The Eurovision Song Contest 2011 was the 56th in the annual, long-running light entertainment show, and was won by Ell & Nikki performing Running Scared for Azerbaijan, making them the first male/female duo to win the title since 1963. The event took place in the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany, following Germany's win in the previous year - with the winning artist, Lena Meyer-Landrut, returning in an attempt to defend her title. This made the 2011 contest the first since 2004 to take place outside of the host nation's capital city, as well as the first for Germany since its reunification.

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. 43 countries participated in the contest, 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 and turning the Big Four into the Big Five. No countries withdrew from the contest.

Format

Presenters

The hosts for the contest were announced on 16 December 2010. Actress and comedian Anke Engelke, journalist and presenter Judith Rakers, and musician Stefan Raab were to host the three shows.[1]

Theme

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"Feel your heart beat!" was the slogan for the 2011 Contest. The logo was a pulsating heart in the colours of the performing country and was designed by London company Turquoise. It was based off a heart gesture made by Lena upon winning the 2010 Contest.[2]

Participants

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 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.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6 Finalists
IconAlbania.png Albania
IconBosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina
IconCroatia.png Croatia
IconNorth Macedonia.png North Macedonia
IconSerbia.png Serbia
IconSlovenia.png Slovenia
IconSwitzerland.png Switzerland
IconDenmark.png Denmark
IconEstonia.png Estonia
IconFinland.png Finland
IconIceland.png Iceland
IconNorway.png Norway
IconSweden.png Sweden
IconAzerbaijan.png Azerbaijan
IconBelarus.png Belarus
IconGeorgia.png Georgia
IconIsrael.png Israel
IconMoldova.png Moldova
IconRussia.png Russia
IconUkraine.png Ukraine
IconArmenia.png Armenia
IconBelgium.png Belgium
IconCyprus.png Cyprus
IconGreece.png Greece
IconThe Netherlands.png The Netherlands
IconTurkey.png Turkey
IconIreland.png Ireland
IconLatvia.png Latvia
IconLithuania.png Lithuania
IconMalta.png Malta
IconPortugal.png Portugal
IconRomania.png Romania
IconAustria.png Austria
IconBulgaria.png Bulgaria
IconHungary.png Hungary
IconPoland.png Poland
IconSan Marino.png San Marino
IconSlovakia.png Slovakia
IconGermany.png Germany (Host)
IconFrance.png France
IconItaly.png Italy
IconSpain.png Spain
IconUnited Kingdom.png United Kingdom

Pre-Allocations

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.

Semi Final One

IconSpain.png Spain and the IconUnited Kingdom.png United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconPoland.png Poland Magdalena Tul Jestem Polish I am 19 18
02 IconNorway.png Norway Stella Mwangi Haba Haba English, Swahili Little by little 17 30
03 IconAlbania.png Albania Aurela Gaçe Feel the Passion English, Albanian -- 14 47
04 IconArmenia.png Armenia Emmy Boom Boom English -- 12 54
05 IconTurkey.png Turkey Yüksek Sadakat Live It Up -- 13 47
06 IconSerbia.png Serbia Nina Čaroban Serbian Magical 8 67
07 IconRussia.png Russia Alexej Vorobjov Get You English, Russian -- 9 64
08 IconSwitzerland.png Switzerland Anna Rossinelli In Love for a While English -- 10 55
09 IconGeorgia.png Georgia Eldrine One More Day -- 6 74
10 IconFinland.png Finland Paradise Oskar Da Da Dam -- 3 103
11 IconMalta.png Malta Glen Vella One Life -- 11 54
12 IconSan Marino.png San Marino Senit Stand By -- 16 34
13 IconCroatia.png Croatia Daria Celebrate -- 15 41
14 IconIceland.png Iceland Sjonni's Friends Coming Home -- 4 100
15 IconHungary.png Hungary Kati Wolf What About My Dreams? English, Hungarian -- 7 72
16 IconPortugal.png Portugal Homens da Luta A luta é alegria Portuguese The struggle is joy 18 22
17 IconLithuania.png Lithuania Evelina Sašenko C'est ma vie English It's my life 5 81
18 IconAzerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Ell/Nikki Running Scared -- 2 122
19 IconGreece.png Greece Loukas Giorkas ft. Stereo Mike Watch My Dance English, Greek -- 1 133

Semi Final Two

IconGermany.png Germany, IconItaly.png Italy and IconFrance.png France voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconBosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina Dino Merlin Love in Rewind English, Bosnian -- 5 109
02 IconAustria.png Austria Nadine Beiler The Secret Is Love English -- 7 69
03 IconThe Netherlands.png The Netherlands

