Allemagne 2011

Germany hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf and selected their song through a national final, organised by German broadcaster NDR which is part of ARD. In June 2010, ARD announced that Lena Meyer-Landrut would represent Germany at the contest again.

Unser Song für Deutschland

Titlecard of « Unser Song für Deutschland »

At the winner’s press conference of Eurovision 2010, Stefan Raab announced that Lena Meyer-Landrut would represent Germany in 2011 to defend her title.[1] ARD didn’t, however, confirm the news until 30 June.[2][clarification needed] In December 2010, ARD’s head of entertainment Thomas Schreiber said in an interview that the song would be selected via televoting during three live shows, two semi-finals broadcast by ProSieben and the final on Das Erste (ARD), thereby confirming earlier media reports.[3] As confirmed by NDR, these three shows were held on 31 January and 7 February (semi-finals) and 18 February (final) with six songs been presented in each of the two semi-finals the half of which proceeded to the final.[4]

Like one year earlier, the three shows were presented by Sabine Heinrich and Matthias Opdenhövel.[5] On 27 January, ARD announced the six jury members of the competition:[6] Lena Meyer-Landrut performed « Taken by a Stranger » as the German song for the Eurovision Song Contest. It won the super final against the pop ballad « Push Forward » with 79% of the votes in the final telephone voting.[7]

Semi-final 1

The first semi-final of Unser Song für Deutschland (Our Song for Germany) was held on 31 January 2011 in Cologne, Germany, and broadcast live by the commercial television station ProSieben.

The jury consisted of (advisory only, no voting rights):

Lena Meyer-Landrut performed six songs, from which three were chosen through televoting to advance to the final.

Draw Song Composers Note
1 « Good News » Audra Mae & Ferras Alqaisi Out
2 « Maybe » Daniel Schaub & Pär Lammers Qualified
3 « I Like You » Rosi Golan & Johnny McDaid Out
4 « That Again » Stefan Raab Out
5 « Taken by a Stranger«  Gus Seyffert, Nicole Morier, Monica Birkenes Qualified
6 « What Happened to Me » Lena Meyer-Landrut & Stefan Raab Qualified

Semi-final 2

The second semi-final was held on 7 February 2011 in Cologne and broadcast live by ProSieben.

The jury consisted of (advisory only, no voting rights):

Lena Meyer-Landrut again performed six songs, from which three were chosen through televoting to advance to the final.

Draw Song Composers Note
1 « A Million and One » Errol Rennalls & Stavros Ioannou Qualified
2 « Teenage Girls » Viktoria Hansen, Lili Tarkow-Reinisch, Yacíne Azeggagh Out
3 « Push Forward » Daniel Schaub & Pär Lammers Qualified
4 « At All » Aloe Blacc Out
5 « A Good Day » Audra Mae, Todd Wright, Scott Simons Out
6 « Mama Told Me » Stefan Raab & Lena Meyer-Landrut Qualified

Final

The final of Unser Song für Deutschland was held on 18 February 2011 in Cologne, and shown live by the public broadcaster Das Erste (ARD).

The jury consisted of (advisory only, no voting rights):

Lena Meyer-Landrut performed the six selected songs from the semi-finals again. Through televoting, Germany’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 was chosen.

Draw Song Composers Note
1 « Maybe » Daniel Schaub & Pär Lammers Out
2 « What Happened to Me » Lena Meyer-Landrut & Stefan Raab Out
3 « Push Forward » Daniel Schaub & Pär Lammers Superfinalist
4 « Mama Told Me » Lena Meyer-Landrut & Stefan Raab Out
5 « A Million and One » Erroll Rennalls & Stavros Ioannou Out
6 « Taken by a Stranger«  Gus Seyffert, Nicole Morier, Monica Birkenes Superfinalist

Super final

Draw Song Composers Result
1 « Push Forward » Daniel Schaub & Pär Lammers 21%
2 « Taken by a Stranger«  Gus Seyffert, Nicole Morier, Monica Birkenes 79%

At Eurovision

Germany was the host of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and a « Big Five » member and was therefore in the final, on 14 May. Germany voted in the second semi-final. Lena finished 10th in the final with 107 points.

Points awarded by Germany

Points awarded to Germany (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

References

  1. ^ Bakker, Sietse (30 June 2010). « Final of Eurovision 2011 set for 14 May, Lena returns! ». EBU. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  2. ^ « ESC-Finale 2011 findet am 14. Mai statt ». Eurovision.de (in German). 30 June 2010. Archived from the original on 29 August 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  3. ^ « Auf der ESC-Baustelle (Video) » (in German). NDR. Archived from the original on 8 December 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  4. ^ « Unser Song für Deutschland » (in German). NDR. 16 December 2010. Archived from the original on 19 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  5. ^ « Will Lena defend her title? ». Eurovision.tv. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  6. ^ « USFD: Die Jury steht fest ». Eurovision.de. 27 January 2011. Archived from the original on 2 February 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  7. ^ RP Online: Lovely Lena tritt an mit „Taken by a Stranger“, accessed on February 18th 2011.

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