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Universong 84
"Break the ice"
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Date

2 - 22 January 2016

Host city

Dublin, Ireland Ireland

Participants

47

Debuting countries

Honduras Honduras

Returning countries

Argentina Argentina, Cyprus Cyprus, Ecuador Ecuador, Estonia Estonia, Georgia Georgia, Hungary Hungary, Russia Russia, Switzerland Switzerland, Vietnam Vietnam

Withdrawing countries

Albania Albania, Andorra Andorra, Armenia Armenia, Cuba Cuba, Congo DR DR Congo, Malta Malta, Montenegro Montenegro, Philippines Philippines, Romania Romania

Winner

Netherlands Netherlands
Within Temptation
"Shot in the dark"

Timeline

◄ Thorshavn 83 Eurovision Heart Amsterdam 85 ►

Universong 84 was the 84th staging of the Universong Contest, that was held in Dublin, capital city of Ireland, from January 2nd to 22nd, 2016. This was the second time Ireland hosts USC, providing a record for the longest gap ever between one staging and another for a country, since its last staging was USC 10 in Cork. The Northern European country earned the right to bring back USC to it thanks to the winning of Markus Feehily, with the song "Love is a drug" on the previous edition held in Thorshavn, Faroe Islands.

47 countries took part in this competition, with the debut of Honduras, and the returns of Argentina, Cyprus, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Russia, Switzerland and Vietnam. This edition also marked the sixth anniversary of the Universong Contest.

On an exciting voting sequence, where the winner was revealed during the middle to last voting rounds, The Netherlands got its sixth USC title. The band Within Temptation, in its seventh USC participation, got eventually the winning with a total of 178 points for the song "Shot in the dark". Netherlands was also one of the previous favourites to win the contest, and with its winning became the country with most wins in tie with Italy. Hosts Ireland got second place with 164 points, with the song "Speeding cars" by the band Walking on Cars, being this the second time a host earns runner-up position after having won the previous edition (the first was Russia, who won USC 73 in New York with Sergey Lazarev's "7 tsifr", and in USC 74, in home turf it got second place with Nika's "Sing Hallelujah"). The third position went to Italy, represented by lyric trio Il Volo, with the song "L'amore si muove", with 159 points. It is important to remark that the top 3 countries were managed by three historical players that have the three most winnings and the most top-10 places as well.

The top 5 was completed by the songs of Austria (represented by Israel's The Young Professionals ft. Anna F. - in her second USC appearance after coming 5th in USC 66) and Norway (represented by Aurora Aksnes).

Semifinal 1 Edit

The countries from this semifinal plus Sweden must vote here. The other countries can vote, but their votes will be counted as Rest of the World. Host Ireland also voted here.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Cyprus Cyprus Minus One "Brainwash" 16 45
02 Iceland Iceland Thorstein Einarsson "Aurora" 5 94
03 Bulgaria Bulgaria Preyah "Vsichki nashi mesta" 10 69
04 Poland Poland Cleo "Zabiorę nas" 14 57
05 Luxembourg Luxembourg Sarah Riani "Comme toi" 3 133
06 Serbia Serbia Ivana Jordan "Pridji mi ti" 15 46
07 Norway Norway Aurora Aksnes "Runaway" 1 148
08 Monaco Monaco Damien Sargue "Un jour" 4 94
09 Lithuania Lithuania Edgaras Lubys "Pasakyk kazka grazaus" 22 14
10 France France Mylène Farmer "City of love" 11 68
11 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Loris "Crazy" 18 40
12 Croatia Croatia Gibboni "Zedam" 19 26
13 Spain Spain Albert Solà "Rellotges" 20 20
14 Greece Greece Playmen "Stand by me now" 3 101
15 Latvia Latvia DJ Dwen & Ivo Fomins "Radio aktīvs" 21 19
16 Israel Israel Keren Peles "Rak elohim yishpot oti" 13 62
17 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Eivør Pálsdóttir "True love" 7 77
18 Australia Australia Guy Sebastian "Black & blue" 9 72
19 Honduras Honduras Empress Of "Icon" 12 65
20 Nigeria Nigeria Seyi Shay "Right now" 6 83
21 Ecuador Ecuador Mirella Cesa "La buena fortuna" 8 76
22 Brazil Brazil Rodrigo Marim "Foi ficando sério" 17 41

