Winners Of The Decade! – Azerbaijan 2011

On this new series of weekly posts, we remind you of the winners of the past decade! Can you believe it that another Eurovision decade has passed? The 10 songs that got the gold for their countries will be presented in random order!

In this decade we saw, of course, ten winners. From that number Sweden won two times. Azerbaijan and Portugal won for their first time and Germany and Austria for second time. The Netherlands won for the fifth time after 44 years! Moreover, Ukraine, Denmark and Israel mark their 2nd, 3rd and 4th win respectively. 

Azerbaijan in ESC

The first attempt of the country to participate in the contest came in 2007 but was unsuccessful. AzTV wasn’t an active EBU member and therefore couldn’t be part. On July 2007, the newer public broadcaster iTV a.k.a. İctimai Television got a full membership. A year after the country debuted to the contest.

On their first attempt, the country was represented by Elnur and Samir with the song “Day After Day”, they qualified to the final where they finished 6th. The country has a very good qualification rate, having missed the final only one time in 2018.

Through its short Eurovision history, it has achieved the Top-5 five times, two times the 8th place and the one time it failed to qualify it finished eleventh on its semi. Its first win came at its fourth participation in 2011, with Ell and Nikki and their song “Running Scared”. That marks the first time since 1963 that a mixed-gender duo won the contest.

Azerbaijan in 2011

In 2011, the contest was held on Düsseldorf, Germany, after its last year’s win. Azerbaijan chose its representative for the contest through a national final, Milli Seçim Turu 2010. The winners of the national final were Ell and Nikki and their song was “Running Scared”.

The song was composed by Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman, Iain James Farquharson and was entirely in English. The song came second in the semi beaten by Greece, but on the night of the final achieved the first place with 221 points.

Ell & Nikki

Nikki was born on 7th of September 1980, in Baku. Her birth name is Nigar Aydin kizi Jamal. She was raised in London. In 1997, she began her studies in economics and management.

Ell was born on 4th of June 1989, in Baku. His full name is Eldar “Ell” Parviz oglu Gasimov. Ell is a graduate of Baku Slavic University. He also speaks Russian, German and English. Ell was chosen along with Leyla Aliyeva and Nargiz Birk-Petersen as the 2012 hosts of the contest.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Azerbaijan? Let us know in the comment box below.

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