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23 May 2011

Ell and Nikki win Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf!!! / Next year it's in Baku, Ajerbaijan!!! Make your reservations NOW!

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BBC News
Saturday 14 May 2011

Azerbaijan wins
Eurovision Song Contest

Next year's contest will be held 
in the winner's capital city of Baku

Azerbaijan has been crowned the winner of this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Germany, while the UK came 11th.

Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal of Ell/Nikki were voted Europe's favourites, after scoring 221 points with their love song, Running Scared.

Newly reformed band Blue notched up 100 points, whilst Ireland's entry, X Factor twins Jedward, finished eighth.

Italy's Raphael Gualazzi took second place, followed by Eric Saade from Sweden.

'Happiest man'

It is the first time that Azerbaijan has won the contest in the incredibly schlocky kitschy contest's 56-year history, having only joined Eurovision in 2008.

Although Jamal was born in Azerbaijan, she currently lives in north London with her husband and two daughters.

On receiving the trophy, Gasimov said he was the "the happiest man in the world".

It was another disappointing year for the UK, which has not won the competition since 1997, when Katrina and the Waves triumphed with Love Shine a Light.

However, Blue managed to notch up a respectable score compared with last year's entry, who came last with only 10 points.

At one early stage during the voting process Bulgaria and Italy both awarded the UK high scores, making it briefly top of the results table.

Host Graham Norton joked: "Quick, someone take a picture."

Last year's winner Lena Mayer-Landrut, who represented Germany again, beat the UK by seven points to finish 10th.

Viewers at home in all 43 competing nations voted for their favourite song by phone or text message, which accounted for half of each country's vote.

The other 50% was determined by five-member expert juries in each participating country.

Two rounds of semi-finals held earlier in the week whittled the competitors down to 25 finalists.

The event, which was hosted by Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers and Stefan Raab, attracted 35,000 to the Fortuna Düsseldorf Arena.
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    15th May 2011 - 15:35

    I love Eurovision and watch every year and am happy for my tv licence money to go towards it....I don't watch Dr. Who or Football or Eastenders, there will always be stuff on tv you don't watch but someone else does so stop moaning about it. It's 3 odd hours one saturday a year not the end of the world, just enjoy the event and stop reading to much into everything.

    origami Penguin
    15th May 2011 - 14:07

    It's just a bit of fun. Personally, I don't care who wins. People ought to lighten up instead of treating it like a modern media version of the Hundred Years War.

    15th May 2011 - 13:49

    Isn't it rather strange that most of these groups sing in English? Shouldn't there be a rule that you must sing in your mother tongue i.e. in the language (or one of the several languages) of the participating country? I thought that Europe meant cultural and linguistic diversity. All these songs sound like Mid-Atlantic goo, without any connection to the culture of the country concerned.

    15th May 2011 - 12:48

    No, I didn't watch it, because I don't like either that kind of music or that kind of show. But a lot of people do, and anything which brings so many countries together in an informal and (I suppose) mainly friendly way can't be bad. So long live the thing until too many people get fed up with it .

    15th May 2011 - 9:30

    Eurovision is absolutely abysmal but it is something to be treasured. Fetish tv at it's worst. Today will be full of people asking "Did you see it?" and you'll be hard put to find somebody who says 'yes' even though they sat glued to every minute.
    Of course, I didn't see it myself, never watched it... never have watched it either..... 11th place? Really? Better luck next year then ;-)


"Running Scared"
winner Eurovision Song Contest 2011

Performer: Ell/Nikki

Song writer(s): Stefan Örn (Razor Boy Music Publishing Sweden), Sandra Bjurman
Song composer(s): Stefan Örn (Razor Boy Music Publishing Sweden), Sandra Bjurman, Iain James Farquharson (Sony / ATV UK)

Come to me, come to me tonight
Oh god I need you, anyway... baby
I just wanna be, be around you all the time
Oh god I need you.. oh...

