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Universong 80
"Build your world with a smile"
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Date

29 August - 17 September 2015

Host city

Perth, Australia Australia

Participants

47

Debuting countries

Congo DR DR Congo, Haiti2-icon Haiti

Returning countries

Faroe Islands Faroe Islands, North Macedonia North Macedonia, Iceland Iceland, Luxembourg Luxembourg, Moldova Moldova, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico

Withdrawing countries

Angola Angola, Colombia Colombia, Greenland Greenland, Hungary Hungary, Ireland Ireland, Kazakhstan Kazakhstan, Malta Malta, Russia Russia, Switzerland Switzerland, Vietnam Vietnam, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe

Winner

Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Christian Daniel
"Ahora que te vas"

Timeline

◄ Nuuk 79 Eurovision Heart San Juan 81 ►

Universong 80 was the 80th edition of the Universong Contest, held from August 29th to September 17th, 2015 in Perth, Australia, following the winning of Sia with "Fire meet gasoline" the previous edition in Nuuk, Greenland. That was the third staging of Australia in the Universong history, after being held in Sydney (USC 65) and Melbourne (USC 67).

As every ten editions, the Universong Contest is engaged in a special edition chosen by the group members through open poll. The first results of the poll considered four options, and the winning one got 21 votes over 17 of the runner-up option. So, this special edition's theme was "Summer songs".

The elegibility criteria for this special edition were the following:

  1. Songs released during summer (for the Northern Hemisphere, released in June, July and August; for the Southern Hemisphere, released in December, January and February).
  2. Songs released before summer, that became a success during summer months.
  3. "Summer themed" songs, with video clips or lyrics that make summer references.

Puerto Rico, a previous favourite, was declared the winner of this special edition. The Caribbean island was represented by Christian Daniel, with the song "Ahora que te vas", taking 181 points, and a 16-point lead to former Universong Contest winner, GJan, representing Lithuania with the song "One more drink". This is the third time a Spanish-speaking country wins the contest, and also the third time a song in Spanish wins the contest (unlike Andorra, who can borrow acts from Spain, despite its native language is Catalan, and Colombia, until then the only Latin American country ever to win Universong, who won with a song in English). Lithuania gets its second best score ever in the Universong Contest, after winning USC 52 in Budapest, Hungary. Canada won third place with a song in French, "Si j'etais son soleil" by Olivier Dion. Denmark and Serbia completed the top 5.

Semifinal 1 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Wales Wales Golden Fable "Sugarloaf" 13 55
02 Netherlands Netherlands Krystl "I'm in love" 6 93
03 Lithuania Lithuania GJan "One more drink" 2 116
04 Philippines Philippines Angeline Quinto, Vincent Bueno & J.O.L.O. "Bida best sa tag araw" 22 8
05 Latvia Latvia Rassell ft. Sabīne Berēzina "Dzīvo brīvi" 20 28
06 Finland Finland Katéa "That ain't love" 3 109
07 Bulgaria Bulgaria Rushi Vidinliev "Things are simple" 16 36
08 Luxembourg Luxembourg Alex Germys

ft. KLil

"All along" 4 107
09 Cyprus Cyprus Claydee ft. Nikki Lee "Mamacita buena" 15 39
10 Canada Canada Olivier Dion "Si j'etais son soleil" 1 126
11 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Danny and The Veetos "Sunnukvøld í Mai" 8 74
12 Sweden Sweden Zara Larsson "Lush life" 10 61
13 Germany Germany Leyk

& Lockvogel

"Ne sekunde sommer" 7 82
14 Japan Japan Ikimono Gakari "Blue bird" 9 69
15 England England Ben Cocks "Watch the world" 21 25
16 Romania Romania Inna "More than friends" 5 101
17 Iceland Iceland Páll Óskar "Líttu uppí ljós" 17 34
18 Brazil Brazil Léo Santana "Abana" 19 29
19 Monaco Monaco M. Pokora "Voir la nuit s'emballer" 14 50
20 Czech Republic Czech Republic Elis "Unbelievable" 18 32
21 Tuvalu Tuvalu Xavier Rudd "Follow the sun" 12 59
22 Belgium Belgium Natalia "Smoking gun" 11 59

