Universong 81
"Feel the Latin American energy"
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Date

2 - 22 October 2015

Host city

San Juan, Puerto Rico.png Puerto Rico

Participants

46

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

Cameroon.png Cameroon, Estonia.png Estonia, Nigeria.png Nigeria, South Africa.png South Africa, South Korea.png South Korea

Withdrawing countries

Belgium.png Belgium, Denmark.png Denmark, Ecuador.png Ecuador, England.png England, Germany.png Germany, Haiti2-icon.png Haiti

Winner

Croatia.png Croatia
Nina Kraljic
"Zaljuljali smo svijet"

Timeline

◄ Perth 80 Eurovision Heart.png Split 82 ►

Universong 81 was the 81st edition of the Universong Contest, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico between October 2nd and October 22nd, 2015 after the winning of Christian Daniel the previous edition in Perth, Australia, with the song "Ahora que te vas". This was the first time Puerto Rico helds the USC, and the second time a Latin American country organized the event, after Colombia organized USC 17.

Remembered as one of the strongest USC editions ever, the absolut winner was, for the fourth time, Croatia, whose last winning was in USC 75 in Jerusalem, Israel. This time Croatia was represented by the winner of The Voice of Croatia Nina Kraljic with the song "Zaljuljali smo svijet", winning with a grand total of 200 points. In a point struggle involving all the top 5, it was configured by runner-up, Israel's Petite Meller (187 points for the song "Baby love", its best result since winning USC 74 in St. Petersburg, Russia), Australia's Delta Goodrem representing Tuvalu in third place (a total of 171 points for her song "Wings"), Poland's Ania Iwanek & Pati Sokół in fourth place (their song "Warsaw 44" got 157 points) and Australia's Reece Mastin in his second USC attempt since USC 53 (156 points for his song "Rebel and the reason").

Semifinal 1

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 South Korea.png South Korea TVXQ "Catch me" 16 43
02 Turkey.png Turkey Gokhan Turkmen "Tas" 21 25
03 Cyprus.png Cyprus Argyro Christodoulides "Brother don't fade out" 22 15
04 Monaco.png Monaco Marvin Dupré "La foudre" 10 66
05 Tuvalu.png Tuvalu Delta Goodrem "Wings" 1 145
06 Latvia.png Latvia Bermuda Divstūris "1002 arābu naktis" 20 29
07 Nigeria.png Nigeria Yemi Alade "Johnny" 19 30
08 France.png France Black M "On s'fait du mal" 3 121
09 Philippines.png Philippines Nicole Laurel Asensio "Song from a broken string" 9 73
10 Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein The Dark Tenor "Love is light" 11 60
11 Spain.png Spain Wally López

ft. Jamie Scott

"You can't stop the beat" 7 79
12 Wales.png Wales Catfish and the Bottlemen "Kathleen" 12 55
13 Congo DR.png DR Congo Maître Gims "Brisé" 8 78
14 Japan.png Japan LiSa "Crossing field" 14 53
15 USA.png United States Miss Fame "Rubber doll" 17 36
16 Luxembourg.png Luxembourg Christine and the Queens "Saint Claude" 15 49
17 Norway.png Norway Jesper Jenset "Superhero" 13 54
18 England.png England Alistair Griffin "Just drive" WDN -
19 Faroe Islands.png Faroe Islands Fahrenheidt ft. Emmelie de Forest "Wildfire" 18 31
20 Poland.png Poland Ania Iwanek

& Pati Sokół

"Warsaw 44" 2 130
21 Portugal.png Portugal Diogo Piçarra "Verdadeiro" 6 90
22 Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Mihaela Marinova "Stupka napred" 4 96
23 Chile.png Chile Los Bunkers "Si estás pensando mal de mi" 5 93

Semifinal 2

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Romania.png Romania Dan Bittman "Si ingerii au demonii lor" 6 83
02 Brazil.png Brazil Mariana Rios "Reach me" 12 58
03 Estonia.png Estonia Elina Born "Kilimajaro" 5 86
04 Italy.png Italy Fedez ft. Francesca Michielin "Magnifico" 15 44
05 Cameroon.png Cameroon Irma "I know" 9 70
06 Moldova.png Moldova Andrew Rayel ft. Alexandra Badoi "Goodbye" 17 28
07 Netherlands.png Netherlands Sandra van Nieuwland "Banging on the doors of love" 4 94
08 Australia.png Australia Reece Mastin "Rebel and the reason" 2 100
09 Germany.png Germany Cosby "Boon & bane" WDN -
10 Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Klara Vytiskova "Survival" 16 40
11 Argentina.png Argentina Chenoa "Cuando tú vas" WDN -
12 San Marino.png San Marino Mario Biondi "Love is a temple" 11 62
13 Sweden.png Sweden Marie Serneholt "That's the way my heart goes" 19 22
14 South Africa.png South Africa Troye Sivan "Fools" 7 82
15 Serbia.png Serbia Milan Stankovic "Faktor rizika" 18 27
16 Andorra.png Andorra Amelie "Deixa'm volar" 21 17
17 Croatia.png Croatia Nina Kraljic "Zaljuljali smo svijet" 1 166
18 North Macedonia.png North Macedonia Thea "Eho" 10 67
19 Israel.png Israel Petite Meller "Baby love" 3 96
20 Greece.png Greece Otherview "In the club" 20 18
21 Iceland.png Iceland Glowie "No more" 14 45
22 Finland.png Finland Siru "Mustelmat" 8 76
23 Northern Ireland.png Northern Ireland His New Atlas "Saints" 13 53