I'm running I'm scared tonight
I'm running I'm scared of life
I'm running I'm scared of breathing
Coz I adore you
I'm running I'm scared tonight
I'm running I'm scared of breathing
Coz I adore you

Come to me, come to me a bit more
Oh god I need you, there's nothing left for me to say
So rest on me darling, stay forever more
Oh god I need you, I need you

I'm running I'm scared tonight
I'm running I'm scared of life
I'm running I'm scared of breathing
Coz I adore you
I'm running I'm scared tonight
I'm running I'm scared of breathing
Coz I adore you

Oh, what I wouldn't give away
To be you're shelter and keep you safe… oh… oh..

I'm running I'm scared tonight
I'm running I'm scared of life
I'm running I'm scared of breathing
Coz I adore you
I'm running I'm scared tonight
I'm running I'm scared of breathing
Coz I adore you


patfromch said...

Oh, it was TermiteFunFest again ? Apparently the Swiss came in last, no surprise there. I still shudder to think that the last time we won this nonsense bloody flaming Celine Dion had to help us. Who would have thought that this foghorn would have a world career with the same godawful kwatsch ? And who would have thought she is still around, doing that very same kwatsch ?

Panem et circenses for the dumbed down masses, a freak show for people with more enthusiasm than talent and bigger egos than brains for 15 minutes of fame. And how come I write almost the same rant every year ?

Vleeptron Dude said...

First time I visited Yerp, I was stumbling around Amsterdam and a huge crowd of tourists encircled Leidseplein. A family of street performers ... one fellow, about 20, took a huge swig from a bottle that said LAMPFUIL, then put a match to his lips, and began blowing a huge fireball of flame out of his mouth.

Two young American women were standing within earshot of me. One was mesmerized. The other was disgusted, both at the Fire Eater (a real minimalist mega-tattooed punk), and at her friend for wasting 0.002 seconds of her life watching this primitive special.

"Well, that's Show Biz," she said, grabbed her friend's arm, and dragged her away.

Jeez -- if I want to catch next year's TermiteFest, and I fall asleep on the train, I could wake up in IRAN!!!

Surprise Surprise! Did you read the lyrics to "Running Scared"? The winning song was about .................. LOVE!!!

(Bring back Lordi!)

Vleeptron Dude said...

(just wake up, not enough coffee yet ...)

...for wasting 0.002 seconds of her life watching this primitive ***spectacle***.

patfromch said...

I too have walked down the Leitseplein, lots of good restaurants, cheep beer, good coffee shops with extra menue.

Now just for laughs what if one country would send something avant garde and radical, like Einstürzende Neubauten in their prime, Diamanda Galas, John Zorn with Torture Garden or something as loud and drastic as The Ramones to this event ? Something so alien, strange and shocking to the termites it would provoke a massive scandal. Now that would be fun ! Maybe we Swiss could to that, we always end up last so there would be nothing to loose anyway.

Anonymous said...

something your own size - smallpox virus lives on!

Vleeptron Dude said...

Well, Anonymous' comment about smallpox is certainly very strange.

A week before April Fool's Day sometime around 1980, me and a bunch of pals decided to crank out a press release to all the local media from the

Hampshire-Franklin Variola Protective Collective

to protest the plans of the World Health Organization to destroy the last samples of smallbox virus (variola) on Earth -- in 2 refrigerators, one in the USA, the other in the Soviet Union.

We announced a meeting at the University of Massachusetts. We had a biology professor from NYU who was going to talk about the proposed National MicroZoo, after which we were going to show a documentary film, "Something Your Own Size," narrated by Robert Redford. The meeting was scheduled for the evening of 1 April.

2 local newspapers ran our press release -- but both editors smelled something very fishy about it, made some phone calls, and wrote that as far as they were concerned, the Hampshire-Franklin Variola Protective Collective was a big April Fool's fraud.

So who the hell is this Anonymous? Were you part of the H-FVPC???

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