Semifinal 2 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Greece Greece Dionisis Shoinas "To kalokairi" 12 64
02 Andorra Andorra Raúl "Sueño su boca" 11 67
03 North Macedonia North Macedonia Daniel Kajmakoski "10 leta" 3 94
04 Poland Poland Sarsa "Indiana" 13 59
05 Turkey Turkey Murat Dalkılıç "Ikı yol" 18 50
06 Serbia Serbia Jovana Nikolic "Najbolja" 4 94
07 Israel Israel Nadav Guedj "Summer together" 19 44
08 Denmark Denmark Emelie Esther "Inescapable" 1 115
09 Haiti2-icon Haiti David Versailles "Cae la noche" 20 37
10 Chile Chile Denise Rosenthal

ft. La Pozze Latina

"Turn it up" 10 69
11 Norway Norway Gabrielle "Sitter her" 14 58
12 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Christian Daniel "Ahora que te vas" 2 111
13 USA United States Jennifer Hudson "Spotlight" 17 54
14 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Marquess "La histeria" 22 12
15 Ecuador Ecuador Valentina López "Can't bring me down" 16 54
16 Croatia Croatia Luka Nižetić "Amsterdam" 8 70
17 France France Bob Sinclair "Summer moonlight" 21 19
18 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Jessica Doherty "Wolves" 15 58
19 Congo DR DR Congo Maître Gims "Lassez passer" 7 78
20 Portugal Portugal Mastiksoul

ft. Rafman

"My life" 5 87
21 San Marino San Marino Lorenzo Fragola "# Fouri c'è il sole" 6 84
22 Moldova Moldova Lilian Dobinda "Innebunesc (I go crazy)" 9 69

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Spain Spain Pastora Soler "Dámelo ya" 27 13
02 Portugal Portugal Mastiksoul ft. Rafman "My life" 15 89
03 Congo DR DR Congo Maître Grims "Lassez passer" 26 54
04 Romania Romania Inna "More than friends" 7 132
05 Japan Japan Ikimono Gakari "Blue bird" 19 80
06 Andorra Andorra Raúl "Sueño su boca" 24 63
07 Tuvalu Tuvalu Xavier Rudd "Follow the sun" 20 76
08 Croatia Croatia Luka Nižetić "Amsterdam" 14 96
09 Moldova Moldova Lilian Dobinda "Innebunesc (I go crazy)" 21 75
10 Serbia Serbia Jovana Nikolic "Najbolja" 5 138
11 Netherlands Netherlands Krystl "I'm in love" 17 85
12 Luxembourg Luxembourg Alex Germys ft. KLil "All along" 8 129
13 Belgium Belgium Natalia "Smoking gun" 23 66
14 Canada Canada Olivier Dion "Si j'etais son soleil" 3 154
15 San Marino San Marino Lorenzo Fragola "# Fuori c'è il sole" 22 73
16 Italy Italy Baby K ft. Giusy Ferreri "Roma - Bangkok" 9 125
17 Chile Chile Denise Rosenthal ft. La Pozze Latina "Turn it up" 25 57
18 Germany Germany Leyk & Lockvogel "Ne sekunde sommer" 18 83
19 North Macedonia North Macedonia Daniel Kajmakoski "10 leta" 11 108
20 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Danny & The Veetos "Sunnukvøld í Mai" 16 86
21 Finland Finland Katéa "That ain't love" 13 97
22 Greece Greece Dionisis Shoinas "To kalokairi" 10 113
23 Sweden Sweden Zara Larsson "Lush life" 12 102
24 Australia Australia Keith Urban "Long hot summer" 6 133
25 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Christian Daniel "Ahora que te vas" 1 181
26 Lithuania Lithuania GJan "One more drink" 2 165
27 Denmark Denmark Emelie Esther "Inescapable" 4 153

