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Universong 40
Share your language through music
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Date

31 May - 17 June 2012

Host city

Manchester, England England

Participants

47

Debuting countries

Monaco Monaco, Panama Panama

Returning countries

Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, Estonia Estonia, Hungary Hungary, Ireland Ireland, Peru Peru, Slovenia Slovenia, Ukraine Ukraine, Wales Wales

Withdrawing countries

Chile Chile, Czech Republic Czech Republic, Faroe Islands Faroe Islands, Japan Japan, Montenegro Montenegro, Portugal Portugal, Scotland Scotland

Winner

Wales Wales
Marina and the Diamonds
"Lies"

Timeline

◄ Lisbon 39 Eurovision Heart Cardiff 41 ►

Universong 40 was the 40th edition of the Universong Contest, held for the second time in England, after the winning of Hurts with the song "Stay" on the previous edition held in Lisbon, Portugal. The chosen city was Manchester, and the contest was held from May 31st to June 17th, 2012.

As every ten editions, the Universong Contest is engaged in a special edition. In this ocassion, and after a brainstorm made by all the members of the Facebook group, the administrators internally decided the special theme according to the ideas exposed during the brainstorm period. The chosen theme was songs in the participating countries' national languages.

As in every special edition, some special rules were released. The songs must have been sung in the national language or languages of the countries represented. The rest of the rules (no worldwide superhits, no covers, no remixes) were still inforced. 

47 countries were represented in this fifth Universong special, including the debut of Monaco and Panama, while Azerbaijan, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Peru, Slovenia, Ukraine and Wales.  

Wales got its second Universong winning. Marina and the Diamonds, in her third venture in the USC won the second Welsh title with the song "Lies", scoring a total of 178 points, thus breaking its own point record of 176 points (also imposed by Wales in its first USC winning in USC 19 in Osijek, Croatia, and later equalled by Cyprus in its winning in USC 33 in Istanbul, Turkey). Even though, during the voting, it didn't become evident that, Wales would win. The main favourite was France, represented by the song "La sense de la vie" by Tal, who spend almost the whole voting in first position, even when Wales and France tied for first place at the end of the 23rd country voting. With 2 countries remaining to vote, Wales have already taken some lead closer to France,and during the last voting round, the possibility of a tie between Wales and France, or that France finally catched up finishing with a two point difference, in case the last voting country, Turkey, didn't gave points to Wales, was open, as both countries had 168 and 156 points, respectively. Even though, as Turkey gave 10 points to Wales, it was enough to secure the USC title for the British nation, with a margin of 22 points. Eventually, France came in second place with 156 points. Both songs were also the winners of their respective semifinals. 

In third place, Cyprus, a direct finalist, scored not only 149 points, but also the most 12 points of this edition (six) for the song "Panta ekei" by Stefanos Dimosthenous. In fourth and fifth places, Ireland and host England completed the top 5.  

Semifinal 1 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 San Marino San Marino Ilaria Porceddu "Libera" 11 68
02 Panama Panama Margarita Henríquez "Enamorada" 12 63
03 Ukraine Ukraine Goryachiy Shokolad "Neba malo" 8 75
04 Slovenia Slovenia Nika Zorjan "Čas za nas" 10 65
05 Albania Albania Ledina Celo "Te ndjej te huaj" 13 57
06 Germany Germany Marian & Lukas "Luft und Liebe" 5 96
07 Wales Wales Marina and the Diamonds "Lies" 1 129
08 Sweden Sweden Panetoz "Dansa pausa" 16 50
09 Spain Spain David Bisbal, Aleks Syntek, Noel Schajris and Luis Fonsi "Aquí estoy yo" 15 51
10 Malta Malta Slink ft. Chiara "Music is the answer" 20 22
11 Greece Greece Sakis Arseniou "Erotohtipimenos" 4 104
12 Armenia Armenia Lilit Hovhannisyan "Ekela" 7 77
13 Latvia Latvia Roberts Lejasmeijers & Candy "Rīts ir tālu vēl " 21 21
14 Kosovo Kosovo Leonora Jakupi "Iluzion" 17 45
15 Portugal Portugal Amor Electro "A máquina" 19 39
16 Luxembourg Luxembourg Niels Destadsbader "Hou je me vast" 6 79
17 Belgium Belgium Clouseau "Leve België" 22 13
18 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Emin "Heart beats" 2 120
19 Netherlands Netherlands Edsilia Rombley & Ruth Jacott "Uit het oog, niet uit mijn hart" 9 74
20 Turkey Turkey Elif Turan "Büyüt istersen" 14 51
21 USA United States Adam Lambert "Never close our eyes" 3 110
22 Croatia Croatia Tonči Huljić & Madre Badessa ft. Petar Grašo "Amerika" 18 41

