Universong 87
"Trascend your egocity"
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Date

3 - 23 April 2016

Host city

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.png Luxembourg

Participants

40

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

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

Withdrawing countries

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

Winner

France.png France
Marina Kaye
"Freeze you out"

Timeline

◄ San Marino 86 Eurovision Heart.png 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

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

& Stan Walker

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

ft. Maty Noyes

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

Semifinal 2

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Colombia.png Colombia Carlos Vives

& Colombian Artists

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

& Alex Economou

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

& MNEK

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

ft. Nico Santos

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

Grand Final

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

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous participation
Vance Joy Australia.png Australia USC 72
Carlos Vives Colombia.png Colombia USC 65 (with ChocQuibTown)
Andrea Echeverri Colombia.png Colombia USC 69 (as part of Aterciopelados)
Fonseca Colombia.png Colombia USC 62
Maluma Colombia.png Colombia USC 66 (with Eli Palacios), USC 70, USC 79 (with Maía)
Luka Nizetic Croatia.png Croatia USC 28, USC 80
Alex Economou Cyprus.png Cyprus USC 66
Mari Leen Estonia.png Estonia USC 73
Marina Kaye France.png France USC 71 (for Monaco.png Monaco), USC 78 (with Lindsey Stirling, for Monaco.png Monaco)
Grace Capristo Germany.png Germany USC 42 (for Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein), USC 50 (for Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein), USC 75 (with Peter Maffay, for Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein) (all of her appearances were under her real name, Mandy Capristo)
Kostas Martakis Greece.png Greece USC 25 (with Desislava), USC 37, USC 52
Alda Dís Arnardóttir Iceland.png Iceland USC 83
Markus Riva Latvia.png Latvia USC 68, USC 71 (with Ralph), USC 76
Ginny Blackmore New Zealand.png New Zealand USC 62
Stan Walker New Zealand.png New Zealand USC 43 (with Jessica Mauboy, for Australia.png Australia)
Kygo Norway.png Norway USC 77 (with Conrad Sewell)
Edyta Gorniak Poland.png Poland USC 42, USC 44, USC 50, USC 60
Amor Electro Portugal.png Portugal USC 40, USC 45
Zara Larsson Sweden.png Sweden USC 61, USC 80
Annalisa Vatican City.png Vatican City USC 57(for Vatican City.png Vatican City), USC 68 (for San Marino.png San Marino), USC 78 (for San Marino.png San Marino), USC 83 (for Vatican City.png Vatican City), USC 86 (for Vatican City.png Vatican City)

Special Awards

Bartek Award

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

Best Non-English Award

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

hph01 Award

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Lithuania.png Lithuania Happyendless "No tomorrow" 15th (SF1) Winner
Latvia.png Latvia Markus Riva "I can" 18th (SF1) Nominée (2nd)
Editions of the Universong Contest
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