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Universong 86
"#FeelFree"
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Date

2 - 22 March 2016

Host city

City of San Marino, San Marino San Marino

Participants

44

Debuting countries

Cook Islands flag Cook Islands

Returning countries

Angola Angola, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, Canada Canada, Colombia Colombia, Latvia Latvia, Lebanon Lebanon, Moldova Moldova, Ukraine Ukraine

Withdrawing countries

Albania Albania, Armenia Armenia, Czech Republic Czech Republic, Ecuador Ecuador, Faroe Islands Faroe Islands, Finland Finland, Hungary Hungary, Morocco Morocco, Nigeria Nigeria, Philippines Philippines, Slovenia Slovenia, USA United States, Vietnam Vietnam, Wales Wales

Winner

Luxembourg Luxembourg
Willy William
"Ego"

Timeline

◄ Amsterdam 85 Eurovision Heart Luxembourg 87 ►

Universong 86 was the 86th edition of the Universong Contest, held in the City of San Marino from March 2nd to March 22nd, 2016. The contest was held in the little state for the first time, because of the winning of Elisa, with the song "No hero" on the last USC edition held the previous month in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

This edition saw a decrease on the participation, since only 44 countries will compete. The only debuting country was the Cook Islands, while Angola, Azerbaijan, Canada, Colombia, Latvia, Lebanon, Moldova and Ukraine will returned.

Luxembourg won the Universong Contest for the very first time. The micronation, whose best result in contest was 4th place in USC 13, and later in USC 55, got not only first place, but also 152 points (its second best point record after the 169 points in USC 55), for the song "Ego", sang by French Jamaican DJ Willy William. The Principality hadn't, even though, its winning sure during the voting, since its main rival was Belgium, represented by Selah Sue, with the song "Fear nothing", collecting a total of 147 points. The difference between winner and runner-up was 5 points, being this the most stretch difference seen in Universong since USC 78, when Greenland and Greece got a difference of 6 points between them. Indeed, Luxembourg and Belgium kept on switching the first place during the whole voting, giving a very closed race between them, until Luxembourg ensured by itself the first place in the last voting stages, taking some distance from Belgium, despite both finishing with such a stretch difference. With this runner-up position, Belgium improved its 9th place position from USC 85.

As a curiosity, in final, all the top 6 got more than 100 points. In a significance distance from Luxembourg and Belgium, Iceland - country which in this edition trusted again of one of their most successful Universong entrants Of Monsters and Men - got third place with 120 points for the song "Wolves without teeth". That was Iceland's best position since USC 77, also reached by Of Monsters and Men. Germany, with the song "Masters of chant" by German Eurovision preselection favourites Gregorian, France, with its current Eurovision entrant Amir, and Colombia, in its USC return with singer Sebastian Yatra, completed the top 6, with 112, 109 and 108 points, respectively. The rest of the top 10 (Spain, Andorra, Italy and Canada), got 99, 98, 89 and 86 points respectively.

Semifinal 1 Edit

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

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 France France Amir "Oasis" 5 99
02 Ireland Ireland Walking on Cars "Catch me if you can" 8 85
03 Moldova Moldova Anna Lesko "Iarna fermecat" 20 18
04 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Madeline Juno "Stupid girl" 15 39
05 Ukraine Ukraine Ani Lorak "Uderzhi moe serdtse" 13 49
06 Croatia Croatia Pavel "Cuvaj me" 18 21
07 Serbia Serbia The Frajle "Menjam dane" 17 26
08 New Zealand New Zealand Brooke Fraser "Magical machine" 10 65
09 Lithuania Lithuania Auguste Vedrickaite "Jei gali" 19 19
10 Egypt Egypt Natalie Saba "Snow" 11 62
11 Monaco Monaco ZAZ "Eblouie par la nuit" 12 62
12 Denmark Denmark Anja Nissen "Triumph" 7 91
13 Spain Spain Pablo López ft. Juanes "Tu enemigo" 4 103
14 Iceland Iceland Of Monsters and Men "Wolves without teeth" 3 107
15 Colombia Colombia Sebastián Yatra "Como mirarte" 2 108
16 Greece Greece Pantelis Pantelidis "Ginete" 14 45
17 Luxembourg Luxembourg Willy William "Eco" 1 117
18 Lebanon Lebanon Melissa "Wala youm" DSQ -
19 Portugal Portugal Aurea ft. The Black Mamba "Wonder why" 16 28
20 Angola Angola Anselmo Ralph "Unica mulher" 6 94
21 Germany Germany Gregorian "Masters of chant" 9 82

