With a total of 221 points, Azerbaijan take the Eurovision 2011 title. Defeating Italy and Sweden in what was a close race for all positions below the victors, Ell and Nikki received high scores from across Europe. Singing “Running Scared”, the Azeri performance on the night of the final was from 19th in the order of the 25 songs.
Interviewed at the moment of victory, Ell said he was “the happiest man in the world” and Nikki thanked all of Europe for their victory. Pundits had noted that vocal performances in early rehearsals and the semifinal were not outstanding, but tonight they were more assured.
For the first time in history, the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the Caucasus in 2012.