Universong 90
"Colours of identity"
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Date

3 - 23 July 2016

Host city

Madrid, Spain.png Spain

Participants

51

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

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

Withdrawing countries

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

Winner

Sweden.png Sweden
First Aid Kit
"My silver lining"

Timeline

◄ Tromso 89 Eurovision Heart.png 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

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

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

Semifinal 2

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

Grand Final

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

Split Results Finalists/Non-Finalists Points

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

Returning artists

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

Special Awards

Bartek Award

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

Best Non-English Award

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

hph01 Award

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

Champions Edition 81-90

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