Semifinal 2 Edit

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

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Romania Romania Ovidiu Anton "Still alive" DSQ -
02 Latvia Latvia Rūta Dūduma "Being a friend" 15 45
03 North Macedonia North Macedonia Pance Kasapski "Uste si mi ti" 14 46
04 Brazil Brazil Scalene "Legado" 16 41
05 England England Devlin ft. Diane Birch "Rewind" 8 73
06 Vatican City Vatican City Annalisa "Il diluvio universale" 17 34
07 Italy Italy Francesco Gabbani "Amen" 1 114
08 Georgia Georgia Lisa May "Young love" 6 76
09 Cook Islands flag Cook Islands Jamie McDell "Moon shines red" 5 87
10 Turkey Turkey Burak Kut & Keti Garbi "Harikalar diyarım (Koita se agapo)" 9 71
11 Estonia Estonia Laura "Destiny" 18 31
12 Cyprus Cyprus Valando Tryfonos "Miazei me agapi" 10 57
13 Bulgaria Bulgaria Moisey ft. Zhana Bergendorff "Vreme" 4 89
14 Andorra Andorra Manuel Carrasco "Ya no" 7 75
15 Belgium Belgium Selah Sue "Fear nothing" 3 102
16 Netherlands Netherlands O'G3NE "Wings to fly" 11 54
17 Sweden Sweden Jon Henrik Fjällgren "Daniel's joik" 13 50
18 Australia Australia Peking Duk "High" 19 18
19 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Arzum "Milyonlarin arzusu" 12 51
20 Canada Canada Tyler Shaw "House of Cards" 2 104

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Bulgaria Bulgaria Moisey ft. Zhanna Bergendorff "Vreme" 15 73
02 Cyprus Cyprus Valando Tryfonos "Miazei me agapi" 21 61
03 Canada Canada Tyler Shaw "House of Cards" 10 86
04 England England Devlin ft. Diane Birch "Rewind" 20 63
05 Colombia Colombia Sebastian Yatra "Cómo mirarte" 6 108
06 Ireland Ireland Walking on Cars "Catch me if you can" 12 77
07 Turkey Turkey Burat Kut & Keiti Garbi "Harikalar diyarım (Koita se agapo)" 14 77
08 Georgia Georgia Lisa May "Young love" 17 65
09 Iceland Iceland Of Monsters and Men "Wolves without teeth" 3 120
10 Denmark Denmark Anja Nissen "Triumph" 11 79
11 Spain Spain Pablo López ft. Juanes "Tu enemigo" 7 99
12 Egypt Egypt Natalie Saba "Snow" 22 60
13 Monaco Monaco ZAZ "Eblouie par la nuit" 26 50
14 Cook Islands flag Cook Islands Jamie McDell "Moon shines red" 18 64
15 Belgium Belgium Selah Sue "Fear nothing" 2 147
16 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Arzum "Milyonarin arzusu" 23 60
17 Andorra Andorra Manuel Carrasco "Ya no" 8 98
18 Luxembourg Luxembourg Willy William "Ego" 1 152
19 Netherlands Netherlands O'G3NE "Wings to fly" 27 27
20 Germany Germany Gregorian "Masters of chant" 4 112
21 France France Amir "Oasis" 5 109
22 Norway Norway Sandra Lyng "Night after night" 25 57
23 New Zealand New Zealand Brooke Fraser "Magical machine" 24 57
24 Angola Angola Anselmo Ralph "Unica mulher" 13 77
25 San Marino San Marino Eman "Amen" 19 64
26 Switzerland Switzerland Stefanie Heinzmann "On fire" 16 73
27 Italy Italy Francesco Gabbani "Amen" 9 89

Returning artists Edit

Artist Country Previous participation
Anselmo Ralph Angola Angola USC 79 (with Lizardo Cuxi), USC 79 (with Kataleya, for Portugal Portugal)
Selah Sue Belgium Belgium USC 43
Valando Tryfonos Cyprus Cyprus USC 45, USC 48
Of Monsters and Men Iceland Iceland USC 32, USC 64, USC 77
Walking on Cars Ireland Ireland USC 84
Madeline Juno Liechtenstein Liechtenstein USC 59
ZAZ Monaco Monaco USC 77 (for France France)
Brooke Fraser New Zealand New Zealand USC 20
Sandra Lyng Norway Norway USC 72, USC 83
Aurea Portugal Portugal USC 51, USC 74
Pablo López Spain Spain USC 54, USC 85 (for Andorra Andorra)
Juanes Spain Spain USC 17 (for Colombia Colombia), USC 61 (for Colombia Colombia), USC 74 (for Colombia Colombia)
Stefanie Heinzmann Switzerland Switzerland USC 39, USC 77
Ani Lorak Ukraine Ukraine USC 12, USC 17, USC 46, USC 55
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), USC 83 (for Vatican City Vatican City)

Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Italy Italy Francesco Gabbani "Amen" 9th Winner
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Arzum "Milyonarin arzusu" 23rd Nominée (2nd)

Best Non-English Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Greece Greece Pantelis Pantelidis "Ginete" 14th (SF1) Winner
San Marino San Marino Eman "Amen" 19th Nominée (Joint 2nd)
Ukraine Ukraine Ani Lorak "Uderzhi moe serdtse" 13th (SF1) Nominée (Joint 2nd)

hph01 Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Ukraine Ukraine Ani Lorak "Uderzhi moe serdtse" 13th (SF1) Winner
Sweden Sweden Jon Henrik Fjällgren "Daniel's joik" 13th (SF2) Nominée (2nd)
Estonia Estonia Laura "Destiny" 18th (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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