Semifinal 2 Edit

The countries from this semifinal plus Vatican City must vote here. The other countries can vote, but their votes will be counted as Rest of the World. Host Ireland also voted here.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Canada Canada Coleman Hell "2 heads" 15 46
02 Netherlands Netherlands Within Temptation "Shot in the dark" 1 138
03 Finland Finland Paula Vesala "Tequila" 4 104
04 Wales Wales Lewis & Leigh "Heart don't want" 20 29
05 Georgia Georgia Tamta "Unloved" 7 77
06 Russia Russia Alex Sparrow "She's crazy but she's mine" 13 59
07 San Marino San Marino Giusy Ferreri "Volevo te" 5 103
08 Switzerland Switzerland Sinplus "Tieniti forte" 9 69
09 Portugal Portugal Diogo Piçarra "Tu e eu" 8 70
10 Hungary Hungary Omega "Gyöngyhajú lány" 21 29
11 Lebanon Lebanon Amar "Maa náfsi" 14 56
12 England England Whinnie Williams "Too strong" 18 33
13 Austria Austria The Young Professionals ft. Anna F "All of it but me" 3 110
14 Argentina Argentina La Mosca Tse-Tse "Te quiero comer la boca" 22 25
15 Moldova Moldova Stela Botan & Paralela 47 "Mai sus" 10 62
16 Turkey Turkey Edis "Olmamış mı?" 6 93
17 USA United States Carrie Underwood "Heartbeat" 12 59
18 Estonia Estonia Agust Hunt "Kus on EXIT?" 19 33
19 Vietnam Vietnam Noo Phước Thịnh "Hold me tonight" 17 35
20 Czech Republic Czech Republic Sebastian "Záchranný bod" 11 61
21 Italy Italy Il Volo "L'amore si muove" 2 121
22 Germany Germany Sido ft. Andreas Bourani "Astronaut" 16 38

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Italy Italy Il Volo "L'amore si mouve" 3 159
02 France France Mylène Farmer "City of love" 25 52
03 Norway Norway Aurora Aksnes "Runaway" 5 143
04 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Eivør Pálsdóttir "True love" 13 93
05 Nigeria Nigeria Seyi Shay "Right now" 10 107
06 Georgia Georgia Tamta "Unloved" 20 69
07 Moldova Moldova Stela Botan & Paralela 47 "Mai sus" 23 61
08 Netherlands Netherlands Within Temptation "Shot in the dark" 1 178
09 Switzerland Switzerland Sinplus "Tieniti forte" 24 54
10 Finland Finland Paula Vesala "Tequila" 11 106
11 Bulgaria Bulgaria Preyah "Vsichki nashi mesta" 16 79
12 USA United States Carrie Underwood "Heartbeat" 22 65
13 Vatican City Vatican City Giorgia "Io fra tanti" 26 43
14 San Marino San Marino Giusy Ferreri "Volevo te" 8 111
15 Portugal Portugal Diogo Piçarra "Tu e eu" 6 135
16 Honduras Honduras Empress Of "Icon" 18 70
17 Czech Republic Czech Republic Sebastian "Záchranný bod" 27 35
18 Sweden Sweden Axwell & Ingrosso "Sun is shining" 21 68
19 Ecuador Ecuador Mirella Cesa "La buena fortuna" 15 90
20 Iceland Iceland Thorsteinn Einarsson "Aurora" 14 91
21 Ireland Ireland Walking on Cars "Speeding cars" 2 164
22 Greece Greece Playmen "Stand by me now" 12 105
23 Australia Australia Guy Sebastian "Black & blue" 19 70
24 Turkey Turkey Edis "Olmamış mı?" 9 107
25 Luxembourg Luxembourg Sarah Riani "Comme toi" 7 133
26 Monaco Monaco Damien Sargue "Un jour" 17 76
27 Austria Austria The Young Professionals & Anna F. "All of it but me" 4 146

Returning artists Edit

Artist Country Previous participation
Guy Sebastian Australia Australia USC 35, USC 50, USC 62, USC 67 (for Tuvalu Tuvalu, with Lupe Fiasco)
Anna F Austria Austria USC 66
Eivør Pálsdóttir Faroe Islands Faroe Islands USC 35, USC 44
Mylène Farmer France France USC 26, USC 45, USC 51 (for Luxembourg Luxembourg), USC 79
Tamta Georgia Georgia USC 29 (for Greece Greece), USC 35 (with Playmen and Claydee)
Edgaras Lubys Lithuania Lithuania USC 73
Within Temptation Netherlands Netherlands USC 07, USC 35, USC 41, USC 50, USC 57 (for Finland Finland, with Tarja Turunen), USC 62 (with David Pirner)
Cleo Poland Poland USC 82
Diogo Piçarra Portugal Portugal USC 81
Giusy Ferreri San Marino San Marino USC 23 (for Italy Italy), USC 41 (for Italy Italy), USC 58 (for Italy Italy), USC 80 (for Italy Italy, with Baby K)
Carrie Underwood USA United States USC 72
Giorgia Vatican City Vatican City USC 26 (for Italy Italy), USC 31 (for Italy Italy), USC 59 (for San Marino San Marino), USC 75 (for San Marino San Marino)
Noo Phước Thịnh Vietnam Vietnam USC 48 (with Hồ Ngọc Hà), USC 59

Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Argentina Argentina La Mosca Tse-tse "Te quiero comer la boca" 22nd (SF2) Winner
Ecuador Ecuador Mirella Cesa "La buena fortuna" 15th Nominée (2nd)

Best Non-English Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Monaco Monaco Damien Sargue "Un jour" 17th Winner
Ecuador Ecuador Mirella Cesa "La buena fortuna" 15th Nominée (2nd)
Germany Germany Sido ft. Andreas Bourani "Astronaut" 16th (SF2) Nominée (3rd)

hph01 Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Poland Poland Cleo "Zaborie nas" 14th (SF1) Winner
Israel Israel Keren Peles "Rak elohim yishpot oti" 13th (SF1) Nominée (2nd)
Russia Russia Alexey Vorobyov "She's crazy but she's mine" 13th (SF2) Nominée (3rd)
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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