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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

Logo

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

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

Semi Final Two

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

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

3JS

Never Alone

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

Grand Final

All countries voted in this show.

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

Withdrawing

Other Countries

References (if any)

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