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Universong 60
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Date

18 December 2013 - 5 January 2014

Host city

Orebro, Sweden Sweden

Participants

44

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

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

Withdrawing countries

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

Winner

USA United States
Blondie
"Maria"

Timeline

◄ Nokia 59 Eurovision Heart Los Angeles 61 ►

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 Edit

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

131

Semifinal 2 Edit

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

Grand Final Edit

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

Returning artists Edit

Artist Country Previous participation

Champions Edition 51-60 Edit

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