Tonight in Dusseldorf, before a worldwide audience, a new victor of the Eurovision Song Contest was crowned. Azerbaijan won a contest which was close for a while, but eventually saw Ell and Nikki move away from the pack to forever go down in history as the winner of the biggest musical event on the planet.
With the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest final kicking off in just a few hours EuroVisionary can now bring you videos from all 25 participating countries in their dress rehearsal. This is your chance to see them all as it will look tonight.
The day has finally arrived and you can feel the excitement in the air; the buzz around the city is fantastic; it's most entertaining to see the hordes of teenage Jedward fans making their way to the Arena today to see the 3rd dress rehearsal. With not that many ballads among the line up, we're in for an entertaining evening!
The 2nd Dress Rehearsal for the final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest took place this evening. The jury will be voting on the show tonight. It was also another opportunity for participants and technical aspects to be perfected for the final tomorrow night at 21:00 CET.
After two very exciting semi finals today it was finally time for the 25 finalists first dress rehearsal. Now they need to rise their standards a couple of notches even though many of the artists seemed to save both energy and their voices for tomorrow's big show.
As always during the last week of Eurovision Song Contest EBU hosted a press conference together with the host broadcaster, this year being the German broadcaster NDR. The two main subjects up for discussion was what has happened so far during this years Eurovision Song Contest and what exciting news we can look forward to in the future.
Months of hard work and preparation for 19 countries all came down to this, the first semi-final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. By the end of the evening, ten would be celebrating a place in the final, and nine would be licking their wounds.
With the first semi-final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest being only a few hours away you can now warm up with our videos from the dress rehearsal. This is the closest you get to seeing the show in advance.
The final dress rehearsal for the 1st semi final took place at 15:00 pm. This was the final chance for the acts and technicians to get everything prepared for tonight's big show. Here are some opinions of the final rehearsal.
At 21.00 it was time for the second dress rehearsal of the first semi final. It was another opportunity for the artists to tweak their performances and the organizers to get all the technical bits into place. Here are some reflections from this rehearsal.