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Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Hannover bid to host Eurovision

DDP/The Local · 21 Aug 2010, 11:14

Published: 21 Aug 2010 11:14 GMT+02:00

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By the end of Friday, when the deadline for submissions ran out, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Hannover had all thrown their hats into the ring for the honour.

Munich, where the only previous Germany-hosted show took place in 1983, did not apply, saying it was such a popular place that there was nothing available next May.

Organising television station NDR said a decision would be made in the late summer. The semi-final round will take place on May 10 and 12, with the all-important final scheduled for May 14.

A spokesman for Hamburg said the short routes between train stations, hotels and event locations made the northern harbour city perfect to host the competition. The city boasted of its flair, its central event location and its cultural history. It is also a media centre within Germany.

Hannover has worked with the state of Lower Saxony and Deutsche Messe AG to put together a packet which a spokesman for the city said made them optimistic – particularly because they are the hometown of Meyer-Landrut.

Düsseldorf stressed its history as a host for conferences and trade fairs as well as its international connections and cosmopolitan nature.

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NDR said it would have to examine a host of logistical and content-based considerations, including what kind of hall would be available, how useful it would be for producing a television show and costs, as well as transport and hotel infrastructure.

Berlin announced its entry shortly after Meyer-Landrut won in Oslo – she has already said she would favour the capital as host of the coming competition.

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Your comments about this article

14:24 August 21, 2010 by Johnny Cash
Would the money not be better spent to give songwriting lessons if last years mediocre crop is anything to go by?
14:32 August 21, 2010 by gtappend
So Frankfurt didn't bother?
19:12 August 21, 2010 by MonkeyMania
Joy of Joys. The European championship of tacky songs might rear it's ugly head in Berlin. Cannot wait.
02:20 August 22, 2010 by temanaroa
Munich, where the only previous Germany-hosted show took place in 1983, did not apply, saying it was such a popular place that there was nothing available next May.

Jep...the Bavarians want culture...not crap

Good on you, Bayern

Gott mit dir, dem Bayernvolke, dass wir, uns¦#39;rer Väter wert,

fest in Eintracht und in Frieden bauen uns¦#39;res Glückes Herd
20:43 August 22, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Berlin seems to be the right place for it. Nothing good ever came out of Berlin, so there's no reason not to keep that legacy going.
03:19 August 23, 2010 by Bishopbayern
bayern can skip thsi tacky side show and that lena song was rubbish.
15:43 August 23, 2010 by MonkeyMania
Yes Prufrock, Berlin is the hangout for degenerates and wasters. However, it does have a very good music scene and I can assure you, Berlin will not take to this rubbish at all.
16:24 August 23, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Maybe Hannover should be forced to stage this fiasco as punishment for unleashing Lena on the world.
08:11 August 24, 2010 by notelove2
Prufrock, I loke your last comment!
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