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Universong 88
"Where the sun is dancing on the sea"
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Date

3 - 23 May 2016

Host city

Saint-Denis, Reunion flag.png Réunion, France.png France

Participants

41

Debuting countries

Jamaica.png Jamaica

Returning countries

Finland.png Finland, Greenland.png Greenland, Israel.png Israel, Mexico.png Mexico, Romania.png Romania, South Korea.png South Korea

Withdrawing countries

Argentina.png Argentina, Czech Republic.png Czech Republic, Georgia.png Georgia, Japan.png Japan, Lithuania.png Lithuania, Russia.png Russia

Winner

Norway.png Norway
Ina Wroldsen & Broiler
"Lay it on me"

Timeline

◄ Luxembourg 87 Eurovision Heart.png Tromso 89 ►

Universong 88 was the 88th edition of the Universong Contest, held in France for the third time ever, after the winning of Marina Kaye with the song "Freeze you out" on the previous edition in Luxembourg.

This edition was held from May 3rd to May 23rd, and the chosen city was Saint-Denis, capital city of the Reunion Island. The particularity of this edition was that it was held in an overseas territory of France for the very first time, after both USC 16 and USC 62 - the two previous editions held in French territory - were held in continental France, more specifically in its capital, Paris.

41 countries competed in this edition, with the debut of Jamaica, country that made the finals in its first attempt.

Remembered as one of the strongest Universong editions in its history, it became evident from the early voting stages that Norway would be the winner of this edition, as well as being one of the previous favourites for the title. The Nordic country got it second win ever with the song "Lay it on me" by Ina Wroldsen & Broiler. Norway collected 205 points, winning by a large streak of points and without giving the first place out during the whole voting round. This was as well, as aforementioned, the second Norwegian winning in the Universong, the first since USC 55 in Den Bosch, The Netherlands, when Tone Damli won Universong with the song "Winner of a losing game".

The runner-up position was for Brazil, for the second time since USC 75. PUZZLE was the responsible of this accomplishment for the South American country, with the song "Godlike". Brazil got 150 points, 55 points less than Norway, without attempting catching up in any moment of the voting. Meanwhile, the third place was taken by Bulgaria, country who scored its best historical position ever in its long Universong history. Mihaela Marinova, a returning artist in this edition, scored 149 points thanks to the song "Ne ti li stiga", breaking not only her own personal record, but also all the known records for this country (though it would later be equalled in USC 93). The fourth place went to Cyprus, represented by Metaxas' "Selene", and the fifth place went to Poland, with the runner-up of the country's Eurovision national final Margaret, and her entry "Cool me down". It's important to remark that the second, third and fourth places got very closed to each other in points, despite the runaway lead of Norway, situation that wasn't seen since USC 85 in Amsterdam, where runners-up, Switzerland and Norway got closed to each other in the very last vote, despite the runaway lead of eventual winner, San Marino.

Originally, Canada, represented by Cœur de Pirate, with the song "Crier tout bas", got fourth place with 148 points. Even though, the country was disqualified before the results were revealed, because its manager didn't show up on time during the voting days. As a consequence, all the countries eventually had one more place in the scoreboard but Norway, the runaway leader and eventual winner, and runners-up Brazil and Bulgaria.

About the city

View of Saint-Denis de la Réunion

Saint-Denis, or unofficially Saint-Denis de la Réunion, is the préfecture (administrative capital) of the French overseas region and department of Réunion, in the Indian Ocean. It is located at the island's northernmost point, close to the mouth of the Rivière Saint-Denis.

Saint-Denis is the most populous commune in the French overseas departments. At the 1999 census, there were 158,139 inhabitants in the urban area of Saint-Denis, 131,557 of whom lived in the city (commune) of Saint-Denis proper and the remainder in the neighbouring commune of Sainte-Marie.

Saint-Denis was founded by Étienne Regnault in 1669 and became the capital of Réunion island in 1738.