Returning artists Edit

Artist Country Previous participation
Natalia Belgium Belgium USC 09 (with En Vogue), USC 50, USC 55 (for Luxembourg Luxembourg), USC 63, USC 69
Luka Nizetić Croatia Croatia USC 28
Claydee Cyprus Cyprus USC 45 (with Playmen and Tamta, for Georgia Georgia)
Elis Czech Republic Czech Republic USC 68, USC 73
Bob Sinclair France France USC 17
Daniel Kajmakoski North Macedonia FYR Macedonia USC 66 (with Željko Joksimović)
Jan Leyk Germany Germany USC 72 (with Madizin)
Páll Óskar Iceland Iceland USC 08, USC 37
Giusy Ferreri Italy Italy USC 23, USC 41, USC 58
Tomas N'evergreen Kazakhstan Kazakhstan USC 09 (with Polina, for Russia Russia)
Sabīne Berēzina Latvia Latvia USC 72 (with Oskars Deigelis)
GJan Lithuania Lithuania USC 52, USC 61
M. Pokora Monaco Monaco USC 39 (with Patricia Kazadi, for Poland Poland), USC 74 (with Marc Antoine & Nyco Lilliu, for Monaco Monaco)
Gabrielle Norway Norway USC 40
Sarsa Poland Poland USC 78
Mastiksoul Portugal Portugal USC 35 (with Angélico Vieira and Dada), USC 57 (with David Anthony & Taylor James), USC 62 (with Rita Guerra)
Inna Romania Romania USC 08, USC 14, USC 28 (with Juan Magán), USC 43, USC 57 (for Mexico Mexico, with Reik), USC 64 (for Moldova Moldova, with Carla's Dreams), USC 68 (for Colombia Colombia, with J Balvin), USC 71 (for Moldova Moldova, with Dara, Antonia and Carla's Dreams), USC 74
Lorenzo Fragola San Marino San Marino USC 74 (for Italy Italy), USC 79 (for San Marino San Marino)
Jovana Nikolic Serbia Serbia USC 09, USC 24
Pastora Soler Spain Spain USC 34, USC 43 (for Andorra Andorra), USC 45 (for Andorra Andorra), USC 52 (with David Bustamante), USC 67, USC 75 (for Andorra Andorra)
Zara Larsson Sweden Sweden USC 61
Murat Dalkılıç Turkey Turkey USC 42
Golden Fable Wales Wales USC 74

Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Serbia Serbia Jovana Nikolic "Najbolja" 5th Winner
Brazil Brazil Leo Santana "Abana" 19th (SF1) Nominée (2nd)
Belgium Belgium Natalia "Smoking gun" 23rd Nominée (3rd)

Best Non-English Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Danny & The Veetos "Sunnukvold i Mai" 16th Winner
San Marino San Marino Lorenzo Fragola "#Fouri c'è il sole" 22nd Nominée (2nd)
Greece Greece Dionisis Shoinas "To kalokairi" 10th Nominée (3rd)

hph01 Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Brazil Brazil Leo Santana "Abana" 19th (SF1) Winner
Poland Poland Sarsa "Indiana" 13th (SF2) Nominée (2nd)
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Marquess "La histeria" 22nd (SF2) Nominée (3rd)

Champions Edition 71-80 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 "Fire meet gasoline" by Sia, who won for Australia in USC 79 held in Nuuk, Greenland. This is the second time Sia wins a champions edition, after having won the previous one with "Chandelier".

Edition Country Artist Song Place Points
Flag of Ukraine USC 71 North Macedonia FYR Macedonia Bobby Andonov "War is love" 6 135
Flag of Macedonia USC 72 USA United States Carrie Underwood "Something in the water" 7 133
Flag of United States USC 73 Russia Russia Sergey Lazarev "7 tsifr" 4 144
Flag of Russia USC 74 Israel Israel Roby Fayer & Tom Gefen "Ready to fight" 5 140
Flag of Israel USC 75 Croatia Croatia Luminize "Kill it with love" 9 115
Flag of Croatia USC 76 Monaco Monaco Cassandre "Ma revolution" 3 148
Flag of Monaco USC 77 Iran Iran Mahan Moin "Azizami" 8 133
Flag of Iran USC 78 Greenland Greenland Ditte Marie "Overflow" 10 75
Flag of Greenland USC 79 Australia Australia Sia "Fire meet gasoline" 1 163
Flag of Australia USC 80 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Christian Daniel "Ahora que te vas" 2 148


Editions of the Universong Contest
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