Swedish Song Takes Eurovision to Asia

Europe and Asia got united at the grand final in Eurovision Song Contest Saturday night. After an exciting voting in front of 32,000 people in Düsseldorf’s arena and millions of TV viewers from around the world, Ell & Nikki from Azerbaijan won this year’s edition of Europe’s favourite TV-show. As a result Eurovision Song Contest will move to Asia for the first time ever, when Baku in Azerbaijan will host the show in 2012.


Ell & Nikki performed the love duet “Running Scared” which is composed by the three Swedes Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman and Iain Farguhanson. Örn and Bjurman have also written the lyrics. Not only was the song Swedish, Ell & Nikki were accompanied on stage by four Swedish choir singers.


“After our victory in Europe we would like to tour in Asia as well, but first we want to have some more songs to perform,” Ell & Nikki told ScandAsia’s correspondent.


Ell & Nikki are happy for bringing Eurovision Song Contest to Asia.


“Music has no borders, we just want people to enjoy it”.


While Azerbaijan won this year’s song contest, two of the Nordic countries made it to the top as well. Sweden represented by Eric Saade was the third most popular song, and Denmark’s A Friend In London came fifth. In between Italy, who returned to Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 1997, became number two, and Ukraine number four.


Iceland’s Sjonni’s Friends only got 20th most votes out of 25 participating countries in the grand final, and Finland’s Paradise Oskar ended on place number 21. Norway didn’t make it to the final.


Watch the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2011, Azerbaijan’s “Running Scared”: http://


Read also this previous report: Sweden and Denmark Continued to Eurovision Final
and this: Finnish Success at Eurovision Song Contest

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