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Universong 92
"Give a place in your heart for Universong"
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Date

2 - 23 October 2016

Host city

Santiago de Chile, Chile Chile

Participants

54

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

Argentina Argentina, Czech Republic Czech Republic, Greenland Greenland, Iran Iran, New Zealand New Zealand, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, Slovenia Slovenia, Uruguay Uruguay, Venezuela Venezuela, Wales Wales

Withdrawing countries

Andorra Andorra, Austria Austria, Hungary Hungary, Moldova Moldova, Russia Russia, Switzerland Switzerland, Uzbekistan Uzbekistan

Winner

Iran Iran
Mahan Moin
"Elysium"

Timeline

◄ Gothenburg 91 Eurovision Heart Tehran 93 ►

Universong 92 was the 92nd edition of the Universong Contest, held between October 2nd and 23rd, 2016 in Santiago de Chile. This was the second edition of Universong held in South America, after Colombia held Universong in its capital, Bogotá, in USC 17, and was possible thanks to the winning of Camila Gallardo with the song "Más de la mitad" on the previous edition held in Gothenburg, Sweden.

54 countries took part in this edition, without any debuting countries for the fourth edition in a row. Some of the returning countries were: Czech Republic, Greenland, Iran, New Zealand, Slovenia and Wales. Even though, there was an explosion of the Latin American players, which resulted in the returns of Argentina, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela, thus accompanying Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and hosts Chile.

For the third time (after being tested in the previous editions in Madrid and Gothenburg), the votes of the countries were separated into two different tallies between the votes of finalists and non-finalists, in where the results were the sum of both votes. After the voting, Iran emerged as the winner for the second time in the history of Universong, after the exciting second part of the voting, where the top 10 was closed. The song "Elysium" by Mahan Moin achieved a total of 179 points, despite being fourth in the finalists vote, while being the runner-up of the non-finalists vote, in addition of receiving 5 sets of 12 points. With this winning, Mahan Moin became the fifth USC double champion, a honour that previously was held by Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina (winners of USC 03 and USC 21 for Romania), Greta Salome (winner of USC 43 and USC 49 for Iceland, and who was aspiring herself in this edition to become the first USC triple champion ever before knowing she didn't go through the Grand Final), Jenni Vartiainen (winner of USC 44 and USC 56 for Finland) and Sia (winner of USC 66 and USC 79 for Australia). Mahan Moin had already won USC 77 in Monte Carlo, Monaco, with the song "Azizami". Additionally, this is the second time in a row that a returning country wins Universong.

The second place went to Greece, country who equalled its best position from USC 78. The song "Me n myself" by the band RadioAct was the winner of the non-finalist vote, despite being only tenth in the finalist vote. In total, they got 171 points, and a 8 point difference to the winner, Iran. Meanwhile, the third place was captured by Amir, with the song "On dirait". Amir, who returned after representing France in USC 86, came back to represent his adoptive country Israel, and despite only coming ninth in the non-finalist vote, he was the winner of the finalist vote, and eventually got 169 points, 10 less than the winner and only 2 less than the runner-up, making a close race between these three countries. Much closer was the race with the other top 5 entries: in fourth place, Cyprus, with the song "Phoenix" by Christiana Loizou, got 167 points (12 less than the winner and only two than the third place) after being the third favourite of the finalists and the fourth of the non-finalists; and in fifth place, and a little bit far, Mexico achieved its best position from USC 78, with the song "Amnesia" by former RBD member Anahí, being the runner-up of the finalist vote while only the tenth of non-finalists, and collecting 159 points (20 less than the winner).

Much further, Australia got sixth position, becoming the only country to make it to the top 10 in all of the Universong finals but once since USC 87 (they only failed to do so in USC 90 in Madrid). Taylor Henderson got 136 points for the song "Light up the dark", being just eleventh with the finalists and sixth with the non-finalists. On the other hand, and in a curious move, the top 10 was completed by the songs of host country Chile, Scotland, France and Turkey, all of whom got the same amount of points (131). Even though, the tie-break rules were applied, so the seventh place went to Augusto Schuster with the song "Lloré" (the host country received votes from 25 countries), the eighth went to the song "Clown" by Emeli Sandé, while the ninth went to TAL with the song "Les temps qu'il fait" (both Scotland and France had been voted for the same quantity of countries - 21 each - and received the same amount of 12 points - 2 each; so Scotland got higher than France, because the amount of 10 points for the former was higher than the one of the latter - 4 for Scotland versus 3 for France); and finally, the tenth went to Mahmut Orhan and Sena Sener with the song "Feel" (Turkey only received points from 20 countries).

About the city Edit

Santiago

View of Santiago de Chile

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Aspect of the Plaza de Armas of Santiago

Santiago, also known as Santiago de Chile, is the capital and largest city of Chile. It is also the center of its largest conurbation. Santiago is located in the country's central valley, at an elevation of 520 m (1,706 ft) above mean sea level.

