Eurovision Song Contest 2011

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Eurovision Song Contest 2011
"Feel Your Heart Beat!"
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 10 May 2011
Semi-final 2 date 12 May 2011
Final date 14 May 2011
Host
Venue Esprit Arena
Düsseldorf, Germany[1]
Presenter(s) Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers and Stefan Raab
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Host broadcaster Germany ARD/NDR
Opening act Final: Stefan Raab performing "Satellite" with Lena Meyer-Landrut
Interval act Semi-final 1: Cold Steel Drummers
Semi-final 2: Flying Steps – "Flying Bach"
Final: Jan Delay performing "Oh Jonny" and "Klar"
Participants
Number of entries 43
Debuting countries None
Returning countries Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary
Flag of Italy.svg Italy
Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino
Withdrawing countries None
Vote
Nul points None
Winning song Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan
"Running Scared"
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The Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf

The 56th Annual Eurovision Song Contest was held in Düsseldorf (Germany), due to Germany's first place with their singer Lena Meyer-Landrut with her song "Satellite" in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo (Norway). Like previous years, a system of two semi-finals was used: the first on 10 May and the second on 13 May 2011. The final was on the evening of 14 May 2011. The winners were Ell & Nikki with their song Running scared, they represented Azerbaijan.

Venue[change | edit source]

On 12 October 2010, the German broadcaster, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) announced that the Esprit Arena of Düsseldorf as the venue of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. Germany has already held the Eurovision Song Contest. The first in 1957 in Frankfurt am Main and the second in 1983 in Munich. Since 1998 and the victory of the United Kingdom the year before, it is the first time that a country of the "Big Five" (Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom & Italy (since 2011)) will held the Eurovision Song Contest.

Bidding Phase[change | edit source]

23 cities of Germany participated to the bidding phase of the venue for the 56th Annual Eurovision Song Contest. Eight cities showed interest of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 : Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Gelsenkirchen, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich. On 21 August 2010, NDR announced that four of those cities had officially applied to host the 2011 Contest :

  • Berlin : In a hangar near the former Tempelhof Airport
  • Düsseldorf: Esprit Arena
  • Hamburg: Hamburg Exhibition Centre
  • Hanover: Hanover Exhibition Centre

Format[change | edit source]

The five countries that are part of the "Big Five", along with the host of the contest, automatically qualify for a place in the final. But Germany is both the host of the 2011 edition and a member from the "Big Five". To answer this question of if a country will qualify directly for the final (maybe the second of the 2010 Contest), the EBU held a meeting in Belgrade (Serbia). And it was decided that the existing rules will remain in place, and that the number of participants in the final will simply decreased from twenty-five to twenty-four. On 31 December 2010, the EBU published the official list of the participants for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest and which stated the return of Italy, Austria, San Marino and Hungary. And thanks to the return of Italy twenty-fiv countries will participate for the final of the 2011 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Hosts[change | edit source]

On 16 December 2010, NDR revealed the presenters of the 2011 edition : Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers, and Stefan Raab. It will be the third time that three people have hosted the contest after 1999 and 2010. And the second time in a row.

Pot allocations[change | edit source]

To determine the semi-final running orders for the Eurovision Song Contest, participating nations were split into six pots on 17 January 2011. Countries has been drawn from each pot to determine if they will compete in either the first or second semi-final and like in 2010, it will determine in which half of the semi-final they will perform, in order for delegations to know when rehearsals will begin for their respective countries. The draw also determine in which semi-finals the members of the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy) will be able to vote.

Israeli broadcaster IBA requested to take part in the second semi-final due to the Israeli Memorial Day, which will be held during the first semi-final. German broadcaster NDR also requested that they be allowed to vote in the second semi-final for scheduling reasons.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Participating Countries[change | edit source]

     Countries in the first semi-final      Countries voting in the first semi-final      Countries in the second semi-final      Countries voting in the second semi-final

On 31 December 2010, the EBU confirmed the forty-three countries which will be competing fir the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. The 2011 edition which will mark the returns of Austria, which last participated in 2007, Italy, which last participated in 1997, San Marino, which only took part in 2008, and Hungary, which last participated in 2009.

At a meeting in Belgrade, the EBU decided that the countries has to choose their artists and their songs before 14 March because the running draw for the Eurovision Song Contest will be held on March 15.

Semi-finals[change | edit source]

Semi-final 1[change | edit source]

