Universong 91
"You are stronger than you think!"
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Date

2 - 22 September 2016

Host city

Gothenburg, Sweden.png Sweden

Participants

51

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

Chile.png Chile, England.png England, South Africa.png South Africa, South Korea.png South Korea, Switzerland.png Switzerland, Uzbekistan.png Uzbekistan

Withdrawing countries

Albania.png Albania, Greenland.png Greenland, Iran.png Iran, Japan.png Japan, New Zealand.png New Zealand, Slovenia.png Slovenia

Winner

Chile.png Chile
Camila Gallardo
"Más de la mitad"

Timeline

◄ Madrid 90 Eurovision Heart.png Santiago de Chile 92 ►

Universong 91 was the 91st edition of the Universong Contest, held in Sweden between 2nd and 22nd September, 2016, in Gothenburg, the second most important city of this country. The sixth Swedish production of Universong Contest was possible thanks to the winning of the duet First Aid Kit with the song "My silver lining" on the previous edition held in Madrid, Spain.

51 countries took part in this edition (incidentally, the same quantity than in USC 90 in Madrid), without a debuting country for the third time in a row, but counting on the returns of Uzbekistan (first participation since USC 78), South Africa (whose last entry was sent in USC 81), Chile (its last showing-up was in USC 82), South Korea (first participation since USC 88), England and Switzerland (both having last competed in USC 89). Even though, Iceland was withdrawn from the competition during the semifinal stage, while competing with the song "No lie" of Glowie. This song can compete in future editions of Universong.

As a curiosity there were four songs, two each sharing the same title: "Adieu", which are the songs of Austria (represented by Zoë) and Luxembourg (sang by Slimane); and "Fly", both presented by South Korea (with the band Got7) and Lithuania (represented by Donny Montell). Incidentally, the only one of them who advanced to the Grand Final was the Austrian "Adieu", that eventually got 15th place with 88 points.

For the second consecutive edition, the split-up between finalists and non-finalists - format that debuted on the previous edition in Madrid - were shown into two separate tallies. After both series were revealed, Chile, a returning country to this competition, emerged as the winner of this edition of the Universong Contest. Camila Gallardo, runner-up of the first series of The Voice Chile, was the first Chilean entry ever to win the USC title, with her song "Más de la mitad", winning the finalists vote with 111 points, while only tenth in the non-finalists vote with 45 points, making a grand total of 156 points. This winning for Chile is only the second winning for a South American country (the first after Colombia winning USC 16 in Paris, France) and the third for a Latin American country (the first after Puerto Rico's winning in USC 80 in Perth, Australia), as well as being the fifth time that both a Spanish-speaking country and a song in Spanish wins Universong. Additionally, "Más de la mitad" also won the Special award for Best Non-English song, being the third USC winner to do so. The others were Cassandre, who won USC 76 for Monaco, and Mahan Moin, who won USC 77 for Iran.

In the other hand, the runners-up were quite controversial. The songs of Denmark, 's "Final song"; and of Canada, Shawn Mendes' "Treat you better", were rumoured to be disqualified, since some contestants considered both as worldwide hit, a clear violation to the Universong rules that forbid world hits to compete in order to avoid unfair advantages. However, the USC staff left both songs in competition, in consideration of their overall commercial performance and popularity. Incidentally, both entries were the runners-up to Camila Gallardo from Chile. While Denmark got the runner-up position for the third time in its history with 149 points (being the second favourite of the finalists, and the fourth option of the non-finalists, and having a 7-point margin with Chile), Canada got third place for the second time in its history with 136 points (the first after USC 80, being the third favourite of the finalists and the seventh choice of the non-finalists).

The top 5 was completed by the songs of Uzbekistan (country who gained its best historical position in USC since USC 74, being also the winner of the second semifinal and the winner of the non-finalists vote) and Australia (represented by the song "In my blood" of The Veronicas, who were fourth with the finalists vote), with 134 and 126 points, respectively.

About the city

Gothia river

Aspect of the city

Gothenburg  is the second-largest city in Sweden and the fifth-largest in the Nordic countries. Situated by the Kattegat, on the west coast of Sweden, the city has a population of 549,789, with 549,839 in the urban area and 982,360 inhabitants in the metropolitan area.

