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Eurovision Song Contest 2011

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
Director Ladislaus Kiraly
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Executive producer Ralf Quibeldey
Thomas Schreiber
Host broadcaster
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
Withdrawing countries None
Vote
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winning song  Azerbaijan
"Running Scared"
Eurovision Song Contest
◄2010 2012►

The Eurovision Song Contest 2011 was the 56th annual Eurovision Song Contest and was won by Ell & Nikki performing "Running Scared" for Azerbaijan. The event took place in the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany, following Germany's win in the previous year. This made the 2011 contest the first since 2004 to take place outside of the host nations capital city. The two semi-finals took place on 10 May and 12 May 2011, while the final took place on the evening of 14 May 2011.[2]

Forty-three countries participated in the contest,[3] with those returning including Austria, which last participated in 2007; Hungary, which last competed in 2009; and San Marino, which last participated in 2008. Italy also returned to the Contest, marking its first participation since 1997. No country withdrew from the contest.

The runner up was Italy, and Sweden finished in third place. Italy (2nd) and Germany (10th) were the only members of the "Big Five" to make it into the top 10, with the United Kingdom close behind at 11th place; France and Spain, failed to make it into the top half of the leader board coming 15th (82 points) and 23rd (50 points) respectively. 2010 Hosts Norway was eliminated in the first semi final while The Netherlands failed to reach the final for the seventh consecutive year in a row. Azerbaijan obtained its first ever victory in any Eurovision since its debut in 2008.

The broadcast of the final won the Rose d'Or award for Best Live Event.[4]

Location

Locations of the eight candidate cities (unsuccessful cities are marked with blue dots)

Following Lena's win at the 2010 contest with the song "Satellite", Germany became host nation for the 2011 edition.

Bidding phase

Twenty-three cities submit official bids to the German broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), in order to be the host city for the 2011 contest.[5] Eight of these cities continued to show interest in hosting the event including Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Gelsenkirchen,[6] Düsseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich.[7] NDR announced on 21 August 2010 that four of those cities had officially applied to host the 2011 Contest: Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, and Düsseldorf.[8] Possible locations within the cities included the following:[9]
City Venue
Berlin Large tent on the field near the hangars of the former Tempelhof Airport
Düsseldorf Esprit Arena
Hamburg Hamburg Exhibition Centre
Hanover Hanover Exhibition Centre

Media reports regarding host city

Berlin

Concerns were raised about Berlin's bid concept which consisted of an inflatable tent to be built on Tempelhof's hangar area. Decision makers at NDR reportedly doubted the venue's ability to provide advantageous acoustic conditions. Berlin's speaker Richard Meng neither confirmed nor denied that because, he stated, "secrecy about the bid concepts was promised to the NDR".[10]

Düsseldorf

On 24 September 2010, it was announced that Fortuna Düsseldorf football club had applied to the Deutsche Fußball Liga for permission to move its home matches to the Paul-Janes-Stadion if the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf was awarded the 2011 Song Contest. This message indicated that talks with Düsseldorf to host the song contest in the Esprit Arena were already at an advanced stage.[11] The club later announced on 6 October 2010 that it had obtained permission to move its games if necessary.[12]

The Neue Ruhr Zeitung newspaper reported on 12 December 2010 that Fortuna Düsseldorf were to be moved to the Paul-Janes-Stadion due to the contest. Fortuna Düsseldorf's training venue next to the Esprit Arena would be equipped with mobile stands from a Swiss event construction specialist, Nussli Group, creating 20,000 extra seats.[13] This decision was made because the Arena Sportpark Düsseldorf holds better logistic qualifications.

Hamburg

On 2 October 2010 the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper announced that Hamburg would be unable to host the 2011 Song Contest, because the city could no longer fulfil the required financial conditions.[14]

Esprit Arena Düsseldorf

The Esprit Arena, the 2011 venue.
Eurovision-Arena at Night

The Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf was announced by German broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) as the venue for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest on 12 October 2010.[15][16] This was the first Eurovision Song Contest held in Germany since German reunification, with West Germany having previously hosted the contest in 1957[17] and 1983.[18] Germany was also the first member of the "Big Five" to host the Contest since the implementation of the rule in 2000 that permits the five largest contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) – Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy – to qualify automatically for the final alongside the previous year's winner.