3JS

Never Alone

-- 19 13
04 IconBelgium.png Belgium Witloof Bay With Love Baby -- 11 53
05 IconSlovakia.png Slovakia TWiiNS I'm Still Alive -- 13 48
06 IconUkraine.png Ukraine Mika Newton Angel -- 6 81
07 IconMoldova.png Moldova Zdob şi Zdub So Lucky -- 10 54
08 IconSweden.png Sweden Eric Saade Popular -- 1 155
09 IconCyprus.png Cyprus Christos Mylordos San Aggelos S'agapisa Greek I loved you like an angel 18 16
10 IconBulgaria.png Bulgaria Poli Genova Na inat Bulgarian With stubbornness 12 48
11 IconNorth Macedonia.png North Macedonia Vlatko Illievski Rusinka Macedonian Russian girl 16 36
12 IconIsrael.png Israel Dana International Ding Dong Hebrew, English -- 15 38
13 IconSlovenia.png Slovenia Maja Keuc No One English -- 3 112
14 IconRomania.png Romania Hotel FM Change -- 4 111
15 IconEstonia.png Estonia Getter Jaani Rockefeller Street -- 9 60
16 IconBelarus.png Belarus Anastasia Vinnikova I Love Belarus -- 14 45
17 IconLatvia.png Latvia Musiqq Angel in Disguise -- 17 25
18 IconDenmark.png Denmark A Friend in London New Tomorrow -- 2 135
19 IconIreland.png Ireland Jedward Lipstick -- 8 68

Grand Final

All countries voted in this show.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconFinland.png Finland Paradise Oskar Da Da Dam English -- 21 57
02 IconBosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina Dino Merlin Love in Rewind English, Bosnian -- 6 125
03 IconDenmark.png Denmark A Friend in London New Tomorrow English -- 5 134
04 IconLithuania.png Lithuania Evelina Sašenko C'est ma vie It's My Life 19 63
05 IconHungary.png Hungary Kati Wolf What About My Dreams? English, Hungarian -- 22 53
06 IconIreland.png Ireland Jedward Lipstick English -- 8 119
07 IconSweden.png Sweden Eric Saade Popular -- 3 185
08 IconEstonia.png Estonia Getter Jaani Rockefeller Street -- 24 44
09 IconGreece.png Greece Loukas Giorkas ft. Stereo Mike Watch My Dance English, Greek -- 7 120
10 IconRussia.png Russia Alexej Vorobjov Get You English -- 16 77
11 IconFrance.png France Amaury Vassili Sognu Corsican Dream 15 82
12 IconItaly.png Italy Raphael Gualazzi Madness of Love English, Italian -- 2 189
13 IconSwitzerland.png Switzerland Anna Rossinelli In Love for a While English -- 25 19
14 IconUnited Kingdom.png United Kingdom Blue I Can -- 11 100
15 IconMoldova.png Moldova Zdob şi Zdub So Lucky -- 12 97
16 IconGermany.png Germany Lena Meyer-Landrut Taken By A Stranger -- 10 107
17 IconRomania.png Romania Hotel FM Change -- 17 77
18 IconAustria.png Austria Nadine Beiler The Secret Is Love -- 18 64
19 IconAzerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Ell/Nikki Running Scared -- 1 221
20 IconSlovenia.png Slovenia Maja Keuc No One -- 13 96
21 IconIceland.png Iceland Sjonni's Friends Coming Home -- 20 61
22 IconSpain.png Spain Lucía Pérez Que me quiten lo bailao Spanish They can't take the fun away from me 23 50
23 IconUkraine.png Ukraine Mika Newton Angel English -- 4 159
24 IconSerbia.png Serbia Nina Čaroban Serbian Magical 14 85
25 IconGeorgia.png Georgia Eldrine One More Day English -- 9 110

Withdrawing

Other Countries

Trivia

  • None of the contestants sang in French that year, except for a line in the chorus of Lithuania's entry. France sang their entry in Corsican.
  • This marked the first time Armenia and Turkey failed to qualify to the grand final. In addition, both countries would've qualified if it was televote-only.
  • With 43.85% of the possible points, Running Scared has the lowest winning percentage in the twelve-point era.
  • If the scores were converted to the scoring system used from 2016 onwards, Switzerland would be the only entry in the grand final below 100 points.

References (if any)

Videos

Eurovision_Song_Contest_2011_-_Grand_Final_-_Full_Show

Eurovision Song Contest 2011 - Grand Final - Full Show

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