The town has many neighborhoods : Le Barachois, Bellepierre, Bois-de-Nèfles, La Bretagne (Le Cerf), Le Brûlé, Les Camélias, Centre-ville, Champ-Fleuri, La Montagne(Le Colorado, Ruisseau Blanc, Saint-Bernard), Montgaillard, La Providence, La Rivière Saint-Denis (La Redoute), Ruisseau des Noirs, Saint-François, Saint-Jacques, Sainte-Clotilde (Le Butor, le Chaudron, Commune Prima, Domenjod, Le Moufia), La Source, La Trinité, Vauban.

The closest airport is Roland Garros Airport which is also the main international airport of Réunion.

The hotels in Saint-Denis include Mercure Creolia Hotel, Austral Hotel and Best Western.

Semifinal 1

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Iceland.png Iceland Hildur "I'll walk with you" 14 48
02 Germany.png Germany Beyond The Black "Lost in forever" 4 83
03 Mexico.png Mexico Porter "Huitzil" 16 42
04 England.png England Clean Bandits ft. Sharna Bass "Extraordinary" 13 48
05 Norway.png Norway Ina Wroldsen

& Broiler

"Lay it on me" 1 141
06 New Zealand.png New Zealand Broods "Free" 9 63
07 Poland.png Poland Margaret "Cool me down" 2 107
08 Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Mihaela Marinova "Ne ti li sliga" 5 74
09 Canada.png Canada Cœur de Pirate "Crier tout bas" 3 90
10 Romania.png Romania Randi "Dansam" 10 60
11 Philippines.png Philippines Jonalyn Viray "Heart of glass" 15 46
12 Italy.png Italy Angelo Branduardi "Domenica e lunedi" 18 18
13 Luxembourg.png Luxembourg Willy William "Tes mots" 8 65
14 Croatia.png Croatia Ema Grago "Trebas mi" 17 30
15 Portugal.png Portugal Mia Rose "Take my hand" 12 50
16 USA.png United States Five Finger Dead Punch "Remember everything" 6 72
17 Jamaica.png Jamaica Nyanda "All my love" 11 54
18 Estonia.png Estonia Mari Leen "Meeldib ei meeldi" 7 69
19 Turkey.png Turkey DJ Polique ft. Atiye & 9Canlı "Kalbimin fendi" DSQ -

Semifinal 2

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Colombia.png Colombia Esteman "Baila" 15 33
02 South Korea.png South Korea Taeyeon "Rain" 13 42
03 Sweden.png Sweden Mariette "Don't stop believing" 10 58
04 Finland.png Finland Frederik Furi "Dagar & nätter" DSQ -
05 Ukraine.png Ukraine Philip Levshin "Your hero" 16 23
06 Latvia.png Latvia Intars Busulis "Miglas rīts" DSQ -
07 Vatican City.png Vatican City Eros Ramazzotti ft. Nicole Scherzinger "Fino all'estasi" 9 61
08 Greece.png Greece Natassa Bofiliou "I kardia ponai otan psiloni" 4 78
09 Israel.png Israel Liran Danino "Kol hamilim" 12 45
10 Netherlands.png Netherlands Kovacs "The devil you know" 3 119
11 Switzerland.png Switzerland Celeste Buckingham "Unpredictable" 5 77
12 Monaco.png Monaco Jain "Come" 8 66
13 Denmark.png Denmark Phlake "Angel zoo" 7 76
14 Cyprus.png Cyprus Metaxas "Selene" 1 140
15 Brazil.png Brazil PUZZLE "Godlike" 2 133
16 Greenland.png Greenland Nabiha "Bang that drum" 14 41
17 Australia.png Australia Faydee "Legendary" 6 77
18 Serbia.png Serbia Ana Ćurčin "Unknown" 11 57
19 Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein Nisse "Herz auf Beat" 17 22