Gothenburg was founded by royal charter in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus. At the mouth of the Göta älv, the Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in the Nordic countries.

Gothenburg is home to many students, as the city includes the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. Volvo was founded in Gothenburg in 1927.

Gothenburg is served by Göteborg Landvetter Airport 30 km (18.64 mi) southeast of the city center. The smaller Göteborg City Airport, 15 km (9.32 mi) from the city center, was closed to regular airline traffic in 2015.

The city hosts some of the largest annual events in Scandinavia. The Gothenburg Film Festival, held in January since 1979, is the leading Scandinavian film festival with over 155,000 visitors each year. In summer, a wide variety of music festivals are held in the city, such as Way Out West and Metaltown.

Semifinal 1

In this semifinal, the 24 semifinalists plus Italy.png Italy shall vote in this semifinal. Sweden.png Sweden 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 USA.png United States Skillet "Rebirthing" 13 56
02 Latvia.png Latvia Brainstorm & Musiqq "Debesis iekrita tevī " 12 62
03 Ecuador.png Ecuador Anima Inside "Everything" 15 46
04 Philippines.png Philippines Sarah Geronimo "Tala" 18 30
05 South Korea.png South Korea Got7 "Fly" 20 24
06 Russia.png Russia Polina Gagarina "Ja ne budu" 9 75
07 Canada.png Canada Shawn Mendes "Treat you better" 1 136
08 Iceland.png Iceland Glowie "No lie" WDN -
09 Netherlands.png Netherlands Rochelle "All night long" 6 86
10 Turkey.png Turkey Sertab Erener "Bir damla gozlerimde" 16 46
11 Germany.png Germany Lions Head "When I wake up" 11 72
12 Romania.png Romania Taxi "Cele doua cuvinte" 21 8
13 Belgium.png Belgium Billie "Talking loud" 8 80
14 Portugal.png Portugal Aurea "I didn't mean it" 10 73
15 Moldova.png Moldova Maxim "Sărutări criminale" 14 49
16 Cyprus.png Cyprus Metaxas "Timezones" 4 95
17 Colombia.png Colombia Carlos Vives & Shakira "La bicicleta" DSQ -
18 Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Elica Naumova ft. Siso "Na ruba" 3 98
19 Spain.png Spain Auryn ft. Anastacia "Who's loving you?" 2 116
20 Croatia.png Croatia Severina ft. Sajsi MC "Silikoni" 17 32
21 Ukraine.png Ukraine Zlata Ognevich "Kukushka" DSQ -
22 North Macedonia.png North Macedonia Magdalena Ena Cvetkoska "Placat i najsilni" 7 82
23 Australia.png Australia The Veronicas "In my blood" 5 87
24 Peru.png Peru Líbido "Malvada" 19 27

Semifinal 2

In this semifinal, the 24 semifinalists plus Hungary.png Hungary shall vote in this semifinal. Sweden.png Sweden 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 Austria.png Austria Zoë "Adieu" 12 59
02 Israel.png Israel TripL ft. Chen Aharoni "Only one moment" 21 22
03 Uzbekistan.png Uzbekistan Nargiz "Ya ne tvoya" 1 121
04 Switzerland.png Switzerland Bligg "Manhattan" 16 51
05 Poland.png Poland Mary Komasa "Lost me" 5 105
06 Scotland.png Scotland Nina Nesbitt "Chewing gum" 10 72
07 Greece.png Greece Helena Paparizou "Fiesta" 13 54
08 Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein Felix Jaehn ft. ALMA "Bonfire" DSQ -
09 Andorra.png Andorra Marta Sánchez "El ganador" 18 44
10 Serbia.png Serbia Saša Kovačević "Temperatura" 17 49
11 Lithuania.png Lithuania Donny Montell "Fly" 19 43
12 South Africa.png South Africa Jesse Clegh "Use me" 4 109
13 Finland.png Finland Chisu "Tuu mua vastaan" 8 75
14 England.png England Anne Marie "Alarm" 9 74
15 Brazil.png Brazil Anitta ft. Maluma "Sim ou não" 22 22
16 Luxembourg.png Luxembourg Slimane "Adieu" 14 54
17 Ireland.png Ireland Time Is A Thief "Our game" 15 52
18 Mexico.png Mexico Tefa "Tempestad" 7 76
19 Norway.png Norway Helene Bøksle "Bifröst" 6 79
20 Chile.png Chile Camila Gallardo "Más de la mitad" 3 117
21 Kosovo.png Kosovo Dhurata Dora "Ti don" 23 20
22 Denmark.png Denmark "Final song" 2 121
23 Monaco.png Monaco SOUF "Mi amor" 20 29
24 France.png France TAL "Are we awake" 11 60

