Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Final
For the first time since 1983, Germany is the proud host of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011. It's the city of Düsseldorf that won the internal contest in the country to have the event in the beautiful and modern city.
A total of forty-three countries took part in the contest that was held in the German city of Düsseldorf. While initially several cities had been in the running to host the contest, it was Düsseldorf that emerged as the winner.
The biggest news of this contest was the return of Italy, after more than ten years. They went on to take the second placing in the final result with the jazz entry 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 in Lena’s winning team from 2010.
About the winner
After all 43 countries had presented their awarded points, the country with the highest amount of points won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest - Azerbaijan's Ell/Nikki triumphed, followed by Italy's Raphael Gualazzi and Sweden's Eric Saade. It was the very first victory for Azerbaijan and meant that the contest would go to its most Easter location in the history the following year.
- The broadcast of the 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.