The 2011 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final!

The 2011 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final!
The stage in the Düsseldorf Arena. Photo by Pieter Van Den Berghe (EBU)
Düsseldorf Arena -

Tonight at 21:00 CET the Final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the Düsseldorf Arena. 25 countries are being represented, and the viewers in 43 countries will be able to cast their votes by televoting right from the beginning of the show. Watch the Grand Final live online on's own WebTV player!

Watched by an audience of 38,000 in the Düsseldorf Arena and more than 120 million TV viewers in front of their TV sets in over 45 countries, the Final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will be held tonight, starting at 21:00 CET.

25 countries will be represented in tonight's Final, 20 of which have qualified in one of the Semi-Finals, held on May 10th and 12th, and 5 being directly qualified for the show: the host country, Germany, as well as the rest of the so-called "Big Five", The United Kingdom, Spain, France and Italy.

Just like last year, the Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted by a trio: Stefan Raab, Anke Engelke and Judith Rakers will guide you through the show.

You will be able to cast your vote right from the beginning of the show by SMS or phone in all 43 participating countries. The televote will account for 50% of each national vote, with the remaining 50% being determined by 5-member expert juries in each participating country. The combined vote of each nation will be transformed to the Eurovision scheme, with 12 points to the first placed entry, 10 to the second placed one, and then from 8 down to 1 point from the 3rd to the 10th place, and then they will be announced live on air by spokespersons from each country.

The national expert jurys consist only of music experts and professional artists.

The order in which the countries will announce their votes tonight changed from last year. The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest commented on it: "This year we are doing the voting sequence a little differently. For the viewers at home it will look the same, but we are actually calculating, how, based on the juries votes given the day before the Final. We are calculating the order of the spokespersons and this is done to create more suspense."

Among the spokespersons are some familiar faces and real stars: Dima Bilan, who won the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, will announce the Russian points, while Ruslana, who was the winner in 2004, will announce the points from Ukraine. Other known names in the line-up for the spokespersons are Mandy Huydts (part of the Dutch group Frizzle Sizzle who participated in 1986), Safura (last year's Azerbaijani entry), Sofia Nizharadze (the Georgian entry from last year), Geta Burlacu (Moldova's singer in 2008) and Italian superstar Raffaella Carrà.

You can find more information about tonight's participants on our Event page for the Grand Final.

Watch the Grand Final live online on's own ESCTV player! Be sure to try out its new feature Live Pause And Rewind (DVR), too. It allows you to enjoy parts of the show again by rewinding the webcast to any desired position within 30 minutes and go on watching the live webstream whenever the part you wanted to see again is over. Of course, the whole Grand Final will be available on-demand when it has finished.

Have fun tonight, and don't forget to vote!

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  • Posted on 18 May 2011 at 21:18
    Lena from Germany was good enough too!!!She was very sexy and serious in the same time!!!We left her a girl last year(and believe me i didn't like she won last year!),we found her a complete,serious woman!!!!!!That's fine!!!And thanks Germany for your 10 points and your extremely powerfull show!!!!Let us have an epic contest next year in Baku 2012!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 May 2011 at 18:21
    Thanks a lot everyone and for your support) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 May 2011 at 17:07
  • Posted on 17 May 2011 at 23:44
    Congratulations Azerbaijan!!!!
    Honestly, all the spiteful comments and political theories going around are ridiculous and hateful. All Europeans should pride in Eurovision and see it as a show of unity and peace. The ones that make the show political and unfair are the fans that cannot accept the fact that a country wins and that look for flaws in the show, completely disregarding the public vote. If Azerbaijan won is because Europe voted for this entry. Furthermore, although it is frowned upon, neighbors vote for each other because they can relate to each other and listen to the same artist and such, and although this affect the position in which countries place, it does not determine the winner! Azerbaijan was continuously getting votes even if they were not all 8, 10, or 12 and yes, there were great songs, but theirs was among the best ones! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 May 2011 at 18:13
    I just can repeat it again and again...