That the stadium acquired a rental period of six weeks, in order to allow construction and dismantling work within the Esprit Arena to be carried out.[19] The stadium accommodated a capacity of 24,000 for spectators during the Eurovision Song Contest.[20] Düsseldorf offered 23,000 hotel beds and 2,000 additional beds in the Düsseldorf surroundings and on ships on the River Rhine.[21]

Format

The four countries that were part of the Big Four, along with the host of the contest, automatically qualify for a place in the final. Since Germany was both a "Big Four" country and the host for the 2011 contest, there was a vacant spot in the final. At a Reference Group meeting in Belgrade it was decided that the existing rules would remain in place, and that the number of participants in the final would simply be lowered from twenty-five to twenty-four.[22] On 31 December 2010, the official participation list was published by the EBU, which stipulated that with the return of Italy to the contest, this nation would become a member of the "Big Five". This change permitted Italy automatic qualification into the finals, alongside France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and host nation Germany, restoring the number of participants for the final to twenty-five nations.[23]

On 30 August 2010 it was announced that Svante Stockselius, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, would be leaving his position on 31 December 2010.[24] On 26 November 2010, EBU reported that Jon Ola Sand would be the new Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest.[25]

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw to determine the semi-final running orders was held on 17 January 2011. All of the participating countries excluding the automatic finalists were split into six pots, based on the voting history of those countries in previous years. From these pots, half (or as close to half as was possible) competed in the first semi-final on 10 May 2011. The other half in that particular pot competed in the second semi-final on 12 May 2011. This draw doubled as an approximate running order, in order for the delegations from the countries to know when their rehearsals commenced. The draw also determined in which of the semi-finals the automatic finalists would be able to cast their votes.[26]

Israeli broadcaster IBA requested to take part in the second semi-final due to the Israeli Memorial Day, which was held during the first semi-final. German broadcaster NDR also requested that it be allowed to vote in the second semi-final for scheduling reasons.[26]

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

Graphic design

Ell & Nikki of Azerbaijan, during the ESC 2011

The design of the contest was built around the motto "Feel your heart beat", with the logo and on-screen graphics designed by Turquoise Branding.[27] The postcard introducing each performance included the logo in the colours of the performing country (e.g. the United Kingdom in red, white and blue); then a German place was shown in a toy-like view using tilt-shift photography and a story happened there, whose main characters were people either living in Germany or tourists from that country. The contest's motto, 'Feel your heart beat', was then shown or said in the country's national or native language.[28] For example, in the first postcard shown (Poland's), the boyfriend drops a piece of paper. The camera then pans down to the paper, to show the Polish phrase "Poczuj bicie serca" handwritten on it. In the second postcard shown (Norway's), a mountain climber from Norway climbs to the top of a mountain and yells the Norwegian phrase "Kjenn ditt hjerte slå.". Then, the heart appeared once again, and the stage and the crowd could be seen, with heartbeat sounds and pink lights pulsating in rhythm with the heartbeat, before the performance started.

The main colours of the letterboxes were black and pink. The scoreboard showed a spokesperson from the country giving their votes on the right, while showing a table of results on the left. The large points (8, 10 and 12) were highlighted in pink, whilst the lower points, (1–7) were in purple.[29] This scoreboard design was used again the following year, with minor changes such as the large points appearing progressively larger in size compared to the lower points and the highlighted colours changed to match the 2012 theme, "Light your fire!"[30]

National host broadcaster

Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers and Stefan Raab hosted the 2011 edition.

10 members. The venues that were in consideration are located in the areas of three different members: Berlin is located within the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) member area, Hamburg and Hanover within the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) area and Düsseldorf within the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) broadcasting area. While NDR has been responsible for the transmission of the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years when the final took place in other countries, the financial scope of the three broadcasters seemed to have become a decisive factor in the application procedure for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. The Tagesspiegel reported on 7 October 2010 that the costs for hosting this event resulted in a tense discussion about necessary savings on other programme contents made by the three broadcasters.

Hosts

On 16 December 2010, NDR announced that Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers, and Stefan Raab were to be the presenters for the contest. It was the third time three people would host the contest, the previous such contests being 1999 and 2010.[31] Raab is known as the German representant in 2000 with "Wadde hadde dudde da?", whereas Engelke is an actress and comedian, and Rakers journalist and television presenter.

Event concept and ticket sale

On 13 October 2010 Thomas Schreiber, coordinator at ARD, outlined details of Düsseldorf's event concept. The Esprit Arena was to be split in two parts separated from each other. On one side of the stadium the stage would be installed while the other side would function as background dressing rooms for the artist delegations. An athletics arena next to the Esprit Arena would serve as the press centre for the event. The Esprit Arena offered comfortable seats relatively near to the stage that created an indoor event arena atmosphere rather than a football-stadium ambiance. There were plans to allow the public the chance to attend the dress rehearsals.[32] Altogether, tickets were sold for seven shows (the final, two semi-finals and four dress rehearsals).[33]

He also said in that interview that tickets for the event were likely to go on sale "within the next four weeks" (by mid-November 2010). NDR had already opened a preregistration e-mail-newsletter on its website for all people interested in tickets for the event.[34]

Ticket sales started on 12 December 2010 at 12:12 CET on the website www.dticket.de, the only authorised seller.[35] However, the ticket page opened for sales approximately two hours earlier than originally advertised; this announcement was made by an email newsletter sent to preregistered buyers minutes before opening, giving them a slight benefit in acquiring tickets. The final 32,000 tickets that were put on sale on 12 December sold out in less than six hours. Once camera positions had been determined, a few thousand extra tickets were put on sale.