Grand Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 North Macedonia.png North Macedonia Thea "Eho" 15 79
02 Lithuania.png Lithuania Donatas Blanka "Asaros" 17 76
03 Poland.png Poland Ania Iwanek & Pati Sokół "Warsaw 44" 4 157
04 Congo DR.png DR Congo Maître Gims "Brisé" 14 79
05 South Africa.png South Africa Troye Sivan "Fools" 9 108
06 Portugal.png Portugal Diogo Piçarra "Verdadeiro" 6 112
07 Chile.png Chile Los Bunkers "Si estás pensando mal de mi" 24 59
08 Finland.png Finland Siru "Mustelmat" 18 72
09 Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Mihaela Marinova "Stupka napred" 7 111
10 Croatia.png Croatia Nina Kraljic "Zaljuljali smo svijet" 1 200
11 Wales.png Wales Catfish and the Bottlemen "Kathleen" 25 55
12 Australia.png Australia Reece Mastin "Rebel and the reason" 5 156
13 Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein The Dark Tenor "Love is light" 19 70
14 Estonia.png Estonia Elina Born "Kilimanjaro" 16 76
15 France.png France Black M "On s'fait du mal" 8 108
16 Romania.png Romania Dan Bittman "Si ingerii au demonii lor" 12 93
17 Monaco.png Monaco Marvin Dupré "La foudre" 23 60
18 Netherlands.png Netherlands Sandra von Nieuwland "Banging on the doors of love" 11 100
19 Philippines.png Philippines Nicole Laurel Asensio "Song on a broken string" 21 62
20 Canada.png Canada Andee "Sorries" 22 61
21 Brazil.png Brazil Mariana Rios "Reach me" 10 103
22 Cameroon.png Cameroon Irma "I know" 13 84
23 San Marino.png San Marino Mario Biondi "Love is a temple" 27 53
24 Tuvalu.png Tuvalu Delta Goodrem "Wings" 3 171
25 Puerto Rico.png Puerto Rico Gente de Zona ft. Marc Anthony "La gozadera" 26 54
26 Spain.png Spain Wally López ft. Jamie Scott "You can't stop the beat" 20 64
27 Israel.png Israel Petite Meller "Baby love" 2 187

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous participation
Reece Mastin Australia.png Australia USC 53
Maître Gims Congo DR.png DR Congo USC 80
Emmelie de Forest Faroe Islands.png Faroe Islands USC 58 (for Denmark.png Denmark)
Black M France.png France USC 73
Fedez Italy.png Italy USC 53 (with Francesca Michielin)
Francesca Michielin Italy.png Italy USC 46, USC 53 (with Fedez), USC 65
Bermuda Divstūris Latvia.png Latvia USC 66, USC 70
Andrew Rayel Moldova.png Moldova USC 72 (with Jonathan Mendelsohn)
Sandra van Nieuwland Netherlands.png Netherlands USC 56
Marc Anthony Puerto Rico.png Puerto Rico USC 47 (for Spain.png Spain, with Natalia Jiménez)
Milan Stankovic Serbia.png Serbia USC 11
Troye Sivan South Africa.png South Africa USC 71 (for Lesotho.png Lesotho)
Delta Goodrem Tuvalu.png Tuvalu USC 55 (for Australia.png Australia)

Special Awards

Bartek Award

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Latvia.png Latvia Bermuda Divstūris "1002 arābu naktis" 20th (SF1) Co-Winner
USA.png United States Miss Fame "Rubber doll" 17th (SF1) Co-Winner

Best Non-English Award

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Mihaela Marinova "Stupka napred" 7th Winner
Puerto Rico.png Puerto Rico Gente de Zona ft. Marc Anthony "La gozadera" 26th Nominée (2nd)
Andorra.png Andorra Amelie "Deixa'm volar" 21st (SF2) Nominée (3rd)

hph01 Award

Country Artist Song Place Situation
South Korea.png South Korea TVQX "Catch me" 16th (SF1) Winner
Italy.png Italy Fedez ft. Francesca Michielin "Magnifico" 15th (SF2) Nominée (2nd)
Norway.png Norway Jesper Jenset "Superhero" 13th (SF1) Nominée (3rd)


Editions of the Universong Contest
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