    Everyone of you should think about its actions. Even if you don't like the result and absolutely can't understand it, then tell it whomsoever, but PLEASE, be clever enough to understand what the MEDIA is doing.. that there all are just telling lies and talking shit to make you all beastly. SO .. stop being stupid and insult the poeple or country severely!

    MAKE LOVE , NO WAR! ♥ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 May 2011 at 14:46
    Eurovision x-fan
    I think you have a point. I mean: the last country, that won the ESC with song in native language was Serbia, I guess it was "Molitva", am I right?

    Guys! Stop writing about political connections! It's the same for years and we can't do anything about it! Besides, I think this year's ESC was more objective than 2010. Azerbaijan won and I'm really happy for them, even if my favourite song didn't win. Congratulations, Azerbaijan! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 May 2011 at 12:08
    "Azerbaijan"- this word is sounded every where by everyone. Thanks Europa report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 May 2011 at 12:51
    Great show Germany, the best!

    THANK YOU EUROPE for 96 points!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 May 2011 at 11:55
    Bulgaria was ROBBED!!!!!!!!!! Cyprus and Latvia was ROBBED too!!! Great songs, great live performances!!! The Eurovision SONG Contest is a big JOKE!!! Rules suck!!! What Moldova doing on the finals??? :O Are you kidding us? If this three songs was sung from other countries they will go to the finals! Azerbaijan song is not bad ,but it's not N1 too. Just they put a lot money last year for Safura and now ESC return the favor! And why Azerbaijan start to build a hall before to know the winner??? Eurovision ,why you fool the people? The money which you take it's not enough for you? It's no more Eurovision SONG Contest, it's Eurovision Political Contest! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 May 2011 at 11:14
    Hallo Europe!!! Thanks for voting for us, for Ell/Nikki. See you in Azerbaijan 2012 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 May 2011 at 10:52
    Congratulations to my country ROMANIA, Hotel FM as well as english native singer from the band, David Bryan, today Romanian citizen.

    I am ROMANIAN, but I like very much Hungarian song.It is a shame a beautiful song like this was just at 22 place.SINCERLY CONGRATULATIONS Hungary and KATI WOLF.

    First:May I hope, welcoming the return of Italy after 15 years, geographically vote disappear forever.But it was not so.Azerbaijan ok, congratulations, but here is EUROVISION, no Asiavision. Azerbaijan is not geographically, historically, culturally in Europe. Italy was right when he retired 15 years ago, disgusted by regional vote detrimental of quality of the music.

    Second:Other songs that I like, besides that of my country ROMANIA, are those of our neighbor Hungary - is "especially " singer woman Kati Wolf-CONGRATULATIONS, Greece, Spain. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2011 at 23:31
    The most watched programme in the United Kingdom by far this week, now thats what I call an acheivement, well done Eurovision report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2011 at 21:50
    Congratulations to Ajerbaijan, Sweden and Greece. Lucas you were great. It;s a pity Finland,Hungary, UK and Switcherland didn't do better. Sorry but second place to Italy? This song was just to boring. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2011 at 21:42
    My dears Eldar and Nigar I love you so so so soooooo much you are best!I'm always trust you!Good D
    Good Good:))))) Thank you my God thank you!In 2012 Europe will be in Baku my God :))))))) It's amazing Azerbaijan love you Europe!I'm so happy.Bravo Nikki and Ell bravo superrrrrrr:) Inwallah we will win our enemy and our Qarabag!
    See You in Baku all europe!Congrulation Azerbaijan Congrulation my mother land!You are number 1 Bravoooooooo:))))) Tebrikler bir daha tebrikler :)))))))) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 May 2011 at 21:00
    hey, Guys! It is not a "fraud", it is not "a scandal" and it is not "a shame" that millions of people voted like they wanted to. Though it might be a pity that your favourite is not the winner, the top 5 or somewhere else accept the winner and don't cry like a little baby, who has lost his toy.
    And Greece: please stop talking about political or neighbour voting. It is your country which year after year recieves 12 points from Cyprus! Accept that there might be countries with other tastes and preferences. report to the moderator