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

2 - 22 September 2016

Host city

Gothenburg, Sweden Sweden

Participants

51

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

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

Withdrawing countries

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

Winner

Chile Chile
Camila Gallardo
"Más de la mitad"

Timeline

◄ Madrid 90 Eurovision Heart 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 Even though, Iceland was withdrawn from the competition during the semifinal stage, while competing with the song "No lie" of Glowie.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 Edit

Sweden Gothenburg River

Gothia river

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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 Edit

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

Semifinal 2 Edit

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

Grand Final Edit

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

Split Results Finalists/Non-Finalists Votes Edit

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

Returning artists Edit

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

 Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

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

Best Non-English Award Edit

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

hph01 Award Edit

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