Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Final

For the first time since 1983, Germany hosted the Eurovision Song Contest. The 2011 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Düsseldorf following an open selection process.

A total of forty-three countries took part in the 2011 contest held in Düsseldorf. The city emerged as the winner of an open selection process which saw several cities compete for the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest.

The biggest news of this contest was the return of Italy, after more than ten years. Italy joined France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom to form the so-called Big Five countries that have automatic qualification to the Grand Final. Italy went on to take second place in the Grand Final with the song Madness Of Love by Raphael Gualazzi.

One of the most famous German comediennes, Anke Engelke, TV anchor Judith Rakers and all-round showman Stefan Raab hosted the event. Raab had also been part of Lena’s winning team in 2010.

About the winner

Azerbaijan's Ell and Nikki triumphed in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. Italy's Raphael Gualazzi finished second and Sweden's Eric Saade finished third. It was the very first victory for Azerbaijan and meant that the contest would go to its most eastern location in the history of the competition the following year.

Facts and figures

  • The broadcast of the Grand Final won the Rose d'Or award for Best Live Event.
  • Lena, the winner of the previous year, came back to defend her title with the song Taken By A Stranger. She ended up 10th in the final.
  • The UK was represented by a high-profile act in 2011, Blue. The group finished 11th in the Grand Final with I Can.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 14 May 2011


Fortuna Düsseldorf Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany


Ell/Nikki from Azerbaijan




Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers, Stefan Raab

Executive Producer

Ralf Quibeldey, Thomas Schreiber

EBU Scrutineer

Jon Ola Sand

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Paradise Oskar Da Da Dam
Axel Ehnström
057 21
02 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaBHRT
Dino Merlin Love In Rewind
Dino Merlin
125 06
03 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
A Friend In London New Tomorrow
Lise Cabble & Jakob Schack Gl...
134 05
04 Lithuania
Flag of LithuaniaLRT
Evelina Sašenko C'est Ma Vie
Paulius Zdanavičius Andrius Kairys
063 19
05 Hungary
Flag of HungaryMTV
Kati Wolf What About My Dreams?
Viktor Rakonczai, Gergő Rácz Péter Geszti, Johnny K. Palmer
053 22
06 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Jedward Lipstick
Daniel Priddy, Lars Halvor Jen...
119 08
07 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Eric Saade Popular
Fredrik Kempe
185 03
08 Estonia
Flag of EstoniaERR
Getter Jaani Rockefeller Street
Sven Lõhmus
044 24
09 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Loucas Yiorkas feat. Stereo Mike Watch My Dance
Giannis Christodoulopoulos Eleana Vrachali
120 07
10 Russia
Flag of RussiaC1R
Alexej Vorobjov Get You
Alexej Vorobjov, RedOne, AJ Ju...
077 16
11 France
Flag of FranceFrance 3
Amaury Vassili Sognu
Daniel Moyne, Quentin Bachelet Jean-Pierre Marcellesi, Julie ...
082 15
12 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Raphael Gualazzi Madness Of Love
Raffaele Gualazzi
189 02
13 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSRG SSR idée suisse
Anna Rossinelli In Love For A While
David Klein
019 25
14 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Blue I Can
Ciaron Bell, Ben Collier, Ian ...
100 11
15 Moldova
Flag of MoldovaTRM
Zdob și Zdub So Lucky
Mihai Gincu, Marc Elsner Andy Schuman, Marc Elsner
097 12
16 Germany
Flag of GermanyNDR
Lena Taken By A Stranger
Gus Seyffert, Nicole Morier, M...
107 10
17 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Hotel FM Change
Gabriel Băruţa Alexandra Ivan, Gabriel Băruţa
077 17
18 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Nadine Beiler The Secret Is Love
Thomas Rabitsch Nadine Beiler
064 18
19 Azerbaijan
Flag of Azerbaijanİctimai
Ell/Nikki Running Scared
Stefan Örn (Razor Boy Music P... Stefan Örn (Razor Boy Music P...
221 01
20 Slovenia
Flag of SloveniaRTVSLO
Maja Keuc No One
Matjaž Vlašič Urša Vlašič
096 13
21 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Sjonni's Friends Coming Home
Sjonni Brink Thorunn Clausen and Sjonni Brink
061 20
22 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Lucía Pérez Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao - They Can't Take The Fun Away From Me
Rafael Artesero
050 23
23 Ukraine
Flag of UkraineNTU
Mika Newton Angel
Ruslan Kvinta Maryna Skomorohova
159 04
24 Serbia
Flag of SerbiaRTS
Nina Čaroban
Kristina Kovač
085 14
25 Georgia
Flag of GeorgiaGPB
Eldrine One More Day
DJ BE$$ DJ Rock, Mikheil Chelidze
110 09


Participant Albania Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia & Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Denmark Estonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Latvia Lithuania Malta Moldova Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia San Marino Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Points Place
Finland Finland
572103112575 57 21
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
7122712573441212812810 125 6
Denmark Denmark
1731076121210657346810125 134 5
Lithuania Lithuania
21210731212716 63 19
Hungary Hungary
22122578654 53 22
Ireland Ireland
4723121084108168712512 119 8
Sweden Sweden
43445410101266101610741263103161104510413 185 3
Estonia Estonia
2277547622 44 24
Greece Greece
1078810123610821888326 120 7
Russia Russia
48454254513186548 77 16
France France
251246742121112233105 82 15
Italy Italy
126613661613873104351210101010612231247 189 2
Switzerland Switzerland
5410 19 25
United Kingdom United Kingdom
625212435122611053741342163 100 11
Moldova Moldova
57714548845127578 97 12
Germany Germany
108531834668254736873 107 10
Romania Romania
16106411161212845 77 17
Austria Austria
3753121312223547112 64 18
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
88638108856857842812108810121073161210 221 1
Slovenia Slovenia
3121267210162333145110122 96 13
Iceland Iceland
1681258421104 61 20
Spain Spain
544121252231 50 23
Ukraine Ukraine
31212108557107774827210612627 159 4
Serbia Serbia
117108823566510463 85 14
Georgia Georgia
10101213852127767812 110 9