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escgo!* in Düsseldorf

*In 2011, we covered the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf under our old name “esc-chat.com”.

Martin provided coverage from the press centre, Felix contributed impressions from the city.

Eurovision 2011 – Analysing the results

A few days after Ell/Nikki won the 56th Eurovision Song Contest 2011 for Azerbaijan, it's time to look at the results a bit. Semi 1 songs vs. Semi 2 songs Songs that proceeded from Semi 2 generally were more successful than songs from Semi 1. In the top 10, we have 3...

read more

That’s it, we’re home!

#esc / esc-chat.com had 2 exciting weeks in Düsseldorf. Now we would like to thank our readers for their support! MartinF covered most of the rehearsals for you from the press centre, while FelixK caught some impressions from town for your eyes. Between the first...

read more

A Night on the EuroBoat (with video)

Last Friday, the EuroBoat hosted hundreds of fans for the biggest event that everyone had access to (with ticket). It went off around 9 and returned a few hours later. Four live acts performed on the EuroBoat, the disco music was provided by popular DJ Ohrmeister....

read more

Danke, Anke!

Azerbaijan won the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with the title "Running Scared", sung by the duo Ell & Nikki. With a total of 221 points they left all the others behind, such as the surprise runner up Italy (189) and Sweden (185). The show was one of the most...

read more

Happy ESC Night! (…and one last prediction for the road)

Just got back from a lovely lunchtime/afternoon with some of the gang from our sister site ESC Nation. The sun is shining (earlier downpour excepted), the sky is blue and it's hard to believe that we're so close to the biggest three hours of the year! Central...

read more

Tonight’s chances as seen by FelixK

About 6 hours are left until all of us get proven right or wrong, as the points are flying in on tonight's scoreboard. Until then there is only speculation, betting, guessing. But as everyone does it, esc-chat.com joins in and so, here's my opinion about who has the...

read more

Better Jaani, or How To Have A Profitable ESC Night

It's Eurovision Song Contest day! And what better way to celebrate than by wasting your money on a bet or two? Of course, if things go right, you can make a tidy profit from your ESC knowledge considering the market is largely populated by "normal" people who don't...

read more

Dress Rehearsal, May 13th – How I Saw It

Thanks to everyone who visited the chatroom for our LiveChat from the first dress rehearsal for tomorrow's Grand Final. It was a lively and well-attended affair, particularly for a Friday afternoon - although I suppose this isn't just any Friday afternoon! Providing a...

read more

Düsseldorf – time is running out

Both the semi finals are over, the lineup for the final is complete. The year 2011 approaches its highlight with big steps, as in about 31 hours we know the winner! Düsseldorf has remained weird. The size of the city isn't a problem really, the bigger problem is that...

read more

Video: Atmosphere in Düsseldorf before and after Semi 2

See crowds of fans line up for Paradise Oskar's meet & greet in Eurocafé, get to know which flags sell best and watch out for all the fans cheering for their countries before and after yesterday's semifinal! "The Day in 3 minutes" is a collage of impressions from...

read more

Prediction, May 12th – It’s Showtime!

Since Felix has so ably covered the happenings of recent days elsewhere on here, I'm going to keep this quick and to the point with my predictions for tonight's second semi-final qualifiers. Having been distracted by "voting history" last time, I'm going to go with my...

read more

Flags conquering Düsseldorf / predictions for semi 2

  Before I'm talking about flags and predictions, a few words have to be said about yesterday's Euroclub. It was packed, and the DJ from Malta was a disgrace for the place, as he kept playing the same songs over and over again. Even more, he talked constantly...

read more

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Live Blogs from the Press Centre

Dress Rehearsal, May 13th – How I Saw It

Thanks to everyone who visited the chatroom for our LiveChat from the first dress rehearsal for tomorrow's Grand Final. It was a lively and well-attended affair, particularly for a Friday afternoon - although I suppose this isn't just any Friday afternoon! Providing a...

Dress Rehearsal, May 11th – LIVE!

Afternoon all! Well, wasn't that a night last night? So many paradigm shifts, so many things we learned and re-learned anew. Armenia and Turkey don't have a guaranteed place in the final and will be punished for uncharismatic performances of average songs. Switzerland...

Prediction, May 10th – It’s Showtime!

As promised, a quick post with my predictions for the ten qualifiers tonight. After watching the final dress rehearsal this afternoon, I'm going for: Norway, Albania, Armenia, Turkey, Russia, Georgia, Finland, Lithuania, Azerbaijan and Greece. Whatever happens and...

Dress Rehearsal, May 9th – LIVE!

