Azerbaijan’s win was lowest average score for at least 20 years

Azerbaijan’s 221 points was the lowest Eurovision winning score since the semi final was introduced in 2004. In 2003 only 26 countries took part and Turkey won with just 167 points (2 points away from Belgium and 3 points behind third-placed Russia).

Bosnia received the full 12 points from 5 countries, Italy 4, but Azerbaijan got top marks from just 3 countries, along with Denmark, Georgia, Ireland and Ukraine (compare this to 16 countries that gave their 12 points to Norway in 2009).

The points were more evenly spread between countries this year. Spain ended in 23rd place with 50 points, the same place they finished in 2009 with just 23 points.

Azerbaijan’s average score of 5.14 points per country was the lowest for over 20 years, in stark contrast to Alexander Rybak’s average of 9.21 points just two years ago.

AVERAGE SCORES IN THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST SINCE 1991

2009: Norway – 9.21 (387 points/42 countries voting)

1997: United Kingdom – 9.08 (227/25)
1994: Ireland – 9.04 (226/25)
2001: Estonia – 8.61 (198/23)
2000: Denmark – 8.12 (195/24)
2004: Ukraine – 7.78 (280/36)
2006: Finland – 7.68 (292/38)
1993: Ireland – 7.48 (187/25)
2002: Latvia – 7.33 (176/24)
1999: Sweden – 7.09 (163/23)
1996: Ireland – 7.04 (162/23)
1998: Israel – 6.88 (172/25)
1992: Ireland – 6.74 (155/23)
1991: Sweden – 6.64 (146/22)
1995: Norway – 6.43 (148/23)
2003: Turkey – 6.42 (167/26)
2008: Russia – 6.32 (272/43)
2010: Germany – 6.31 (246/39)
2007: Serbia – 6.31 (268/42)
2005: Greece – 5.9 (230/39)

*2009: Iceland (2nd place) – 5.19 (218/42)

2011: Azerbaijan – 5.14 (221 points/43 countries voting)

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