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"Feel your heart beat" – MAN is national logistics partner for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011

MAN Truck & Bus takes responsibility for logistics for the delegations from all the competing nations at the world's biggest music show. A total of 43 exclusive MAN coaches will be in operation in and around Duesseldorf in May.

MAN Truck & Bus is the national logistics partner for the 56th Eurovision Song Contest. The biggest music show in the world takes place on May 10 and May 12 (semi-finals) and May 14 (finals) in Duesseldorf, Germany. MAN is providing a total of 43 exclusive touring coaches for transporting the musicians and delegations from the 43 competing nations to the various venues. Lena & Co. will be travelling in MAN Lion’s Coach vehicles, whose elegant appearance will be distinguished by the glowing Eurovision Song Contest logo (a coloured heart) on a dark background. The name of the country and its flag, placed towards the front of the coach, will tell the fans who is travelling in the respective vehicle.

"We are proud to be responsible for logistics for these international musicians as the Eurovision Song Contest's national partner. Our MAN coaches stand for excellent technology and prize-winning design. Travelling in them will certainly be a pleasurable experience for the musicians and their entourages," says Dr Frank Hiller, Director of Marketing, Sales and Services of MAN Truck & Bus AG.

Tightly-scheduled rehearsals begin on April 30, two weeks before the finals. 1,000 delegates are expected, along with 2,500 international journalists.

In 2011, after 28 years, the ESC is once again taking place in Germany, for the third time overall after 1957 and 1983. All the shows will be in the Duesseldorf Arena. Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers and Stefan Raab will be hosting the contest in English and French for an audience of 35,000 in the Arena and around 120 million television viewers worldwide. The first semi-final of the international contest will be broadcast by ProSieben on Tuesday, May 10 at 9pm. The second semi-final will be broadcast live by Germany's first public channel "Das Erste" at 9pm on Thursday, May 12. The finals can then also be seen on the same channel, starting at 9pm on May 14.