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Eurovision Song Contest entry is decided

The Local · 19 Feb 2011, 14:24

Published: 19 Feb 2011 14:24 GMT+01:00

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The 19-year-old Meyer-Landrut won last year after being discovered and championed by television personality and producer Stefan Raab, who presented three TV shows in which Meyer-Landrut sang 20 songs. The audience was able to vote on their favourite.

While Raab wrote two of the songs she sang, the winning composition was not one of his – meaning the ubiquitous host will be able to present the song competition in May when it is held in Düsseldorf.

The format of the Unser Song für Deutschland show came in for a good deal of criticism, namely because instead of presenting a competition between Meyer-Landrut and other Eurovision hopefuls, Lena sang all the songs herself.

Raab’s heavy involvement in the selection process has also come under scrutiny in the media. He is a product of commercial television, while the Eurovision Song Contest is organised by public broadcaster ARD.

Despite the criticism, 3.25 million people watched the two-hour Friday night final – just over 10 percent of the market. Those viewers who voted overwhelmingly chose ‘Taken by a Stranger’, which got 79 percent of the poll.

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16:58 February 19, 2011 by marimay
lol what a title...
18:41 February 19, 2011 by Carlos Hausner
Herr Raab deserves to get shafted for coming up with this title.
19:14 February 19, 2011 by auniquecorn
Raab´s only in it for the money, and I´m sure he´s makin a bundle off this little girl
19:39 February 19, 2011 by cannychanta
As I said before the last ESC, Lena is going to be a star, whether people like it or not. The song Taken by a Stranger will some day go down as a classic pop song, certainly the best Eurovision has ever heard and I´ve been a fan since I won thirty quid at ladbrokes on Kisses For Me almost 40 years ago. Stefan Raab tried everything last year to make sure his horrible song "LOve Me" would represent Germany instead of Satelite. In the past he influenced the public with his own songs on his own show and was able to ridicule the contest with daft songs like Guildo hat euch Lieb, Wattyhaddydoodyda etc. This time he entered three sub-standard songs thus preventing better composers from having a chance. I´m not sure what he´s good at but it is not songwriting and he has no idea of the public taste. Lena, if she can get out of the contrac with Raab, will become a German institution like Nena ande Inger Maisel.
20:15 February 19, 2011 by marimay
You're joking, right?
20:47 February 19, 2011 by magisfan
WT**.....germany is definitely out ...s hit man :(
23:21 February 19, 2011 by vaninberlin
I just hope she sings in German, her english accent is grating... (no, I have not paid attention to the song selection)
14:15 February 20, 2011 by Bishopbayern
glad she will lose, then we need never hear her trashy songs again
15:59 February 20, 2011 by Carlos Hausner
Just listened to it on YouTube. All I can say is the Lena makes Bjork sound live a Diva. Weird lyrics. I wonder what Natacha Kampusch, Gerry & Kat McCann etc. would have to say about this? Is Raab a sicko?
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