Tickets for the semi-finals were put on sale in mid-January, when it was known which countries would take part in each semi-final.[36]

Participating countries

  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 that 43 countries would compete in the 2011 Contest.[3][23] The 2011 edition saw the returns of Austria, which had last participated in 2007; Italy, which had last participated in 1997; San Marino, which had only taken part in 2008; and Hungary, which had last participated in 2009.[23] Montenegro had applied to take part in the contest on 4 December, but decided against participation and withdrew its name on 23 December, two days before the 25 December no-strings-attached deadline.[37]

[40] However the country was listed by the EBU as one of the semi-finalist countries in the semi-final allocation draw on 17 January, and STV later confirmed they would continue their participation to avoid receiving a fine for late withdrawal.[26][41] Thus, in this edition, no country withdrew.

At a meeting in Belgrade on 28 August 2010, the EBU decided that each country had to choose its artist and song before 14 March 2011. On 15 March 2011, the draw for the running order took place in the host city.[42] The semi-final allocation draw took place on 17 January in Düsseldorf.[23]

Returning artists

Israeli backing vocalists, at Eurovision 2011

Several artists made their return to the Eurovision Song Contest, including Dino Merlin,[43] who had represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999. Gunnar Ólason (part of Sjonni's Friends)[44] for Iceland had last appeared in 2001 as part of Two Tricky.[45] Moldova's 2005 entrant Zdob şi Zdub also returned.[46] TWiiNS from Slovakia also return, they were backing vocals for Czech Replubic in 2008

Along with those artists, two previous Eurovision winners also returned to the contest: Dana International who won for Israel in 1998, and Lena[2] who won for Germany in 2010 and brought the contest to Düsseldorf. Stefan Raab, who represented Germany in 2000 and appeared as a conductor and backing artist for other German entries, hosted the contest. This was the first time since 1958 and only the second time in the history of the contest that two former winners returned on the same year.

Results

Semi-finals

Semi-final 1

The full split jury/televoting results were announced by the EBU in May 2011.[47]

  • The first semi-final took place in Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf on 10 May 2011.
  • The ten countries in this semi-final with the highest scoring points, according to a combination of televotes and jury votes from each voting country, qualified for the final.[48]
  • Spain and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.
Draw Country[23] Language[49] Artist[50] Song[50] English translation Place[51] Points[51]
01  Poland Polish Magdalena Tul "Jestem" I am 19 18
02  Norway English, Swahili Stella Mwangi "Haba Haba" Little by little[52] 17 30
03  Albania English, Albanian Aurela Gaçe "Feel the Passion" 14 47
04  Armenia English Emmy "Boom Boom" 12 54
05  Turkey English Yüksek Sadakat "Live It Up" 13 47
06  Serbia Serbian Nina "Čaroban" (Чаробан) Magical 8 67
07  Russia English, Russian Alexej Vorobjov "Get You" 9 64
08  Switzerland English Anna Rossinelli "In Love for a While" 10 55
09 Georgia English Eldrine "One More Day" 6 74
10  Finland English Paradise Oskar "Da Da Dam" 3 103
11  Malta English Glen Vella "One Life" 11 54
12  San Marino English Senit "Stand By" 16 34
13  Croatia English Daria "Celebrate" 15 41
14  Iceland English Sjonni's Friends "Coming Home" 4 100
15  Hungary English, Hungarian Kati Wolf "What About My Dreams?" 7 72
16  Portugal Portuguese Homens da Luta "A luta é alegria" The struggle is joy 18 22
17  Lithuania English Evelina Sašenko "C'est ma vie" It's my life 5 81
18  Azerbaijan English Ell & Nikki "Running Scared" 2 122
19  Greece English, Greek Loukas Giorkas feat. Stereo Mike "Watch My Dance" 1 133

Semi-final 2

The full split jury/televoting results were announced by the EBU in May 2011.[47]

