Switzerland have chosen!

Anna Rossinelli will fly the flag for Switzerland with 'In Love For A While'.

Tonight the Swiss held the ‘Die grosse Entscheidungsshow’ to select their entry to the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest and after an enjoyable show with a surprisingly strong field of contenders, it was Anna Rossinelli who charmed the Swiss public with her song In Love For A While and has been selected to represent the country next year in Düsseldorf!

Anna was one of my top three favourites to win (which I wrote about here) and I’m really happy that she won. In Love For A While was one of the strongest songs of the night and made an instant impression. As I hoped, they really improved the song and lifted it above what it was in demo form. She was also a hit with the jury, who noted the song for its international flair (if my limited knowledge of German serves me right). Anna was accompanied on stage by Georg Dillier (Bass) Manuel Meisel (Guitar) and together the trio looked stylish and confident and performed the song amazingly. Once again, Swizterland have chosen a quality act and I hope that they will finally get into the Grand Final.

My other two favourites, Drop Of Drizzle by Andrina and Sur Les Pavés by Aliose was also warmly received by the crowd and jury. Surprise performances were Confidence by Bernarda Brunovic, who blew me away with her amazing voice, the pleasant country-esque Gid Nid Uf by CH and Home by Iliria & The Colours was a touching song with a nice message.

Overall, it was a great show, so warm congratulations to SF on kicking off the 2011 Eurovision National Finals season with great aplomb, and for selecting the best song.

So there we have it. We now know the first official entry and it would appear that the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest is off to a flying start, as Switzerland’s In Love For A While is a great song in its simplicity, melody and the wonderful voice of its singer Anna Rossinelli. Congratulations and hopefully, we’ll be seeing Switzerland in the Grand Final!

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