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Universong 90
"Colours of identity"
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Date

3 - 23 July 2016

Host city

Madrid, Spain Spain

Participants

51

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

Albania Albania, Canada Canada, Ecuador Ecuador, Iran Iran, Japan Japan, Latvia Latvia, North Macedonia North Macedonia, Peru Peru, Ukraine Ukraine

Withdrawing countries

Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, England England, Estonia Estonia. Sweden Sweden, Switzerland Switzerland, Vatican City Vatican City

Winner

Sweden Sweden
First Aid Kit
"My silver lining"

Timeline

◄ Tromso 89 Eurovision Heart Gothenburg 91 ►

Universong 90 was the 90th edition of the Universong Contest, held between July 3rd and 23rd, 2016 in Madrid, capital city of Spain, after the winning of Álvaro Soler with his song "Sofía" on the previous edition held in Tromsö, Norway. This was the second time Spain hosted the event, though it was the first time the whole contest was held solely there (the first Spanish production of Universong was in USC 68, whose final was held in Barcelona, sharing thus the hosting with Vaduz, Liechtenstein, due to the tie they had on the previous edition held in Melbourne, Australia).

As every ten editions the USC is engaged in a special edition, chosen this time after a public brainstorming by the Universong members. After this brainstorming, three themes were selected, and, instead of an open poll voting, as previous times, the way of selecting changed: the players should give 2 points to its favourite theme and 1 points to its second favourite. The three themes on the shortlist were: folk/ethno, disco and Junior Universong Contest. By 37 points, seven more than the runner-up option (disco) and eleven more than the third option (JUSC), the chosen theme was folk/ethno.

As in every special edition, the songs submitted must meet some elegibity criteria. For this special edition, the elegibity criteria were:

  1. Traditional or contemporary folk songs (also known as world music or ethnic songs) typical from the representing countries.
  2. Ethnic songs not linked with the folk tradition of the representing countries, but acceptable as world music.

The rest of the rules (no world superhits, no covers, no remixes) were still inforced.

It's important to remark that the previous edition's runner up, Kosovo withdrew from its Big 3 privileges this edition, so the remaining spot was occupied by the 4th place holder, Finland, joining Poland and host Spain in this group.

For the very first time, a new system was inforced in the Universong Contest. The votes were divided between finalists and non-finalists, but while the votes of the finalists were presented individually, the votes of the non-finalists were combined from two separated tallies to make a great total afterwards, giving the same great total than the previous system, but with more excitement.

The winner of this special edition was Sweden, country that hasn't won since USC 63 in Florence, Italy. The sixth winning of the Scandinavian country was possible thanks to the duet First Aid Kit, with the song "My silver lining", who made a total of 177 points (joint second favourite option from the finalists with 91 points, and winner of the non-finalists with 86 points) and 5 sets of 12 points. This winning is the sixth for Sweden - having the second place in the tally of winnings together with The Netherlands, and both only below Italy, with seven winnings. This is also the country's second winning in a special edition after having won USC 50, and the second consecutive special edition winning for the Swedish manager, TMark, who has already won USC 80, representing Puerto Rico. The runner-up, meanwhile, was Italy, represented by the band La Rua, with the song "Non ho la tristezza", who collected a total of 169 points (being sixth place with the finalists and third for the non-finalists), while having a 9 point margin with Sweden, securing its best position since USC 84, that would later be broken with the seventh Italian winning in USC 94. The third place was taken by Hungary, taking its best position since USC 52 thanks to the song "Szeretem" by NOX, setting a total of 159 points. The top 5 was completed by the songs from Albania and Greece.

About the city Edit

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Detail of the Gran Vía

Madrid (/məˈdrɪd/, Spanish: [maˈðɾið], locally: [maˈðɾiθ, -ˈðɾi]) is the capital city of Spain, and the largest municipality in the Community of Madrid. The city has a population of almost 3.2 million with a metropolitan area population of approximately 6.5 million. It is the third-largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin, and its metropolitan area is the third-largest in the European Union after London and Paris. The municipality itself covers an area of 604.3 km2 (233.3 sq mi).

