Universong 39
Sunshine's rhythm
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Date

5 - 22 May 2012

Host city

Lisbon, Portugal.png Portugal

Participants

45

Debuting countries

Czech Republic.png Czech Republic, Northern Ireland.png Northern Ireland

Returning countries

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

Withdrawing countries

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

Winner

England.png England
Hurts
"Stay"

Timeline

◄ London 38 Eurovision Heart.png 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

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

Semifinal 2

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

Grand Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Cyprus.png Cyprus Ivi Adamou "Sose me" 2 161
02 Belgium.png Belgium Tom Dice ft. DJ Antoine "Sunlight" 26 49
03 Andorra.png Andorra David Bisbal "Dígale" 11 97
04 Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Eddie Stoilow "Frozen" 21 62
05 North Macedonia.png North Macedonia Darko Ilievski & Magdalena Cvetkovska "Pepel" 25 50
06 Greece.png Greece Helena Paparizou "The light in our soul" 5 139
07 Norway.png Norway Marit Larsen "Don't move" 20 63
08 Kosovo.png Kosovo Genta Ismajli "Guximi" 23 60
09 San Marino.png San Marino Sonohra "Baby" 17 80
10 Finland.png Finland Kaija Koo "Vapaa" 10 97
11 Portugal.png Portugal Luisa Sobral "Not there yet" 22 61
12 Chile.png Chile Kudai "Morir de amor" 19 66
13 Vatican City.png Vatican City Modà & Emma Marrone "Arriverà" 14 90
14 Italy.png Italy Bianca Guaccero "Look into myself" 3 158
15 France.png France Shy'm "En apesanteur" 13 90
16 Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Mariana Popova "New religion" 18 73
17 Sweden.png Sweden Robin Stjernberg "On my own" 16 84
18 Mexico.png Mexico Paulina Rubio "Boys will be boys" 4 157
19 Faroe Islands.png Faroe Islands Jesper Nohrstedt "Take our hearts" 7 113
20 Denmark.png Denmark Ida Corr "What goes around comes" 9 105
21 Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein Ivy Quainoo "Do you like what you see?" 12 95
22 Croatia.png Croatia Pamela Ramljak "Ti me ne volis" 27 43
23 USA.png United States Demi Lovato "Give your heart a break" 8 113
24 Canada.png Canada Hedley "Perfect" 6 129
25 Romania.png Romania Claudia Cream "Beautiful lies" 15 89
26 Latvia.png Latvia Kristina Zaharova "Kaut es spētu izlikties" 24 54
27 England.png 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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