  • The second semi-final took place in Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf on 12 May 2011.
  • The ten countries in this semi-final with the highest scoring points, according to a combination of televotes and jury votes from each voting country, qualified for the final.[48]
  • France, Germany and Italy voted in this semi-final.
Draw Country[23] Language[49] Artist[50] Song[50] English translation Place[53] Points[53]
01  Bosnia and Herzegovina English, Bosnian Dino Merlin "Love in Rewind" 5 109
02  Austria English Nadine Beiler "The Secret Is Love" 7 69
03  Netherlands English 3JS "Never Alone" 19 13
04  Belgium English Witloof Bay "With Love Baby" 11 53
05  Slovakia English TWiiNS "I'm Still Alive" 13 48
06  Ukraine English Mika Newton "Angel" 6 81
07  Moldova English Zdob şi Zdub "So Lucky" 10 54
08  Sweden English Eric Saade "Popular" 1 155
09  Cyprus Greek Christos Mylordos "San Aggelos S'agapisa"
(Σαν άγγελος σ'αγάπησα)
I loved you like an angel 18 16
10  Bulgaria Bulgarian Poli Genova "Na inat" (На инат) With stubbornness 12 48
11  Macedonia Macedonian, English Vlatko Ilievski "Rusinka" (Русинкa) Russian girl 16 36
12  Israel Hebrew, English Dana International "Ding Dong" 15 38
13  Slovenia English Maja Keuc "No One" 3 112
14  Romania English Hotel FM "Change" 4 111
15  Estonia English Getter Jaani "Rockefeller Street" 9 60
16  Belarus English Anastasia Vinnikova "I Love Belarus" 14 45
17  Latvia English Musiqq "Angel in Disguise" 17 25
18  Denmark English A Friend in London "New Tomorrow" 2 135
19  Ireland English Jedward "Lipstick" 8 68

Final

  • The final took place on 14 May 2011.
  • Only the "Big Five" countries automatically qualified for the final.
  • From the two semi-finals on 10 and 12 May 2011, twenty countries qualified for the final. A total of twenty-five countries competed in the final.[42]
  • The voting system used was the same as in the 2010 contest, with a combination of televotes and jury votes selecting the winner. Viewers were able to vote during the performances; the voting window ended 15 minutes after the conclusion of the songs.[48]
  • Background music for the show included "Wonderful" by Gary Go.
Draw Country[23] Language[49] Artist[50] Song[50] English translation Place[54] Points[54]
01  Finland English Paradise Oskar "Da Da Dam" 21 57
02  Bosnia and Herzegovina English, Bosnian Dino Merlin "Love in Rewind" 6 125
03  Denmark English A Friend in London "New Tomorrow" 5 134
04  Lithuania English Evelina Sašenko "C'est ma vie" It's my life 19 63
05  Hungary English, Hungarian Kati Wolf "What About My Dreams?" 22 53
06  Ireland English Jedward "Lipstick" 8 119
07  Sweden English Eric Saade "Popular" 3 185
08  Estonia English Getter Jaani "Rockefeller Street" 24 44
09  Greece English, Greek Loukas Giorkas feat. Stereo Mike "Watch My Dance" 7 120
10  Russia English, Russian Alexej Vorobjov "Get You" 16 77
11  France Corsican Amaury Vassili "Sognu" Dream 15 82
12  Italy Italian, English Raphael Gualazzi "Madness of Love" 2 189
13  Switzerland English Anna Rossinelli "In Love for a While" 25 19
14  United Kingdom English Blue "I Can" 11 100
15  Moldova English Zdob şi Zdub "So Lucky" 12 97
16  Germany English Lena "Taken by a Stranger" 10 107
17  Romania English Hotel FM "Change" 17 77
18  Austria English Nadine Beiler "The Secret Is Love" 18 64
19  Azerbaijan English Ell & Nikki "Running Scared" 1 221
20  Slovenia English Maja Keuc "No One" 13 96
21  Iceland English Sjonni's Friends "Coming Home" 20 61
22  Spain Spanish Lucía Pérez "Que me quiten lo bailao" They can't take away the fun from me 23 50
23  Ukraine English Mika Newton "Angel" 4 159
24  Serbia Serbian Nina "Čaroban" (Чаробан) Magical 14 85
25 Georgia English Eldrine "One More Day" 9 110
1.^ Includes two phrases in French. American Sign Language was also used during the live televised performance.[55]
2.^ Includes two words in Russian.
3.^ Spanish idiom which literally means "Let them take away from me what I've danced".

