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Universong 56
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Date

2 - 19 September 2013

Host city

Tromsö, Norway Norway

Participants

54

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, Barbados Barbados, Canada Canada, Colombia Colombia, Cuba Cuba, Cyprus Cyprus, Estonia Estonia, Georgia Georgia Wales Wales

Withdrawing countries

Liechtenstein Liechtenstein, Luxembourg Luxembourg, Peru Peru, Serbia Serbia, South Korea South Korea, Ukraine Ukraine

Winner

Finland Finland
Jenni Vartiainen
"Junat ja naiset"

Timeline

◄ Den Bosch 55 Eurovision Heart Espoo 57 ►

Universong 56, the 56th staging of the Universong Contest, was made for the very first time in Norway, specifically in the city of Tromsö, after the winning the previous edition of Tone Damli with the song "Winner of a losing game" in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. The contest was held from September 2nd to September 19th, 2013.

Finland won its third Universong title, thanks to the song "Junat ja naiset" by Jenni Vartiainen, with a total of 239 points. Jenni Vartiainen became the third Universong double champion, by virtue of winning the Universong title twice (her first winning was in USC 44). The others are Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina from Romania (USC 03 and USC 21) and Greta Salome from Iceland (USC 43 and USC 49).

The runner-up of this edition was Australia, represented by Samantha Jade and the song "Firestarter". Australia got 159 points, and 80 points of difference with winner Finland. This was, up to that moment, the biggest point difference between winner and runner-up, breaking thus the record imposed in USC 25 and equalled in USC 51 (43-point margin). That record would be later broken in USC 70 (89-point margin), and much later in USC 89, also to be held in Tromsö (99-point margin).

Latvia equalled its best position ever in USC 24 (third place), thanks to Samanta Tina and the song "Lai būtu līdzās", with 152 points, their points record. The top 5 was completed by Slovenia and Portugal. Meanwhile, Montenegro earned its best placement ever, a sixth place, after having won the first semifinal with their entry "Oldazim" by Andrea Demirovic. Up to this date, it's also been the only Grand Final for Montenegro in its Universong history.

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About the city Edit

Tromsø is a city and municipality in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Tromsø. Outside of Norway, Tromso and Tromsö are alternative spellings of the city. Tromsø is considered the northernmost city in the world with a population above 50,000. The most populous town north of it is Alta, Norway, with a population of 14,272 (2013).

Tromsø lies in Northern Norway. The municipality has a population of (2015) 72,066, but with an annual influx of students it has over 75,000 most of the year. It is the largest urban area in Northern Norway and the third largest north of the Arctic Circle (following Murmansk and Norilsk). Most of Tromsø, including the city centre, is located on the island of Tromsøya, 350 kilometres (217 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. In 2012, Tromsøya had a population of 36,088. Substantial parts of the urban area are also situated on the mainland to the east, and on parts of Kvaløya—a large island to the west. Tromsøya is connected to the mainland by the Tromsø Bridge and the Tromsøysund Tunnel, and to the island of Kvaløya by the Sandnessund Bridge. The city is warmer than most other places located on the same latitude, due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream.

The city centre of Tromsø contains the highest number of old wooden houses in Northern Norway, the oldest house dating from 1789. The city is a cultural centre for its region, with several festivals taking place in the summer. Some of Norway's best-known musicians, Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge of the electronica duo Röyksopp and Lene Marlin grew up and started their careers in Tromsø. Noted electronic musician Geir Jenssen also hails from Tromsø.

The most famous football team in the area, Tromsø IL, currently plays in the Norwegian Premier League.

Semifinal 1 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Lithuania Lithuania Gabrielus Vagelis "Sacrifice" 16 58
02 France France 1789 "Ca ira mon amour" 2 110
03 Estonia Estonia Sandra Nurmsalu "Velvetiin" 19 35
04 Israel Israel Maya Isacowitz "Safe and sound" 11 80
05 Denmark Denmark The Storm "Lost in the fire" 9 84
06 Netherlands Netherlands Sandra van Nieuwland "Hunter" 17 58
07 Vietnam Vietnam Düki "Tedd fel a kezed" 23 15
08 Malta Malta Ira Losco "Me luv U long time" 24 9
09 Austria Austria Como "Suitcase" 3 105
10 Greece Greece Eleni Foureira "Sweetest love" 8 91
11 Russia Russia Polina Gagarina "Net" 14 70
12 Cyprus Cyprus Stella Kalli "Gia poso akomi" 15 67
13 New Zealand New Zealand Jamie McDell "Angel" 13 74
14 Angola Angola Bruna Tatiana "Estou cansada" 21 27
15 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Ilhame Qasimova "Out of reach" 10 84
16 Paraguay Paraguay Gabriella Trussi "Sento" 22 17
17 Australia Australia Samantha Jade "Firestarter" 6 93
18 Venezuela Venezuela Judy Buendía "Me retiro elegantemente" 20 33
19 Monaco Monaco Wookid "I love you" 12 75
20 Georgia Georgia Stephane & 3G "We don't wanna put in" DSQ -
21 Iceland Iceland Sindri Freyr "Together you and me" 5 93
22 Montenegro Montenegro Andrea Demirović "Odalzim" 1 113
23 Cuba Cuba Jencarlos Canela "I love it" 18 37
24 Colombia Colombia J Balvin "Tranquila" DSQ -
25 Moldova Moldova Inaya "I need you now" 25 4
26 Portugal Portugal Kátia Aveiro "Boom boom sem parar" 4 101
27 Czech Republic Czech Republic Debbi "You take me there" 7 91

