by televoting.
The last time that the Swiss entrant was chosen in a national final was 2004, when Piero Esteriore would go on to finish last with nul points in the semi final. Last year, Michael von der Heide finished last in the second semi final with Il pleut de l'or.