Scoreboard

The split jury/televoting results were announced by the EBU in May 2011. As in 2010, only the split totals received by each country were given, not the full breakdown,[47] although the BBC revealed the details of the United Kingdom vote on 26 May 2011.[56]

Semi-final 1

Voting Results
Total Score Poland Norway Albania Armenia Turkey Serbia Russia Switzerland Finland Malta San Marino Croatia Iceland Hungary Portugal Lithuania Azerbaijan Greece Spain United Kingdom
Contestants Poland 18 3 4 4 2 5
Norway 30 1 1 1 2 8 4 10 2 1
Albania 47 8 6 8 7 4 2 12
Armenia 54 2 7 8 8 7 7 4 8 3
Turkey 47 12 2 5 3 2 10 12 1
Serbia 67 6 7 2 4 12 7 3 3 12 5 1 3 2
Russia 64 4 3 12 3 6 5 3 1 5 3 3 3 5 5 3
Switzerland 55 3 6 3 2 6 2 6 8 5 6 6 2
Georgia 74 5 8 10 4 5 1 8 2 1 12 8 10
Finland 103 10 12 6 1 3 12 10 3 12 6 8 7 3 4 6
Malta 54 2 6 7 2 5 6 12 4 2 1 7
San Marino 34 8 5 5 1 6 1 6 2
Croatia 41 7 12 1 12 4 1 4
Iceland 100 4 10 2 8 3 8 10 12 10 8 6 12 7
Hungary 72 5 6 10 12 1 6 7 5 10 10
Portugal 22 4 4 2 1 8 3
Lithuania 81 12 8 4 1 7 3 10 2 2 5 6 4 5 12
Azerbaijan 122 8 5 12 10 1 12 5 10 5 10 8 7 7 10 7 1 4
Greece 133 7 1 10 10 4 7 6 7 7 4 5 6 8 10 12 4 10 7 8

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the first semifinal:
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
3 Finland Iceland, Norway, Russia
2 Azerbaijan Georgia, Turkey
Croatia Malta, Serbia
Iceland Hungary, Spain
Lithuania Poland, United Kingdom
Serbia Croatia, Switzerland
Turkey Albania, Azerbaijan
1 Albania Greece
Austria Germany
Georgia Lithuania
Greece Portugal
Hungary Finland
Malta San Marino
Russia Armenia

Semi-final 2

Voting Results
Total Score Bosnia and Herzegovina Austria Netherlands Belgium Slovakia Ukraine Moldova Sweden Cyprus Bulgaria Macedonia Israel Slovenia Romania Estonia Belarus Latvia Denmark Ireland France Germany Italy
Contestants Bosnia and Herzegovina 109 12 10 4 12 4 8 12 12 5 2 7 10 7 4
Austria 69 7 3 5 1 4 4 10 1 7 2 5 2 1 12 5
Netherlands 13 8 5
Belgium 53 8 1 6 6 2 6 2 2 8 1 3 6 2
Slovakia 48 6 3 3 12 7 3 3 3 3 5
Ukraine 81 4 10 8 3 5 3 6 8 6 2 7 12 1 6
Moldova 54 4 2 5 4 12 10 1 4 5 7
Sweden 155 5 10 12 12 7 5 3 12 2 12 5 7 12 8 7 12 8 12 1 3
Cyprus 16 6 2 8
Bulgaria 48 2 2 1 5 1 10 1 4 4 1 3 4 10
Macedonia 36 10 7 1 3 8 7
Israel 38 5 2 5 1 7 4 6 7 1
Slovenia 112 12 8 8 8 4 7 8 10 6 10 5 4 8 6 5 3
Romania 111 6 4 10 6 12 7 8 1 4 7 6 5 6 3 8 6 12
Estonia 60 5 6 8 6 4 5 1 8 3 10 4
Belarus 45 2 1 10 10 3 8 1 4 6
Latvia 25 4 2 8 2 2 7
Denmark 135 1 7 7 7 3 3 2 12 6 12 10 10 5 10 4 12 12 2 10
Ireland 68 3 1 5 2 2 10 7 1 6 3 10 10 8

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the second semifinal:
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
7 Sweden Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Israel, Netherlands
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina Austria, Macedonia, Slovakia, Slovenia
Denmark Bulgaria, Ireland, Latvia, Sweden
2 Romania Italy, Moldova
1 Austria Germany
Moldova Romania
Slovakia Ukraine
Slovenia Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ukraine Belarus

