Eurovision Song Contest 2011

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Eurovision Song Contest 2011
Feel Your Heart Beat!
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Dates
Semi-final 110 May 2011 (2011-05-10)
Semi-final 212 May 2011 (2011-05-12)
Final14 May 2011 (2011-05-14)
Host
VenueEsprit Arena
Düsseldorf, Germany
Presenter(s)
Directed byLadislaus Kiraly
Executive supervisorJon Ola Sand
Executive producer
  • Ralf Quibeldey
  • Thomas Schreiber
Host broadcaster
Opening act
Interval act
Websiteeurovision.tv/event/dusseldorf-2011 Edit this at Wikidata
Participants
Number of entries43
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countries
Non-returning countriesNone
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2011 was the 56th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Düsseldorf, Germany, following the country's victory at the 2010 contest with the song "Satellite" by Lena. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcasters Arbeitsgemeinschaft Rundfunkanstalten Deutschland (ARD) and Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), the contest was held at the Düsseldorf Arena and consisted of two semi-finals on 10 and 12 May, and a final on 14 May 2011.[1] The three live shows were presented by German comedian Anke Engelke, television presenter Judith Rakers as well as former German contestant and songwriter Stefan Raab.

Forty-three countries participated in the contest, equalling the record of the 2008 edition. Four countries returned to the contest this year; Austria returned after their last participation in 2007, Hungary returned after their last participation in 2009, San Marino returned after their very first participation in 2008. Italy also returned to the contest after their last participation fourteen years earlier, in 1997.

The winner was Azerbaijan with the song "Running Scared", performed by Ell and Nikki and written by Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman and Iain James Farquharson. This was Azerbaijan's first victory in the contest, after only 4 years of participation. It was also the first male-female duo to win the contest since 1963. Italy, Sweden, Ukraine and Denmark rounded out the top five. Apart from Italy, the only other "Big Five" country to make the top 10 was host nation Germany, finishing tenth. The United Kingdom followed closely behind, finishing eleventh. This was the first time since the juries were reintroduced alongside the televoting in 2009 that the winner did not place first in the jury voting; Italy was the jury winner, while Azerbaijan was the televote winner. Georgia, finishing ninth, equalled their best result from 2010.

The broadcast of the final won the Rose d'Or award for Best Live Event.[2]

Location[edit]

Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf – host venue of the 2011 contest.

The contest took place in Düsseldorf, the seventh-largest city in Germany. This was the first contest to take place outside the host nation's capital city since the 2004 contest in Istanbul. It was also the first Eurovision Song Contest held in Germany since German reunification, with West Germany having previously hosted the contest in 1957[3] and 1983.[4] 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 EBU – Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy – to qualify automatically for the grand final alongside the previous year's winner.

The Esprit Arena, a multi-functional football stadium, hosted the contest. The stadium acquired a rental period of six weeks, in order to allow construction and dismantling work in relation to the contest to be carried out.[5] The stadium is the largest venue to host the event (as of 2021). It accommodated a capacity of 38,000 for spectators during the contest, breaking the record of 35,000 set by Denmark ten years earlier. [6] Düsseldorf offered 23,000 hotel beds and 2,000 additional beds in the Düsseldorf surroundings and on ships on the River Rhine.[7]

Bidding phase[edit]

Twenty-three cities submit official bids to the German broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), in order to be the host city for the 2011 contest.[8] Eight of these cities continued to show interest in hosting the event including Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Gelsenkirchen,[9] Düsseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich.[10] NDR announced on 21 August 2010 that four of those cities had officially applied to host the 2011 contest: Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, and Düsseldorf.[11]

Locations of the candidate cities: the chosen host city is marked in blue. The cities that officially applied to host are marked in green, while the cities that showed interest but pulled out are marked in red.
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".[12]

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.[13] The club later announced on 6 October 2010 that it had obtained permission to move its games if necessary.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16]

Host selection[edit]

On 12 October 2010, the German broadcaster NDR announced that the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf had been chosen as the host venue for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.[17][18]

Key  dagger  Host venue

City Venue Notes Ref.
Berlin A large tent on the grounds of Tempelhof Airport If chosen, the tent would have been located on the field near the hangars. Allegedly only room for 9,000 spectators. [19]
Düsseldorf Esprit Arena dagger Home of the Fortuna Düsseldorf football club. The stadium can hold up to 50,000 spectators, but would hold up to 38,000 spectators for the contest [19][20]
Hamburg Hamburg Messehallen, Hall A1 Would be staged at Hall A1, but with room for less than 10,000 spectators. [19]
Hanover Hanover Exhibition Centre (Messe) [19]

