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Weekend update, Mon 21st Feb 2011

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BBC Eurovision Paul BBC Eurovision Paul | 11:22 UK time, Monday, 21 February 2011

Hey everyone - it's been another busy old weekend in the world of the Eurovision Song Contest, with another four countries unveiling the songs they'll be sending to Dusseldorf.

We kick off with the host nation Germany, who are proudly sending last year's winner Lena back to the competition to try and retain her crown. Will her new song "Taken By A Stranger" be as big a hit as 2010's winner "Satellite"?  Sadly this song isn't currently available to hear online.

Next up, we have Georgia. This year, they've decided to send a very rocky song called "One More Day", performed by the group Eldrine. What you dou think of it?  Watch on YouTube

The 2011 Eurovision Song Contest sees the return after an absence of 18 years from the competition for one of the "Big Five" countries - the nations who automatically qualify to the Grand Final and who don't have to win through from the semi-finals. Yes, Italy is back, and they'll be hoping to grab victory with Raphael Gualazzi and his song "Follia d'Amore".    Watch on YouTube

On Friday night, Spain revealed their 2011 song as well. Lucía Pérez will perform "Que me quiten lo bailao" in Dusseldorf. What do you think of her chances?  Watch on YouTube

During the Spanish national final, our very own Blue performed one of their classic hits, "Breathe Easy". You can see just how well the boys did  by watching this clip on YouTube. We'll hopefully have some behind-the-scenes footage from the trip to Spain up on this very News Blog very soon!


  • Comment number 1.

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  • Comment number 2.

    Hi BBC Eurovision Paul,
    Eurovision is a song writer´s competition, and last year´s winner "Satellite" has been written by the American Judy Frost. This year´s winning song "Taken by a stranger", a song with a mysterious touch, is also written by an American who lives in L.A. who worked for Britney Spears and others and a Norwegian that lives in London.
    When Russia won the Eurovision in 2008, Timberland produced the winning song.

    Germany´s song is supposed to be an unusual and extraordinary song out of mainstream pop. The intention is not to appear as boring and average like so many German Eurovision songs in the past, but to come up with something risky and more controversial.

    The image of Germany is supposed to be changed, it´s not known for cool electric pop songs, we don´t want to be reduced to economic strength, unable to have fun and party.

    Forget the generation of the old Germans fixed on work and economic success -
    Here comes the N E W Germany!


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