Final

Voting Results[57]
Total Score Russia Bulgaria Netherlands Italy Cyprus Ukraine Finland Norway Armenia Macedonia Iceland Slovakia United Kingdom Denmark Austria Poland Sweden San Marino Germany Azerbaijan Slovenia Turkey Switzerland Greece France Serbia Croatia Belarus Romania Albania Malta Portugal Hungary Lithuania Bosnia and Herzegovina Ireland Spain Israel Estonia Moldova Belgium Latvia
Contestants Finland 57 12 10 5 5 7 2 5 1 3 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina 125 2 8 4 4 12 12 8 7 12 10 12 3 5 12 7 7
Denmark 134 7 12 3 7 12 6 5 3 10 4 6 8 7 1 5 12 10 10 6
Lithuania 63 2 3 6 12 12 7 2 1 10 1 7
Hungary 53 4 12 5 2 5 2 2 8 7 6
Ireland 119 3 5 10 4 8 12 12 4 1 12 8 8 6 2 7 7 10
Sweden 185 1 10 10 1 6 10 4 6 7 10 3 10 6 3 4 4 6 1 10 1 4 4 3 6 10 5 4 5 12 12 3 4
Estonia 44 2 7 2 2 7 7 5 6 2 4
Greece 120 8 10 2 12 6 7 3 8 10 8 2 6 3 8 10 8 1 8
Russia 77 4 2 8 8 1 5 4 1 4 4 5 4 3 6 8 5 5
France 82 3 1 7 5 4 5 3 12 2 6 2 1 2 4 10 2 12 1
Italy 189 1 3 6 1 3 7 6 10 12 3 1 3 4 10 7 8 2 3 6 12 10 10 4 10 6 5 12 6 6 12
Switzerland 19 4 10 5
United Kingdom 100 4 12 10 4 3 1 2 5 2 3 2 5 1 6 2 1 2 6 7 3 3 6 1 4 5
Moldova 97 7 8 7 5 8 5 4 7 5 4 7 12 5 4 8 1
Germany 107 7 6 5 6 8 10 4 6 7 3 8 4 3 1 8 2 3 3 5 8
Romania 77 6 4 12 4 1 6 5 1 1 8 6 1 12 10
Austria 64 5 1 1 3 2 3 2 1 4 12 5 1 7 3 3 2 2 7
Azerbaijan 221 12 6 8 10 5 8 7 8 8 3 10 12 1 5 8 6 10 6 10 8 12 8 7 8 8 4 8 10 3 2
Slovenia 96 5 2 6 10 1 7 3 1 1 2 10 12 4 3 1 6 12 2 3 2 3
Iceland 61 5 8 8 4 6 1 10 4 12 1 2
Spain 50 4 2 1 2 3 12 5 5 12 4
Ukraine 159 10 8 7 5 12 7 12 2 2 12 6 7 7 10 6 5 10 2 3 4 7 7 8
Serbia 85 3 3 2 6 1 8 7 6 5 10 6 8 1 5 10 4
Georgia 110 6 1 12 10 7 7 10 8 8 12 5 12 2 3 7
Vertically, the table is ordered by appearance in the final. Horizontally, the table is ordered by voting order.

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the final:
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina Austria, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland
4 Italy Albania, Latvia, San Marino, Spain
3 Azerbaijan Malta, Russia, Turkey
Denmark Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands
Georgia Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine
Ireland Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom
Ukraine Armenia, Azerbaijan, Slovakia
2 France Belgium, Greece
Lithuania Georgia, Poland
Romania Italy, Moldova
Slovenia Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia
Spain France, Portugal
Sweden Estonia, Israel
1 Austria Germany
Finland Norway
Greece Cyprus
Hungary Finland
Iceland Hungary
Moldova Romania
United Kingdom Bulgaria

Other awards

Marcel Bezençon Awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia honouring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (member of the Herreys, Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.[58] The awards are divided into three categories: Press Award; Artistic Award; and Composer Award.[59]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s)
Artists Award  Ireland "Lipstick" Jedward Dan Priddy, Lars Halvor Jensen, Martin M. Larsson
Composer Award  France "Sognu" Amaury Vassili Daniel Moyne, Quentin Bachelet, Jean-Pierre Marcellesi, and Julie Miller
Press Award  Finland "Da Da Dam" Paradise Oskar Axel Ehnström

OGAE

Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in non-profitable company.[61] In what has become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll was opened allowing members from the respective clubs to vote for their favourite songs of the 2011 contest. Below are the top five overall results, after all the votes had been cast.[62]
Country Song Performer(s) OGAE result
 Hungary "What About My Dreams?" Kati Wolf 277
 France "Sognu" Amaury Vassili 270
 United Kingdom "I Can" Blue 253
 Sweden "Popular" Eric Saade 238
 Estonia "Rockefeller Street" Getter Jaani 183

Barbara Dex Award

The Barbara Dex Award has been annually awarded by the fan website House of Eurovision since 1997, and is a humorous award given to the worst dressed artist each year in the contest. It is named after the Belgian artist, Barbara Dex, who came last in the 1993 contest, in which she wore her own self designed (awful) dress.

Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s)
Georgia "One More Day" Eldrine Beso Tsikhelashvili

International broadcasts and voting

Unlike previous years, the voting order was not drawn with the order of presentation of songs. Rather, the voting order was calculated just before the event, to reduce the likelihood of there being an outright winner from the start. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.