Semifinal 2 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Estonia Estonia Ott Lepland "Tunnen elus end" 5 88
02 Poland Poland Gosia Andrzejewicz "Wojowniczka" 8 77
03 Slovakia Slovakia Zdenka Predná "Odkial viem" 21 30
04 Switzerland Switzerland Sina ft. Büne Huber "Ich schwöru" 18 40
05 Iceland Iceland Írafár "Fáum aldrei nóg" 22 28
06 Canada Canada Natasha St-Pier "Bonne nouvelle" 16 48
07 Serbia Serbia Seka Aleksic "Laka meta" 14 50
08 Mexico Mexico Christian Chávez ft. Anahí "Libertad" 2 114
09 Monaco Monaco Jenifer "Je danse" 13 55
10 Peru Peru Shaw "Destrozado y sin control" 15 49
11 Bulgaria Bulgaria Preslava "Ludata doide" 7 85
12 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Nu Pagadi "Dying words" 4 90
13 Denmark Denmark Rasmus Thude "Til månen & tilbage" 11 63
14 Finland Finland Nimetön "Kuuleeko kukaan" 3 104
15 Andorra Andorra Amaia Montero "Nomes tu" 19 37
16 France France Tal "La sense de la vie" 1 131
17 Norway Norway Gabrielle "Høster" 12 55
18 North Macedonia North Macedonia Robert Bilbilov & Viktorija Loba "Ti si vinovna" 6 86
19 Ireland Ireland Celtic Aura ft. Maria McCool "Mistaken" 10 71
20 Hungary Hungary Shane 54 ft. Mester Tamas "Altass el" 20 36
21 Australia Australia Hayley Warner "Good day" 17 40
22 Romania Romania Vunk ft. Antonia "Pleacă" 9 73

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Netherlands Netherlands Edsilia Rombley & Ruth Jacott "Uit heg oog, niet uit mijn hart" 10 114
02 Luxembourg Luxembourg Niels Destadsbader "Hou je me vast" 26 55
03 Finland Finland Nimetön "Kuuleeko kukaan" 16 90
04 Poland Poland Gosia Andrzejewicz "Wojowniczka" 25 59
05 Denmark Denmark Rasmus Thude "Til månen & tilbage" 15 90
06 Bulgaria Bulgaria Preslava "Ludata doide" 6 126
07 USA United States Adam Lambert "Never close our eyes" 7 123
08 Ukraine Ukraine Goryachiy Shokolad "Neba malo" 20 77
09 Armenia Armenia Lilit Hovhannisyan "Ekela" 14 91
10 Cyprus Cyprus Stefanos Dimosthenous "Panta ekei" 3 149
11 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Emin "Heart beats" 11 98
12 Panama Panama Margarita Henríquez "Enamorada" 13 91
13 Wales Wales Marina and the Diamonds "Lies" 1 178
14 Mexico Mexico Christian Chávez & Anahí "Libertad" 8 120
15 Germany Germany Marian & Lukas "Luft und Liebe" 18 85
16 Estonia Estonia Ott Lepland "Tunnen elus end" 19 84
17 Norway Norway Gabrielle "Høster" 27 44
18 North Macedonia North Macedonia Robert Bilbilov & Viktorija Loba "Ti si vinovna" 22 67
19 England England Cheryl "Call my name" 5 130
20 Italy Italy Prozac+ "Acida" 21 75
21 Greece Greece Sakis Arseniou "Erotohtipimenos" 9 118
22 Ireland Ireland Celtic Aura ft. Maria McCool "Mistaken" 4 134
23 Slovenia Slovenia Nika Zorjan "Čas za nas" 24 63
24 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Nu Pagadi "Dying words" 17 89
25 Romania Romania Vunk ft. Antonia "Pleacă" 23 66
26 San Marino San Marino Ilaria Porceddu "Libera" 12 96
27 France France Tal "La sense de la vie" 2 156


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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