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Universong 85
"Get the orange fever"
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Date

2 - 22 February 2016

Host city

Amsterdam, Netherlands Netherlands

Participants

49

Debuting countries

Egypt Egypt

Returning countries

Albania Albania, Andorra Andorra, Armenia Armenia, Belgium Belgium, Denmark Denmark, North Macedonia FYR Macedonia, Liechtenstein Liechtenstein, Morocco Morocco, New Zealand New Zealand, Philippines Philippines, Romania Romania, Slovenia Slovenia

Withdrawing countries

Argentina Argentina, Austria Austria, Canada Canada, Honduras Honduras, Israel Israel, Latvia Latvia, Lebanon Lebanon, Moldova Moldova, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland, Poland Poland, Russia Russia

Winner

San Marino San Marino
Elisa
"No hero"

Timeline

◄ Dublin 84 Eurovision Heart San Marino 86 ►

Universong 85 was the 85th edition of the Universong Contest, held in The Netherlands, and for the second time in its capital, Amsterdam (city that also held USC 26). This was the sixth Dutch Universong staging - and the first since USC 55 held in Den Bosch - made possible after the winning of Within Temptation with the song "Shot in the dark" in the previous edition held in Dublin, Ireland.

Debuting in this edition was Egypt, while Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Belgium, Denmark, FYR Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Morocco, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania and Slovenia returned, completing thus 49 participant countries.

For the very first time, San Marino wins the Universong Contest. Italian singer Elisa, with "No hero" was the responsible for the first Sanmarinese USC title ever. On an exciting voting sequence, Elisa managed herself to be a runaway leader in the latest voting rounds, until getting 210 points. The runners-up were very closed from each other, though far from the winning song. For the third time, Switzerland managed to get a runner-up position in USC, thanks to the song "Movies", by Canadian-born singer Rykka, who collected a total of 186 points; while Norway achieved third place with the song "I don't wanna see you with her" by Maria Mena, collecting a total of 185 points. It's important to remark that both runner-up positions were defined in the very last voting, achieving eventually a 1-point difference between Switzerland and Norway, while the victory of San Marino became evident from early before.

Andorra, who was represented by the Spanish singer Pablo López with the song "El mundo" and Georgia, represented by the song "Don't go" by BERA (achieving thus the second best position for Georgia at a country level in Universong) completed the top 5 with 161 and 134 points, respectively.

As a curiosity, the participation of both Monaco and Morocco were in danger during the video days, because of different problems. The former was discovered to be a cover song (something that goes against Universong's rules), since its original election, "Je suis un homme" by Maximilien Philippe, was indeed a cover of a song by French singer Zazie. On the other hand, the latter was discovered to be sent in the past; the chosen song was Samira Said's "Mazal", song that already competed in USC 66 in Limassol, Cyprus, getting 19th place with 99 points. As the Universong rules state, after such breach is discovered, the involved player has 24 hours after notice to change their entry. Thus, the new representatives of both Monaco and Morocco - countries competing in the first semifinal - were Yoann Freget with "Ca vient de là-haut" and Saad Lamjarred with "Maalem", respectively.

Semifinal 1 Edit

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

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Høgni Lisberg "Bow down (To no man)" 21 31
02 Andorra Andorra Pablo López "El mundo" 1 107
03 Lithuania Lithuania Evelina Young "Can't wake up" 4 99
04 Luxembourg Luxembourg Ridsa "Pardon" 14 54
05 Vietnam Vietnam Đông Nhi ft. Mei "Boom boom" DSQ -
06 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Ulmo Ocin "Mandalo" 17 48
07 Morocco Morocco Saad Lamjarred "Maalem" 19 36
08 Sweden Sweden Ellen Benediktson "Insomnia" 3 101
09 Estonia Estonia Getter Jaani & Koit Toome "Valged ööd" 18 42
10 Bulgaria Bulgaria Edward Maya ft. Andrea & Costi "Universal love" 15 49
11 England England Shannon Williams "Why why" 8 74
12 USA United States Norma Jean Martine "Animals" 16 48
13 Monaco Monaco Yoann Freget "Ca vient de là-haut" 13 55
14 Brazil Brazil Cláudia Leitte "Corazón" 12 59
15 Portugal Portugal Dengaz ft. Matay "Dizer que não" 6 80
16 France France Anggun & Florent Pagny "Nos vies parallèles" 5 88
17 Albania Albania Ronela Hajati "A do si kjo" 20 36
18 Wales Wales Marina and the Diamonds "Blue" 11 66
19 Hungary Hungary Anti Fitness Club "Mennyország" 7 76
20 North Macedonia FYR Macedonia Elena Risteska "Dozivotno" 9 69
21 Denmark Denmark MORTEN ft. Frida Sundemo "Beautiful heartbeat" 10 69
22 Germany Germany Silbermond "Irgendwas bleibt" 2 105
23 Spain Spain Xoel López "A serea e o mariñeiro" DSQ -

