"Be original"

Universong 60
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Date

18 December 2013 - 5 January 2014

Host city

Orebro, Sweden.png Sweden

Participants

44

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan, North Macedonia.png North Macedonia, Indonesia.png Indonesia, Israel.png Israel, Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein, Lithuania.png Lithuania, Malta.png Malta, Uruguay.png Uruguay, Vatican City.png Vatican City, Wales.png Wales

Withdrawing countries

Algeria.png Algeria, Denmark.png Denmark, Faroe Islands.png Faroe Islands, Kosovo.png Kosovo, Latvia.png Latvia, Lebanon.png Lebanon, Papua New Guinea.png Papua New Guinea, Russia.png Russia, Sri Lanka.png Sri Lanka, Switzerland.png Switzerland, Tuvalu.png Tuvalu, Ukraine.png Ukraine

Winner

USA.png United States
Blondie
"Maria"

Timeline

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Universong 60 was the 60th staging of the Universong Contest. It was held in Orebro, Sweden, from December 18th, 2013 to January 5th, 2014. This is the fourth time Sweden hosts the contest, this time after the winning of Laleh with the song "Colours", the previous edition in Nokia, Finland.

As every ten editions, the Universong Contest is engaged in a special edition. In this ocassion, and after a brainstorm made by all the members of the Facebook group, the administrators internally decided the special theme according to the ideas exposed during the brainstorm period. The chosen theme was '90s songs.

As in every special edition, some special rules were released. In this case, all the participating songs must have been released from January 1st, 1990 to December 31st, 1999. The rest of the rules (no worldwide superhits, no covers, no remixes) were still inforced.

Big artists were sent in this special edition, for instance Spanish acts Monica Naranjo (representing Spain) and Mecano (representing Andorra), Latin divas Shakira for Colombia and Thalia for Mexico, German band Rammstein, Greek diva Despina Vandi, Iceland's Björk and Italy's Umberto Tozzi, amongst others. Even though, the winner of this 60th edition was. for the very first time, the United States, after an exciting voting Blondie won the first American USC title ever with her 1999 song "Maria", scoring 180 points in total. The English representative was the band The Verve, who scored 4 points less than Blondie and scored runner-up position with its 1997 hit "Bittersweet symphony". Australian duo Savage Garden got third place with its 1997 song "Truly madly deeply", scoring 5 points less than the winner, and 1 point less than the runner-up. San Marino (represented by Italian singer Laura Pausini with her 1998 song "In assenza di te") and Norway (represented by Lene Marlin, with her 1999 song "Unforgivable sinner") completed the top 5. Uruguay got its best placement ever, a 6th place, with its most known artist Natalia Oreiro, who sang her 1998 hit "Cambio dolor"

Semifinal 1

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Spain.png Spain Monica Naranjo "Empiezo a recordarte" 7 78
02 Vatican City.png Vatican City Annalisa Minetti "Senza te o con te" 19 34
03 Cyprus.png Cyprus Alexia Vassiliou "Ksipnaei o allos mou eautos" 9 52
04 Andorra.png Andorra Mecano "El 7 de septiembre" 11 47
05 Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Stefka Sabotinova "Prituri se Planinata" 10 50
06 Malta.png Malta Mike Spiteri "Fejn Tħobb Il-Qalb" 20 24
07 Uruguay.png Uruguay Natalia Oreiro "Cambio dolor" 1 153
08 Greece.png Greece Despina Vandi "Apapa" 6 90
09 Austria.png Austria Falco "Titanic" 14 44
10 Belgium.png Belgium Milk Inc "In my eyes" 12 47
11 Vietnam.png Vietnam Bang Kieu "Lang nghe mua xuan ve " 16 42
12 Belarus.png Belarus Alyona Sviridova "Budet tak Vsegda" 17 38
13 Mexico.png Mexico Thalia "Amor a la mexicana" 5 103
14 Armenia.png Armenia Nune Yesayan "Mi bala" 21 0
15 USA.png United States Blondie "Maria" 2 153
16 Lithuania.png Lithuania Stasys Povilaitis "Švieski man vėl" 18 37
17 Colombia.png Colombia Shakira "Estoy aquí" 4 116
18 Germany.png Germany Rammstein "Du hast" 8 65
19 Israel.png Israel Sarit Hadad "Zeh haSod sheli" 15 44
20 Venezuela.png Venezuela Carlos Baute "Mi medicina" 13 44
21 San Marino.png San Marino Laura Pausini "In assenza di te" 3