Format[edit]

The four countries that were part of the "Big Four", along with the host of the contest, automatically qualify for a place in the grand final. Since Germany was both a "Big Four" country and the host for the 2011 contest, there was a vacant spot in the grand 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 grand final would simply be lowered from twenty-five to twenty-four.[21] On 31 December 2010, the official participation list was published by the EBU, which stipulated that with the return of Italy to the contest, the nation would become a member of the newly expanded "Big Five". This change permitted Italy automatic qualification into the grand final, alongside France, Spain, the United Kingdom and host nation Germany, restoring the number of participants for the grand final to twenty-five nations.[22]

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.[23] On 26 November 2010, the EBU announced that Jon Ola Sand would succeed Stockselius as Executive Supervisor.[24]

Semi-final allocation draw[edit]

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.[25]

Israeli broadcaster IBA requested to compete in the second semi-final, rather than the first semi-final that was pulled in the draw, due to Israel's Memorial Day coinciding with the first semi-final. German broadcaster NDR also requested that it be allowed to vote in the second semi-final for scheduling reasons.[25]

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

Graphic design[edit]

Ell and 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.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28] 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!"[29]

National host broadcaster[edit]

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

ARD, the European Broadcasting Union member to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest in Germany, is a joint organisation of Germany's regional public-service broadcasters. The ARD has 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[edit]

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.[30] Raab is known as the German representative 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[edit]

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.[31] Altogether, tickets were sold for seven shows (the grand final, two semi-finals and four dress rehearsals).[32]

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.[33]

Ticket sales started on 12 December 2010 at 12:12 CET on the website www.dticket.de, the only authorised seller.[34] 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 grand 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.[35]

Participating countries[edit]

  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, it was confirmed that 43 countries would compete in the 2011 contest.[22] 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.[22] Montenegro had applied to take part in the contest on 4 December, but decided against participation and withdrew on 23 December, two days before 25 December no-strings-attached deadline.[36]

Slovakia announced its withdrawal from the 2011 contest due to financial reasons, despite holding a public poll on the Slovenská televízia (STV) website on its Eurovision participation which received an 87.5% positive vote. STV announced that it planned to return in the 2012 contest.[37][38] However, Slovakia's application remained on the provisional list, leading to Slovakia's continued participation in the 2011 contest.[22] STV announced in January 2011 that Slovakia would yet withdraw from the contest, citing to financial reasons and organisational changes.[39] 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 a fine for a late withdrawal.[25][40]

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.[41] The semi-final allocation draw took place on 17 January in Düsseldorf.[22]

Returning artists[edit]

Israeli backing vocalists, at Eurovision 2011

Several artists made their return to the Eurovision Song Contest, including Dino Merlin,[42] who had represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999. Gunnar Ólason (part of Sjonni's Friends)[43] for Iceland had last appeared in 2001 as part of Two Tricky.[citation needed] Moldova's 2005 entrant Zdob și Zdub also returned.[44] TWiiNS from Slovakia also return, they were backing vocalists for the Czech Republic in 2008.[45] Sophio Toroshelidze, the lead singer of Eldrine from Georgia, was a backing singer for Sofia Nizharadze, Georgia's entry in 2010.[46]

Along with those artists, two previous Eurovision winners also returned to the contest: Dana International who won for Israel in 1998, and Lena[1] 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.

Semi-final 1[edit]

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 grand final.[47] Spain and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.

  Qualifiers
R/O Country[22] Artist Song Language[48] Points Place[49]
1  Poland Magdalena Tul "Jestem" Polish 18 19
2  Norway Stella Mwangi "Haba Haba" English, Swahili 30 17
3  Albania Aurela Gaçe "Feel the Passion" English[a] 47 14
4  Armenia Emmy "Boom Boom" English 54 12
5  Turkey Yüksek Sadakat "Live It Up" English 47 13
6  Serbia Nina "Čaroban" (Чаробан) Serbian 67 8
7  Russia Alexey Vorobyov "Get You" English, Russian 64 9
8   Switzerland Anna Rossinelli "In Love for a While" English 55 10
9  Georgia Eldrine "One More Day" English 74 6
10  Finland Paradise Oskar "Da Da Dam" English 103 3
11  Malta Glen Vella "One Life" English 54 11
12  San Marino Senit "Stand By" English 34 16
13  Croatia Daria "Celebrate" English 41 15
14  Iceland Sjonni's Friends "Coming Home" English 100 4
15  Hungary Kati Wolf "What About My Dreams?" English, Hungarian 72 7
16  Portugal Homens da Luta "A luta é alegria" Portuguese 22 18
17  Lithuania Evelina Sašenko "C'est ma vie" English[b] 81 5
18  Azerbaijan Ell and Nikki "Running Scared" English 122 2
19  Greece Loukas Yorkas feat. Stereo Mike "Watch My Dance" English, Greek 133 1

Semi-final 2[edit]

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 grand final.[47] France, Germany and Italy voted in this semi-final.

