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Universong 48
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Date

3 - 20 January 2014

Host city

Annaba, Algeria Algeria

Participants

47

Debuting countries

Paraguay Paraguay

Returning countries

Albania Albania, Georgia Georgia, Japan Japan, Philippines Philippines, San Marino San Marino

Withdrawing countries

Belgium Belgium, Costa Rica Costa Rica, Ireland Ireland, Morocco Morocco, Portugal Portugal, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, Tunisia Tunisia, Wales Wales

Winner

Armenia Armenia
Sirusho
"PreGomesh"

Timeline

◄ Castrovillari 47 Eurovision Heart Yerevan 49 ►

Universong 48 was the 48th edition of the Universong Contest, held in Annaba, Algeria, after the winning of Khaled with the song "C'est ma vie" the previous edition in Castrovillari, Italy. The edition was held for the very first time in Algeria from January 3rd to January 20th, 2013.

For the very first time, Armenia won the USC title with the song "PreGomesh" by famous former ESC entrant Sirusho, who won with 187 points. Even though, her way to triumph was not easy. At the beggining of the voting, Russia began confirming itself as a leader during the first stages of voting. The song "Russian style" by Olya Polyakova - who'd eventually finish third with 140 points - was a runaway leader during the first 20 voting rounds, until Sirusho eventually catched up until becoming the new runaway leader until the end of the voting. On the other hand, Georgia's Katie Melua got eventually 2nd place - the best result ever for a Georgian representation in Universong - with the song "The flood", earning 180 points, though its way to it was more difficult during great part of the voting round, before eventually reaching the runner-up position. Before the very last voting, Armenia was already declared the winner with 187 points, while Georgia had 175 points, opening the possibility of a tie between both countries - in case of a tie, as both countries were voted for the same amount of countries (23 countries each), and in case of Georgia receiving 12 points, the winner would be anyway Armenia, by virtue of receiving more maximum points than Georgia -, but, as the last jury, San Marino, gave 5 points to Katie Melua and no points to Sirusho, this sealed the Armenian winning, establishing as well a 7-point difference between winner and runner-up.

FYR Macedonia, Cyprus, Australia, England, Sweden, Hungary and Ukraine completed the top 10, while hosts Algeria got 18th place in final.

Semifinal 1 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Russia Russia Olya Polyakova "Russian style" 7 82
02 Andorra Andorra El Sueño de Morfeo "Lo mejor está por venir" 2 113
03 Norway Norway Francesca Strano "Give me a break" 15 52
04 Paraguay Paraguay Bella Saona "Confessions of a secret lover" 22 14
05 Croatia Croatia Severina "Uzbuna" 9 75
06 Netherlands Netherlands Anouk "If I go" 13 58
07 Georgia Georgia Katie Melua "The flood" 4 105
08 Germany Germany Xavier Naidoo "Ich kenne nichts (das so schön ist wie du)" 20 36
09 Philippines Philippines Christian Bautista "The way you look at me" 16 51
10 Bulgaria Bulgaria Vania Kostova "More ot nejnost" 14 57
11 Malta Malta Joseph Armani "Miss Music" 21 34
12 Spain Spain La Musicalité "Último día en la Tierra" 10 67
13 Australia Australia Samantha Jade "What you've done to me" 3 110
14 Italy Italy Noemi

ft. Fiorella Mannoia

"L'amore si odia" 11 66
15 Mexico Mexico Gloria Trevi "Todos me miran" 18 41
16 Greece Greece Rec "Giortina" 12 65
17 Latvia Latvia Putnu Balle "Spārni un vējš" 17 48
18 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Lacrimosa "Ich verlasse heut’ dein Herz" 23 14
19 Israel Israel Alabina "Yalla bina yalla" 19 37
20 Cyprus Cyprus Valando Tryfonos "Na mou eksygiseis" 5 101
21 Hungary Hungary Muri Enikő "Késő már" 6 84
22 North Macedonia North Macedonia Kaliopi "Melem" 1 118
23 Armenia Armenia Sirusho "PreGomesh" 8 80