Grand Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Poland.png Poland Margaret "Cool me down" 5 119
02 Kosovo.png Kosovo Skrillex & Team EZY ft. NJOMZA "Pretty bye bye" 24 36
03 Germany.png Germany Beyond The Black "Lost in forever" 11 82
04 Monaco.png Monaco Jain "Come" 9 94
05 Luxembourg.png Luxembourg Willy William "Tes mots" 16 70
06 Vatican City.png Vatican City Eros Ramazzotti ft. Nicole Scherzinger "Fino all'estasi" 17 68
07 Netherlands.png Netherlands Kovacs "The devil you know" 7 98
08 Denmark.png Denmark Phlake "Angel zoo" 21 46
09 France.png France Madame Monsieur "You make me smile" 26 23
10 Estonia.png Estonia Mari Leen "Meeldib ei meeldi" 20 55
11 Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Mihaela Marinova "Ne ti li stiga" 3 149
12 Jamaica.png Jamaica Nyanda "All my love" 25 34
13 Canada.png Canada Cœur de Pirate "Crier tout bas" DSQ -
14 Sweden.png Sweden Mariette "Don't stop believing 12 74
15 Romania.png Romania Randi "Dansam" 19 55
16 Australia.png Australia Faydee "Legendary" 8 94
17 Greece.png Greece Natassa Bofiliou "I kardia ponai otan psiloni" 10 88
18 Switzerland.png Switzerland Celeste Buckingham "Unpredictable" 18 59
19 Belgium.png Belgium Emma Bale ft. Lost Frequencies "Run" 13 72
20 Norway.png Norway Ina Wroldsen & Broiler "Lay it on me" 1 205
21 Serbia.png Serbia Ana Ćurčin "Unknown" 14 72
22 Cyprus.png Cyprus Metaxas "Selene" 4 147
23 Brazil.png Brazil PUZZLE "Godlike" 2 150
24 New Zealand.png New Zealand Broods "Free" 6 102
25 Portugal.png Portugal Mia Rose "Take my hand" 23 39
26 Israel.png Israel Liran Danino "Kol hamilim" 22 44
27 USA.png United States Five Finger Death Punch "Remember everything" 15 71

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous participation
Mihaela Marinova Bulgaria.png Bulgaria USC 81
Cœur de Pirate Canada.png Canada USC 42
Esteman Colombia.png Colombia USC 62 (with Paula Arenas)
Metaxas Cyprus.png Cyprus USC 50
Mari Leen Estonia.png Estonia USC 73, USC 87
Beyond the Black Germany.png Germany USC 76 (for Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein)
Nabiha Greenland.png Greenland USC 53 (for Denmark.png Denmark), USC 66 (for Denmark.png Denmark)
Angelo Branduardi Italy.png Italy USC 13 (for San Marino.png San Marino)
Willy William Luxembourg.png Luxembourg USC 86
Broods New Zealand.png New Zealand USC 73, USC 75
Kovacs Netherlands.png Netherlands USC 77
Broiler Norway.png Norway USC 73 (with Anna Bergendahl)
Margaret Poland.png Poland USC 51, USC 62, USC 79
Mia Rose Portugal.png Portugal USC 75
Randi Romania.png Romania USC 25 (with Mishelle, for Moldova.png Moldova)
Celeste Buckingham Switzerland.png Switzerland USC 49 (for Slovakia.png Slovakia), USC 69 (for Slovakia.png Slovakia)
Atiye Turkey.png Turkey USC 43, USC 68
Eros Ramazzotti Vatican City.png Vatican City USC 42 (with Ricky Martin, for San Marino.png San Marino), USC 58 (with Cher, for San Marino.png San Marino)
Nicole Scherzinger Vatican City.png Vatican City USC 12 (with Enrique Iglesias, for Spain.png Spain), USC 25 (with Mohombi, for Sweden.png Sweden), USC 70 (for USA.png United States)

Special Awards

Bartek Award

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Estonia.png Estonia Mari Leen "Meeldib ei meeldi" 20th Winner
Monaco.png Monaco Jain "Come" 9th Nominée (2nd)

Best Non-English Award

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Israel.png Israel Liran Danino "Kol hamilim" 22nd Winner
Estonia.png Estonia Mari Leen "Meeldib ei meeldi" 9th Nominée (2nd)
Luxembourg.png Luxembourg Willy William "Tes mots" 16th Nominée (3rd)

hph01 Award

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Colombia.png Colombia Esteman "Baila" 15th (SF2) Winner
Philippines.png Philippines Jonalyn Viray "Heart of glass" 15th (SF1) Nominée (2nd)
Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein Nisse "Herz auf Beat" 17th (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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