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Universong 83
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Date

2 - 22 December 2015

Host city

Thorshavn, Faroe Islands Faroe Islands

Participants

46

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

Armenia Armenia, Austria Austria, Cuba Cuba, Ireland Ireland, Lebanon Lebanon, Malta Malta, Montenegro Montenegro, Nigeria Nigeria, Spain Spain, Sweden Sweden, Vatican City Vatican City

Withdrawing countries

Chile Chile, Colombia Colombia, Denmark Denmark, Estonia Estonia, Liechtenstein Liechtenstein, Mexico Mexico, Singapore Singapore, Taiwan Taiwan, Tuvalu Tuvalu

Winner

Ireland Ireland
Markus Feehily
"Love is a drug"

Timeline

◄ Split 82 Eurovision Heart Dublin 84 ►

Universong 83 was the 83rd Universong Contest, held from 2nd December to 22nd December, 2015, in Thorshavn, capital city of the Faroe Islands, who earned that right thanks to the winning of Ludovico Einaudi ft. Greta Svabo Bech with the song "Circles" the previous edition in Split, Croatia.

This was the second time the Universong Contest is held in an overseas territory of Denmark, the first since USC 79, held in Nuuk, Greenland.

46 different countries for all over the world competed in this edition, with no debuting countries, unlike the previous edition, but with the return of eleven countries: Armenia, Austria, Cuba, Ireland, Lebanon, Malta, Montenegro, Nigeria, Spain, Sweden and Vatican City.

For the second time, Ireland won the Universong Contest, something that didn't happen to this country since USC 09, and also got the best position for the country since USC 64. The responsible of this milestone is Markus Feehily, a former member of Westlife who also competed in USC 63. His song "Love is a drug" gathered a total of 195 points (also the second best point record for Ireland, since Ryan Dolan's "Start again", in USC 64, with 204 points), spending almost all the voting round as a runaway leader. In second place, the Swedish representative Molly Sandén earned 162 points with the song "Phoenix", securing the best position for Sweden since USC 76. Curiously, Molly Sandén also competed in USC 72, coming in second place as well to eventual winner USA's Carrie Underwood, by a more stretch margin of 13 points. The margin this time between Ireland and Sweden was 33 points.

In third place, the Vatican City got its best placement since USC 43. Annalisa, with the song "Una finestra tra le stelle", got a total of 147 points, in a close struggle between Moldova (represented by Carla's Dreams and Inna), the United States (represented by Anastacia) and Australia (represented by the band Birds of Tokyo), all of them completing the top 6 with 142, 136 and 132 points, respectively. In the case of both Moldova and U.S.A., they got their best positions - in the case of Moldova, 4th place was its best since USC 70; in the case of the U.S.A., 5th was its best since its latest winning in USC 72 and their last top 10 placement in USC 78. As a curiosity, all of the top three were returning countries for this competition.

The top 10 was completed with the songs of Monaco, Northern Ireland, Lithuania and San Marino.


Semifinal 1
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Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Croatia Croatia Petar Grašo "Moje zlato" 15 46
02 Philippines Philippines Zendee "Run wild" 3 82
03 Portugal Portugal David Carreira "Primeira dama" 9 76
04 Brazil Brazil Silva "Volta" 17 45
05 Romania Romania Elena Gheorghe "Acasa la noi" 7 78
06 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Janet Devlin "Suantraí meisciuil" 2 107
07 Poland Poland Sarsa "Zapomnij mi" 11 63
08 Serbia Serbia Luke Black "Holding on to love" 6 79
09 Lebanon Lebanon Myriam Fares "Yama layali" 13 52
10 Andorra Andorra Soraya ft. Vega "El huracán" 19 35
11 Monaco Monaco Cheraze ft. Tunisiano "Promets pas la lune" 8 77
12 Turkey Turkey Sebnem Ferah "Yalniz" 21 20
13 Italy Italy Matia Bazar "Piccoli giganti" 16 46
14 Germany Germany Faun "Tanz mit mir" 20 34
15 Greece Greece Demy "I alithia miazei psema" 4 81
16 France France Brice Conrad "Eternelle" 12 62
17 Armenia Armenia Sofi Mkheyan "Erazum" 10 75
18 Czech Republic Czech Republic Klára Výtisková "Forever" 5 80
19 Malta Malta The New Victorians "Seeker seeker" DSQ -
20 Ireland Ireland Markus Feehily "Love is a drug" 1 113
21 Canada Canada Simple Plan ft. Nelly "I don't wanna go to bed" 14 49
22 Netherlands Netherlands Nikki "How to break a heart" 18 35