Madrid lies on the River Manzanares in the centre of both the country and the Community of Madrid (which comprises the city of Madrid, its conurbation and extended suburbs and villages); this community is bordered by the autonomous communities of Castile and León and Castile-La Mancha. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political, economic and cultural centre of Spain. The current mayor is Manuela Carmena from Ahora Madrid.

Semifinal 1 Edit

In this semifinal, the 24 semifinalists plus Poland Poland shall vote in this semifinal. Spain Spain 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 Kosovo Kosovo Era Istrefi "Njo si ti" 18 40
02 Romania Romania Loredana & Zdob si Zdub "La carciuma de la drum" 13 53
03 France France Jean-Jacques Goldman "Tourne les violons" 11 65
04 Scotland Scotland Skipinnish "Walking on the waves" 10 69
05 Monaco Monaco Kendji Girac "Sonrisa" 3 104
06 Germany Germany Fiddler's Green "Yindy" 20 33
07 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Oonagh "Eldamar" 7 89
08 Russia Russia Nyusha "Qde ti, tam ya" 9 73
09 Turkey Turkey Irem Derici "Evlenmene bak" 4 97
10 Luxembourg Luxembourg The King's Son ft. Blacko "I'm not rich" 12 63
11 Japan Japan Akai Tori "Lullaby of Takeda" 14 53
12 Albania Albania Elvana Gjata ft. Flori "Kuq e zi je ti" 5 96
13 Sweden Sweden First Aid Kit "My silver lining" 8 85
14 Ireland Ireland The Dubliners "Rocky road to Dublin" 22 27
15 Mexico Mexico Paulina Rubio "El último adiós" 15 48
16 Andorra Andorra Antonio José "De qué manera" 6 91
17 Canada Canada Great Big Sea "Ordinary day" 19 39
18 Belgium Belgium Regi & Bart Peeters "AAA anthem" 23 26
19 Greece Greece Kostas Doxas "To tragoudi tou kairou" 1 130
20 Cyprus Cyprus Constantinos Christoforou ft. Yiannis Parios "Kai vazo ena Pario" 2 112
21 Greenland Greenland Nive & The Deer Children "Tugulaq" DSQ -
22 Ecuador Ecuador Swing Original Monks "Caminito" 17 40
23 Ukraine Ukraine Made in Ukraine "Ivanku, ivanku" 21 32
24 Croatia Croatia Maja Šuput & Maredo "Svatovska" 16 43

Semifinal 2 Edit

In this semifinal, the 23 semifinalists plus Finland Finland shall vote in this semifinal. Spain Spain 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 Italy Italy La Rua "Non ho la tristezza" 2 149
02 Iran Iran Mansour "Bari bakh" 18 38
03 North Macedonia North Macedonia Ljubojna & Ismail Lumanovski "Izeglu da se rasheta" 4 109
04 Brazil Brazil Ivete Sangalo "Adeus bye bye" 10 61
05 Slovenia Slovenia Špela Grošelj "Cmok cmok" 17 43
06 Netherlands Netherlands Heidevolk "Urth" 20 34
07 Philippines Philippines Cookie Chua ft. Bayang Barrios & The Benjamins "Tinatangi" 13 45
08 Portugal Portugal Emanuel ft. Lara "I love kuduro dance" 15 45
09 Norway Norway Vamp ft. Eivør Pálsdóttir "Tir n'a noir" 9 71
10 Hungary Hungary NOX! "Szeretem" 1 155
11 Bulgaria Bulgaria Slavka Kalcheva "Biala roza" 23 29
12 Serbia Serbia ArHai "Tudora" 11 55
13 Lithuania Lithuania Agama "Field of kings" 21 33
14 Denmark Denmark Sara Sukurani "Love me love me" 14 45
15 Moldova Moldova DoReDos "Funny folk" 24 13
16 Australia Australia Gurrumul ft. Blue King Johnson "Gathu mawula revisited" 3 118
17 Iceland Iceland Various artists "Live it" 12 54
18 USA United States Blackmore's Night "Loreley" 8 74
19 New Zealand New Zealand Stan Walker ft. Ria Hall, Troy Kingi & Maisey Rika "Aotearoa" 5 104
20 Israel Israel Pe'er Tasi & Eden Ben-Zaken "Kol ha'eir shelanu" 7 82
21 Colombia Colombia Totó la Momposina "La candela viva" 19 36
22 Peru Peru Ezio Oliva "El calendario" 6 98
23 Austria Austria AlpenRebellen "Rock mi" 22 30
24 Latvia Latvia Olga & Ligo "Saule riet" 16 45

