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Duo Ell/Nikki From Azerbaijan Wins 2011 Eurovision

May 15, 2011, 12:21 pm GMT

Nikki, a mother of two from London, represented Azerbaijan with Eldar Gasimov and won the first trophy for the country through their ballad.



Two unknowns from Azerbaijan managed to steal the title of 2011 Eurovision Song Contest winner. Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal, known as Ell/Nikki, beat more popular acts in the grand finale which was held on Saturday, May 14 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

"We're so happy, we love you guys, we love you," the duo who performed a romantic ballad called "Running Scared" screamed. Their victory was witnessed by more than 120 million viewers in 55 countries. "I'm just a housewife with two kids," Nikki said at the press conference afterward. "My only dream was to represent my country."

The act from Azerbaijan gathered 221 points from the votes while Italy and Sweden came in second and third place respectively. U.K. which sent boyband Blue finished eleventh while Ireland's very own twin act the Jedward landed at eighth place.

"We want to bring Europe together with our song", said Eldar when asked about how the song can maybe contribute to solving many problems in Europe.

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