  Qualifiers
R/O Country[22] Artist Song Language[48] Points Place[51]
1  Bosnia and Herzegovina Dino Merlin "Love in Rewind" English[c] 109 5
2  Austria Nadine Beiler "The Secret Is Love" English 69 7
3  Netherlands 3JS "Never Alone" English 13 19
4  Belgium Witloof Bay "With Love Baby" English 53 11
5  Slovakia Twiins "I'm Still Alive" English 48 13
6  Ukraine Mika Newton "Angel" English 81 6
7  Moldova Zdob și Zdub "So Lucky" English 54 10
8  Sweden Eric Saade "Popular" English 155 1
9  Cyprus Christos Mylordos "San aggelos s'agapisa" (Σαν άγγελος σ'αγάπησα) Greek 16 18
10  Bulgaria Poli Genova "Na inat" (На инат) Bulgarian 48 12
11  Macedonia Vlatko Ilievski "Rusinka" (Русинка) Macedonian, English[d] 36 16
12  Israel Dana International "Ding Dong" Hebrew, English 38 15
13  Slovenia Maja Keuc "No One" English 112 3
14  Romania Hotel FM "Change" English 111 4
15  Estonia Getter Jaani "Rockefeller Street" English 60 9
16  Belarus Anastasia Vinnikova "I Love Belarus" English 45 14
17  Latvia Musiqq "Angel in Disguise" English 25 17
18  Denmark A Friend in London "New Tomorrow" English 135 2
19  Ireland Jedward "Lipstick" English 68 8

Final[edit]

The final took place on 14 May 2011. Only the "Big Five" countries automatically qualified for the grand final. From the two semi-finals on 10 and 12 May 2011, twenty countries qualified for the grand final. A total of twenty-five countries competed in the grand final.[41] 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.[47]

Background music for the show included "Wonderful" by Gary Go.

  Winner
R/O Country[22] Artist Song Language[48] Points Place[52]
1  Finland Paradise Oskar "Da Da Dam" English 57 21
2  Bosnia and Herzegovina Dino Merlin "Love in Rewind" English[c] 125 6
3  Denmark A Friend in London "New Tomorrow" English 134 5
4  Lithuania Evelina Sašenko "C'est ma vie" English[b] 63 19
5  Hungary Kati Wolf "What About My Dreams?" English, Hungarian 53 22
6  Ireland Jedward "Lipstick" English 119 8
7  Sweden Eric Saade "Popular" English 185 3
8  Estonia Getter Jaani "Rockefeller Street" English 44 24
9  Greece Loukas Yorkas feat. Stereo Mike "Watch My Dance" English, Greek 120 7
10  Russia Alexey Vorobyov "Get You" English, Russian 77 16
11  France Amaury Vassili "Sognu" Corsican 82 15
12  Italy Raphael Gualazzi "Madness of Love" Italian, English 189 2
13   Switzerland Anna Rossinelli "In Love for a While" English 19 25
14  United Kingdom Blue "I Can" English 100 11
15  Moldova Zdob și Zdub "So Lucky" English 97 12
16  Germany Lena "Taken by a Stranger" English 107 10
17  Romania Hotel FM "Change" English 77 17
18  Austria Nadine Beiler "The Secret Is Love" English 64 18
19  Azerbaijan Ell and Nikki "Running Scared" English 221 1
20  Slovenia Maja Keuc "No One" English 96 13
21  Iceland Sjonni's Friends "Coming Home" English 61 20
22  Spain Lucía Pérez "Que me quiten lo bailao" Spanish 50 23
23  Ukraine Mika Newton "Angel" English 159 4
24  Serbia Nina "Čaroban" (Чаробан) Serbian 85 14
25  Georgia Eldrine "One More Day" English 110 9

Detailed voting results[edit]

The split jury/televoting results were announced by the EBU after the final. As in 2010, only the split totals received by each country were given, not the full breakdown.[53]

