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Universong 89
"If it gets warmer now, we'll move South"
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Date

3 - 23 June 2016

Host city

Tromso, Norway Norway

Participants

47

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

Andorra Andorra, Austria Austria, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, Congo DR DR Congo, Hungary Hungary, Ireland Ireland, Lithuania Lithuania, Moldova Moldova, Russia Russia, Scotland Scotland, Slovenia Slovenia, Spain Spain

Withdrawing countries

Canada Canada, Jamaica Jamaica, Latvia Latvia, South Korea South Korea, Ukraine Ukraine

Winner

Spain Spain
Álvaro Soler
"Sofía"

Timeline

◄ Saint-Denis 88 Eurovision Heart Madrid 90 ►

Universong 89, the 89th edition of the Universong Contest, was held between June 3rd and 23rd, 2016, in the Norwegian city of Tromsö. The second production of Norway to the Universong Contest was the second in the country's history in contest, and the first since USC 56, also held in Tromsö. This was possible thanks to the winning of Ina Wroldsen & Broiler with the song "Lay it on me", on the previous edition held in Saint Denis, Reunion Island, France.

47 countries took part in this edition, with no debuting countries, something that didn't happen since USC 87 in Luxembourg, though this edition sees the return of 11 countries, despite Congo DR - one of the favourites from the audience - was withdrawn of the contest during the semifinal video days, since no player was managing the song submitted - Je te pardonne by Maître Gims and Sia. This song, even though, can compete in a later Universong edition in the future.

Known as the "edition of the stars", because of the level of the participants, Spain was declared the winner of the USC for the second time in its history (and this time, without being involved in any tie with other country). Álvaro Soler, one of the previous favourites to win this edition and also a returning artist for this competition, won this edition with the song "Sofía", earning a total of 257 points (the third best point record for a Universong winner) and eleven sets of 12 points (a record that equalled the achievement of Sergey Lazarev, winner of USC 73 for Russia, who also got eleven sets of 12 points), taking the lead from the middle-to-late voting stages in order to become a runaway leader, before sharing and struggling for the first place with other favourites who were taking the lead in the earlier voting stages. "Sofía" became with this winning the second entry from Spain to win since USC 67, the fourth winning of a native Spanish-speaking country and the fourth time a song in Spanish language wins USC, the first since USC 80. On the other hand, the second place went to Kosovo, represented by Dua Lipa with her hit "Be the one", getting a total of 158 points, breaking thus not only the point record of Kosovo, but also reaching its best historical position (breaking as well the record of points from USC 87, and also the record of placement held by Ardian Bujupi and Era Istrefi). Also, a new record was broken: the margin between winner and runner-up was overcame this edition, with 99 points of difference between Álvaro Soler and Dua Lipa, a record that was kept from USC 70, and that was later surpassed in USC 93, with a 100-point difference between winner Loïc Nottet from Luxembourg and runner-up Eivør Pálsdóttir from Faroe Islands.

The third place was taken by Poland, who entered for the ninth time to Sylwia Grzeszczak, this time with the song "Tamta dziewczyna". This song, who was another of the favourites from the audience during the whole contest, got in the end 151 points, making it one of the most successful appearances of Sylwia (who was become one of the most successful artists ever in Universong), and also the second third place for Poland. The fourth and fifth places were closed from each other in points: Softengine from Finland (in their second participation), with the song "The sirens"; and Delta Goodrem from Australia (in her third overall participation, and second for Australia), with the song "Dear life", got 150 and 142 points respectively (in the case of Australia, making a third consecutive top 10 finish). Another international star taking part was Sweden's Tove Lo, who paired with USA's Nick Jonas to sing "Close" in this edition. They, being also favourites during the final stage of the contest, ended up sixth with 122 points. The top 10 of this edition was completed by the songs from Moldova, France, Vatican City and Israel.

About the city Edit

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Winter view of Tromso

Tromsø  is a city and municipality in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Tromsø. Outside of Norway, Tromso and Tromsö are alternative spellings of the city. Tromsø is considered the northernmost city in the world with a population above 50,000. The most populous town north of it is Alta, Norway, with a population of 14,272 (2013).

Tromsø lies in Northern Norway. The municipality has a population of (2015) 72,066, but with an annual influx of students it has over 75,000 most of the year. It is the largest urban area in Northern Norway and the third largest north of the Arctic Circle (following Murmansk and Norilsk). Most of Tromsø, including the city centre, is located on the island of Tromsøya, 350 kilometres (217 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. In 2012, Tromsøya had a population of 36,088. Substantial parts of the urban area are also situated on the mainland to the east, and on parts of Kvaløya—a large island to the west. Tromsøya is connected to the mainland by the Tromsø Bridge and the Tromsøysund Tunnel, and to the island of Kvaløya by the Sandnessund Bridge. The city is warmer than most other places located on the same latitude, due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream.