Hello and welcome to the press centre for the first dress rehearsal of the first semi-final for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest! This is the one dress rehearsal where the arena is open to the press, but since there's no wi-fi over there, I'll be blogging it from in...

Rehearsals, May 8th – LIVE!

Welcome to the last day of open rehearsals for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest! After today, we're into dress rehearsal territory, with the first full run-through of semi-final 1 starting at 15:00 CET tomorrow. In terms of our coverage over the next week,...

Rehearsals, May 7th – LIVE!

Back in the press centre for the 7th day of rehearsals after a bloomin' terrific Dino Merlin concert last night. That man is a star in every respect and is going to suck up all the Balkan and diaspora votes, particularly if Serbia and co. don't make it to the final....

Rehearsals, May 6th – LIVE!

Urgh. Hangover. And with good reason - it was the Georgian party last night, and you can read my report about it here, because it deserves separate attention. Meanwhile, esc-chat.com is back in the press centre and ready to go with the sixth day of rehearsals for the...

Rehearsals, May 5th – LIVE!

It's day 5 in Düsseldorf, and we're back where we started from, with Poland strutting their stuff on the stage as I type this opening sentence. Before we get to that, though, a few quick notes on last night. EuroClub opened its doors for real last night, with the...

Rehearsals, May 4th – LIVE!

Welcome to the press centre, home of free coffee (bliss!) but not free water (boo!). Another quietish night at the lovely EuroClub building - there was a Swiss party elsewhere in town, apparently, but it was just a brief live session in a jazz club so we weren't too...

Rehearsals, May 3rd – LIVE!

Quiet night last night, as our apartment was collectively a bit on the tired side. Plenty of time left for partying, particularly since there's a few days until the delegation bashes get going, so Chinese takeaway, cheap supermarket wine and some DVDs and bad German...

Rehearsals, May 2nd – LIVE!

Last night saw the official opening night of EuroClub in Düsseldorf Old Town, although there were few signs of ESC festivities just yet - the only artist I spotted was a slightly bemused-looking Axel aka Paradise Oskar trying to sway in time with "Boom Boom". It's an...

Rehearsals, May 1st – LIVE!

U-Bahn negotiated, security queues survived - welcome to the press centre at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, where I'll be keeping a close eye on today's rehearsals and what we learn from them. First and foremost, the arena is looking impressive, as the first photo at...

Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Songs

Semi-final 1

Country Artist Song
Poland Magdalena Tul Jestem
Norway Stella Mwangi Haba Haba
Albania Aurela Gaçe Feel the Passion
Armenia Emmy Boom Boom
Turkey Yüksek Sadakat Live It Up
Serbia Nina Čaroban
Russia Alexey Vorobyov Get You
Switzerland Anna Rossinelli In Love for a While
Georgia Eldrine One More Day
Finland Paradise Oskar Da Da Dam
Malta Glen Vella One Life
San Marino Senhit Stand By
Croatia Daria Celebrate
Iceland Sjonni’s Friends Coming Home
Hungary Kati Wolf What About My Dreams?
Portugal Homens da Luta A luta é alegria
Lithuania Evelina Sašenko C’est ma vie
Azerbaijan Ell & Nikki Running Scared
Greece Loukas Giorkas feat. Stereo Mike Watch My Dance

 

Semi-final 2

Country Artist Song
Bosnia and Herzegovina Dino Merlin Love in Rewind
Austria Nadine Beiler The Secret Is Love
Netherlands 3JS Never Alone
Belgium Witloof Bay With Love Baby
Slovakia TWiiNS I’m Still Alive
Ukraine Mika Newton Angel
Moldova Zdob ṣi Zdub So Lucky
Sweden Eric Saade Popular
Cyprus Christos Mylordos San aggelos s’agapisa
Bulgaria Poli Genova Na inat
Macedonia Vlatko Ilievski Rusinka
Israel Dana International Ding Dong
Slovenia Maja Keuc No One
Romania Hotel FM Change
Estonia Getter Jaani Rockefeller Street
Belarus Anastasia Vinnikova I Love Belarus
Latvia Musiqq Angel in Disguise
Denmark A Friend in London New Tomorrow
Ireland Jedward Lipstick

 

Big Five

 

Country Artist Song
France Amaury Vassili Sognu
Italy Raphael Gualazzi Madness of Love
United Kingdom Blue I Can
Germany Lena Taken by a Stranger
Spain Lucia Pérez Que me quiten lo bailao

Düsseldorf Blog

A Night on the EuroBoat (with video)