Semi-final 1[edit]

  Qualifiers
Split results of semi-final 1[53]
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1  Greece 133  Lithuania 113  Greece 154
2  Azerbaijan 122  Azerbaijan 109  Azerbaijan 124
3  Finland 103  Iceland 104  Finland 111
4  Iceland 100  Serbia 102  Russia 93
5  Lithuania 81  Finland 86  Georgia 90
6  Georgia 74  Malta 84  Iceland 79
7  Hungary 72   Switzerland 76  Armenia 75
8  Serbia 67  San Marino 74  Hungary 73
9  Russia 64  Greece 74  Norway 56
10   Switzerland 55  Hungary 65  Turkey 54
11  Malta 54[e]  Albania 61  Lithuania 52
12  Armenia 54[e]  Turkey 58   Switzerland 45
13  Turkey 47[f]  Georgia 51  Albania 42
14  Albania 47[f]  Croatia 49  Serbia 42
15  Croatia 41  Armenia 33  Portugal 39
16  San Marino 34  Russia 31  Croatia 32
17  Norway 30  Norway 29  Poland 25
18  Portugal 22  Poland 13  Malta 24
19  Poland 18  Portugal 6  San Marino 8
Detailed voting results of semi-final 1[54][55]
Total score
Poland
Norway
Albania
Armenia
Turkey
Serbia
Russia
Switzerland
Georgia
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[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the first semi-final:

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
 Georgia  Lithuania
 Greece  Portugal
 Hungary  Finland
 Malta  San Marino
 Russia  Armenia

Semi-final 2[edit]

  Qualifiers
Split results of semi-final 2[53]
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1  Sweden 155  Slovenia 146  Sweden 159
2  Denmark 135  Denmark 129  Bosnia and Herzegovina 131
3  Slovenia 112  Sweden 99  Romania 121
4  Romania 111  Austria 95  Denmark 115
5  Bosnia and Herzegovina 109  Romania 85  Ukraine 91
6  Ukraine 81  Estonia 83  Ireland 78
7  Austria 69  Ukraine 76  Slovenia 68
8  Ireland 68  Belgium 71  Moldova 61
9  Estonia 60  Slovakia 71  Belarus 54
10  Moldova 54  Ireland 66  Austria 52
11  Belgium 53  Bosnia and Herzegovina 65  Israel 51
12  Bulgaria 48[g]  Bulgaria 59  Belgium 50
13  Slovakia 48[g]  Moldova 53  Estonia 46
14  Belarus 45  Macedonia 47  Bulgaria 43
15  Israel 38  Belarus 38  Latvia 43
16  Macedonia 36  Israel 36  Slovakia 40
17  Latvia 25  Cyprus 24  Macedonia 33
18  Cyprus 16  Netherlands 22  Cyprus 23
19  Netherlands 13  Latvia 11  Netherlands 17
Detailed voting results of semi-final 2[56][57]
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[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the second semi-final:

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[edit]

  Winner
Split results of the final[53]
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1  Azerbaijan 221  Italy 251  Azerbaijan 223
2  Italy 189  Azerbaijan 182  Sweden 221
3  Sweden 185  Denmark 168  Greece 176
4  Ukraine 159  Slovenia 160  Ukraine 168
5  Denmark 134  Austria 145  United Kingdom 166
6  Bosnia and Herzegovina 125  Ireland 119  Bosnia and Herzegovina 151
7  Greece 120  Ukraine 117  Russia 138
8  Ireland 119  Serbia 111  Georgia 138
9  Georgia 110  Sweden 106  Germany 113
10  Germany 107  Germany 104  Ireland 101
11  United Kingdom 100  Bosnia and Herzegovina 90  Italy 99
12  Moldova 97  France 90  Moldova 98
13  Slovenia 96  Romania 86  Serbia 89
14  Serbia 85  Greece 84  Romania 79
15  France 82  Moldova 82  France 76
16  Russia 77[h]  Georgia 79  Spain 73
17  Romania 77[h]  Finland 75  Hungary 64
18  Austria 64  Estonia 74  Denmark 61
19  Lithuania 63  Iceland 72  Iceland 60
20  Iceland 61  Lithuania 66  Lithuania 55
21  Finland 57  Hungary 60  Finland 47
22  Hungary 53  United Kingdom 57  Slovenia 39
23  Spain 50   Switzerland 53  Estonia 32
24  Estonia 44  Spain 38  Austria 25
25   Switzerland 19  Russia 25   Switzerland 2
Detailed voting results of the final[58][59]
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
Georgia
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

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the grand final:

A record number of 20 countries received at least one set of 12 points during the grand final. The only countries not to receive full marks were Estonia, Russia, Switzerland, Germany and Serbia.