131

Semifinal 2

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Croatia.png Croatia Severina "Daj da biram" 16 24
02 Slovenia.png Slovenia Siddharta "Pot v X" 12 57
03 North Macedonia.png North Macedonia Maja Grozdanovska Panceva "Macka so devet zivoti" 19 3
04 Australia.png Australia Savage Garden "Truly madly deeply" 3 118
05 Portugal.png Portugal Diana Bastos "Grita, sente" 4 95
06 Italy.png Italy Umberto Tozzi "Gli altri siamo noi" 6 73
07 Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Samir Bagirov "Sevdanin sonu" 20 0
08 Finland.png Finland Nightwish "Sleeping sun" 1 142
09 Poland.png Poland Edyta Gorniak "Jestem kobieta" 11 60
10 India.png India Kumar Sanu "Ek ladki ko dekha" 18 10
11 Iceland.png Iceland Björk "Joga" 10 60
12 Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein Sash! "Ecuador" 7 73
13 Romania.png Romania Laurentiu Cazan "Say something" 8 66
14 Serbia.png Serbia Ceca "Drugarice" 15 41
15 Wales.png Wales Charlotte Church "Just wave hello" DSQ -
16 New Zealand.png New Zealand Deep Obsession "One & only" 9 65
17 Norway.png Norway Lene Marlin "Unforgivable sinner" 2 125
18 Netherlands.png Netherlands Total Touch "Somebody else's lover" 5 94
19 Indonesia.png Indonesia Chrisye "Zamrud khatulistiwa" 17 18
20 Turkey.png Turkey Pınar Aylin ft. Michael Damian "Don't make me wait" 14 43
21 France.png France Helene Segara "Il y a trop gens qui t'aime" 13 51

Grand Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Andorra.png Andorra Mecano "El 7 de septiembre" 26 37
02 Mexico.png Mexico Thalia "Amor a la mexicana" 10 103
03 England.png England The Verve "Bittersweet symphony" 2 176
04 USA.png United States Blondie "Maria" 1 180
05 Colombia.png Colombia Shakira "Estoy aquí" 7 126
06 Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein Sash! "Ecuador" 13 84
07 Poland.png Poland Edyta Gorniak "Jestem kobieta" 21 54
08 Australia.png Australia Savage Garden "Truly madly deeply" 3 175
09 Belgium.png Belgium Milk Inc "In my eyes" 23 51
10 Sweden.png Sweden Rednex "Cotton Eye Joe" 11 102
11 New Zealand.png New Zealand Deep Obsession "One & only" 27 36
12 Norway.png Norway Lene Marlin "Unforgivable sinner" 5 148
13 Portugal.png Portugal Diana Bastos "Grita, sente" 19 64
14 Cyprus.png Cyprus Alexia Vassiliou "Ksipnaei o allos mou eautos" 25 42
15 Uruguay.png Uruguay Natalia Oreiro "Cambio dolor" 6 146
16 France.png France Helene Segara "Il y a trop gens qui t'aime" 12 91
17 Iceland.png Iceland Björk "Joga" 18 73
18 Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Stefka Sabotinova "Prituri se planinata" 20 63
19 Slovenia.png Slovenia Siddharta "Pot ve X" 24 49
20 Finland.png Finland Nightwish "Sleeping sun" 8 114
21 San Marino.png San Marino Laura Pausini "In assenza di te" 4 155
22 Netherlands.png Netherlands Total Touch "Somebody else's lover" 15 80
23 Romania.png Romania Laurentiu Cazar "Say something" 22 53
24 Italy.png Italy Umberto Tozzi "Gli altri samo noi" 17 75
25 Greece.png Greece Despina Vandi "Apapa" 9 114
26 Germany.png Germany Rammstein "Du hast" 16 80
27 Spain.png Spain Monica Naranjo "Empiezo a recordarte" 14 81

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous participation

Champions Edition 51-60

As every ten editions, the Universong Contest chooses the Champion of Champions of the previous 10 editions. The difference with previous editions, is that the vote is free: All the members of the USC group are free to vote if desired. The Champion of Champions, after 23 valid votes, was "Silhouette" by Lisa Lois, who won for The Netherlands in USC 54 held in Turku, Finland.

Edition Country Artist Song Place Points
Flag of Sweden.svg USC 51 Hungary.png Hungary Gigi Radics "Ugy faj" 9 116
Flag of Hungary.svg USC 52 Lithuania.png Lithuania GJan "Not afraid" 8 122
Flag of Lithuania.svg USC 53 Finland.png Finland Jippu "Eva" 10 105
Flag of Finland.svg USC 54 Netherlands.png Netherlands Lisa Lois "Silhouette" 1 175
Flag of Netherlands.svg USC 55 Norway.png Norway Tone Damli "Winner of a losing game" 2 160
Flag of Norway.svg USC 56 Finland.png Finland Jenni Vartiainen "Junat ja naiset" 3 138
Flag of Finland.svg USC 57 England.png England Ellie Goulding "Burn" 4 136
Flag of England.svg USC 58 Finland.png Finland Krista Siegfrids "Can you see me?" 6 126
Flag of Finland.svg USC 59 Sweden.png Sweden Laleh "Colours" 5 134
Flag of Sweden.svg USC 60 USA.png United States Blondie "Maria" 7 122
Editions of the Universong Contest
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