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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.

Lyrics of Taken By A Stranger

She's got a knuckle in her eye
He knows her cat call
Can't escape from telling lies I heard her saying
Hey mind if I take this chair
Hey mind if i take this chair
He drops a pause
She looks annoyed
But she's so mean he thinks she has to be the one
Taken by a stranger
Stranger things are starting to begin
Lured into the danger
Trip me up and spin me round again
You got some coffee on your collar
And you forgot to comb your hair
But I can't wait till I do better
You're here and I don't care
I can't help it if you like it
Cause I won't be here tomorrow
No one ever told you that you wouldn't be rejected
Taken by a stranger
Stranger things are starting to begin
Lured into the danger
(Danger is a risky business)
Trip me up and spin me round again
Dip dip dada dada da
Dip dip dada dada da
Uh uh uh uh
Nah nah nah nah nah
Taken by a stranger
Stranger things are starting to begin
Lured into the danger
(Danger is a risky business)
Trip me up and spin me round again
Elle s’en est pris plein les yeux
Il reconnaît sa façon de siffler
Ne peut pas s’empêcher de mentir
Je l’ai entendu dire

Hé ! ça te dérange si je m’assieds là ?
Hé ! ça te dérange si je m’assieds là ?
Il ne dit rien
Elle a l’air embêtée
Mais elle est tellement super qu’il se dit que ça doit être elle.

Craqué pour un étranger
Des choses bien plus étranges vont commencer
Attirée vers le danger
Fais-moi trébucher, fais-moi tourner encore.

Tu as du café sur ton col
Et tu as oublié de te coiffer
Mais je ne peux pas attendre de faire mieux
Tu es là, alors tant pis.

Je n’y peux rien si ça te plaît
Parce que je ne viendrai pas demain
Personne ne t’a jamais dit que tu ne te prendrais pas un vent.

Craqué pour un étranger
Des choses bien plus étranges vont commencer
Attirée vers le danger
(le danger est un truc risqué)
Fais-moi trébucher, fais-moi tourner encore.

Dip dip dada dada da
Dip dip dada dada da
Ouh, ouh, ouh
Nah, nah, nah, nah nah

Craqué pour un étranger
Des choses bien plus étranges vont commencer
Attirée vers le danger
(le danger est un truc risqué)
Fais-moi trébucher, fais-moi tourner encore.