Sunday, 15 May 2011
Azerbaijan win Eurovision 2011
Azerbaijan has won the 2011 EuroVision in front of a packed Düsseldorf Arena and millions of TV viewers all over Europe beating off challenges from pre-show favourites Germany, the UK and Eire. Ell & Nikki from Azerbaijan received the highest number of points from televoters and juries from the 43 countries participating in this year's show, totalling 221 points for their song Running Scared - followed by Raphael Gualazzi from Italy with 189 points and Sweden's Eric Saade who collected 185 points. After two semi-finals, twenty five acts participated in the final with host nation Germany and the rest of the so-called 'Big Five' - France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom - automatic finallists. The UK's Blue who had previously sold more than 14 million albums came in 11th with I Can and Eire's X-factor stars Jedward managed to come in 8th with Lipstick.