Statistically speaking: the 2011 top ten and beyond…

1. AZERBAIJAN

Artist: male/female duo Ell/Nikki

Song: Running Scared

Language: English

Style: pop ballad

Change from last appearance: +4

Last top 10 appearance: 2010, 5th place

With:  female soloist Safura and Drip Drop

Which was: an English-language pop/r & b ballad

2. ITALY

Artist: male soloist Raphael Gualazzi

Song: Madness of Love

Language: English/Italian

Style: jazz

Change from last appearance: +2

Last top 10 appearance: 1997, 4th place

With: male/female duo Jalisse and Fiumi Di Parole

Which was: an Italian-language ballad

3. SWEDEN

Artist: male soloist Eric Saade

Song: Popular

Language: English

Style: Club pop

Change from last appearance: Did not qualify

Last top 10 appearance: 2006, 5th place

With: female soloist Carola and Invincible

Which was: English-language schlager

4. UKRAINE

Artist: female soloist Mika Newton

Song: Angel

Language: English

Style: Pop/rock ballad

Change from last appearance: +6

Last top 10 appearance: 2010, 10th place

With: female soloist Alyosha and Sweet People

Which was: English language rock

5. DENMARK

Artist: male quartet A Friend In London

Song: New Tomorrow

Language: English

Style: rock anthem

Change from last appearance: -1

Last top 10 appearance: 2010, 4th place

With: male/female duo Chanee & N’evergreen and In A Moment Like This

Which was: An English-language pop ballad

6. BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Artist: male soloist Dino Merlin

Song: Love In Rewind

Language: English/Bosnian

Style: Folk pop

Change from last appearance: +11

Last top 10 appearance: 2009, 9th place

With: male quartet Regina and Bistra Voda

Which was: Bosnian-language folk rock

7. GREECE

Artist: male duo Loukas Yiorkas & Stereo Mike

Song: Watch My Dance

Language: English/Greek

Style: Rap/ethno-pop

Change from last appearance: +1

Last top 10 appearance: 2010, 8th place

With: male soloist Giorgos Alkaios and OPA

Which was: Greek-language ethno-pop

8. IRELAND

Artist: male duo Jedward

Song: Lipstick

Language: English

Style: Pop

Change from last appearance: +15

Last top 10 appearance: 2006, 10th place

With: male soloist Brian Kennedy and Every Song Is A Cry For Love

Which was: an English-language ballad

9. GEORGIA

Artist: male/female group Eldrine

Song: One More Day

Language: English

Style: rock

Change from last appearance: =

Last top 10 appearance: 2010, 9th place

With: female soloist Sopho and Shine

Which was: An English language ballad

10. GERMANY

Artist: female soloist Lena

Song: Taken By A Stranger

Language: English

Style: I actually have no idea!

Change from last appearance: -9

Last top 10 appearance: 2010, 1st place

With: female soloist Lena and Satellite

Which was: English-language pop

  • 6 countries in this year’s top 10 were in the top 10 last year.
  • Of those, 5 sung completely in English in 2010 and 2011.
  • Last year’s winner recieved 9 lots of 12 points and 5 lots of 10 points. Ell and Nikki managed 3 lots of 12 points and 5 lots of 10 points.
  • Azerbaijan have placed no lower than 8th since their debut in 2008. 75% of their Eurovision time has been spent in the top 5!
  • Last year, 9 of the top 10 entries were completely English language, compared with 7 this year. That is despite the fact that 59% of the 2010 songs were in all English, 60% of the 2011 ones were.
  • If the last few years are any indication, these have the best chances of ending up in the top 10: Female soloists performing a pop ballad/ straight pop song sung in English, OR a pop/rock song with an ethnic influence sung in English/ a combination of languages.

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