Semifinal 2 Edit

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

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Switzerland Switzerland Rykka "Movies" 4 99
02 Romania Romania Andreea Balan ft. Mike Diamondz "Things u do 2 me" 20 21
03 Nigeria Nigeria Di'Ja "Awww" 18 35
04 Turkey Turkey 27 & Birol Namoğlu "Muhtemel aşk" 19 29
05 Croatia Croatia Luminize ft. Marin Juric-Civro "Zasto jos volim te" 13 55
06 Vatican City Vatican City Laura Pausini "Non ho mai smesso" 11 61
07 New Zealand New Zealand Janine and the Mixtape "Hold me" 14 53
08 Georgia Georgia BERA "Don't go" 3 105
09 Serbia Serbia Emina Jahovic "Romeo" 16 42
10 Norway Norway Maria Mena "I don't wanna see you with her" 2 126
11 Greece Greece Eleni Foureira "Ase me" 8 69
12 Philippines Philippines Thyro Alfaro "Labing isang numero" 21 16
13 San Marino San Marino Elisa "No hero" 1 141
14 Iceland Iceland Kúra ft. Zebra Katz "Our sun" 10 64
15 Egypt Egypt Hamaki "Nefsi aba'a ganbo" 17 39
16 Czech Republic Czech Republic Slza "Katarze" DSQ -
17 Cyprus Cyprus Ivi Adamou "Tipota den mas stamata" 5 89
18 Ecuador Ecuador Gabriela Villalba "París" 15 47
19 Finland Finland Stina Girs "Kirje" DSQ -
20 Armenia Armenia Sirusho "Mi togh indz menak" 12 58
21 Australia Australia Troye Sivan "Talk me down" 6 88
22 Slovenia Slovenia Tosca Beat "Open sea" 7 75
23 Belgium Belgium Hooverphonic "Mad about you" 9 68

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Iceland Iceland Kúra ft. Zebra Katz "Our sun" 15 86
02 Netherlands Netherlands Gerard Joling "Ik leef mijn droom" 27 37
03 Switzerland Switzerland Rykka "Movies" 2 186
04 North Macedonia FYR Macedonia Elena Risteska "Dozivotno" 16 85
05 Andorra Andorra Pablo López "El mundo" 4 161
06 Slovenia Slovenia Tosca Beat "Open sea" 12 105
07 Vatican City Vatican City Laura Pausini "Non ho mai smesso" 19 75
08 Ireland Ireland Hozier "Sedated" 20 74
09 Cyprus Cyprus Ivi Adamou "Tipota den mas stamata" 8 117
10 Armenia Armenia Sirusho "Mi togh indz menak" 24 63
11 San Marino San Marino Elisa "No hero" 1 210
12 Norway Norway Maria Mena "I don't wanna see you with her" 3 185
13 Italy Italy Malika Ayane "Tempesta" 23 64
14 Greece Greece Eleni Foureira "Ase me" 13 89
15 England England Shannon Williams "Why why" 22 66
16 Belgium Belgium Hooverphonic "Mad about you" 9 110
17 Denmark Denmark MORTEN ft. Frida Sundemo "Beautiful heartbeat" 11 105
18 Australia Australia Troye Sivan "Talk me down" 6 124
19 France France Anggun & Florent Pagny "Nos vies parallèles" 18 79
20 Wales Wales Marina and the Diamonds "Blue" 26 52
21 Lithuania Lithuania Evelina Young "Can't wake up" 7 121
22 Georgia Georgia BERA "Don't go" 5 134
23 Hungary Hungary Anti Fitness Club "Mennyország" 25 59
24 Sweden Sweden Ellen Benediktson "Insomnia" 10 106
25 Germany Germany Silbermond "Irgendwas bleibt" 17 80
26 Portugal Portugal Dengaz ft. Matay "Dizzer que não" 21 66
27 Brazil Brazil Cláudia Leitte "Corazón" 14 87