Last Friday, the EuroBoat hosted hundreds of fans for the biggest event that everyone had access to (with ticket). It went off around 9 and returned a few hours later. Four live acts performed on the EuroBoat, the disco music was provided by popular DJ Ohrmeister....

read more

Düsseldorf – time is running out

Both the semi finals are over, the lineup for the final is complete. The year 2011 approaches its highlight with big steps, as in about 31 hours we know the winner! Düsseldorf has remained weird. The size of the city isn't a problem really, the bigger problem is that...

read more

Video: Atmosphere in Düsseldorf before and after Semi 2

See crowds of fans line up for Paradise Oskar's meet & greet in Eurocafé, get to know which flags sell best and watch out for all the fans cheering for their countries before and after yesterday's semifinal! "The Day in 3 minutes" is a collage of impressions from...

read more

Flags conquering Düsseldorf / predictions for semi 2

  Before I'm talking about flags and predictions, a few words have to be said about yesterday's Euroclub. It was packed, and the DJ from Malta was a disgrace for the place, as he kept playing the same songs over and over again. Even more, he talked constantly...

read more

Video: Eurovision stars perform at Euroclub

Due to personal reasons there was no video yesterday morning, but today we're back with full speed, showing your Eurostars performing at the Russian Party at Euroclub yesterday evening. Watch Paradise Oskar, Eli & Nikki, Sjonni's Friends and Glen Vella performing...

read more

Video: A message from Getter Jaani

"The Day in 3 minutes" is still a bit too short, but hey - we got a message from Getter for you! The other highlight of today's video is Nadine Beiler performing "The Secret Is Love" on the dutch ship at the banks of the Rhine river. Enjoy the mediterranean atmosphere...

read more

Sunshine, 27°C and Getter

This year, everything is extraordinarily bizarre. It's my 1st complete day in Düsseldorf, and it's the Semi 1 already tomorrow. Now, how did that happen? Don't ask me. It's summer, it's partytime, it's old friends having a chat and new friends in the making, so that's...

read more

Taken by a Dorf: Shemales and ships

  I arrived in town to stay! However, already yesterday, I spent my first hour being lost at the central station without a clue of how to get where I wanted to get. So I just went to Euroclub instead, which was quite well visited. The Henkel Saal was opened, so...

read more

Georgia on my mind

(a.k.a. "I've got a stinking headache, anyone got any paracetamol?") The Georgian party is always a highlight of the ESC fortnight calendar, and this year's was a blast once again. Held in the Henkel-Saal, the larger room in EuroClub, we were treated to various...

read more

*In 2011, we covered the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf under our old name “esc-chat.com”.

Martin provided coverage from the press centre, Felix contributed impressions from the city.

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ESC 2011 News and Home Blogs

Eurovision 2011 – Analysing the results

A few days after Ell/Nikki won the 56th Eurovision Song Contest 2011 for Azerbaijan, it's time to look at the results a bit. Semi 1 songs vs. Semi 2 songs Songs that proceeded from Semi 2 generally were more successful than songs from Semi 1. In the top 10, we have 3...

That’s it, we’re home!

#esc / esc-chat.com had 2 exciting weeks in Düsseldorf. Now we would like to thank our readers for their support! MartinF covered most of the rehearsals for you from the press centre, while FelixK caught some impressions from town for your eyes. Between the first...

Danke, Anke!

Azerbaijan won the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with the title "Running Scared", sung by the duo Ell & Nikki. With a total of 221 points they left all the others behind, such as the surprise runner up Italy (189) and Sweden (185). The show was one of the most...

Happy ESC Night! (…and one last prediction for the road)

Just got back from a lovely lunchtime/afternoon with some of the gang from our sister site ESC Nation. The sun is shining (earlier downpour excepted), the sky is blue and it's hard to believe that we're so close to the biggest three hours of the year! Central...

Tonight’s chances as seen by FelixK

About 6 hours are left until all of us get proven right or wrong, as the points are flying in on tonight's scoreboard. Until then there is only speculation, betting, guessing. But as everyone does it, esc-chat.com joins in and so, here's my opinion about who has the...

Better Jaani, or How To Have A Profitable ESC Night

It's Eurovision Song Contest day! And what better way to celebrate than by wasting your money on a bet or two? Of course, if things go right, you can make a tidy profit from your ESC knowledge considering the market is largely populated by "normal" people who don't...

Prediction, May 12th – It’s Showtime!

Since Felix has so ably covered the happenings of recent days elsewhere on here, I'm going to keep this quick and to the point with my predictions for tonight's second semi-final qualifiers. Having been distracted by "voting history" last time, I'm going to go with my...

Prediction, May 10th – It’s Showtime!

