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Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:51

ESC 2011: A Threesome of Hosts

The 2011 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is still months away but the European Broadcasting Union along with the German broadcaster and next years' host, NDR, are working well ahead in time making necessary announcements. Like this year in Oslo, we're going to see three hosts in Düsseldorf and I was wondering whether we should get to know them a little bit better.

The first host of the popular European contest will be Anke Engelke. Born in Montréal, Canada, she's fluent in English, French & German. The Germans are used to seeing her on their screens at home as she's an actress, comedienne, a singer and a presentator for various shows like "Berlinale". Moving on to the second host of Düsseldorf, we present you Judith Rakers. She is a newsreporter for "Tagesschau" on ARD but she's also a talkshow host and works for tha radio. It's a dream come true! Last but not least, we have Stefan Raab. He's very familiar with the contest as he wrote the 1998 German entry as well as the 2000 one which he performed himself, and don't forget the 2004 entry. He works for the private channel ProSieben but he's also Lena's mentor.

All of them will be vital as they will all act as the main hosts of the whole Eurovision Song Contest meaning both the semi-finals set to take place on the 10th and 12th May 2011 as well as the Final on the following Saturday set for the 14th May 2011. We wish them the very best of luck.

Source: Eurovision.tv

Thursday, 06 May 2010 21:32

ESC 2010: Stage Unveiled to the Media

A few hours ago NRK presented the stage for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. In 10 days from now the first participants will rehearse their song in the Telenor Arena on the Eurovision stage. It consists of a performance area, which is a circle with an 18 meters diameter, surrounded by various layers of light & physical material.

The stage floor is made of glass and mirrors which has an in depth effect specially combined with the lights. The light design was again taken care of by Al Gurdon & his team. Riggs of light surround the stage and are stretched far into the arena with light elements attached to them, so the audience becomes a part of the stage. The riggs have a capacity of 16 000.

Source: Eurovision.tv

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