Before the 43 delegations went into the Tonhalle, where the official welcome reception took place, they had the chance to stride over the red carpet. This has been the longest red carpet in the history of the ESC so far. Beside of camera teams and photographers there was also the opportunity for the citizens of Düsseldorf to watch the contestants from face to face. The appearance of each country on the red carpet was the same as the running order in the ESC. It all started with a flag parade and finished with the Lena from host country Germany. There was also a little bit of a fashion contest, almost all female singers came with nice gala dresses and high heels and the male singers in suits. So it was great to see the excitement in their faces and the good atmosphere that 43 nations celebrate being together and music has no boundaries.
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.