When all of the stars had made their entrance, greeting the fans and assembled press on the red carpet, they entered the official welcome reception for a chance to relax and meet other delegates after some long days of rehearsals.
Delegates gathered in a theatre, to watch the formal opening of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, you can see the ceremony in our video below:-
After the official part of the evening was over, guests mingled with other artists, fans and press and enjoyed the hospitality laid on by broadcaster NDR.
Eurovision.tv made several interviews with the artists, asking questions around the fashions and costumes. You can also learn why Maja Keuc of Slovenia was walking around without shoes, and watch a special performance from Emmy of Armenia's special friend!.