The esctoday.com team would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! May 2010 enter your lives bringing you all the best of health, wealth, prosperity, love and happiness. May all your resolutions and wishes come true in 2011. One more year has gone by, one more Eurovision season is over thus making way to the 2011 season.
All in all, 2010 has been an exciting year specially asesctoday.com celebrated its 10th anniversary, founded in 2000 by Sietse Bakker, and now under the baton of Barry Viniker. The esctoday.com family of team members has grown immensely since its early days with editors from all over Europe. It has indeed been a pleasure forthe wholeteam to cover the Eurovision Song Contest throughoutall these years,and bring you the latest news and developments. We are very grateful and thankful to all our readers.
The highlight of the year was Norway hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. TheNorwegian television excelled in organizing one of the best Eurovisions ever, withan impressive stage and a magnificent showmesmerising Europeanviewers. A total of39 countries competed for the grand prix in Oslo. For the first time ever, a Big-4 country won the contest: Germany's Lena gave her country their 2ndEurovision victory when shecaptivated theEuropean audience with her songSatellite. Thus enticing and convincing other countries to return to the contest. Italy, Austria, Hungary and San Marnio all announced their return to the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in 2010. Italy's return to the Eurovision Song Contest has indeed been one of the most talked about and awaited announcements.
2011 will be taking us to the land of schlager music, beer, apple strudeland beautiful forests. Yes, we are talking about none other than Germany. Düsseldorf willplay host to the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, where43 countries are scheduled to compete at the Düsseldorf Arena on the 10th,12th and 14thof May! TheBig-4 will become the Big-5 in 2011 with Italy's return.Stefan Raab, Judith Rakers and Anke Engelke will welcome Europe to the 2011 Eurovision extravaganza.
The 2011 Eurovision season has already kicked off, we already know the names of the representatives from Cyprus,Germany, Armenia, Albania, Netherlands, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Switzerland, who will battle for the grand prix in Düsseldorf. National finals for the 2011 Eurovision season kicked off in 2010 and more national finals and special presentation shows are scheduled to be held all overEuropeinJanuary, February and March.
The entire esctoday.com team would like to wish you all, allover the world a Happy New Year and Happy Eurovision 2011 season! We wish you the best of health, happiness, peace, prosperity and love for the coming year! Thank you!
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