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Universong 54
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Date

25 June - 12 July 2013

Host city

Turku, Finland Finland

Participants

56

Debuting countries

Iraq Iraq, Syria Syria

Returning countries

Argentina Argentina, Belgium Belgium, Colombia Colombia, Czech Republic Czech Republic, England England, Estonia Estonia, India India, Ireland Ireland Israel Israel, Mexico Mexico, Moldova Moldova, New Zealand New Zealand, Slovakia Slovakia, USA United States

Withdrawing countries

Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, Japan Japan, Liechtenstein Liechtenstein, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, San Marino San Marino

Winner

Netherlands Netherlands
Lisa Lois
"Silhouette"

Timeline

◄ Vilnius 53 Eurovision Heart Den Bosch 55 ►

Universong 54, the 54th staging of the Universong Contest, was held from June 25th to July 12th, 2013 in Turku, Finland. This is the second time Finland stages the contest, this time after the winning of Jippu, with the song "Eva" the previous edition in Vilnius, Lithuania.

After an exciting voting, The Netherlands got its fifth winning ever, with the song "Silhouette" by Lisa Lois. The voting saw the struggle between Lois and Chen Aharoni from Israel - with the song "Or" as her closest rival, specially in the latest stages, where they took a runaway advantage after involving the Czech Republic representative Lucie Vondráčková, who eventually took 4th place. The Netherlands and Israel took the first positions, eventually having a 3-point difference between them, the former winning with 256 points, which set a record in Universong for the highest points ever given to a winning song, surpassing the record imposed by Alexandra Burke when she won USC 41, and being this the second time a winning song surpasses the 200 point barrier, but this time not only the winning song, but their runners-up Israel and Norway (represented by Alida with the song "Feathers") also got more than 200 points each. This record would later be broken in USC 70, when Ukraine's Kamaliya won the contest with a total of 261 points, the highest quantity of points given to a winning song until now. Also, Spain's Alvaro Soler surpassed Lisa Lois' record in USC 89, as the second best total score for a winner with 257 points, though 4 points far from Kamaliya's record.

The top 5 was completed by the songs from Czech Republic (its best placement ever at a country level in Universong) and England.

Semifinal 1 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Mexico Mexico Jenny & The Mexicats "Verde más allá" 8 72
02 Slovakia Slovakia Kristina Pelakova "Jablcko" 14 62
03 Paraguay Paraguay N4 "Call my name" 27 9
04 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Simone "Stay awake" 15 60
05 Lithuania Lithuania Marijonas, Mantas & Mia "Celebrate basketball" 21 42
06 Armenia Armenia Luara "Fire in me" 11 66
07 Colombia Colombia Monsieur Periné "Suin romanticón" 25 18
08 Monaco Monaco Vanessa Paradis "Love song" 24 33
09 Netherlands Netherlands Lisa Lois "Silhouette" 2 130
10 Israel Israel Chen Aharoni "Or" 1 135
11 Italy Italy Fedez

ft. Francesca Michielin

"Cigno nero" 7 84
12 Iraq Iraq Dashni Morad "I am (Open your eyes)" 10 67
13 Romania Romania Electric Fence "Sun-ta" 16 56
14 Portugal Portugal Kika "Alive" 5 105
15 Serbia Serbia The Beatshakers ft. Maja Markovic & Alberto "Maja" 26 14
16 Belgium Belgium Stromae "Papaoutai" 4 108
17 Luxembourg Luxembourg Funda "Stand up" 6 85
18 Cyprus Cyprus Stefanos Dimosthenous "Gia sena mono" 18 53
19 USA United States Lindsey Stirling "Crystallize" 3 112
20 Russia Russia Alsou "A u moey lubvi" 20 51
21 Switzerland Switzerland Mike Candys "2012 (If the world would end)" 19 53
22 New Zealand New Zealand Brooke Fraser "Betty" 13 62
23 Syria Syria Nassif Zeytoun "Mich aam tezbat maii" 23 38
24 Bulgaria Bulgaria Cvetelina Ianeva & Ionut Cercel "Vlez" 22 38
25 Austria Austria Lukas Plöchl ft. Harry Ahamer "Freiheit" 17 53
26 Ukraine Ukraine Erika "Nebo popolo" 9 71
27 Poland Poland Honey "Nie powiem jak" 12 63


