Ell/Nikki from Azerbaijan - photo by Alain Douit (EBU)
Düsseldorf, Germany -

After an exciting voting in front of tens of thousands of people in a fully packed Düsseldorf Arena and millions of TV viewers all over Europe, it was finally Ell/Nikki from Azerbaijan who received the highest number of points from televoters and juries from the 43 countries participating in this year's edition of Europe's favourite TV-show! Ell/Nikki managed to gather 221 points altogether - followed by Raphael Gualazzi from Italy with 189 points and Sweden's Eric Saade who collected 185 points.

Europe experienced a breathtaking show live from the Düsseldorf Arena tonight with 25 acts from 25 countries giving their very best. 20 of these had qualified from the two Semi-Finals while host nation Germany and the rest of the so-called 'Big Five' - France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom - were automatically set for the Final. After all 43 countries had voted, it was Ell/Nikki from Azerbaijan who was the lucky winner with their song Running Scared, collecting 221 points altogether.

The dream to represent Azerbaijan in Eurovision has followed Nigar since 2000. That was when the Russian singer Alsou, highly popular in Azerbaijan, finished on the 2nd place in the Contest with her song Solo. Alsou’s success gave Nigar the hope that one day her dream of performing on the Eurovision stage may become reality. Last autumn, Nigar revived her dream of taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Eldar Gasimov was born in Baku in 1989. Just like Nigar, Eldar has dreamt of performing on the Eurovision stage since 2000. He has passionately followed the Contest, particularly after Azerbaijan’s 2008 debut. Last autumn, Eldar decided to try himself in the national Eurovision selection. He was one of 77 contenders to represent Azerbaijan in Eurovision 2011. After preliminary castings and 7 pre-selection shows, which were broadcast by the ITV channel, Eldar went to the national selection final and became one of the two winners.

50 percent jury impact

Just like in the last few years, a mixture of 50% televote and 50% jury was used. For this purpose, national juries consisting of five music industry professionals gathered in all 43 participating countries who ranked the songs in Eurovision Song Contest style, giving 12 points to their favourite song, 10 points to their second favourite, etc. The results of the five jury members were then added up and accounted for 50% of the country's votes. Those results were then combined with the televoting results.

You can find the full results of the Grand Final here and of the 2 Semi-Finals here and here.

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  • Posted on 15 February 2012 at 15:36
    and song of 2012.. in this
    Sabina Babayeva - You Make Me Feel report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 July 2011 at 00:10
    With December 26 being the 20th anniversary of the American victory over the USSR in the cold war, this Eurovision result is particularly significant. Who would have imagined in 1990 that 2 kids from the then Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic would win the 2011 Eurovision contest singing an American-styled pop song in American English? This is a testimony to Ronald Reagan's great victory over the Soviets. See report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 July 2011 at 17:52
    One of the best winners! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 June 2011 at 18:34
    I know that there many, but in this case question was about inexpensive hotel. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 June 2011 at 10:16
    IngaUSA ,
    There are many uxury hotels in Baku.......... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 June 2011 at 16:57
    ♥♥ :-) cant wait till the esc 2012 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 June 2011 at 18:52
    2009 - ARASH&AYSEL "ALWAYS" - 3 PLASE!
    2010 - SAFURA "DRIP DROP" - 5 PLASE!
    2011 - ELDAR&NIGAR "RUNNING SCARED" - 1 PLASE !!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 June 2011 at 22:36
    Well done Azerbaijan. I liked very much the song although I thinked that it would be sweden that was going to win.
    Still CONGRATULATIONS Azerbaijan you deserved and it was a really good song. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 May 2011 at 21:44

    flying through London airport will be the best choice: good costumer service and they speak in english! :)
    In Azerbaijan they will build more hotels for affordable prices before Eurovision. Also you can take a violet colour cab from airport. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 May 2011 at 20:31
  • Posted on 31 May 2011 at 19:52
    Well done Azerbaijan :) A very good song. I like it very much report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 May 2011 at 19:52
    Well done Azerbaijan :) A very good song! I like it very much report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 May 2011 at 19:03
  • Posted on 27 May 2011 at 12:24
    then stay by ur mind,theres nothing typicall to Atomic kittens! i am tired of this unusefull discussions, Every country and every singer had great chances to win,next year ur country will win,i dont think that u guys who are writing sone stupid things about my country will lake those kind of words,and things written or said about ur country! everyone could say the same abut every country,all of us had our own winners, we all liked different perfomances and songs! so PLZZZ! STOP ACTING INMATURALLY! Just respect everyone and every country
    ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 May 2011 at 00:14
    Hey :) Finally someone wrote something again here in this article. Thanks Mehriban ;) I'm still checking it out every day and it gets more and more difficult to get to this article, so at least it was worth it today :) Congrats again to Azerbaijan and my favourite song this year. You guys will sure give an unforgetable and amazing show to all of Eurovision family. I still hope politics are left out and Armenia changes its mind and takes part too. I would sure miss them. report to the moderator