Grand Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Austria.png Austria Zoë "Adieu" 15 88
02 Netherlands.png Netherlands Rochelle "All night long" 7 119
03 Russia.png Russia Polina Gagarina "Ja ne budu" 19 82
04 Norway.png Norway Helene Bøksle "Bifröst" 13 92
05 Hungary.png Hungary Antal Timi "Ne várj" 27 30
06 South Africa.png South Africa Jesse Clegg "Use me" 8 117
07 England.png England Anne Marie "Alarm" 23 69
08 Uzbekistan.png Uzbekistan Nargiz "Ya ne tvoya" 4 134
09 Finland.png Finland Chisu "Tuu mua vastaan" 24 66
10 Spain.png Spain Auryn ft. Anastacia "Who's loving you?" DSQ -
11 Denmark.png Denmark "Final song" 2 149
12 Belgium.png Belgium Billie "Talking loud" 20 80
13 Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Elica Naumova ft. Siso "Na ruba" 17 85
14 France.png France TAL "Are we awake" 25 65
15 Mexico.png Mexico Tefa "Tempestad" 14 91
16 Chile.png Chile Camila Gallardo "Más de la mitad" 1 156
17 Poland.png Poland Mary Komasa "Lost me" 11 104
18 Sweden.png Sweden Oscar Zia "Human" 9 117
19 Latvia.png Latvia Brainstorm & Musiqq "Debesis iekrita tevī" 18 82
20 Portugal.png Portugal Aurea "I didn't mean it" 16 85
21 Australia.png Australia The Veronicas "In my blood" 5 126
22 Italy.png Italy Alessandra Amoroso "Comunque andare" 6 125
23 North Macedonia.png North Macedonia Magdalena Ena Cvetkoska "Placat i najsilni" 22 69
24 Canada.png Canada Shawn Mendes "Treat you better" 3 136
25 Cyprus.png Cyprus Metaxas "Timezones" 10 113
26 Germany.png Germany Lions Head "When I wake up" 12 97
27 Scotland.png Scotland Nina Nesbitt "Chewing gum" 21 75

Split Results Finalists/Non-Finalists Votes

Place Finalists Votes Points Non-Finalists Votes
1 Chile.png Chile 111 Uzbekistan.png Uzbekistan 76
2 Denmark.png Denmark 97 Netherlands.png Netherlands 65
3 Canada.png Canada 88 Cyprus.png Cyprus 64
4 Australia.png Australia 81 Denmark.png Denmark 52
5 Italy.png Italy 73 Italy.png Italy 52
6 Poland.png Poland 73 Norway.png Norway 48
7 South Africa.png South Africa 71 Canada.png Canada 48
8 Sweden.png Sweden 71 Sweden.png Sweden 46
9 Germany.png Germany 65 South Africa.png South Africa 46
10 Russia.png Russia 59 Chile.png Chile 45
11 Uzbekistan.png Uzbekistan 58 Australia.png Australia 45
12 Portugal.png Portugal 57 Austria.png Austria 44
13 Netherlands.png Netherlands 54 Mexico.png Mexico 43
14 Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 53 Scotland.png Scotland 39
15 Latvia.png Latvia 52 England.png England 33
16 Cyprus.png Cyprus 49 Latvia.png Latvia 32
17 Belgium.png Belgium 49 Germany.png Germany 32
18 North Macedonia.png North Macedonia 48 Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 32
19 Mexico.png Mexico 48 Poland.png Poland 31
20 Austria.png Austria 44 Belgium.png Belgium 31
21 Norway.png Norway 44 Portugal.png Portugal 28
22 France.png France 43 Finland.png Finland 28
23 Finland.png Finland 38 Russia.png Russia 23
24 Scotland.png Scotland 36 France.png France 22
25 England.png England 36 North Macedonia.png North Macedonia 21
26 Hungary.png Hungary 12 Hungary.png Hungary 18