Semifinal 2
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Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Austria Austria Filous ft. Jordan Léser "Shaded in" 17 47
02 Lithuania Lithuania Monika Linkyte "Walk with me" 5 86
03 Sweden Sweden Molly Sandén "Phoenix" 3 100
04 Norway Norway Sandra Lyng "Play my drum" 16 52
05 Bulgaria Bulgaria Grafa "Domino" 21 25
06 Congo DR DR Congo Nicole Cherry & Mohombi "Vive la vida" 6 80
07 England England The Young Punx "Your music is killing me" 20 31
08 Moldova Moldova Carla's Dreams ft. Inna "Te rog" 7 78
09 Luxembourg Luxembourg Gérald de Palmas "L'étranger" 14 54
10 Montenegro Montenegro Sergej Ćetković "Korov" 13 56
11 Cuba Cuba Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello "I know what you did last summer" 4 93
12 USA United States Anastacia "Stupid little things" 2 115
13 Vatican City Vatican City Annalisa "Una finestra tra le stelle" 1 116
14 Finland Finland Tarja Turunen "Victim of ritual" 8 70
15 Albania Albania Anxhela Peristeri "Si po jetoj" 18 44
16 Latvia Latvia Lauris Reiniks "Rīts pieneņpūkās" 19 43
17 Spain Spain Enkore "Bihotz ezkutua" 11 59
18 Israel Israel Orphaned Land "Brother" 12 58
19 Iceland Iceland Alda "Rauða nótt" 15 53
20 Australia Australia Birds of Tokyo "I'd go with you anywhere" 9 68
21 Nigeria Nigeria Yemi Alade & Phyno "Taking over me" 10 65

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Romania Romania Elena Gheorghe "Acasa la noi" 20 71
02 Serbia Serbia Luke Black "Holding on to love" 12 95
03 Monaco Monaco Cheraze ft. Tunisiano "Promets pas la lune" 7 125
04 Greece Greece Demy "I alithia miazei psema" 19 80
05 Nigeria Nigeria Yemi Alade & Phyno "Taking over me" 23 54
06 Sweden Sweden Molly Sandén "Phoenix" 2 162
07 San Marino San Marino La Rua "Non sono positivo alla normalità" 10 97
08 Moldova Moldova Carla's Dreams ft. Inna "Te rog" 4 142
09 Armenia Armenia Sofi Mkheyan "Erazum" 22 69
10 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Janet Devlin "Suantraí meisciuil" 8 117
11 Czech Republic Czech Republic Klára Výtisková "Forever" 21 70
12 Lithuania Lithuania Monika Linkite "Walk with me" 9 103
13 Finland Finland Tarja Turunen "Victim of ritual" 17 81
14 Poland Poland Sarsa "Zapomnij mi" 27 29
15 Ireland Ireland Markus Feehily "Love is a drug" 1 195
16 Portugal Portugal David Carreira "Primeira dama" 11 96
17 Australia Australia Birds of Tokyo "I'd go with you anywhere" 6 132
18 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Guðrið Hansdóttir "Meditations on salt" 26 38
19 Israel Israel Orphaned Land "Brother" 16 83
20 France France Brice Conrad "Eternelle" 14 87
21 USA United States Anastacia "Stupid little things" 5 136
22 Spain Spain Enkore "Bihotz ezkutua" 24 44
23 Wales Wales Stereophonics "C'est la vie" 25 39
24 Philippines Philippines Zendee "Run wild" 13 94
25 Vatican City Vatican City Annalisa "Una finestra tra le stelle" 3 147
26 Congo DR DR Congo Nicole Cherry & Mohombi "Vive la vida" 18 80
27 Cuba Cuba Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello "I know what you did last summer" 15 86