As promised, a quick post with my predictions for the ten qualifiers tonight. After watching the final dress rehearsal this afternoon, I'm going for: Norway, Albania, Armenia, Turkey, Russia, Georgia, Finland, Lithuania, Azerbaijan and Greece. Whatever happens and...

FelixK’s review on the Big 5 rehearsals

Last morning in Cologne! I already attended the Euroclub yesterday, and I don't know how I will spend this day having slept only for 3 hours and moving to a new hotel etc., but you'll read more in my real Düsseldorf Blog from this afternoon on! And what do you do on a...

Feel Your Eurovision Beat… in Cologne!

In my little series of talking Eurovision life in other german cities, it's now Cologne's turn! I want to avoid talking in categories, but the fact that Cologne is Germany's gay capital isn't really contraproductive when it comes to ESC parties, is it? 😉 So let's see...

FelixK’s review on rehearsals day 4

I arrived in my good old Cologne! Not in total Eurovision mode yet (because visiting a non-fan friend here), but still blogging about my thoughts about the rehearsals today. And when I came home to the hotel, "Popular" sounded out of a pub that I passed on my way. So...

Things to do outside of Düsseldorf

Some people from all across Europe have already spent a few days in Düsseldorf, a lot more fans will come in the next days and next week! Whether you didn't get accredited and wonder what to do with your time, or maybe you might want to escape from the press centre...

FelixK’s review on rehearsals day 3

My last night in Berlin! Before I start packing for tomorrow, I'm gonna review the rehearsals of today, as always from my side judged from the videos of escdaily. Also read Martin's live blog review from the press centre. Tomorrow I'll be blogging from Cologne, then...

FelixK’s review on rehearsals day 2

Martin provided the live blogging for you for the 2nd day in a row, now it's my turn to add my 2 eurocents. Let's see if we are as much disagreeing as yesterday... Malta Let me get myself sorted first. I have heard better songs before, and the singer himself is...

Introducing our Düsseldorf team

#esc has a two-man blogging team covering the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf. Some of you might already know who we are from the Chat or other occasions, but we didn't have the chance yet to introduce ourselves properly on this site. With that in mind, we...

7 facts about Düsseldorf

  1. Kö is the common short name for "Königsallee". It's the central boulevard in Düsseldorf. The western part of the street is rather boring, the eastern part is said to be the one to be on if you want to go shopping on a quite luxury scale. It's the...

Feel Your Eurovision Beat… in Berlin!

My Eurovision 2011 begins... at home! The capital of the host country didn't get chosen as host city. I am over this fact now, and it's not like there's no traces of Eurovision here, quite the opposite is the case! The madness began on Friday night, and a long...

FelixK’s review on rehearsal day 1

We made it! Rehearsal Day 1 is over, I am in my own private press centre with youtube providing the videos for me. And I obviously don't want to miss the chance to review them as well, having quite different opinions (and a different perspective) than MartinF. ;)...

Let’s just start from the capital!

Hello, this is FelixK blogging from.. Berlin for now! Off to Cologne on wednesday and Düsseldorf on saturday. Already started packing, we have a lot to do, even though I didn't get accreditation this year - I'll provide you with pictures and blog posts from the city!...

esc-chat.com in Düsseldorf 2011

For the 2nd year in a row we're blogging from Eurovision, and for the first time it's 2 of us doing this, so there's a lot more to expect! MartinF and FelixK will keep you informed about the rehearsals, the atmosphere in the city, the highlights and the scandals....

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EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2011

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escgo!* in Düsseldorf

*In 2011, we covered the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf under our old name “esc-chat.com”.

Martin provided coverage from the press centre, Felix contributed impressions from the city.

Eurovision 2011 – Analysing the results

A few days after Ell/Nikki won the 56th Eurovision Song Contest 2011 for Azerbaijan, it's time to look at the results a bit. Semi 1 songs vs. Semi 2 songs Songs that proceeded from Semi 2 generally were more successful than songs from Semi 1. In the top 10, we have 3...

That’s it, we’re home!

#esc / esc-chat.com had 2 exciting weeks in Düsseldorf. Now we would like to thank our readers for their support! MartinF covered most of the rehearsals for you from the press centre, while FelixK caught some impressions from town for your eyes. Between the first...

A Night on the EuroBoat (with video)

Last Friday, the EuroBoat hosted hundreds of fans for the biggest event that everyone had access to (with ticket). It went off around 9 and returned a few hours later. Four live acts performed on the EuroBoat, the disco music was provided by popular DJ Ohrmeister....

Danke, Anke!