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous participation
Marta Sánchez Andorra.png Andorra USC 63 (with Carlos Baute, for Venezuela.png Venezuela)
The Veronicas Australia.png Australia USC 23, USC 41, USC 71
Anitta Brazil.png Brazil USC 56
Maluma Brazil.png Brazil USC 66 (with Eli Palacios, for Colombia.png Colombia), USC 70 (for Colombia.png Colombia), USC 79 (with Maía, for Colombia.png Colombia), USC 87 (with Carlos Vives and other Colombian artists, for Colombia.png Colombia)
Shawn Mendes Canada.png Canada USC 83 (with Camila Cabello, for Cuba.png Cuba)
Carlos Vives Colombia.png Colombia USC 65 (with ChocQuibTown), USC 87 (with other Colombian artists)
Shakira Colombia.png Colombia USC 16, USC 33 (for Lebanon.png Lebanon), USC 50, USC 60
Severina Croatia.png Croatia USC 18, USC 22 (with Boris Novković, for Bosnia and Herzegovina.png 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), USC 89
Metaxas Cyprus.png Cyprus USC 50, USC 88
Denmark.png Denmark USC 77 (with Major Lazer and DJ Snake), USC 82
Chisu Finland.png Finland USC 62, USC 64, USC 68
TAL France.png France USC 35, USC 40, USC 59, USC 69
Magdalena Ena Cvetkoska North Macedonia.png North Macedonia USC 39 (with Darko Ilievski), USC 46
Helena Paparizou Greece.png Greece USC 24, USC 28, USC 39, USC 43, USC 50, USC 55, USC 58 (with Playmen, Courtney Parker & Riskykidd), USC 78
Chen Aharoni Israel.png Israel USC 54, USC 62
Alessandra Amoroso Italy.png Italy USC 48 (for San Marino.png San Marino), USC 49 (for San Marino.png San Marino)
Dhurata Dora Kosovo.png Kosovo USC 75 (for Albania.png Albania)
Brainstorm Latvia.png Latvia USC 36, USC 42
Musiqq Latvia.png Latvia USC 45
Donny Montell Lithuania.png Lithuania USC 65
Sarah Geronimo Philippines.png Philippines USC 74
Aurea Portugal.png Portugal USC 51, USC 74, USC 86 (with The Black Mamba)
Polina Gagarina Russia.png Russia USC 45, USC 56, USC 79
Nina Nesbitt Scotland.png Scotland USC 61
Saša Kovačević Serbia.png Serbia USC 36, USC 72
Auryn Spain.png Spain USC 73
Anastacia Spain.png Spain USC 12 (for USA.png United States), USC 83 (for USA.png United States)
Sertab Erener Turkey.png Turkey USC 03, USC 16, USC 34, USC 50 (with Demir Demirkan)

 Special Awards

Bartek Award

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Serbia.png Serbia Saša Kovačević "Temperatura" 17th (SF2) Winner
Poland.png Poland Mary Komasa "Lost me" 11th Nominée (2nd)
Romania.png Romania Taxi "Cele doua cuvinte" 21st (SF1) Nominée (3rd)

Best Non-English Award

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Chile.png Chile Camila Gallardo "Más de la mitad" Winner Winner
Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Elica Naumova ft. Siso "Na ruba" 17th Nominée (2nd)
Russia.png Russia Polina Gagarina "Ja ne budu" 19th Nominée (3rd)

hph01 Award

Country Artist Song Place Situation
USA.png United States Skillet "Rebirthing" 13th (SF1) Winner
Greece.png Greece Helena Paparizou "Fiesta" 13th (SF2) Nominée (2nd)
Ireland.png Ireland Time Is A Thief "Our game" 15th (SF2) Nominée (3rd)
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