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Luxembourg Luxembourg The King's Son & Blacko "I'm not rich" 21 86
02 Scotland Scotland Skippinish "Walking on the waves" 23 82
03 Iceland Iceland Jon Jonsson & Other International Artists "Live it" 27 35
04 Israel Israel Pe'er Tasi & Eden Ben-Zaken "Kol ha'eir shelanu" 25 73
05 Norway Norway Vamp ft. Eivør Pálsdóttir "Tir n'a Noir" 24 79
06 Serbia Serbia ArHai "Tudora" 7 137
07 Brazil Brazil Ivete Sangalo "Adeus bye bye" 20 90
08 North Macedonia North Macedonia Ljubojna & Ismail Lumanovski "Izeglu da se rasheta" 11 116
09 France France Jean-Jacques Goldman "Tournent les violons" 18 91
10 Russia Russia Nyusha "Qde ti, tam ya" 14 99
11 Italy Italy La Rua "Non ho la tristezza" 2 169
12 New Zealand New Zealand Stan Walker ft. Ria Hall, Troy Kingi & Maisey Rika "Aotearoa" 17 92
13 Cyprus Cyprus Constantinos Christoforou ft. Yiannis Parios "Kai vazo ena Pario" 12 113
14 Andorra Andorra Antonio José "De qué manera" 22 86
15 Australia Australia Gurrumul ft. Blue King Brown "Gathu mawula revisited" 19 90
16 Monaco Monaco Kendji Girac "Sonrisa" 10 118
17 Sweden Sweden First Aid Kit "My silver lining" 1 177
18 Greece Greece Kostas Doxas "To tragoudi tou kairou (Happy day)" 5 146
19 Albania Albania Elvana Gjata ft. Flori "Kuq e zi je ti" 4 152
20 Spain Spain David Bisbal "Bulería" 16 92
21 Finland Finland Aurora "Se soi" 26 72
22 USA United States Blackmore's Night "Loreley" 15 96
23 Turkey Turkey Irem Derici "Evlenmene bak" 8 128
24 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Oonagh "Eldamar" 6 145
25 Hungary Hungary NOX "Szeretem" 3 159
26 Peru Peru Ezio Oliva "El calendario" 9 123
27 Poland Poland Rokiczanka "W moim ogroduceku" 13 112

Split Results Finalists/Non-Finalists Points Edit

Place Finalists Votes Points Non-Finalists Votes Points
1 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 108 Sweden Sweden 86
2 Albania Albania 91 Serbia Serbia 85
3 Sweden Sweden 91 Italy Italy 84
4 Greece Greece 87 Hungary Hungary 72
5 Hungary Hungary 87 Peru Peru 67
6 Italy Italy 85 Turkey Turkey 66
7 Monaco Monaco 73 Albania Albania 61
8 Cyprus Cyprus 69 Greece Greece 59
9 North Macedonia North Macedonia 67 Brazil Brazil 58
10 Turkey Turkey 62 USA United States 56
11 Poland Poland 60 Spain Spain 55
12 Peru Peru 56 Poland Poland 52
13 Scotland Scotland 54 Russia Russia 51
14 Serbia Serbia 52 France France 50
15 Norway Norway 49 Luxembourg Luxembourg 49
16 Australia Australia 48 North Macedonia North Macedonia 49
17 New Zealand New Zealand 48 Monaco Monaco 45
18 Russia Russia 48 New Zealand New Zealand 44
19 Andorra Andorra 46 Cyprus Cyprus 44
20 Finland Finland 43 Australia Australia 42
21 France France 41 Andorra Andorra 40
22 USA United States 40 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 37
23 Israel Israel 39 Israel Israel 34
24 Luxembourg Luxembourg 37 Norway Norway 30
25 Spain Spain 37 Finland Finland 29
26 Brazil Brazil 32 Scotland Scotland 28
27 Iceland Iceland 16 Iceland Iceland 19