Returning artists Edit

Artist Country Previous participation
Pablo López Andorra Andorra USC 54 (for Spain Spain)
Sirusho Armenia Armenia USC 26, USC 32, USC 47, USC 48, USC 61 (with Sakis Rouvas), USC 63 (with Jelena Tomasevic and Boaz Mauda)
Troye Sivan Australia Australia USC 71 (for Lesotho Lesotho), USC 81 (for South Africa South Africa)
Hooverphonic Belgium Belgium USC 13, USC 51, USC 58
Cláudia Leitte Brazil Brazil USC 46 (with Ricky Martin)
Andrea Bulgaria Bulgaria USC 27 (with Costi), USC 44, USC 57, USC 75 (with Ronny Dae and Benny Blaze), USC 82 (with Gabriel Davi)
Costi Bulgaria Bulgaria USC 27 (with Andrea)
Luminize Croatia Croatia USC 75, USC 76
Ivi Adamou Cyprus Cyprus USC 29 (with Melisses), USC 35, USC 39, USC 44 (with TU), USC 52,
Slza Czech Republic Czech Republic USC 75
Gabriela Villalba Ecuador Ecuador USC 39 (with Kudai, for Chile Chile)
Getter Jaani Estonia Estonia USC 68 (with Koit Toome)
Koit Toome Estonia Estonia USC 43, USC 68 (with Getter Jaani)
Anggun France France USC 12 (for Indonesia Indonesia), USC 25 (for Indonesia Indonesia), USC 28 (for Indonesia Indonesia), USC 36 (for Indonesia Indonesia), USC 46 (for Indonesia Indonesia), USC 68 (for Indonesia Indonesia)
Silbermond Germany Germany USC 30
Eleni Foureira Greece Greece USC 35, USC 49, USC 56, USC 62
Hozier Ireland Ireland USC 79
Malika Ayane Italy Italy USC 78
Elena Risteska North Macedonia FYR Macedonia USC 36 (with Lambe Alabakovski)
Gerard Joling Netherlands Netherlands USC 30 (with Gordon)
Mike Diamondz Romania Romania USC 75 (with Zenn)
Elisa San Marino San Marino USC 16 (for Italy Italy), USC 25 (for Italy Italy), USC 66 (for Italy Italy)
Emina Jahović Serbia Serbia USC 33, USC 46, USC 51 (with Natasa Bekvalac), USC 62, USC 75
Laura Pausini Vatican City Vatican City USC 11 (for Italy Italy), USC 21 (with Nek, for Italy Italy), USC 29 (for San Marino San Marino), USC 52 (with Hélène Segara, for Luxembourg Luxembourg), USC 60 (for San Marino San Marino)
Đông Nhi Vietnam Vietnam USC 73
Marina and the Diamonds Wales Wales USC 11, USC 38, USC 40, USC 47, USC 73, USC 82

Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Netherlands Netherlands Gerard Joling "Ik leef mijn droom" 27th Winner
Romania Romania Andreea Balan ft. Mike Diamondz "Things u do 2 me" 20th (SF2) Nominée (2nd)

Best Non-English Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Cyprus Cyprus Ivi Adamou "Tipota den mas stamata" 8th Winner
France France Anggun ft. Florent Pagny "Nos vies parallèles" 18th Nominée (2nd)
England England Shannon Williams "Why why" 22nd Nominée (3rd)

hph01 Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
New Zealand New Zealand Janine & The Mixtape "Hold me" 14th (SF2) Winner
Bulgaria Bulgaria Edward Maya ft. Andrea & Costi "Universal love" 15th (SF1) Nominée (Joint 2nd)
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Ulmo Ocin "Mandalo" 17th (SF1) Nominée (Joint 2nd)
Editions of the Universong Contest
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