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

Spokespersons[edit]

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. Countries revealed their votes in the following order:

Broadcasts[edit]

Most countries sent commentators to Düsseldorf or commentated from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, the provision of voting information.

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Albania All shows TVSH Leon Menkshi [82]
 Armenia All shows Armenia 1 Artak Vardanyan [hy] [83]
 Austria All shows ORF eins Andi Knoll [84]
Hitradio Ö3 Martin Blumenau [de]
Final Benny Hörtnagl [de]
 Azerbaijan All shows İTV Leyla Aliyeva [85]
 Belarus All shows Belarus-1 Denis Kurian [86]
 Belgium All shows La Une French: Jean-Pierre Hautier and Jean-Louis Lahaye [fr] [87]
één Dutch: Sven Pichal [nl] and André Vermeulen [88]
Radio 2
 Bosnia and Herzegovina All shows BHT 1 Dejan Kukrić [89][90]
 Bulgaria All shows BNT Georgi Kushvaliev and Elena Rosberg
 Croatia All shows HRT 1 Duško Ćurlić
 Cyprus All shows RIK 1 Melina Karageorgiou [91]
 Denmark All shows DR1, DR HD Ole Tøpholm [92][93]
 Estonia All shows ETV Marko Reikop [94][95]
Raadio 2
 Finland All shows YLE TV2, YLE HD Finnish: Tarja Närhi [fi] and Asko Murtomäki [fi] [96][97][98]
YLE FST5 Swedish: Eva Frantz [fi] and Johan Lindroos
YLE Radio Suomi Finnish: Sanna Kojo and Jorma Hietamäki
 France SF2 France Ô Audrey Chauveau [fr] and Bruno Berberes [fr] [99]
Final France 3 Laurent Boyer and Catherine Lara
France Bleu Fred Musa [fr] and Éric Mazet
 Georgia All shows 1TV Sopho Altunashvili
 Germany SF1 Einsfestival, ProSieben Steven Gätjen [100]
SF2/Final Das Erste Peter Urban
Final NDR 2, WDR 1LIVE, hr3 Thomas Mohr, Steffi Neu [de] and Tim Frühling
 Greece All shows NET, ERT HD Maria Kozakou [101]
Deftero Programma
 Hungary All shows m1 Gábor Gundel Takács [hu] [102][103]
 Iceland All shows Sjónvarpið Hrafnhildur Halldorsdóttir [104]
 Ireland Semi-finals RTÉ Two Marty Whelan [105][106]
Final RTÉ One
SF2/Final RTÉ Radio 1 Shay Byrne and Zbyszek Zalinski [107]
 Israel All shows IBA No commentary
 Italy SF2 Rai 5, Rai Radio 2 Raffaella Carrà and Bob Sinclar [108]
Final Rai 2
 Latvia All shows LTV Valters Frīdenbergs and Uģis Joksts [81]
 Lithuania All shows LRT Darius Užkuraitis [109]
 Macedonia All shows MTV 1 Eli Tanaskovska [110]
 Malta All shows TVM Eileen Montesin [111]
 Moldova All shows Moldova 1 Marcel Spătari
 Netherlands All shows Nederland 1 Jan Smit and Daniël Dekker [112][113][114][115]
 Norway All shows NRK1 Olav Viksmo-Slettan [116][117]
 Poland All shows TVP1 Artur Orzech [118]
 Portugal All shows RTP1, RTP HD, RTP Internacional Sílvia Alberto [119]
 Romania All shows TVR 1, TVR HD, TVR Internaţional Liana Stanciu and Bogdan Pavlică [120]
 Russia All shows Channel One Yana Churikova and Yuriy Aksyuta [ru] [121][122]
Final Kirill Nabutov [ru]
 San Marino All shows SMtv San Marino Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo
 Serbia SF1 RTS1 Marina Nikolić [123]
SF2 Dragan Ilić
Final Duška Vučinić-Lučić
All shows Radio Belgrade Tanja Zeljković
 Slovakia All shows Jednotka Roman Bomboš [124]
Rádio FM
 Slovenia Semi-finals TV SLO 2 Andrej Hofer [sl] [125]
Final TV SLO 1
 Spain Semi-finals La 2 José Luis Uribarri [126]
Final La 1, TVE HD, TVE Internacional
 Sweden All shows SVT1 Hélène Benno [sv] and Edward af Sillén [127]
  Switzerland SF1/Final SF zwei German: Sven Epiney [128]
SF1 TSR 2 French: Jean-Marc Richard and Henri Dès [129]
Final French: Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner
Semi-finals RSI La 2 Italian: Jonathan Tedesco
Final RSI La 1
SF1/Final HD suisse No commentary
 Turkey All shows TRT 1 Bülend Özveren and Erhan Konuk [tr] [130]
 Ukraine All shows First National Timur Miroshnychenko and Tetyana Terekhova [131][132][133]
Radio Ukraine Olena Zelinchenko
 United Kingdom Semi-finals BBC Three, BBC HD Scott Mills and Sara Cox [134][135]
Final BBC One, BBC One HD Graham Norton
BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Australia All shows[i] SBS One, SBS HD Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang [136]
 China Final[j] CCTV-15 No commentary
 Faroe Islands All shows[k] SvF Ole Tøpholm [137]
 Greenland Final[l] KNR No commentary [138]
 New Zealand All shows[m] Triangle Stratos No commentary [139]