The city centre of Tromsø contains the highest number of old wooden houses in Northern Norway, the oldest house dating from 1789. The city is a cultural centre for its region, with several festivals taking place in the summer. Some of Norway's best-known musicians, Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge of the electronica duo Röyksopp and Lene Marlin grew up and started their careers in Tromsø. Noted electronic musician Geir Jenssen also hails from Tromsø.

The most famous football team in the area, Tromsø IL, currently plays in the Norwegian Premier League.

Semifinal 1 Edit

In this semifinal, the 22 semifinalists plus Brazil Brazil shall vote in this semifinal. Norway Norway will decide in which semifinal it'll vote. The rest of the countries can vote too, but their votes will be counted as Rest of the World.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Kontra K "An deiner Seiter" 18 31
02 Sweden Sweden Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo "Close" 5 91
03 Ireland Ireland Villagers "The waves" 20 28
04 Monaco Monaco Najoua Belyzel "Luna" 11 69
05 Andorra Andorra Ricky Martin "Adiós" 15 44
06 Serbia Serbia Igor Garnier ft. Minja "Nedostaješ" 14 48
07 Belgium Belgium Trixie Whitley "Closer" 10 70
08 Luxembourg Luxembourg H Magnum "Au pays de la Tour Eiffel" 22 19
09 Russia Russia Zedd ft. Jon Bellion "Beautiful now" 4 93
10 Romania Romania Holograf "Cat de departe" 21 22
11 Finland Finland Softengine "The sirens" 2 148
12 Greece Greece Onirama "World party (The YOLO song)" 6 89
13 Germany Germany David Garrett "Explosive" 9 71
14 Poland Poland Sylwia Grzeszczak "Tamta dziewczyna" 3 102
15 USA United States Globus "Europa" 16 42
16 Philippines Philippines Yeng Constantino "Ikaw" 19 28
17 Moldova Moldova Carla's Dreams "Unde" 7 86
18 Colombia Colombia ChocQuibTown "Nuquí (Te quiero para mi)" 23 17
19 New Zealand New Zealand Chelsea Jade "Visions" 8 83
20 Iceland Iceland Sylvia Erla "Gone" 17 39
21 Cyprus Cyprus Charis Savva ft. OGE & Demy "Me oplo tin foni sou" 12 65
22 Lithuania Lithuania Biplan & Agne Ditkovskyte "Kino filmai" 13 49
23 Spain Spain Álvaro Soler "Sofía" 1 174

Semifinal 2 Edit

In this semifinal, the 22 semifinalists plus Bulgaria Bulgaria shall vote in this semifinal. Norway Norway will decide in which semifinal it'll vote. The rest of the countries can vote too, but their votes will be counted as Rest of the World.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Scotland Scotland Prides "I should know you better" 8 75
02 Turkey Turkey Model "Mey" 17 40
03 Italy Italy Levante "Alfonso" 18 32
04 England England M.O. "Who do you think of?" 19 31
05 Israel Israel Kathleen Reiter "Colourful" 7 86
06 Denmark Denmark Ericka Jane "Favourite lie" 12 62
07 France France Damien Lauretta "Fall in love" 10 75
08 Slovenia Slovenia Raiven "Črno bel" 9 78
09 Estonia Estonia Mari Leen "Tiigri tatoveeringuuga tuudruk" 21 17
10 Vatican City Vatican City Chiara Galiazzo "Straordinario" 4 88
11 Switzerland Switzerland Kadebostany "Frozen to death" 13 60
12 Mexico Mexico Yuri "Invencible" 14 52
13 Kosovo Kosovo Dua Lipa "Be the one" 1 118
14 Netherlands Netherlands Son Mieux "Even" 3 104
15 Australia Australia Delta Goodrem "Dear life" 2 114
16 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Miri Yusif "Senden olmaz" 20 22
17 Greenland Greenland NOAH "På vej hjem" 6 87
18 Portugal Portugal David Carreira ft. Ana Free "In love" 16 41
19 Austria Austria Conchita Wurst "Colours of your love" 15 45
20 Hungary Hungary Gigi Radics, Kati Wolf & Sonja Oroszlán "A szív dala" 5 88
21 Congo DR DR Congo Maître Gims ft. Sia "Je te pardonne" WDN -
22 Croatia Croatia Severina "Sekunde" 11 67