Returning artists Edit

Artist Country Previous participation
Elvana Gjata Albania Albania USC 09, USC 26, USC 33 (with Fuga), USC 44, USC 48, USC 52
Flori Albania Albania USC 76 (with Argjentina, for Kosovo Kosovo)
Regi Belgium Belgium USC 59 (with Scala), USC 70 (with Kaya Jones)
Totó la Momposina Colombia Colombia USC 62 (with Lila Downs and Celso Piña, for Mexico Mexico)
Maja Šuput Croatia Croatia USC 41
Nox Hungary Hungary USC 03, USC 07, USC 10 (Special edition)
Jon Jonsson Iceland Iceland USC 45
La Rua Italy Italy USC 83 (for San Marino San Marino)
Era Istrefi Kosovo Kosovo USC 87
Oonagh Liechtenstein Liechtenstein USC 63 (for Germany Germany), USC 68 (for Germany Germany), USC 78 (for Germany Germany)
Paulina Rubio Mexico Mexico USC 15, USC 39, USC 58
Kendji Girac Monaco Monaco USC 68 (for Monaco Monaco), USC 72 (for France France), USC 82 (for France France)
Stan Walker New Zealand New Zealand USC 43 (with Sia, for Australia Australia), USC 87 (with Ginny Blackmore, for New Zealand New Zealand)
Eivør Pálsdóttir Norway Norway USC 35 (for the Faroe Islands Faroe Islands), USC 44 (for the Faroe Islands Faroe Islands), USC 84 (for the Faroe Islands Faroe Islands)
Ezio Oliva Peru Peru USC 72 (as part of Ádammo)
Loredana Romania Romania USC 30
Zdob și Zdub Romania Romania USC 48 (for Moldova Moldova)
Nyusha Russia Russia USC 35
David Bisbal Spain Spain USC 05 (for Spain Spain), USC 29, USC 39, USC 40 (with Aleks Syntek, Noel Schajris and Luis Fonsi, for Spain Spain), USC 43 (with Cali & El Dandee, for Colombia Colombia), USC 44, USC 63 (for Spain Spain), USC 77 (with India Martínez), USC 79 (for Andorra Andorra)
Irem Derici Turkey Turkey USC 66

Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Poland Poland Rokiczanka "W moim ogroduceku" 13th Winner
Ukraine Ukraine Made in Ukraine "Ivanku, Ivanku" 21st (SF1) Nominée (2nd)

Best Non-English Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Albania Albania Elvana Gjata ft. Flori Mumajesi "Kuq e zi je ti" 4th Winner
Turkey Turkey Irem Derici "Evlenmene bak" 8th Nominée (2nd)
Greenland Greenland Nive & The Deer Children "Tulugaq" DSQ (SF1) Nominée (3rd)

hph01 Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Japan Japan Akai Tori "Lullaby of Takeda" 14th (SF1) Winner
Romania Romania Loredana & Zdob si Zdub "La carciuma de la drum" 13th (SF1) Nominée (2nd)
Latvia Latvia Olga un Ligo "Saule riet" 16th (SF2) Nominée (3rd)

Champions Edition 81-90 Edit

As every ten editions, the Universong Contest chooses the Champion of Champions of the previous 10 editions. The difference with previous editions, is that the vote is free: All the members of the USC group are free to vote if desired.

Edition Country Artist Song Place Points
Flag of Puerto Rico USC 81 Croatia Croatia Nina Kraljić "Zalijuljali smo svijet" 2 121
Flag of Croatia USC 82 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Ludovico Eunaidi & Greta Svabo Bech "Circles" 9 88
Flag of Faroe Islands USC 83 Ireland Ireland Markus Feehily "Love is a drug" 8 98
Flag of Ireland USC 84 Netherlands Netherlands Within Temptation "Shot in the dark" 3 109
Flag of Netherlands USC 85 San Marino San Marino Elisa "No hero" 4 109
Flag of San Marino USC 86 Luxembourg Luxembourg Willy William "Ego" 7 104
Flag of Luxembourg USC 87 France France Marina Kaye "Freeze you out" 6 106
Flag of France USC 88 Norway Norway Ina Wroldsen & Broiler "Lay it on me" 1 131
Flag of Norway USC 89 Spain Spain Álvaro Soler "Sofía" 5 106
Flag of Spain USC 90 Sweden Sweden First Aid Kit "My silver lining" 10 72
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