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Universong 87
"Trascend your egocity"
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Date

3 - 23 April 2016

Host city

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Luxembourg

Participants

40

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

Argentina Argentina, Czech Republic Czech Republic, Japan Japan, Kosovo Kosovo, Philippines Philippines, Poland Poland, Russia Russia, USA United States

Withdrawing countries

Andorra Andorra, Angola Angola, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, Cook Islands flag Cook Islands, Egypt Egypt, Ireland Ireland, Lebanon Lebanon, North Macedonia FYR Macedonia, Moldova Moldova, Romania Romania, San Marino San Marino, Spain Spain

Winner

France France
Marina Kaye
"Freeze you out"

Timeline

◄ San Marino 86 Eurovision Heart Saint-Denis 88 ►

Universong 87 was the 87th edition of the Universong Contest, held in Luxembourg City from April 3rd to April 23rd, 2016, being this the first time Luxembourg held the contest, after the winning of Willy William with the song "Ego", the previous edition in San Marino.

40 countries competed in this edition, with no further countries debuting, unless the previous edition.

For the third time ever, France wins the Universong Contest (the first French winning since Indila won USC 61 in Los Angeles, USA with the song "Derniere danse"), and for the first time, with a song in English. Marina Kaye, a former Universong entrant for Monaco in USC 71 and USC 78, entered for France for the first time, winning with the song "Freeze you out". France became a runaway leader from the early voting stages, continuing on a winning streak and finishing the round with 184 points. This isn't only the third winning of France, but also the most successful personal showing of Marina Kaye, who's also one of the most successful Universong entrants ever, finishing in the top 10 everytime she took part in the contest.

Belgium, on the other hand, got second place for the second time in a row. The song "Feels like a river" by Kenn Colt and Michael McCrae, one member of the Big 3 of this edition and one of the favourites to win the contest, got 152 points, 32 less than winner France, who was a runaway leader. Belgium thus would be the third country that gets two second places in consecutive editions, the others being Sweden (USC 18 and USC 19) and England (USC 59 and USC 60), a record yet to be broken for a country getting three consecutive runners-up positions.

The third place was for Kosovo, a returning country in competition after ten editions - its last participation was in USC 76 in Croatia. Era Istrefi earned the joint best position for this country up to that moment, as well as the Kosovar point record, for the song "Bonbon", with 137 points, equalling thus the best historical position of Kosovo (another third place for "This is my time" by Ardian Bujupi in USC 33). The record imposed by Era Istrefi would later be surpassed by Dua Lipa in USC 89.

In fourth and fifth places, Portugal and Australia (represented by Amor Electro and Vance Joy, respectively), completed the top 5 of this edition.

Semifinal 1 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Monaco Monaco Laurie Darmon "Rupture" 11 57
02 Philippines Philippines Marion "Wanna be bad" 16 31
03 Canada Canada Alessia Cara "Here" 10 61
04 Serbia Serbia Orthodox Celts "One / Milk & Honey" 13 51
05 Latvia Latvia Markus Riva "I can" 18 22
06 Georgia Georgia Irakli "Ia tebea liubliu" 14 36
07 Czech Republic Czech Republic Basix "Do neznáma" 12 54
08 Lithuania Lithuania Happyendless "No tomorrow" 15 35
09 New Zealand New Zealand Ginny Blackmore

& Stan Walker

"Holding you" 2 107
10 Estonia Estonia Mari Leen "Ausamad valed" 17 28
11 Russia Russia Tatiana Kotova "Fioleto" 19 22
12 Japan Japan ONE OK ROCK "Decision" 9 82
13 Netherlands Netherlands Causus "Teach me how to dance with you" 6 95
14 Norway Norway Kygo

ft. Maty Noyes

"Stay" 7 91
15 Australia Australia Vance Joy "Fire and the flood" 1 115
16 Ukraine Ukraine Onuka "Time" 8 84
17 Vatican City Vatican City Annalisa "Splende" 4 100
18 Bulgaria Bulgaria Ruth Koleva "Run" 5 98
19 Kosovo Kosovo Era Istrefi "Bonbon" 3 107

Semifinal 2 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Colombia Colombia Carlos Vives

& Colombian Artists

"La tierra del olvido" 8 66
02 Portugal Portugal Amor Electro "Mar salgado" 2 107
03 Italy Italy Max Gazzè "La vita com'è" 16 38
04 Denmark Denmark Ivarsson, Bang & Neumann "Shine" 3 82
05 Poland Poland Edyta Gorniak "Grateful" 5 77
06 England England The Courtesans "Indigo" 12 47
07 Croatia Croatia Luka Nizetic "Ljubav je mukte" 13 46
08 Cyprus Cyprus DJ Zenn

& Alex Economou

"In my head" 10 65
09 Turkey Turkey Buray "Istersen" 14 38
10 USA United States Tenacious D "Tribute" 17 13
11 Sweden Sweden Zara Larsson

