The Eurovision Song Contest Is Back!

Yes folks … it’s that time again! On 14 May 2011, Düsseldorf in Germany plays host to the 56th Eurovision Song Contest. The Eurovision Song Contest is truly an international event and is one of the longest running and most watched shows on television in the world. The contest involves singers from 43 countries, across three days and is watched by over 100 million people around the world. With so many countries now involved, it has been divided into a first semi-final, a second semi-final with the actual final on the 14 May 2011. It is a truly mammoth event which brings together virtually all of the countries of Europe in this linguistic and cultural music competition.  The winner’s country will host next year’s competition.

The Eurovision Song Contest began in 1956 when Montreux,  Switzerland, hosted the very first Eurovision Song Contest.   Back then, it was watched by 4 million viewers in Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.   During the 54 years that this contest has been going, several countries have come out winners many times. Ireland, for instance,  has won seven times.   The UK’s entry this year is by boy-band, Blue, singing a song written by some of the Blue members, in a bid to get ‘douze points’.

Lena will sing “Taken by a Stranger” at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. She will represent Germany.

Blue will sing “I Can” at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. The boys will represent the United Kingdom.

Cheer on your country, or any of the other countries this year! Read about each performer, listen to the songs and read the lyrics in the original language (and in French) for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest 2011>>

Updated 16/05/2011

And the winner is…….. Azerbaijan!!!! Yes folks, Europe voted for the song called ‘Running Scared’ sung by Ell/Nikki as the winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Well done to everyone!!

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