From the moment Lena Meyer-Landrut raised the microphone-shaped Eurovision trophy in Oslo, devout fans have been wondering where German officials will stage the 2011 contest. On August 21, the bidding process ended with four cities filing applications. They are: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Hannover. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and German broadcaster NDR will make their final decision in the coming weeks.
Wiwi thinks this is a no-brainer. Eurovision prides itself on bridging East and West, so staging the contest in Berlin—once divided by that ugly wall—provides a pretty symbolic platform. Plus it’s the epicenter of Cool Europe, and affordable to boot. Hamburg appears to be the favorite of German Eurovision fans (judging from the ESC Facebook page, at least). It’s home to the NDR, who has the gargantuan task of throwing the party, so a homegrown show makes a lot of sense.
The NDR’s Thomas Schreiber says he was impressed by the detailed plans laid out by each city. “Whoever wins this bid, Germany will be an excellent host to viewers from around the world!” Let’s just hope the city still supplies buckets of confetti and oversized LED screens. In June, German politician Hans-Joachim Otto wrote to the NDR requesting that the broadcaster host the contest on a shoestring budget. “It doesn’t always have to be bigger, brighter, more pompous, and above all more expensive,” he wrote.
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