Universong 40
Share your language through music
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Date

31 May - 17 June 2012

Host city

Manchester, England.png England

Participants

47

Debuting countries

Monaco.png Monaco, Panama.png Panama

Returning countries

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

Withdrawing countries

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

Winner

Wales.png Wales
Marina and the Diamonds
"Lies"

Timeline

◄ Lisbon 39 Eurovision Heart.png 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

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

Semifinal 2

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

Grand Final

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


Editions of the Universong Contest
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