Voting and spokespersons

  1.  RussiaDima Bilan[63]
    (Russian representative in the 2006 and winner of the 2008 Contest)
  2.  BulgariaMaria Ilieva
  3.  Netherlands – Mandy Huydts[64]
    (Dutch representative in the 1986 Contest as part of Frizzle Sizzle)
  4.  ItalyRaffaella Carrà[65]
  5.  Cyprus – Loukas Hamatsos[66]
  6.  UkraineRuslana[67]
    (Winner of the 2004 Contest)
  7.  Finland – Susan Aho[68]
    (Finnish representative in the 2010 Contest as part of Kuunkuiskaajat)
  8.  NorwayNadia Hasnaoui
    (Co-Presenter of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004 and the Eurovision Song Contest 2010)
  9.  ArmeniaLusine Tovmasyan
  10. [69]
  11.  IcelandRagnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir
  12.  Slovakia – Mária Pietrová
  13.  United KingdomAlex Jones[70]
  14.  Denmark – Lise Rønne[71]
    (Co-Presenter of the 2014 Contest)
  15.  AustriaKati Bellowitsch[72]
  16.  Poland – Odeta Moro-Figurska
  17.  SwedenDanny Saucedo[73]
    (Swedish representative in the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008)
  18.  San MarinoNicola Della Valle
    (Sammarinese representative in the 2008 Contest as part of Miodio)
  19.  Germany – Ina Müller[74]
  20.  AzerbaijanSafura Alizadeh[75]
    (Azeri representative in the 2010 Contest)
  21.  Slovenia – Klemen Slakonja[76]
  22.  Turkey – Ömer Önder
  23.   Switzerland – Cécile Bähler[77]
  24.  Greece – Lena Aroni[78]
  25. [79]
    (Georgian representative in the 2010 Contest)
  26.  FranceCyril Féraud[80]
  27.  Serbia – Dušica Spasić[81]
  28. [69]
  29.  BelarusLeila Ismailava
    (Co-Presenter of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010)[82]
  30.  Romania – Malvina Cservenschi[67]
  31.  AlbaniaLeon Menkshi
  32.  Malta – Kelly Schembri[83]
  33.  Portugal – Joana Teles[84]
  34.  HungaryÉva Novodomszky[85]
  35.  Lithuania – Giedrius Masalskis
  36. [69]
  37.  IrelandDerek Mooney
  38.  Spain – Elena S. Sánchez[86]
  39.  Israel – Ofer Nachshon[87]
  40.  EstoniaPiret Järvis[88]
    (Swiss representative in the 2005 Contest as part of Vanilla Ninja)
  41.  MoldovaGeta Burlacu[63]
    (Moldovan representative in the 2008 Contest)
  42.  Belgium – Maureen Louys[89]
  43.  LatviaAisha[90]
    (Latvian representative in the 2010 Contest)