Azerbaijan won the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with the title "Running Scared", sung by the duo Ell & Nikki. With a total of 221 points they left all the others behind, such as the surprise runner up Italy (189) and Sweden (185). The show was one of the most...

Happy ESC Night! (…and one last prediction for the road)

Just got back from a lovely lunchtime/afternoon with some of the gang from our sister site ESC Nation. The sun is shining (earlier downpour excepted), the sky is blue and it's hard to believe that we're so close to the biggest three hours of the year! Central...

Tonight’s chances as seen by FelixK

About 6 hours are left until all of us get proven right or wrong, as the points are flying in on tonight's scoreboard. Until then there is only speculation, betting, guessing. But as everyone does it, esc-chat.com joins in and so, here's my opinion about who has the...

Better Jaani, or How To Have A Profitable ESC Night

It's Eurovision Song Contest day! And what better way to celebrate than by wasting your money on a bet or two? Of course, if things go right, you can make a tidy profit from your ESC knowledge considering the market is largely populated by "normal" people who don't...

Dress Rehearsal, May 13th – How I Saw It

Thanks to everyone who visited the chatroom for our LiveChat from the first dress rehearsal for tomorrow's Grand Final. It was a lively and well-attended affair, particularly for a Friday afternoon - although I suppose this isn't just any Friday afternoon! Providing a...

Düsseldorf – time is running out

Both the semi finals are over, the lineup for the final is complete. The year 2011 approaches its highlight with big steps, as in about 31 hours we know the winner! Düsseldorf has remained weird. The size of the city isn't a problem really, the bigger problem is that...

Video: Atmosphere in Düsseldorf before and after Semi 2

See crowds of fans line up for Paradise Oskar's meet & greet in Eurocafé, get to know which flags sell best and watch out for all the fans cheering for their countries before and after yesterday's semifinal! "The Day in 3 minutes" is a collage of impressions from...

Prediction, May 12th – It’s Showtime!

Since Felix has so ably covered the happenings of recent days elsewhere on here, I'm going to keep this quick and to the point with my predictions for tonight's second semi-final qualifiers. Having been distracted by "voting history" last time, I'm going to go with my...

Flags conquering Düsseldorf / predictions for semi 2

  Before I'm talking about flags and predictions, a few words have to be said about yesterday's Euroclub. It was packed, and the DJ from Malta was a disgrace for the place, as he kept playing the same songs over and over again. Even more, he talked constantly...

Video: Eurovision stars perform at Euroclub

Due to personal reasons there was no video yesterday morning, but today we're back with full speed, showing your Eurostars performing at the Russian Party at Euroclub yesterday evening. Watch Paradise Oskar, Eli & Nikki, Sjonni's Friends and Glen Vella performing...

Dress Rehearsal, May 11th – LIVE!

Afternoon all! Well, wasn't that a night last night? So many paradigm shifts, so many things we learned and re-learned anew. Armenia and Turkey don't have a guaranteed place in the final and will be punished for uncharismatic performances of average songs. Switzerland...

Prediction, May 10th – It’s Showtime!

As promised, a quick post with my predictions for the ten qualifiers tonight. After watching the final dress rehearsal this afternoon, I'm going for: Norway, Albania, Armenia, Turkey, Russia, Georgia, Finland, Lithuania, Azerbaijan and Greece. Whatever happens and...

Video: A message from Getter Jaani

"The Day in 3 minutes" is still a bit too short, but hey - we got a message from Getter for you! The other highlight of today's video is Nadine Beiler performing "The Secret Is Love" on the dutch ship at the banks of the Rhine river. Enjoy the mediterranean atmosphere...

Sunshine, 27°C and Getter

This year, everything is extraordinarily bizarre. It's my 1st complete day in Düsseldorf, and it's the Semi 1 already tomorrow. Now, how did that happen? Don't ask me. It's summer, it's partytime, it's old friends having a chat and new friends in the making, so that's...

Dress Rehearsal, May 9th – LIVE!

Hello and welcome to the press centre for the first dress rehearsal of the first semi-final for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest! This is the one dress rehearsal where the arena is open to the press, but since there's no wi-fi over there, I'll be blogging it from in...

“The Day in 3 minutes” launched: impressions from Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf impressions on a daily basis are now served to you by #esccam, our video project. Every morning there will be a new video online. We actually wanted to start this tomorrow, but I had the unique chance to get Lena on my camera today, so this is an exception....

Taken by a Dorf: Shemales and ships

  I arrived in town to stay! However, already yesterday, I spent my first hour being lost at the central station without a clue of how to get where I wanted to get. So I just went to Euroclub instead, which was quite well visited. The Henkel Saal was opened, so...