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Universong 47
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Date

6 - 23 December 2012

Host city

Castrovillari, Italy Italy

Participants

48

Debuting countries

Costa Rica Costa Rica, Tunisia Tunisia

Returning countries

Algeria Algeria, Australia Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada Canada, Israel Israel, Liechtenstein Liechtenstein, Luxembourg Luxembourg, Morocco Morocco, Portugal Portugal, Russia Russia

Withdrawing countries

Argentina Argentina, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, Brazil Brazil, Cuba Cuba, Faroe Islands Faroe Islands, France France, Indonesia Indonesia, Japan Japan, Panama Panama, San Marino San Marino, Vatican City Vatican City

Winner

Algeria Algeria
Khaled
"C'est la vie"

Timeline

◄ Liverpool 46 Eurovision Heart Annaba 48 ►

Universong 47 was the 47th edition of the Universong Contest, held in Castrovillari, Italy from December 6th to December 23rd, 2012. This was the fifth Italian staging of the USC, this time after the winning of Francesca Michielin in the last edition held in Liverpool, England, with the song "Sola".

Algeria became in this edition the first African country ever to win Universong. This country won thanks to the song "C'est ma vie" by Khaled, gathering 154 points, 5 points more than the runner-up, former USC winner Agnes from Sweden with the song "Don't go breaking my heart", and 10 points less than the third place, United States represented by the song "Blue jeans" by Lana del Rey. The three aforementioned countries became the main rivals who struggled to win this edition in the last voting stages. The voting saw a closed point allocation, in which the winner was not clear from the very first voting (indeed, countries like Vietnam and Spain, for instance, took the leading in the early voting stages), until the three aforementioned countries took the leading positions before Algeria took the trophy in the very last vote. The top 5 was completed by the songs of Spain and Russia.

Originally, the United States got 4th place, because a favourite and original 3rd place holder, Costa Rica - represented by Debi Nova with the song "Drummer boy" (who got 147 points, 2 less than the runner-up Sweden and 7 points less than the winner Algeria, and previously got 2nd place in the second semifinal) - was disqualified for not showing up during the final voting days.

Semifinal 1 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Cyprus Cyprus Stefanos Dimosthenous "Akoma edo" 3 105
02 Switzerland Switzerland Remady

& Manu-L ft. J-Son

"Single" 12 65
03 Poland Poland Honey "No one" 10 78
04 Turkey Turkey E.B.R.U. ft. Durrty Goodz "Mad" 14 57
05 New Zealand New Zealand Anna Wilson "Say you love me" 5 98
06 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina Ivana Maric "Tebe voljeti" 4 100
07 Finland Finland Nightwish "Amaranthe" 7 90
08 Norway Norway Fred Endresen "A little Christmas song" 11 78
09 Algeria Algeria Khaled "C'est ma vie" 1 124
10 Greece Greece Protopsalti Alkistis "O aggelos mou" 22 26
11 Denmark Denmark Infernal "From Paris to Berlin" 23 18
12 Hungary Hungary Ganxsta Zolee és a Kartel "Mitiszó?" 24 0
13 Ireland Ireland Enya "Na laetha geal m'oige " 17 47
14 Luxembourg Luxembourg Rose "La list" 18 42
15 Portugal Portugal The Gift "Music" 19 42
16 Armenia Armenia Sirusho "I like it" 6 92
17 Spain Spain Natalia Jiménez

ft. Marc Anthony

"Recuérdame" 2 117
18 Iceland Iceland Thorunn Antonia "So high" 13 60
19 Malta Malta Jessika Muscat "Golden ways" 16 48
20 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Ednita Nazario "Vengada" 21 28
21 Vietnam Vietnam Thu Minh "Bay" 9 79
22 South Africa South Africa Velile "Injabulo" 15 54
23 Kosovo Kosovo Linda Halimi "Ndihme" 8 82
24 Mexico Mexico Kevin Johansen & Natalia Lafourcade "La fugitiva" 20 36

