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Toys take the stage at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Junior Eurovision with toys © Alexandro Kröger Degerfeldt

Alexandro is a 19-year old student from Sweden and the producer of this project. The idea came up when he watched the contest in 2004 and then he started building small stages for his toy figures. One day, he placed a camera in front of them and started playing Junior Eurovision.

Winners of the past five Eurovision as interval act in the second semi-final

2007-2001 Eurovision Winners {eurovision.az}

Local and foreign dance groups, singers and DJs will perform during the opening ceremony and interval acts during both semi-finals and the final. Today it was announced that the previous five winners of the contest will perform at the interval act show in the second semi-final.

More Votes are Added to OGAE 2012 Poll - Loreen is Still in the Lead

OGAE logo

The official fan club of the Eurovision Song Contest, OGAE, has opened its annual poll to predict the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest winner. Loreen was in the lead after 6 clubs votes, we have reached 14 out of 41 club results but nothing has changed in the leader's position.

Armenia withdraws from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Armenian Eurovision logo ©  eurovision.am

After days with speculations about what Armenia would do with the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest the official annoucement of the country's withdrawal came this morning. As Armenia was drawn in the second semi-final this leaves two semi-finals with 18 each. 

Armenian Selections to be Shaped at the End of January - Sirusho and Babayant Lucina is on the Lips!

Sirusho ©  Ian Fowell, EuroVisionary

After a long speculating period in Armenia, ARM TV has confirmed its participation in a rival country, Azerbaijan. The details of the act will be announced at the end of January. Rumours suggest that the Lucia Moon and 2008 representative Sirusho will represent the country.

The 57th Eurovision Song Contest will feature the participation of 43 countries

Eurovision Song Contest 2012 ©  EBU

The EBU has announced that a total of 43 countries will participate in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku the next 22, 24 and 26 of May. It confirms the participation of Armenia, the return of Montenegro after three years of absence and the withdrawal of Poland.

Dalita to represent host country Armenia at Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Dalita © eurovision.am

Armenia has selected their 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Contest entry. After winning the national final, Dalita will quite apropriate sing Welcome to Armenia at the contest to be held in Yerevan. 16 acts performed in the national final, that was hosted by Vladimir Arzumanyan, the Junior Eurovision 2010 winner.

Sirusho launches new single & video

Sirusho ©  www.sirusho.am

Sirusho, who represented Armenia at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, has released a brand new single in English and it is called, I Like It.  She will shortly release a promotional video for this upbeat dance song.  I Like It is available now on iTunes.

Armenia demands more safety guarantees before they will confirm participation in Baku 2012

Armenia - Azerbaijan friendly flags ©  crossed-flag-pins.com

The tension between Armenia and next year's host country of the Eurovision Song Contest is not yet settled. The head of ARM TV council, Alexan Harutyunyan, has stormed out by stating "We don't need Azerbaijan's half guarantees.". He wants some more solid guarantees before he can confirm his country's participation. 

2011 - 1st Semi-Final

2011 logo ©  EBU
Basic information
Date: 
10 May 2011
Contest type: 
Semi-Final 1
Venue: 
Fortuna Düsseldorf Arena (Espirit Arena)
Broadcaster: 
NDR
Presenter(s): 
Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers, Stefan Raab
Other shows this year: 
About the contest: 

Germany hosted the contest for the first time in 28 years. Last time, in 1983, the most memorable aspect of the contest was the thrice repetition of everything that was said (in German, English and French), making the contest seem a lot longer than the three hours, 20 minutes in actually lasted. This time round, the presentation was much less formal, much more relaxed and one of the more entertaining presentations in recent years. Actress Judith Rakers brought an air of professionalism to proceedings, while comedian Anke Engelke and Stefan Raab, already known to fans as a bit of a joker, brought some slapstick to the show. It was a welcome break from the straight-laced approach usually adopted by Executive Producers.

The arena chosen by NDR is usually associated with football matches, being the home of Bundesliga team, Fortuna Dusseldorf. However, it was built as a multi-purpose stadium and so was easily converted into an arena fit for the world’s biggest musical event. The Green Room, where the singers hung out when they were not on stage, was hidden at the back of the stage and revealed in spectacular fashion at the start of the voting.

Just when you thought the contest was shredding its image as home of the daft song title, along came the 2011 version to relight the unjustified reputation. There was a Haba, Haba, Boom Boom, Da Da Dam and a Ding Dong.

The biggest story of the contest was a very tragic one. The Icelandic song, Coming Home, was written by Sjonni Brink. He was also due to perform the song himself in the Icelandic semi-finals, but died before they took place. Instead of withdrawing the song, six of his friends came together to perform the song in his memory. They proved to be an unstoppable force as they won the right to represent Iceland in Dusseldorf. Sentiment can be a powerful emotion which some felt could have given Iceland its first victory. In the end, despite a strong and professional performance which would have made Sjonni proud, reaching the final was as good as it got. 

Every contest usually sees accusations of plagiarism, and 2011 was no different. The band representing Denmark, A Friend In London, had no sooner won the Danish final than videos were being posted on contest related sites which showed more than a passing similarity between their song, New Tomorrow, and three or four other songs. As is not uncommon, no official complaint was received by the EBU so the fuss soon died down.

While Denmark managed to have no problems where there may have been some, the Belarusians were not so lucky. They selected Anastasiya Vinnikova to sing a very patriotic song called Born in Byelorussia. However, the lyrics didn’t pass the political content test and so Anastasiya was sent to Dusseldorf with the equally patriotic but less political I Love Belarus.

For the first time since the very early days of the Eurovision Song Contest, the winner of the previous year came back to defend her title. Lena made it known soon after Satellite had given her and Germany victory that she would welcome the opportunity to participate again in Dusseldorf. This was an offer that NDR didn’t turn down, and so songs were commissioned for the German public to choose for her.

After many years of campaigning by fans, Italian broadcaster, RAI, submitted an entry for the first time since 1997. A continuation of the return of one of the favourite Eurovision countries may be in doubt due to the low viewing figures in Italy, especially in the second semi-final in which they voted. Italy was not the only nation to enter the contest after an absence, San Marino entered for the second time, Hungary also came back into the fold and Austria also entered again having dropped out after the 2007 contest. All in all, this brought a field of 43 delegations to Germany to fight it out.

The winner of the 1998 contest, Dana International came back to try again. Other returning acts were Dino Merlin and Zdob și Zdub. Some of the acts were already known to the viewers. Blue put their credibility on the line for the United Kingdom, while Jedwood tried to gain some by ‘singing’ for Ireland.

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