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Article: The Eurovision Song Contest in Germany!

By voyage reporter Madleen Wilke

After German singer Lena Meyer-Landrut's victory in last year's Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, the famous international music competition took place in Düsseldorf on 14 May 2011. For Germany, 2010 was only the second time they have won the contest since 1982, when Nicole won with her famous song Ein bißchen Frieden (A little peace).

Lena's Story

Lena, the winner of last year's contest, is a 19-year old girl from Hannover, who was still going to school when she was chosen to become Germany's representative for Eurovision in 2010. She took part in the German TV casting show Unser Star für Oslo (Our star for Oslo), where Stefan Raab, a German comedian and TV host, was looking for a new singer for the contest. With her song Satellite, Lena beat all other contestants and went on to travel to Oslo. Her performance of Satellite on stage in Norway obviously cast a spell on the majority of viewers in Europe: Lena's performance received a maximum of twelve points from nine countries from all over Europe!

A couple of months later there was another surprise: It was decided that Lena would participate in Eurovision for a second time, attempting to defend her title. In the long history of Eurovision, Lena was only the third winner who has tried to win for a second time, although no-one has ever won twice before. In this year's TV casting show, Unser Song für Düsseldorf (Our song for Düsseldorf), Lena performed all twelve songs from her new album Good News and the viewers were able to choose one of these to become Lena's song entry for Eurovision 2011. Taken by a Stranger was the title that most people voted for, so this was the song she performed on 14 May. Since her victory at Eurovision 2010, Lena has become a star in Germany. She has released two albums so far: My Cassette Player and Good News.

Everything you need to know about the Eurovision Song Contest!

The Eurovision Song Contest is the biggest and longest-running music show in Europe. Four countries are pre-qualified because they support the contest financially: France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, with the fifth pre-qualified country being the one where Eurovision takes place that year. Since 2008, the contest has consisted of three live shows, in which a further 20 participants are selected out of a total of 38 competing countries.

First Semi-Final: Artists from 19 countries perform their songs, and then TV viewers and professional juries all over Europe select the best ten performers. During the whole contest, however, people can never vote for their own country!

Second Semi-Final: Artists from a further 19 countries perform their musical entries and, again, TV viewers and professional juries across Europe choose the their favourite ten performers.

The Grand Final: The 20 artists that made it through the Semi-Finals join the five pre-qualified countries at a big gala event. Viewers and professional juries each have a 50 percent stake in the final results and, again, viewers are not allowed to vote for their own country. A country's favourite song entry is awarded 12 points, and all other songs can still hope to achieve up to 11 points. The points are sent in one by one from each country by a TV presenter live on the show. In the end, the performer that has the highest overall result wins the competition, bringing the contest to their country the next year!