Semifinal 2 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Croatia Croatia Lana Jurcevic "La la land" 10 71
02 Andorra Andorra Rafa Blas "Vivir morir" 14 66
03 Estonia Estonia Iiris "Melyse" 5 81
04 Spain Spain Pablo López "Vi" 4 92
05 Denmark Denmark Quadron "Hey love" 19 45
06 Vietnam Vietnam Fb Boiz "Để em rời xa" 24 33
07 Latvia Latvia Liene Šomase "Man vienalga" 26 10
08 Kosovo Kosovo Kaltrina Selimi "Harrom" 9 72
09 Hungary Hungary Kozma Orsi "Ocean" 8 72
10 North Macedonia North Macedonia Sara Markoska

ft. Pancho (DNK)

"Zeleno svetlo" 11 69
11 Angola Angola Afrikanas "Scalinguindon" 6 77
12 Norway Norway Alida "Feathers" 1 149
13 Sweden Sweden Eric Saade ft. J-Son "Hearts in the air" 21 37
14 Malta Malta Red Electrick "Paul" 15 50
15 Canada Canada Neil Young "Rockin in the free world" 23 34
16 Turkey Turkey Bertan "Damla damla" 13 67
17 Germany Germany Leslie Clio "Twist the knife" 17 49
18 Slovenia Slovenia Demetra Malalan "Magic" 12 68
19 Iceland Iceland Gusgus "Over" 7 73
20 Argentina Argentina Pimpinela "Yo quiero un hombre de verdad" 22 37
21 England England Olly Murs "Dear darlin'" 3 133
22 Czech Republic Czech Republic Lucie Vondráčková "Zombie" 2 136
23 India India SQS "Behka" 25 24
24 Greece Greece Johnny Gerontakis vs. Sonique "Carry on" 20 40
25 Moldova Moldova Mishelle ft. DJ Leonid Rudenko "Love is a crime" 18 47
26 Ireland Ireland Lisa Hannigan "What'll I do" 16 50

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Iraq Iraq Dashni Morad "I am (Open your eyes)" 16 95
02 Hungary Hungary Kozma Orsi "Ocean" 24 72
03 Norway Norway Alida "Feathers" 3 206
04 England England Olly Murs "Dear darlin'" 5 180
05 Netherlands Netherlands Lisa Lois "Silhouette" 1 256
06 Czech Republic Czech Republic Lucie Vondráčková "Zombie" 4 199
07 Kosovo Kosovo Kaltrina Selimi "Harrom" 23 74
08 Spain Spain Pablo López "Vi" 12 100
09 Belgium Belgium Stromae "Papaoutai" 8 129
10 France France Jessy Matador ft. Romain "Morena" 27 51
11 Luxembourg Luxembourg Funda "Stand up" 15 96
12 Portugal Portugal Kika "Alive" 7 138
13 Ukraine Ukraine Erika "Nebo popolo" 9 128
14 North Macedonia North Macedonia Sara Markoska ft. Pancho (DNK) "Zeleno svetlo" 13 99
15 Australia Australia Bella Ferraro "Set me on fire" 14 97
16 Estonia Estonia Iiris "Melyse" 20 77
17 Israel Israel Chen Aharoni "Or" 2 253
18 Armenia Armenia Luara "Fire in me" 21 76
19 Italy Italy Fedez ft. Francesca Michielin "Cigno nero" 6 143
20 Poland Poland Honey "Nie powiem jak" 25 65
21 Croatia Croatia Lana Jurčević "La la land" 10 107
22 Finland Finland Erin "Vanha sydän" 18 79
23 Mexico Mexico Jenny & the Mexicats "Verde más allá" 17 92
24 Angola Angola Afrikanas "Scalinguindon" 19 78
25 USA United States Lindsey Stirling "Crystallize" 11 104
26 Slovenia Slovenia Demetra Malalan "Magic" 26 63
27 Iceland Iceland Gusgus "Over" 22 75
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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