Semifinal 2 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Latvia Latvia Kazha "Tici vai ne" 21 22
02 Croatia Croatia Neda Parmać "Dajte da se probudim" 8 71
03 Moldova Moldova Alpha Point "Things I do" 20 31
04 Bulgaria Bulgaria Alek Sander

& Dess

"It ain't over" 9 68
05 Tunisia Tunisia Myrath "Merciless times" 7 74
06 Canada Canada Meaghan Smith "Heartbroken" 12 61
07 Serbia Serbia Katarina Zivkovic "Devet meseci" 10 64
08 Monaco Monaco Crush & Alexandra ft. Leslie "I need you more" 14 51
09 Russia Russia Vlad Sokolovsky "Mir soshel s uma" 5 94
10 Netherlands Netherlands Coole Piet "De streken van tante toets" 19 32
11 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Blind Guardian "Sacred" 17 44
12 Belgium Belgium Mathilde Renault "Painted words" 16 48
13 Costa Rica Costa Rica Debi Nova "Drummer boy" 2 105
14 North Macedonia North Macedonia Darko Darre Ilievski "Gola" 13 61
15 Romania Romania Puya, Kamelia & George Hora "Change" 18 43
16 USA United States Lana del Rey "Blue jeans" 6 82
17 Germany Germany Jessica Jean "Black box" 15 50
18 Australia Australia Samantha Jade "What you've done to me" DSQ -
19 Wales Wales Marina and the Diamonds "How to be a heartbreaker" 1 128
20 Israel Israel Sarit Hadad "Karusela" 11 62
21 Sweden Sweden Agnes "Don't go breaking my heart" 4 98
22 Morocco Morocco Sofia Essaidi "Femme d'aujourdhui" DSQ -
23 England England Lawson "Standing in the dark" 3 103

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Norway Norway Fred Endresen "A little Christmas song" 23 67
02 Sweden Sweden Agnes "Don't go breaking my heart" 2 149
03 Canada Canada Meaghan Smith "Heartbroken" 25 48
04 Costa Rica Costa Rica Debi Nova "Drummer boy" DSQ -
05 Vietnam Vietnam Thu Minh "Bay" 11 115
06 Ukraine Ukraine A.R.M.I.Y.A. "Ya klyanus'" 24 61
07 Armenia Armenia Sirusho "I like it" 15 97
08 Russia Russia Vlad Sokolovsky "Mir soshel s uma" 5 133
09 Andorra Andorra Monica Naranjo "Amor y lujo" 12 105
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina Ivana Maric "Tebe voljeti" 18 89
11 Algeria Algeria Khaled "C'est ma vie" 1 154
12 Kosovo Kosovo Linda Halimi "Ndihme" 7 118
13 Cyprus Cyprus Stefanos Dimosthenous "Akoma edo" 9 117
14 Bulgaria Bulgaria Alek Sander & Dess "It ain't over" 19 88
15 Wales Wales Marina and the Diamonds "How to be a heartbreaker" 6 125
16 New Zealand New Zealand Anna Wilson "Say you love me" 17 92
17 Finland Finland Nightwish "Amaranthe" 8 118
18 Israel Israel Sarit Hadad "Karusela" 16 92
19 Spain Spain Natalia Jiménez ft. Marc Anthony "Recuérdame" 4 140
20 Croatia Croatia Neda Parmać "Dajte da se probudim" 13 104
21 Italy Italy Davide Merlini "100.000 parole d'amore" 22 73
22 Tunisia Tunisia Myrath "Merciless times" DSQ -
23 USA United States Lana del Rey "Blue jeans" 3 144
24 Switzerland Switzerland Remady & Manu-L ft. J-Son "Single" 21 81
25 England England Lawson "Standing in the dark" 10 116
26 Poland Poland Honey "No one" 20 85
27 Serbia Serbia Katarina Zivkovic "Devet meseci" 14 99


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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