Commentators

Broadcasting

  •  Armenia – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on ARM 1.[124]
  •  Australia – Even though Australia is not eligible to enter, the contest was broadcast on SBS One and SBS HD, with the first semi-final on 13 May, the second semi-final on 14 May and final on 15 May.[92]
  •  Austria – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on ORF eins.
  •  Azerbaijan – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on İctimai TV.
  •  Belarus – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on Belteleradio First Channel.[125]
  •  Belgium – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on RTBF and VRT.[126]
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on BHT1, division of BHRT.[127]
  •  Bulgaria – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on BNT.
  •  China - As a non-participating country, the final was broadcast on CCTV-15 on 24 January 2014. The final was shortened to two hours, and the voting details and interval acts were ignored.
  •  Croatia – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on HRT and Croatian Radio.
  •  Denmark – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on DR and DR HD.[128]
  •  Estonia – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on ETV, Raadio 2 and online.[129]
  •  Faroe Islands – Although not eligible to take part as an independent region, the semi-finals and the final were broadcast on timeshift on Kringvarp Føroya with Danish commentary from DR.[130]
  •  Finland – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on YLE TV2.[131]
  •  France – The second semi-final (in which France voted) was broadcast on France Ô, with the final on France 3 and France Bleu.[103]
  • 1 TV GPB.
  •  Germany – Host broadcaster, NDR, produced the programme for ARD.[132] Einsfestival (without a commercial break) and ProSieben (including commercial break) broadcast the first semi-final, while Das Erste and Das Erste HD broadcast the second semi-final and the final.[133] The final was also broadcast on NDR Radio 2, WDR 1LIVE and hr3 for Deutschlandfunk.
  •  Greece – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on NET and ERT HD.
  • – Although not eligible to take part as an independent region, The semi-finals and the final were broadcast on timeshift on KNR.[134]
  • – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on m1.[135]
  • – The semi-finals were broadcast live on RTÉ Two, with the final broadcast live on RTÉ One. RTÉ Radio 1 also broadcast the second semi-final and the final. RTÉ website
  • – The second semi-final and the final were broadcast live on IBA. The first semi-final was broadcast on IBA on 12 May 12.
  • – The second semi-final (where Italy votes) was broadcast on Rai 5 and Rai Radio 2, the final on Rai 2.[65]
  • – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on LTV.[90]
  • – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on LRT.[108]
  • – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on MTV 1.[136]
  • – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on TVM.
  • – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on Moldova 1.
  • – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on Nederland 1 for TROS.[137][138][139]
  • – Despite not being eligible to take part, the contest was broadcast on Stratos, with the first semi-final on 11 May, the second semi-final on 13 May, and the final on 15 May.[140]
  • – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on NRK1 and NRK1 HD.[141]
  • – The first semi-final and the final were broadcast live and semi-final 2 on delay on RTP1, RTP HD and RTP Internacional.[113]
  • – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on TVR1, TVR International and TVR HD.[142]
  • – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on Channel One.[143]
  • – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on RTS1, RTS Digital, RTS HD, RTS SAT and Radio Belgrade 1.[114]
  • – As in 2008, the whole event was broadcast live on San Marino RTV.[65]
  • – The first semi-final and the final were broadcast live by Slovenská televízia on Jednotka and the second semi-final on Dvojka. The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on Rádio FM.
  • – The semi-finals were broadcast live on RTV SLO 2 and the final was broadcast live on RTV SLO 1, both channels from Slovenian national television.[144]
  • – Both semi-finals were broadcast live on La 2, and the final was broadcast live on La 1 and TVE Internacional and deferred on TVE HD.[145]
  • – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on SVT1 and SVT1 HD.[146]
  • – For the French-speaking part of the country, TSR 2 broadcast the first semi-final and the final; SF zwei broadcast the first semi-final and the final for the German-speaking regions; for the Italian-speaking regions RSI La 2 broadcast the first semi-final while RSI La 1 broadcast the final. HD Suisse also broadcast the final, but with no commentary. The second semi-final was not broadcast by Swiss channels.
  • – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on TRT 1, TRT HD, TRT Avaz, TRT Müzik and TRT Radyo 3.[147]
  • – The semi-finals and the final were broadcast live on NTU First National Channel,[148] as well as on UR1 and UR2 channels of National Radio.[149]
  • – The semi-finals were broadcast on BBC Three and BBC HD while the final was broadcast on BBC One, BBC One HD and on BBC Radio 2.[123][150]

Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Düsseldorf 2011
Compilation album by Eurovision Song Contest
Released 15 April 2011
Genre Pop
Length
  • 63:11 (CD 1)
  • 66:09 (CD 2)
Label EMI / CMC
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Oslo 2010
(2010)
Eurovision Song Contest: Düsseldorf 2011
(2011)
Eurovision Song Contest: Baku 2012
(2012)

Eurovision Song Contest: Düsseldorf 2011 was the official compilation album of the 2011 Contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by EMI Records and CMC International on 15 April 2011. The album featured all 43 songs that entered in the 201 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final.[151]

CD 2
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Lipstick" (Ireland) Jedward 2:56
2. "Ding Dong" (Israel) Dana International 2:49
3. "Coming Home" (Iceland) Sjonni's Friends 3:04
4. "Madness of Love" (Italy) Raphael Gualazzi 3:00
5. "C'est ma vie" (Lithuania) Evelina Sašenko 3:05
6. "Angel in Disguise" (Latvia) Musiqq 3:04
7. "So Lucky" (Moldova) Zdob şi Zdub 3:04
8. "Rusinka" (Macedonia) Vlatko Ilievski 2:56
9. "One Life" (Malta) Glen Vella 3:02
10. "Never Alone" (Netherlands) 3JS 2:59
11. "Haba Haba" (Norway) Stella Mwangi 3:02
12. "Jestem" (Poland) Magdalena Tul 3:02
13. "A luta é alegria" (Portugal) Homens da Luta 2:53
14. "Change" (Romania) Hotel FM 3:04
15. "Čaroban" (Serbia) Nina 3:01
16. "Get You" (Russia) Alexey Vorobyov 3:00
17. "Popular" (Sweden) Eric Saade 3:01
18. "No One" (Slovenia) Maja Keuc 3:01
19. "I'm Still Alive" (Slovakia) TWiiNS 3:05
20. "Stand By" (San Marino) Senit 3:02
21. "Live It Up" (Turkey) Yüksek Sadakat 2:59
22. "Angel" (Ukraine) Mika Newton 3:00
Total length:
66:09

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External links

  • Eurovision official website
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