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Universong 39
Sunshine's rhythm
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Date

5 - 22 May 2012

Host city

Lisbon, Portugal Portugal

Participants

45

Debuting countries

Czech Republic Czech Republic, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland

Returning countries

Albania Albania, Andorra Andorra, Barbados Barbados, Faroe Islands Faroe Islands, Japan Japan, Montenegro Montenegro, Russia Russia, Switzerland Switzerland

Withdrawing countries

Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, Cameroon Cameroon, Colombia Colombia, Hungary Hungary, Israel Israel, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, South Korea South Korea

Winner

England England
Hurts
"Stay"

Timeline

◄ London 38 Eurovision Heart Manchester 40 ►

Universong 39 was the 39th edition of the Universong Contest, held between May 5th and 22nd, 2012 for the very first time (and only so far) in Lisbon, Portugal. The winning of Monica Ferraz, with the song "Golden days", on the previous edition in London, England, was the event marking the staging of the contest in the Southern European country.

For the second time, England won the Universong title, thanks to the song "Stay", by the duo Hurts. With a total of 174 points, it became the winner, almost breaking the point record by 2 points, and after an exciting voting sequence, where the front runners were exchanging places every now and then, with few points difference. At least one all the members of the top 5 of this edition were in the leading positions throughout the voting, until reaching a heating up during the last 7 voting rounds, with a stretch margin between all of the top 6, making unclear who would win before the last voting. Even though, Germany, the last voting country, made clear that England would win after giving 7 points to the runner-up Cyprus (Ivi Adamou, with the song "Sose me", earned a great total of 161 points at the end of the event, with a 13 point difference with England) and 5 points to third place Italy ("Look into myself", by Bianca Guaccero, earned a total of 158 points).

In the top 5, Mexico earned its best position since USC 30, thanks to Paulina Rubio, who with the song "Boys will be boys", earned 157 points, very closed behind the top 3, in fourth place. Otherwise, Greece got fifth place, with the song "The light in our souls" by former USC champion Helena Paparizou. Greece earned 139 points, thus completing the top 5.

Semifinal 1 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Turkey Turkey Eylem "Istanbul" 13 54
02 Switzerland Switzerland Stefanie Heinzmann "Diggin' in the dirt" 15 53
03 Netherlands Netherlands Krezip "Plug it in & turn me on" 19 22
04 Albania Albania Zanfina Ismaili "Ti pa mu nuk mundesh" 20 5
05 Andorra Andorra David Bisbal "Dígale" 9 59
06 Armenia Armenia Marianna "Mama" 16 52
07 England England Hurts "Stay" 1 149
08 Iceland Iceland Sykur "Curling" 14 54
09 USA United States Demi Lovato "Give your heart a break" 5 78
10 Croatia Croatia Pamela Ramljak "Ti me ne volis" 12 54
11 Czech Republic Czech Republic Eddie Stoilow "Frozen" 7 69
12 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Ivy Quainoo "Do you like what you see?" 11 59
13 Cyprus Cyprus Ivi Adamou "Sose me" 2 130
14 Serbia Serbia Marija Šerifović & Aca Lukas "Luda glava balkanska" 18 43
15 Vatican City Vatican City Modà & Emma Marrone "Arriverà" 6 77
16 Sweden Sweden Robin Stjernberg "On my mind" 8 63
17 Greece Greece Helena Paparizou "The light in our soul" 3 110
18 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Jesper Nohrstedt "Take our hearts" 4 91
19 Germany Germany Culcha Candela "Von allein" 17 49
20 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Ash "Clones" 21 4
21 North Macedonia North Macedonia Darko Ilievski & Magdalena Cvetkovska "Pepel" 10 59

Semifinal 2 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Russia Russia Sergey Lazarev "Electric touch" 13 58
02 Finland Finland Kaija Koo "Vapaa" 8 72
03 Latvia Latvia Kristina Zaharova "Kaut es spētu izlikties" 11 65
04 Japan Japan Yoshida Brothers "Storm" 17 35
05 Poland Poland Patricia Kazadi & Matt Pokora "Wanna feel you now" 14 53
06 Chile Chile Kudai "Morir de amor" 5 82
07 Spain Spain Merche "Abre tu mente" 16 39
08 Norway Norway Marit Larsen "Don't move" 12 62
09 Montenegro Montenegro Gjyste Vulaj "Shpirtin tek ti e kam" 18 35
10 Bulgaria Bulgaria Mariana Popova "New religion" 10 67
11 Mexico Mexico Paulina Rubio "Boys will be boys" 2 117
12 San Marino San Marino Sonohra "Baby" 4 90
13 Moldova Moldova Pasha Parfeni "No crime" 19 30
14 Canada Canada Hedley "Perfect" 1 119
15 Italy Italy Bianca Guaccero "Look into myself" 3 101
16 Belgium Belgium Tom Dice & DJ Antoine "Sunlight" 9 68
17 Romania Romania Claudia Cream "Beautiful lies" 6 78
18 Malta Malta Glen Vella "Ngihx biss ghalik" 20 23
19 Barbados Barbados Charles D. Lewis "Soca dance" 21 16
20 Australia Australia Chris Sorbello "So lonely" 15 50
21 Kosovo Kosovo Genta Ismajli "Guximi" 7 74

