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Universong 41
Light the sky with colours
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Date

26 June - 14 July 2012

Host city

Cardiff, Wales Wales

Participants

49

Debuting countries

China China, Greenland Greenland

Returning countries

American Samoa flag American Samoa, Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina, Faroe Islands Faroe Islands, Japan Japan, Moldova Moldova, Russia Russia

Withdrawing countries

Kosovo Kosovo, Monaco Monaco, Panama Panama, Slovakia Slovakia, Slovenia Slovenia, Ukraine Ukraine

Winner

England England
Alexandra Burke
"The silence"

Timeline

◄ Manchester 40 Eurovision Heart Newcastle 42 ►

Universong 41 was the 41st edition of the Universong Contest, held for the second straight time in the United Kingdom, this time in the Welsh capital, Cardiff, after the winning of Marina and the Diamonds the previous special edition in Manchester, England, representing Wales with the song "Lies". This Universong edition was held from June 27th to July 14th, 2012. This is the second time Wales hosts Universong Contest, after having held USC 20, also in Cardiff.

England scored its third USC title after an exciting voting sequence, thanks to Alexandra Burke, who, with the song "The silence", not only won the USC title, but also broke a record imposed the previous edition by Wales itself as the most points for the winning song, with 202 points. This is the first time a winning song surpasses the 200-point threshold. As a curiosity, England was first in the running order both in the second semifinal (which it also won) and in the grand final.

The runner-up to England was Greenland in its best showing to date at a country level up to that moment (it would be later broken with the Danish overseas territory's first winning in USC 78 held in Tehran, Iran), represented by Danish duo The Storm with the song "My crown", earning a total of 180 points. On the other hand, Greece with the song "Fallin'" by Playmen and Demy, scoring 167 points, earned third place. The top 5 was completed by Romania and The Netherlands.

Originally, Finland got 6th place for the song "Hyperventilating" by Ronya, with 151 points. Nevertheless, it was discovered that the Finnish manager at the time fell into friendly voting schemes against the rules with another player. As a penalty, and by virtue of breaking Universong's rules, it suffered a 50-point decrease and further disqualification. Finland eventually remained in 10th place with 101 points.

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Semifinal 1 ===

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Ireland Ireland Samantha Mumba "Gotta tell you" 20 25
02 Turkey Turkey Hadise "Biz burdayız" 12 64
03 Romania Romania Alexandra Stan "Lemonade" 6 89
04 Japan Japan Ayumi Hamasaki "Mirrorcle world" 13 52
05 Switzerland Switzerland Lovebugs "Truth is" 14 46
06 Italy Italy Giusy Ferreri "Non ti scordar mai di me" 7 83
07 Norway Norway Dimmu Borgir "Gateways" 18 30
08 Greenland Greenland The Storm "My crown" 2 129
09 Germany Germany Lou Bega "Sweet like cola" 17 35
10 Greece Greece Playmen

ft. Demy

"Fallin'" 4 98
11 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Nigar Jamal "Crush on you" 10 76
12 Poland Poland Gosia Andrzejewicz

& Dr. Alban

"Loverboy" 9 79
13 Luxembourg Luxembourg Marco Z "I'm a bird" 22 22
14 North Macedonia North Macedonia Simona Poposka "Do kraj" 8 80
15 Hungary Hungary Balassi Bálint "Hymnus secundus" 23 12
16 Sweden Sweden Mojje "Publiken upp med händerna få se om ni har armsvett" 21 23
17 Netherlands Netherlands Within Temptation "Sinéad" 1 129
18 Iceland Iceland Thorunn Antonia "Too late" 5 94
19 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Oceana "Endless summer" 3 102
20 Portugal Portugal The Gift "Always better if you wait for the sunrise" 19 26
21 Latvia Latvia Ella

& Tito Torres

"Sunrise" 11 71
22 Croatia Croatia Maja Šuput "Dobra djevojka" 16 41
23 Armenia Armenia Silva Habokyan "Sasna par" 15 44