& MNEK

"Never forget you" 4 79
12 Argentina Argentina Daniela Herrero "Hacerte bien" 15 42
13 Greece Greece Kostas Martakis "Pes to nai" 6 72
14 France France Marina Kaye "Freeze you out" 1 133
15 Germany Germany Grace Capristo "One woman army" DQ -
16 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein TOPIC

ft. Nico Santos

"Home" 7 68
17 Switzerland Switzerland TinkaBelle "Stay on" 9 65
18 Brazil Brazil Luan Santana "Tudo que você quiser" 11 55

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Switzerland Switzerland TinkaBelle "Stay on" 21 56
02 Netherlands Netherlands Causus "Teach me how to dance with you" 7 109
03 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein TOPIC ft. Nico Santos "Home" 17 63
04 Kosovo Kosovo Era Istrefi "Bonbon" 3 137
05 England England The Courtesans "Indigo" 11 80
06 Australia Australia Vance Joy "Fire and the flood" 5 111
07 New Zealand New Zealand Ginny Blackmore & Stan Walker "Holding you" 6 109
08 Norway Norway Kygo ft Maty Noyes "Stay" 12 78
09 Poland Poland Edyta Gorniak "Grateful" 18 61
10 Monaco Monaco Laurie Darmon "Rupture" 13 73
11 Iceland Iceland Alda Dís Arnardóttir ft. Bubbi "Í hjarta mér" 23 49
12 Colombia Colombia Carlos Vives & Colombian Artists "La tierra del olvido" 14 71
13 Vatican City Vatican City Annalisa "Splende" 10 82
14 Bulgaria Bulgaria Ruth Koleva "Run" 9 92
15 Luxembourg Luxembourg The Shin Sekaï "Alter ego" 25 43
16 Portugal Portugal Amor Electro "Mar salgado" 4 130
17 Greece Greece Kostas Martakis "Pes to nai" 15 70
18 Denmark Denmark Ivarsson, Bang & Neumann "Shine" 16 67
19 Ukraine Ukraine Onuka "Time" 8 99
20 Brazil Brazil Luan Santana "Tudo que você quiser" 24 45
21 Czech Republic Czech Republic Basix "Do neznáma" 27 37
22 France France Marina Kaye "Freeze you out" 1 184
23 Belgium Belgium Kenn Colt ft. Michael McCrae "Feels like a river" 2 152
24 Canada Canada Alessia Cara "Here" 22 55
25 Sweden Sweden Zara Larsson & MNEK "Never forget you" 20 56
26 Cyprus Cyprus DJ Zenn ft. Alex Economou "In my head" 26 38
27 Japan Japan ONE OK ROCK "Decision" 19 59

Returning artists Edit

Artist Country Previous participation
Vance Joy Australia Australia USC 72
Carlos Vives Colombia Colombia USC 65 (with ChocQuibTown)
Andrea Echeverri Colombia Colombia USC 69 (as part of Aterciopelados)
Fonseca Colombia Colombia USC 62
Maluma Colombia Colombia USC 66 (with Eli Palacios), USC 70, USC 79 (with Maía)
Luka Nizetic Croatia Croatia USC 28, USC 80
Alex Economou Cyprus Cyprus USC 66
Mari Leen Estonia Estonia USC 73
Marina Kaye France France USC 71 (for Monaco Monaco), USC 78 (with Lindsey Stirling, for Monaco Monaco)
Grace Capristo Germany Germany USC 42 (for Liechtenstein Liechtenstein), USC 50 (for Liechtenstein Liechtenstein), USC 75 (with Peter Maffay, for Liechtenstein Liechtenstein) (all of her appearances were under her real name, Mandy Capristo)
Kostas Martakis Greece Greece USC 25 (with Desislava), USC 37, USC 52
Alda Dís Arnardóttir Iceland Iceland USC 83
Markus Riva Latvia Latvia USC 68, USC 71 (with Ralph), USC 76
Ginny Blackmore New Zealand New Zealand USC 62
Stan Walker New Zealand New Zealand USC 43 (with Jessica Mauboy, for Australia Australia)
Kygo Norway Norway USC 77 (with Conrad Sewell)
Edyta Gorniak Poland Poland USC 42, USC 44, USC 50, USC 60
Amor Electro Portugal Portugal USC 40, USC 45
Zara Larsson Sweden Sweden USC 61, USC 80
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), USC 86 (for Vatican City Vatican City)

Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
USA United States Tenacious D "Tribute" 17th (SF2) Winner
Croatia Croatia Luka Nizetic "Ljubav je mukte" 13th (SF2) Nominée (2nd)
Russia Russia Tatiana Kotova "Fioleto" 19th (SF1) Nominée (3rd)

Best Non-English Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Monaco Monaco Laurie Darmon "Rupture" 13th Winner
Vatican City Vatican City Annalisa "Splende" 10th Nominée (2nd)

hph01 Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Lithuania Lithuania Happyendless "No tomorrow" 15th (SF1) Winner
Latvia Latvia Markus Riva "I can" 18th (SF1) Nominée (2nd)
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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