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Cyprus Cyprus Ivi Adamou "Sose me" 2 161
02 Belgium Belgium Tom Dice ft. DJ Antoine "Sunlight" 26 49
03 Andorra Andorra David Bisbal "Dígale" 11 97
04 Czech Republic Czech Republic Eddie Stoilow "Frozen" 21 62
05 North Macedonia North Macedonia Darko Ilievski & Magdalena Cvetkovska "Pepel" 25 50
06 Greece Greece Helena Paparizou "The light in our soul" 5 139
07 Norway Norway Marit Larsen "Don't move" 20 63
08 Kosovo Kosovo Genta Ismajli "Guximi" 23 60
09 San Marino San Marino Sonohra "Baby" 17 80
10 Finland Finland Kaija Koo "Vapaa" 10 97
11 Portugal Portugal Luisa Sobral "Not there yet" 22 61
12 Chile Chile Kudai "Morir de amor" 19 66
13 Vatican City Vatican City Modà & Emma Marrone "Arriverà" 14 90
14 Italy Italy Bianca Guaccero "Look into myself" 3 158
15 France France Shy'm "En apesanteur" 13 90
16 Bulgaria Bulgaria Mariana Popova "New religion" 18 73
17 Sweden Sweden Robin Stjernberg "On my own" 16 84
18 Mexico Mexico Paulina Rubio "Boys will be boys" 4 157
19 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Jesper Nohrstedt "Take our hearts" 7 113
20 Denmark Denmark Ida Corr "What goes around comes" 9 105
21 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Ivy Quainoo "Do you like what you see?" 12 95
22 Croatia Croatia Pamela Ramljak "Ti me ne volis" 27 43
23 USA United States Demi Lovato "Give your heart a break" 8 113
24 Canada Canada Hedley "Perfect" 6 129
25 Romania Romania Claudia Cream "Beautiful lies" 15 89
26 Latvia Latvia Kristina Zaharova "Kaut es spētu izlikties" 24 54
27 England England Hurts "Stay" 1 174
Editions of the Universong Contest
Universong 1 - Zwolle 2 - Linz 3 - Bucharest 4 - The Hague 5 - Motala 6 - Reykjavik 7 - Valletta 8 - The Hague 9 - Cork 10 - Bucharest 11 - Malmö 12 - Bruges 13 - Bucharest 14 - Venice 15 - Paris 16 - Bogota 17 - Zagreb 18 - Osijek 19 - Cardiff 20 - Wellington 21 - Constanta 22 - Chisinau 23 - Rome 24 - Iasi-Istanbul 25 - Amsterdam 26 - Prilep 27 - Andorra la Vella 28 - Athens 29 - Thessaloniki 30 - Copenhagen 31 - Milan 32 - Istanbul 33 - Nicosia 34 - Saranda 35 - Piraeus 36 - Capri 37 - London 38 - Lisbon 39 - Manchester 40 - Cardiff 41 - Newcastle 42 - Vaduz 43 - Reykjavik 44 - Helsinki 45 - Liverpool 46 - Castrovillari 47 - Annaba 48 - Yerevan 49 - Akureyri 50 - Stockholm 51 - Budapest 52 - Vilnius 53 - Turku 54 - Den Bosch 55 - Tromso 56 - Espoo 57 - Leeds 58 - Nokia 59 - Orebro 60 - Los Angeles 61 - Paris 62 - Florence 63 - Uppsala 64 - Sydney 65 - Limassol 66 - Melbourne 67 - Barcelona-Vaduz 68 - Berlin 69 - Johannesburg 70 - Kiev 71 - Ohrid 72 - New York 73 - St. Petersburg 74 - Jerusalem 75 - Zagreb 76 - Monte Carlo 77 - Tehran 78 - Nuuk 79 - Perth 80 - San Juan 81 - Split 82 - Thorshavn 83 - Dublin 84 - Amsterdam 85 - San Marino 86 - Luxembourg 87 - Saint-Denis 88 - Tromso 89 - Madrid 90 - Gothenburg 91 - Santiago de Chile 92 - Tehran 93 - Esch-sur-Alzette 94 - Rome 95 - Tallinn 96 - Baku 97 - Sydney 98
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