Semifinal 2 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 England England Alexandra Burke "The silence" 1 168
02 China China Sa Ding Dong "Alive" 22 21
03 Canada Canada Crash Karma "Fight" 9 64
04 Serbia Serbia Tina Ivanovic "K'o manijak" 11 61
05 Mexico Mexico Danna Paola "Ruleta" 20 33
06 San Marino San Marino Julia Lenti "Parla con me" 15 50
07 Russia Russia Gravitonas

& Roma Kenga

"Everybody dance" 7 77
08 USA United States Chris Brown "Don't wake me up" 17 48
09 Spain Spain Adrián Rodríguez "Fruit of paradise" 6 94
10 Moldova Moldova Mishelle "It feels so good" 14 51
11 Australia Australia The Veronicas "Everything I'm not" 12 60
12 Finland Finland Ronya "Hyperventilating" 3 108
13 Denmark Denmark Kato

ft. Jon

"Turn the lights off" 5 97
14 Malta Malta Claudia Faniello "L-Imhabba ghamja " 23 18
15 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Sisse Marie "Kill for your love" 2 115
16 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina Laka "Macko" 10 61
17 Peru Peru Animesika "I need your love" 18 44
18 Belgium Belgium Lasgo "Tonight" 16 49
19 Albania Albania Era Rusi "Iken dhe vjen" 21 27
20 Estonia Estonia Luisa Värk "Kodu" 19 38
21 American Samoa flag American Samoa Joe Bonamassa "Driving towards the daylight" 13 57
22 Bulgaria Bulgaria Teddy Katzarova

& Fares Robert Srouji

"Just you and I" 8 67
23 Andorra Andorra Banghra "My own way" 4 100

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 England England Alexandra Burke "The silence" 1 202
02 North Macedonia North Macedonia Simona Poposka "Do kraj" 17 75
03 Andorra Andorra Banghra "My own way" 13 96
04 Serbia Serbia Tina Ivanovic "K'o manijak" 15 92
05 Russia Russia Gravitonas & Roma Kenga "Everybody dance" 16 79
06 Spain Spain Adrián Rodríguez "Fruit of paradise" 14 96
07 Latvia Latvia Ella & Tito Torres "Sunrise" 25 47
08 Bulgaria Bulgaria Teddy Katzarova & Fares Robert Srouji "Just you and I" 24 48
09 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Nigar Jamal "Crush on you" 12 97
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina Laka "Macko" 20 60
11 Wales Wales Charlotte Church "Crazy chick" 22 51
12 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Oceana "Endless summer" 9 113
13 Cyprus Cyprus Evridiki & Dimitris Korgialas "Ase me" 21 53
14 Iceland Iceland Thorunn Antonia "Too late" 7 116
15 Finland Finland ^ Ronya "Hyperventilating" 10 101
16 Poland Poland Gosia Andrzejewicz & Dr. Alban "Loverboy" 18 75
17 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Sisse Marie "Kill for your love" 11 99
18 Greenland Greenland The Storm "My crown" 2 180
19 Romania Romania Alexandra Stan "Lemonade" 4 159
20 Canada Canada Crash Karma "Fight" 19 70
21 France France Najoua Belyzel "M (Hey hey hey)" 27 34
22 Italy Italy Giusy Ferreri "Non ti scordar mai di me" 6 148
23 Netherlands Netherlands Within Temptation "Sinéad" 5 157
24 Denmark Denmark Kato ft. Jon "Turn the lights off" 23 50
25 Turkey Turkey Hadise "Biz burdayız" 8 114
26 Greece Greece Playmen ft. Demy "Fallin'" 3 167
27 Australia Australia The Veronicas "Everything I'm not 26 39

^ Finland, before the penalty for friendly voting, had originally 151 points and sixth place in the grand final.

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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