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“Taken By A Stranger” representing Germany – Will Europe be taken with Lena again?

Last year it was for Norway’s Didrik Solli-Tangen to represent the winning country on home ground, and to close our presentation of the contestants 2010. Accordingly, it’s Lena from Germany who closes our showcase Eurovision 2011. With her song “Satellite”, the 19-year-old singer took the victory last year in Oslo and won Germany the honour to host the contest again after 28 years. Soon after the Contest, it was announced that Lena would be defending her title and represent the country on home soil. For the selection of her entry for Düsseldorf, Lena performed twelve songs on TV, and the televiewers decided for Taken By A Stranger, written by Gus Seyffert, Nicole Morier and Monica Birkenes.

“Taken By A Stranger” is Germany’s 56th entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, and it will be competing in the Final on 14th May, at starting position #16.

In our Lena quiz last weekend, our question was: How many times did Lena and her “Satellite” score the famous “douze points”, 12 points? The answer is of course: 9 times! The five lucky winners are: Alessandro Pittore (Italy), Mikael Nilsen (Norway), Marina Silvestri (Romania), Jakob Schneider (Germany) and Piotr Konieczny (Poland). Congratulations! The winners will receive their prizes soon. Better luck next time for those who did not win, a new quiz soon to come!

Read more about Lena and check out the video clip

Last year it was for Norway’s Didrik Solli-Tangen to represent the winning country on home ground, and to close our presentation of the contestants 2010. Accordingly, it’s Lena from Germany who closes our showcase Eurovision 2011. With her song “Satellite”, the 19-year-old singer took the victory last year in Oslo and won Germany the honour to host the contest again after 28 years. Soon after the Contest, it was announced that Lena would be defending her title and represent the country on home soil. For the selection of her entry for Düsseldorf, Lena performed twelve songs on TV, and the televiewers decided for Taken By A Stranger, written by Gus Seyffert, Nicole Morier and Monica Birkenes.

“Taken By A Stranger” is Germany’s 56th entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, and it will be competing in the Final on 14th May, at starting position #16.

Check out the video clip:

About Lena

May 30th, 2010. It is 1 a.m., 20 minutes and 40 seconds when the fanfare of the ARD’s (the world’s largest public broadcaster) Tagesschau is heard and newsreader Jan Hofer greets the viewers: „Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! After 28 years Germany can finally celebrate another win at the Eurovision Song Contest. Lena Meyer-Landrut took the victory with her song Satellite. In Oslo, the 19-year-old clearly prevailed over all the other competitors from 24 countries. In 1982 Nicole was the last one to accomplish that with her song Ein Bisschen Frieden.

In advance already tipped as the favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Lena finally became a rising star in the night of May 29th – far beyond Germany’s borders. With her winning song Satellite as well as with her debut album My Cassette Player she topped the international music charts, e.g. in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

Ever since her phenomenal triumph in Norway, Lena’s life has changed completely. Interview and autograph requests from fans worldwide as well as concerts and award shows define her life nowadays. She can easily cope with her new life though. “Especially when I’m back home, I can relax without any problems. You surely develop your own techniques and tricks, but there are no real relax rituals,” she says.

In the meantime Lena’s trophy cabinet in her first own apartment in Cologne is filling up with awards quickly: SWR 3 (one of the biggest public radio stations in Germany) has decorated her as Newcomer Of The Year in 2010, she received two 1Live-Krone for “Best Single” and “Best Artist”, and the magazine Hörzu just awarded her the Goldene Kamera for Best Music Act National on February 5th, 2011.

Now Lena’s second studio album Good News has been released in Germany on February 8th topping the German charts as well as achieving Gold status in its first week.

“On Good News you can find the songs that I liked best out of a huge selection of songs and demo versions we had. They have been sent in by numerous German and international producers. Stefan Raab, the team and I sat together for hours listening to the songs. We started in September, by December we had the basic structure and we started recording everything,” Lena recalls.
The result is a multilayered sound and style spectrum sounding absolutely homogeneous. Up-tempo songs take turns with catchy ballads.

On the 18th of February the song to be performed in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest has been selected by the German TV audience: Taken By A Stranger. After the huge success of her 2010 Satellite and her album My Cassette Player, Lena will once again charm Europe with her latest effort.

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