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Semifinal 2 ===

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Canada Canada Shania Twain

ft. Billy Curringham

"Party for two" 8 71
02 South Africa South Africa Die Antwoord "I fink u freeky" 17 49
03 Iceland Iceland Of Monsters and Men "Mountain sound" DSQ -
04 Poland Poland Ewelina Lisowska "Nieodporny rozum" 6 84
05 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina Maya "Mama mama" 9 68
06 Kosovo Kosovo Adelina

ft. Faudel

"I love you more" 12 64
07 Ukraine Ukraine Svetlana Loboda "40 gradusov" 11 64
08 Romania Romania DJ Project

ft. Adela Popescu

"Bun radas" 2 105
09 Moldova Moldova Zdob și Zdub "Moldovenii s-au născut" 19 31
10 Vietnam Vietnam Hồ Ngọc Hà ft. Noo Phước Thịnh "Nỗi Nhớ Đầy Vơi" 14 55
11 Monaco Monaco Jenifer "L'amour fou" 13 61
12 Switzerland Switzerland Adrian Weyermann "Crying John" 21 25
13 Finland Finland Apocalyptica "Not strong enough" 15 51
14 Turkey Turkey Gülşen "Bi An Gel (Şip Şak)" 16 50
15 Luxembourg Luxembourg Desireless "Voyage voyage" 4 92
16 Serbia Serbia Natasa Bekvalac "Pozitivna" 3 98
17 Albania Albania Elvana Gjata "Kudo qe jam" 10 67
18 San Marino San Marino Alessandra Amoroso "Immobile" 18 45
19 Japan Japan Shizuka Kudo "Kimi ga kureta mono" 20 30
20 Denmark Denmark Line "Efter dig" 7 77
21 England England The Wanted "Warzone" 1 119
22 Slovenia Slovenia Demetra Malalan "Malo fantazije" 5 86

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Italy Italy Noemi ft. Fiorella Mannoia "L'amore si odia" 22 70
02 Armenia Armenia Sirusho "PreGomesh" 1 187
03 Albania Albania Elvana Gjata "Kudo qe jam" 19 85
04 Hungary Hungary Muri Enikő "Késő már" 9 114
05 Kosovo Kosovo Adelina ft. Faudel "I love you more" 25 54
06 Spain Spain La Musicalité "Última noche en la Tierra" 15 102
07 Sweden Sweden Anna Bergendahl "The Army" 8 118
08 USA United States Mariah Carey "Oh Santa!" 27 23
09 Serbia Serbia Natasa Bekvalac "Pozitivna" 20 81
10 Romania Romania DJ Project & Adela Popescu "Bun ramas" 12 107
11 Luxembourg Luxembourg Desireless "Voyage voyage" 13 107
12 Algeria Algeria Kenza Farah "Quelque part" 18 90
13 Ukraine Ukraine Svetlana Loboda "40 gradusov" 10 111
14 Croatia Croatia Severina "Uzbuna" 21 76
15 Georgia Georgia Katie Melua "The flood" 2 180
16 Australia Australia Samantha Jade "What you've done to me" 6 122
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina Maya "Mama mama" 23 61
18 Cyprus Cyprus Valando Tryfonos "Na mou eksygiseis" 5 123
19 Andorra Andorra El Sueño de Morfeo "Lo mejor está por venir" 14 105
20 North Macedonia North Macedonia Kaliopi "Melem" 4 138
21 Poland Poland Ewelina Lisowska "Nieodporny rozum" 17 96
22 England England The Wanted "Warzone" 7 120
23 Russia Russia Olya Polyakova "Russian style" 3 140
24 Denmark Denmark Line "Efter dig" 16 98
25 Greece Greece Rec "Giortina" 26 49
26 Slovenia Slovenia Demetra Malalan "Malo fantazije" 11 109
27 Canada Canada Shania Twain ft. Billy Curringham "Party for two" 24 60


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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