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14.03.11 . Big Band and Jan Delay (Disko No.1) in Eurovision final
At the Head of Delegation meeting in Düsseldorf host broadcaster NDR updated the 43 nations on the preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. Information on the stage was revealed and Stefan Raab's Big Band and Jan Delay and his group Disko No.1 were announced as opening and interval act for the final.
Thomas Schreiber, ARD's head of entertainment, explained that Düsseldorf was chosen as the host city because it has one of the most modern arenas in Germany. Ralf Quibeldey, Executive Producer, then went on to present the arena and its facilities. He revealed that the press centre will be located next to the arena in the Athletics Sports Hall. Next to it, there will be tents for catering for the thousands of journalists and fans coming to the event. There will be 700 working spots for journalists equipped with 300 computers, and 400 additional working spaces. A special lounge area will be created as well, with room for 200 people. 2500 pigeon holes will be available where journalists can find the latest information about the 43 countries participating.

The stage will include a satellite approximately 40 metres in front of the stage, and will have a huge LED-screen in the backpart. The stage was intentionally kept small, as the concentration should be in the centre of attention. The floor of the stage will be equipped with LED-stripes and will have two ramps. The Green Room will be situated behind the stage. The lighting design will be done by renowned artist Jerry Appelt. The LED-walls will be 60 x 18 metres with 520 lightning units, and the audience light will be part of the staging. Furthermore, 26 cameras will be in use.

The Grand Final opening act will contain last year's winning song Satellite performed by Stefan Raab's Big Band. The interval act in the final will be popular German singer Jan Delay and his group Disko No.1. The idea of the postcards will include national flavours for each of the 43 countries with the slogan Feel Your Heart Beat being pronounced in the national language. The Eurovision Song Contest 2011 takes place on 10th, 12th and 14th May.

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