  • The first semi-final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 10 May 2011.
  • The ten countries which has received the most points, will participate for the final of the contest
  • Two members of the "Big Five", Spain and the United Kingdom will vote in this semi-final
Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Results
01 Flag of Poland.svg Poland Polish Magdalena Tul "Jestem" I am Out
02 Flag of Norway.svg Norway English, Swahili Stella Mwangi "Haba Haba" Little by little Out
03 Flag of Albania.svg Albania English, Albanian Aurela Gaçe "Feel the Passion" Out
04 Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia English Emmy "Boom-Boom" Out
05 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey English Yüksek Sadakat "Live It Up" Out
06 Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia Serbian Nina Radojčić "Čaroban" (Чаробан) Magical Qualified
07 Flag of Russia.svg Russia English Alexey Vorobyov "Get You" Qualified
08 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland English Anna Rossinelli "In Love for a While" Qualified
09 Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia English Eldrine "One More Day" Qualified
10 Flag of Finland.svg Finland English Paradise Oskar "Da Da Dam" Qualified
11 Flag of Malta.svg Malta English Glen Vella "One Life" Out
12 Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino English Senit "Stand By" Out
13 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia English Daria Kinzer "Celebrate" Out
14 Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland English Sigurjón's Friends "Coming Home" Qualified
15 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary English, Hungarian Kati Wolf "What About My Dreams?" Qualified
16 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Portuguese Homens da Luta "A luta é alegria" The struggle is joy Out
17 Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania English Evelina Sašenko "C'est ma vie" It's my life Qualified
18 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan English Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal "Running Scared" Qualified
19 Flag of Greece.svg Greece English, Greek Loukas Giorkas feat.
Stereo Mike
"Watch My Dance" Qualified

Semi-final 2[change | edit source]

  • The first semi-final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 12 May 2011.
  • The ten countries which has received the most points, will participate for the final of the contest
  • Three members of the "Big Five", France, Germany and the Italy will vote in this semi-final
Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Results
01 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina English, Bosnian Dino Merlin "Love in Rewind" Qualified
02 Flag of Austria.svg Austria English Nadine Beiler "The Secret Is Love" Qualified
03 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands English 3JS "Never Alone" Out
04 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium English Witloof Bay "With Love Baby" Out
05 Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia English TWiiNS "I'm Still Alive" Out
06 Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine English Mika Newton "Angels" Qualified
07 Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova English Zdob şi Zdub "So Lucky" Qualified
08 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden English Eric Saade "Popular" Qualified
09 Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Greek Christos Mylordos I loved you like an angel Out
10 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria Bulgarian Poli Genova "Na inat" (На инат) For spite Out
11 Flag of Macedonia.svg Republic of Macedonia Macedonian Vlatko Ilievski "Rusinka" (Русинкa) Russian Girl Out
12 Flag of Israel.svg Israel Hebrew, English Dana International "Ding Dong" Out
13 Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia English Maja Keuc "No One" Qualified
14 Flag of Romania.svg Romania English Hotel FM "Change" Qualified
15 Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia English Getter Jaani "Rockefeller Street" Qualified
16 Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus English Anastasia Vinnikova "I Love Belarus" Out
17 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia English Musiqq "Angel in Disguise" Out
18 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark English A Friend In London "New Tomorrow" Qualified
19 Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland English Jedward "Lipstick" Qualified

Final[change | edit source]

  • The final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will took place on 14 May 2011.
  • Only the countries of the "Big Five" automatically qualify for the final.
  • From the two semi-finals on 10 and 12 May 2011, twenty countries qualified for the final, and a total of twenty-five countries will competed in the final.
  • The voting system used will be the same as used in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, a 50/50 system, with a combination of televotes and jury votes who will select the winner. Viewers were able to vote during the performances.
Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Points Place
01 Flag of Finland.svg Finland English Paradise Oskar "Da Da Dam" 57 21
02 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina English, Bosnian Dino Merlin "Love in Rewind" 125 06
03 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark English A Friend In London "New Tomorrow" 134 05
04 Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania English Evelina Sašenko "C'est ma vie" It's my life 63 19
05 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary English, Hungarian Kati Wolf "What About My Dreams ?" 53 22
06 Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland English Jedward "Lipstick" 119 08
07 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden English Eric Saade "Popular" 185 03
08 Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia English Getter Jaani "Rockefeller Street" 44 24
09 Flag of Greece.svg Greece English, Greek Loukas Giorkas feat.
Stereo Mike
"Watch My Dance" 120 07
10 Flag of Russia.svg Russia English, Russian Alexey Vorobyov "Get You" 77 16
11 Flag of France.svg France Corsican Amaury Vassili "Sognu" Dream 82 15
12 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Italian, English Raphael Gualazzi "Madness of Love" 189 02
13 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland English Anna Rossinelli "In Love for a While" 19 25
14 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom English Blue "I Can" 100 11
15 Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova English Zdob şi Zdub "So Lucky" 97 12
16 Flag of Germany.svg Germany English Lena Meyer-Landrut "Taken by a Stranger" 107 10
17 Flag of Romania.svg Romania English Hotel FM "Change" 77 17
18 Flag of Austria.svg Austria English Nadine Beiler "The Secret Is Love" 64 18
19 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan English Ell and Nikki "Running Scared" 221 01
20 Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia English Maja Keuc "No One" 96 13
21 Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland English Sjonni's Friends "Coming Home" 61 20
22 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Spanish Lucía Pérez "Que me quiten lo bailao" They can't take away
the good things I've lived
50 23
23 Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine English Mika Newton "Angel" 159 04
24 Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia Serbian Nina "Čaroban" (Чаробан) Magical 85 14
25 Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia English Eldrine "One More Day" 110 09

References[change | edit source]

  1. Siim, Jarmo (12 October 2010). "And the winner is... Düsseldorf!". EBU (Eurovision.tv). http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=20453&_t=And+the+winner+is...+D%C3%BCsseldorf%21. Retrieved 12 October 2010.