Incidents[edit]

Technical issues during semi-final 1[edit]

During the first semi-final, many broadcasters lost contact with their commentators due to a technical glitch. Dropouts in the multi-channel sound connections were the cause of this fault, which was corrected, with a second backup system put into place, and tested extensively before the second semi-final.[140]

Other awards[edit]

In addition to the main winner's trophy, the Marcel Bezençon Awards and the Barbara Dex Award were contested during the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. The OGAE, "General Organisation of Eurovision Fans" voting poll also took place before the contest.

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

The Marcel Bezençon Awards, organised since 2002 by Sweden's then-Head of Delegation and 1992 representative Christer Björkman, and 1984 winner Richard Herrey, honours songs in the contest's final.[141] The awards are divided into three categories: Artistic Award, Composers Award, and Press Award.[142]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Songwriter(s)
Artistic Award  Ireland "Lipstick" Jedward
Composers Award  France "Sognu" Amaury Vassili
  • Daniel Moyne
  • Quentin Bachelet
  • Jean-Pierre Marcellesi
  • Julie Miller
Press Award  Finland "Da Da Dam" Paradise Oskar Axel Ehnström

OGAE[edit]

OGAE, an organisation of over forty Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, conducts an annual voting poll first held in 2002 as the Marcel Bezençon Fan Award. After all votes were cast, the top-ranked entry in the 2011 poll was Hungary's "What About My Dreams?" performed by Kati Wolf; the top five results are shown below.[143][144][145]

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[edit]

The Barbara Dex Award is a humorous fan award given to the worst dressed artist each year. Named after Belgium's representative who came last in the 1993 contest, wearing her self-designed dress, the award was handed by the fansite House of Eurovision from 1997 to 2016 and is being carried out by the fansite songfestival.be since 2017.[146]

Place Country Performer(s) Votes
1  Georgia Eldrine 133
2  Ireland Jedward 81
3  Moldova Zdob și Zdub 66
4  Turkey Yüksek Sadakat 61
5  Portugal Homens da Luta 59

Official album[edit]

Cover art of the official album

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 2011 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final.[147]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[148] 2

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes two lines in Albanian
  2. ^ a b Includes two phrases in French; American Sign Language was also used during the live televised performance[50]
  3. ^ a b Contains phrases in Bosnian
  4. ^ Includes two words in Russian
  5. ^ a b Despite finishing with the same number of points as Armenia, Malta is deemed to have finished in eleventh place due to receiving points from a greater number of countries.
  6. ^ a b Despite finishing with the same number of points as Albania, Turkey is deemed to have finished in thirteenth place due to receiving points from a greater number of countries.
  7. ^ a b Despite finishing with the same number of points as Slovakia, Bulgaria is deemed to have finished in thirteenth place due to receiving points from a greater number of countries.
  8. ^ a b Despite finishing with the same number of points as Romania, Russia is deemed to have finished in sixteenth place due to receiving points from a greater number of countries.
  9. ^ Broadcast on 13 May, 14 May and 15 May 2011
  10. ^ Broadcast on 24 January 2014, shortened to two hours and with voting details and interval acts ignored and edited as montages
  11. ^ Broadcast on timeshift with Danish commentary from DR
  12. ^ Broadcast on timeshift
  13. ^ Broadcast on 11 May, 13 May and 15 May 2011

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