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Belgium Belgium Trixie Whitley "Closer" 21 74
02 Moldova Moldova Carla's Dreams "Unde" 7 119
03 Brazil Brazil Sandy ft. Tiago Iorc "Me espera" 14 89
04 Scotland Scotland Prides "I should know you better" 11 104
05 Russia Russia Zedd ft. Jon Bellion "Beautiful now" 24 64
06 Finland Finland Softengine "The sirens" 4 150
07 Bulgaria Bulgaria Neli Andreeva "Malka moma" 27 40
08 Netherlands Netherlands Son Mieux "Even" 22 73
09 Poland Poland Sylwia Grzeszczak "Tamta diewczyna" 3 151
10 Greenland Greenland NOAH "På vej hjem" 19 77
11 Denmark Denmark Ericka Jane "Favourite lie" 20 75
12 Germany Germany David Garrett "Explosive" 17 82
13 Hungary Hungary Gigi Radics, Kati Wolf & Sonja Oroszlán "A szív dala" 23 67
14 Spain Spain Álvaro Soler "Sofía" 1 257
15 New Zealand New Zealand Chelsea Jade "Visions" 12 102
16 Australia Australia Delta Goodrem "Dear life" 5 142
17 Croatia Croatia Severina "Sekunde" 13 90
18 Sweden Sweden Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo "Close" 6 122
19 Cyprus Cyprus Charis Savva ft. OGE & Demy "Me oplo tin foni sou" 25 60
20 Vatican City Vatican City Chiara Galiazzo "Straordinario" 9 112
21 France France Damien Lauretta "Fall in love" 8 113
22 Slovenia Slovenia Raiven "Črno bel" 16 82
23 Norway Norway Elle Márjá Eira "Guođohit ( = To herd)" 26 52
24 Monaco Monaco Najoua Belyzel "Luna" 15 86
25 Greece Greece Onirama "World party (The YOLO song)" 18 79
26 Israel Israel Kathleen Reiter "Colourful" 10 106
27 Kosovo Kosovo Dua Lipa "Be the one" 2 158

Returning artists Edit

Artist Country Previous participation
Ricky Martin Andorra Andorra USC 38 (for Puerto Rico Puerto Rico), USC 42 (with Eros Ramazzotti, for Vatican City Vatican City), USC 44 (for Puerto Rico Puerto Rico), USC 46 (with Claudia Leitte, for Brazil Brazil), USC 63 (for Puerto Rico Puerto Rico)
Delta Goodrem Australia Australia USC 55, USC 81 (for Tuvalu Tuvalu)
Conchita Wurst Austria Austria USC 74
Trixie Whitley Belgium Belgium USC 79
Tiago Iorc Brazil Brazil USC 66
ChocQuibTown Colombia Colombia USC 59, USC 65 (with Carlos Vives)
Severina Croatia Croatia USC 18, USC 22 (with Boris Novković, for Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina), USC 29, USC 44, USC 48, USC 52, USC 58, USC 60, USC 65, USC 69 (with Ministarke), USC 72 (with Sasa Matic), USC 77 (with Učiteljice)
Demy Cyprus Cyprus USC 41 (with Playmen, for Greece Greece), USC 45 (for Greece Greece), USC 66 (for Greece Greece), USC 74 (for Greece Greece), USC 83 (for Greece Greece)
Maître Gims Congo DR DR Congo USC 80, USC 81
Sia Congo DR DR Congo USC 34 (for Australia Australia), USC 59 (with The Weekend & Diplo, for Tuvalu Tuvalu), USC 66 (for Australia Australia), USC 79 (for Australia Australia)
Mari Leen Estonia Estonia USC 73, USC 87, USC 88
Softengine Finland Finland USC 79
Onirama Greece Greece USC 77
NOAH Greenland Greenland USC 65 (for Faroe Islands Faroe Islands)
Gigi Radics Hungary Hungary USC 51, USC 55
Kati Wolf Hungary Hungary USC 30
Carla's Dreams Moldova Moldova USC 64 (with Inna), USC 71 (with Dara, Antonia and Inna), USC 83 (with Inna)
Najoua Belyzel Monaco Monaco USC 41 (for France France)
Sylwia Grzeszczak Poland Poland USC 28 (with Liber), USC 32, USC 34, USC 43 (with Liber), USC 53, USC 58, USC 69, USC 75
David Carreira Portugal Portugal USC 36, USC 43, USC 63 (with Dry), USC 69, USC 83
Zedd Russia Russia USC 51 (with Foxes, for Liechtenstein Liechtenstein)
Álvaro Soler Spain Spain USC 79
Kadebostany Switzerland Switzerland USC 71

Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Estonia Estonia Mari Leen "Tiigri tatoveeringuuga tuudruk" 21st (SF2) Winner
Greece Greece Onirama "World party (The YOLO song)" 18th Nominée (Joint 2nd)
Bulgaria Bulgaria Neli Andreeva "Malka moma" 27th Nominée (Joint 2nd)

Best Non-English Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Moldova Moldova Carla's Dreams "Unde" 7th Winner
Greenland Greenland NOAH "På vej hjem" 19th Nominée (2nd)

hph01 Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Kontra K "An deiner Seite" 18th (SF1) Winner
Lithuania Lithuania Biplan & Agne Ditkovskyte "Kino filmai" 13th (SF1) Nominée (2nd)
Switzerland Switzerland Kadebostany "Frozen to death" 13th (SF2) Nominée (3rd)
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