Returning artists Edit

Artist Country Previous participation
Soraya Andorra Andorra USC 16 (for Spain Spain), USC 21 (for Spain Spain), USC 37 (for Spain Spain, with Antoine Clamran)
Sofi Mkheyan Armenia Armenia USC 27, USC 42, USC 58
Grafa Bulgaria Bulgaria USC 31, USC 71
Petar Grašo Croatia Croatia USC 40 (with Tonči Huljić & Madre Badessa)
Klara Výtisková Czech Republic Czech Republic USC 81
Mohombi Congo DR DR Congo USC 25 (for Sweden Sweden, with Nicole Scherzinger), USC 38 (for Norway Norway, with Stella Mwangi), USC 82 (for Congo DR DR Congo)
Tarja Turunen Finland Finland USC 57 (with Within Temptation), USC 60 (as part of Nightwish)
Brice Conrad France France USC 55
Faun Germany Germany USC 72 (for Liechtenstein Liechtenstein)
Demy Greece Greece USC 41 (with Playmen), USC 45, USC 66, USC 74
Markus Feehily Ireland Ireland USC 63 (as part of Westlife)
Lauris Reiniks Latvia Latvia USC 24, USC 34, USC 38, USC 50 (with Aisha), USC 53 (for Lithuania Lithuania, with Liepa Mondeikaite)
Myriam Fares Lebanon Lebanon USC 71
Carla's Dreams Moldova Moldova USC 64 (with Inna), USC 71 (with Dara, Antonia and Inna)
Inna Moldova Moldova USC 08 (for Romania Romania), USC 14 (for Romania Romania), USC 28 (for Romania Romania, with Juan Magán), USC 43 (for Romania Romania), 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 (for Romania Romania, with Yandel), USC 80 (for Romania Romania)
Yemi Alade Nigeria Nigeria USC 81
Janet Devlin Northern Ireland Northern Ireland USC 68, USC 77
Sandra Lyng Norway Norway USC 72
Sarsa Poland Poland USC 78, USC 80
David Carreira Portugal Portugal USC 36, USC 43, USC 63 (with Dry), USC 69
Elena Gheorghe Romania Romania USC 01, USC 10, USC 57, USC 66, USC 78
Luke Black Serbia Serbia USC 77
Molly Sandén Sweden Sweden USC 43 (for the Faroe Islands Faroe Islands, with Christopher), USC 72
Sebnem Ferah Turkey Turkey USC 33
Anastacia USA United States USC 12,
Annalisa Vatican City Vatican City USC 57(for Vatican City Vatican City), USC 68 (for San Marino San Marino), USC 78 (for San Marino San Marino)
Stereophonics Wales Wales USC 68

Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Canada Canada Simple Plan ft. Nelly "I don't wanna go to bed" 14th (SF1) Winner
England England The Young Pix "Your music is killing me" 20th (SF2) Runner-Up

Best Non-English Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Moldova Moldova Carla's Dreams ft. Inna "Te rog" 4th Winner
Andorra Andorra Soraya ft. Vega "El huracán" 19th (SF1) Runner-Up
Germany Germany Faun "Tanz mit mir" 20th (SF1) Runner-Up

hph01 Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Netherlands Netherlands Nikki "How to break a heart" 18th (SF1) Winner
Andorra Andorra Soraya ft. Vega "El huracán" 19th (SF1) Runner-Up
Germany Germany Faun "Tanz mit mir" 20th (SF1) Runner-Up


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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