Semifinal 2 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Romania Romania Paula Seling "Chiar pot zbura" 14 61
02 Syria Syria Assala Nasri "Hayati" 12 62
03 Kosovo Kosovo Elvana Gjata

ft. 2po2

"Beso" 6 90
04 Armenia Armenia E.V.A. "Gerdastan" 22 33
05 Hungary Hungary Kovács Kati "Úgy szeretném meghálálni" 18 43
06 North Macedonia North Macedonia Rennata "Please stay" 8 85
07 Scotland Scotland Amy McDonald "Run" 10 75
08 Italy Italy Anna Oxa "L'eterno movimento" 23 32
09 Mexico Mexico EME-15 "Solamente tú" 21 40
10 Finland Finland Jenni Vartiainen "Junat ja naiset" 1 178
11 Sweden Sweden The Cardigans "Erase and rewind" 17 53
12 Spain Spain Brian Cross

ft. Leah LaBelle

"Shot gun" 4 98
13 Latvia Latvia Samanta Tīna "Lai būtu līdzās" 7 87
14 Slovenia Slovenia Nika Zorjan "Nasmeh življenja" 9 74
15 Ireland Ireland Christy Moore "Ordinary man" DSQ -
16 Canada Canada David Usher ft. Marie-Mai "Je repars" 13 61
17 Bulgaria Bulgaria Stela Petrova "Mistake" 15 59
18 Brazil Brazil MC Anita "Show das poderosas" 16 52
19 Wales Wales Gruff Rhys "Shark ridden waters" 20 42
20 Barbados Barbados Shontelle "Perfect nightmare" 5 91
21 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Ida "I can be" 2 113
22 Japan Japan Ali Project "Troubadour" 26 0
23 Turkey Turkey Hande Yener "Ya ya ya" 3 109
24 Germany Germany Claire "In two minds" 24 21
25 Belgium Belgium 3M8S "My island" 25 5
26 USA United States Victoria Justice "Gold" 11 65
27 Croatia Croatia Kinoklub "Za nju" 19 42

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Barbados Barbados Shontelle "Perfect nightmare" 21 89
02 Latvia Latvia Samanta Tīna "Lai būtu līdzās" 3 152
03 Israel Israel Maya Isacowitz "Safe and sound" 14 109
04 Portugal Portugal Kátia Aveiro "Boom boom sem parar" 5 146
05 Finland Finland Jenni Vartiainen "Junat ja naiset" 1 239
06 Montenegro Montenegro Andrea Demirović "Odalzim" 6 136
07 Greece Greece Eleni Foureira "Sweetest love" 12 116
08 Czech Republic Czech Republic Debbi "You take me there" 26 62
09 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Ida "I can be" 22 85
10 Iceland Iceland Sindri Freyr "Together you and me" 16 104
11 Monaco Monaco Wookid "I love you" 15 104
12 Spain Spain Brian Cross ft. Leah LaBelle "Shot gun" 10 121
13 France France 1789 "Ca ira mon amour" 9 122
14 England England Alex Hepburn "Under" 7 132
15 Slovenia Slovenia Nika Zorjan "Nasmeh življenja" 4 147
16 Syria Syria Assala "Hayati" 27 58
17 Kosovo Kosovo Elvana Gjata ft. 2po2 "Beso" 25 63
18 Andorra Andorra La Oreja de Van Gogh "Otra vez me has sacado a bailar" 24 69
19 Australia Australia Samantha Jade "Firestarter" 2 159
20 Norway Norway Secret Sebastian ft. Katlin Mathison "Invincible" 19 92
21 Denmark Denmark The Storm "Lost in fire" 13 112
22 Turkey Turkey Hande Yener "Ya ya ya" 8 126
23 Scotland Scotland Amy McDonald "Run" 20 90
24 Austria Austria Como "Suitcase" 18 93
25 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Ilhame Qasimova "Out of reach" 11 121
26 North Macedonia North Macedonia Rennata "Please stay" 17 96
27 USA United States Victoria Justice "Gold" 23 73


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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