Germany: Taken By A Stranger to Düsseldorf!

Germany: Taken By A Stranger to Düsseldorf!
Lena - the German participant for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. Photo by Indrek Galetin (EBU)
Cologne, Germany -

After an exciting evening in the TV-studios in Cologne, the German song for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest is now known: Lena will sing Taken By A Stranger in Düsseldorf on the 14th of May which got the highest number of televotes and sms-votes in tonight's final! It will be the second consecutive time the teenager will represent Germany in Europe's favourite TV-show after having won the event with Satellite last year!

Only weeks after her victory in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, it was internally decided that Lena would defend her title on home soil in Germany. This decision was heavily discussed in all German media as it is the first time since 1958 that a winner would defend her title in the next year. However, Lena's popularity in Germany soon silenced all critics and it was decided that two semi-finals and a final would decide about the German song in Düsseldorf. Over 5000 songs were entered which were whittled down to twelve for the semi-finals.

Out of these twelve, six songs made it to the grand final tonight, but only one could be crowned the winner. Only televote and sms-vote prevailed.

In the first round of voting, all six songs could be voted for:

  • Maybe (composed by Daniel Schaub & Pär Lammers)
  • What Happened To Me (composed by Lena Meyer-Landrut & Stefan Raab)
  • Push Forward (composed by Daniel Schaub & Pär Lammers)
  • Mama Told Me (composed by Lena Meyer-Landrut & Stefan Raab)
  • A Million And One (composed by Errol Rennalls & Stavros Ioannou)
  • Taken By A Stranger (composed by Gus Seyffert, Nicole Morier & Monica Birkenes)

Two songs went on to the superfinal and the second round of voting was between those two:

  • Push Forward (composed by Daniel Schaub & Pär Lammers) 21%
  • Taken By A Stranger (composed by Gus Seyffert, Nicole Morier & Monica Birkenes) 79%

Ultimately, it was Taken By A Stranger that got the biggest appreciation from German televoters, and will now be the country's representative In Düsseldorf!

The jury in tonight's final consisted of three people: Stefan Raab as chairman, TV host Barbara Schöneberger and Adel Tawil from the group Ich & Ich. They commented on the songs, but didn't have any voting rights.

The presenters of the show were Sabine Heinrich and Matthias Opdenhövel who already presented the semi-finals.

After the final, the composers of the winning song were asked about their feelings:

Nicole Morier:

"Having one of my songs submitted to Eurovision is a dream come true. It's
especially sweet to me that it's as German entry as I always considered
Germany my second home and living there had such a profound impact on me
both personally and musically. I'm so thrilled to be a part of such a great
legacy of music! Lena is an incredible young talent. I love her performance of the song and
I'm sure she's gonna kick ass in Düsseldorf!"

Gus Seyffert:

"I'm really excited that the song won! It's hard to believe it. Im glad it's
for Germany as my roots are mostly German. It's funny to me that there's
such a thing as a contest for song writing. But I'm very grateful that a
lot of people will get to hear a song I helped write.

As I recall, we just sat down and thought up a tempo and some chords to
sing along to. We programed a beat and I played a quick bass and guitar
track. We then took turns singing melody idea's. Monica sang them down and
once we had a melody we started working on lyrics. We decided to go with a
story about meeting or seeing a stranger who might seem a little dangerous
or who the singer might be dangerous to. I think it's about living out a
fantasy of being with a stranger, but its open to interpretation. After
Monica left I worked on the track for several days."

Monica Birkenes:

"Good news! Go Lena..Germany will definitely be getting my Norwegian vote
this year!"

Germany has been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since its beginning in 1956 and just missed out on one occasion in 1996. The country has won the contest twice: 1982 with Nicole and last year with Lena.


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  • Posted on 27/April 2011 at 19:57
    Haha, @RemediosAmaya
    we have the same opinion
    I agree completely
    like the dark and mysterious side of the song report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23/April 2011 at 22:41
    i love this song, i like it even more than satellite which i already loved. it is electro, it is a bit dark and mysterious, it is very different from sattelite(something which is positive) and very different from the average pop esc entries. i think it can score really high!! good luck lena and germany! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23/April 2011 at 22:23
    this song isn't catchy at all! I hope this song wont take a good place like the last year when she won(an undeserved victory ,in my opinion).She comes only with mediocre songs. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/April 2011 at 20:53
    Last year's win was a suprise to me. Satellite was not one of my favourites. This year's song is totally boring. It looks like Germany is not aiming on a second win. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/April 2011 at 19:15
    I don't like this song at all!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9/April 2011 at 12:38
    I like this song...
    ...and Lena too in this. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4/April 2011 at 23:16
    last year ı hate lena 's song.ı culdnt believe that she won. But ı like this song. ıt's her style report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4/April 2011 at 18:34
    Both the singer and the song are very well matched, but I do not believe that there will be enough people voting for this song. I would like to thank all voters from Germany for being brave enough in choosing this entry for ESC. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3/April 2011 at 18:00
    12 points to Germany)))

    10 points to United Kingdom

    8 points to Ukraine

    7 points to France

    6 points to Hungary report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1/April 2011 at 09:50
    I like the song's rhythm and Lena's voice but it's very monotonous! "Taken by a stranger" won't be the winner. Anyway, good luck! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1/April 2011 at 06:37
    lovely Lena is lovely as well..good luck :))i like this song, report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31/March 2011 at 20:02
    Let us share the moment (once again)! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31/March 2011 at 16:12
    sorry but i think that this song is disgusting.....sorry lena :( report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31/March 2011 at 09:56
    Great great song. Lena is brilliant! But won't win, I think. Anyway good luck! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30/March 2011 at 19:24
    Excuse me guys please ... but I do not like this song. sorry .. but anyway good luck in Germany) report to the moderator