There will be 43 countries participating in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf. As well as in 2008 in Belgrade this is the highest amount of participating countries in the history of the contest. The biggest surprise is that Italy has returned after 13 years of absence. Italy will automatically belong to the “Big Five” countries, so Italy will be in the final for granted. Also Austria has decided to join again after their last participation in 2007 failed to get into the final.
Andorra, Monaco, Montenegro and Luxembourg won’t come back this year. Rumors that Liechtenstein or Kosovo might enter the ESC could have not been confirmed.
Now it seems to be more obvious than ever that through the good results of TV figures and chart successes it’s a privilege to be part of the ESC family. A good song will be honored with points and has a chance of reaching the charts, not only in Europe. The German music market is huge and this might also be interesting for smaller countries to be seen by a big audience.
The hosts of the 2011 ESC will be Stefan Raab, producer of Lena, who composed successfully the German entries in 1998 “Guildo hat euch lieb” and 2004 “Can’t wait until tonight”. Furthermore Anke Engelke, a very charming comedian knows for several years in the German TV. And last but not least Judith Rakers, a well know news presenter of the German Tagesschau.
Chief Editor of eurovisionlive.com
About me: Due to the fact that my parents are musicians, I have a gained a great enthusiasm for music. Since 1979 my interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has grown enormously. My first ESC I joined was in Dublin 1995. Six years later I founded the website eurovisionlive.com in the year 2001. The most fascinating part for me is the original idea of the Eurovision Song Contest – the peaceful contest of the European countries. I am very happy that I have the chance to contribute my little part for the greatest music show in the world.