Founded in 1541, Santiago has been the capital city of Chile since colonial times. The city has a downtown core of 19th century neoclassical architecture and winding side-streets, dotted by art deco, neo-gothic, and other styles. Santiago's cityscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills and the fast-flowing Mapocho River, lined by parks such as Parque Forestal. The Andes Mountains can be seen from most points in the city. These mountains contribute to a considerable smog problem, particularly during winter. The city outskirts are surrounded by vineyards and Santiago is within a few hours of both the mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Santiago is the cultural, political and financial center of Chile and is home to the regional headquarters of many multinational corporations. The Chilean executive and judicial powers are located in Santiago, but Congress meets mostly in nearby Valparaíso. Santiago is named after the biblical figure St. James.

Semifinal 1 Edit

In this semifinal, the 26 semifinalists plus Denmark Denmark shall vote in this semifinal. Chile Chile 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 Elisa "Hold on for a minute" 6 81
02 Brazil Brazil Silva "Feliz e ponto" 10 68
03 Lithuania Lithuania PIKASO "Tu ne mano" 15 63
04 Croatia Croatia Uncle Jack ft. Yness "I bet you wonder" 26 15
05 Greenland Greenland Simone "Heart shaped hole" 14 63
06 Germany Germany Frida Gold "Unsere Liebe ist aus Gold" 23 40
07 Norway Norway Alejandro Fuentes "Encore" 4 99
08 Iceland Iceland Greta Salome "Row" 21 46
09 Belgium Belgium Natalia & Lara Fabian "Razorblade" 24 34
10 Netherlands Netherlands Woot "Don't you" 8 72
11 Serbia Serbia Luke Black ft. Venza "Seek & hide" 19 48
12 Bulgaria Bulgaria Dara "Onto you" 16 62
13 Ukraine Ukraine Ani Lorak "Oranzhevye sny" 20 48
14 France France TAL "Le temps qu'il fait" 12 64
15 Poland Poland Natalia Nykiel "Error" 22 44
16 South Africa South Africa Adam ft. Daniel Baron "Say what you want" 11 65
17 Mexico Mexico Anahí "Amnesia" 3 105
18 Spain Spain Sweet California "Good lovin'" 25 24
19 Romania Romania Liviu Teodorescu "Gelos" 13 64
20 Portugal Portugal Diogo Piçarra "Dialeto" 17 59
21 Cyprus Cyprus Christiana Loizou "Phoenix" 2 109
22 Philippines Philippines Maja Salvador "Love me, kill me" 18 49
23 Scotland Scotland Emeli Sandé "Clown" 1 118
24 Czech Republic Czech Republic Olga Lounová "When the music's on" 5 97
25 England England Ella Henderson "Now you say you love me again" 9 71
26 New Zealand New Zealand Gin Wigmore "Written in the water" 7 74

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Semifinal 2 Edit

In this semifinal, the 25 semifinalists plus Canada Canada shall vote in this semifinal. Chile Chile 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 Ireland Ireland Rob Steenson "Five years" 25 22
02 Greece Greece RadioAct "Me 'n myself" 2 126
03 Uruguay Uruguay Márama "Lo intentamos" 8 70
04 Colombia Colombia Bomba Estéreo "Soy yo" 16 54
05 Israel Israel Amir "On dirait" 3 118
06 Argentina Argentina Tini "Great escape" 14 57
07 Monaco Monaco Hyphen Hyphen "We light the sunshine" 20 45
08 Finland Finland Sanni "2080-luvulla" 5 76
09 Kosovo Kosovo Alberie Hadergjonaj "Sa here m'ke dasht" 21 44
10 South Korea South Korea EXO & Yoo Jae-Suk "Dancing king" 23 38
11 Wales Wales Bullet for my Valentine "You want a battle?" 6 74
12 USA United States K. Flay "Blood in the cut" 22 42
13 Iran Iran Mahan Moin "Elysium" 1 131
14 Peru Peru Anahí de Cárdenas "Don't stop" 13 58
15 Turkey Turkey Mahmut Orhan ft. Sena Sener "Feel" 4 98
16 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Nicole Cross "Awesome" 11 65
17 Ecuador Ecuador Ana Paula "Intuición" 18 49
18 Sweden Sweden Isa "I will wait" 12 61
19 Venezuela Venezuela Gaélica "Brújula" 17 52
20 Australia Australia Taylor Henderson "Light up the dark" 9 68
21 North Macedonia North Macedonia Bionda "Ako is odis" 19 46
22 Latvia Latvia Aminata "Fighter" 24 38
23 Slovenia Slovenia Ines Erbus "Kada cura časti" 10 66
24 Luxembourg Luxembourg Maître Gims "Mon coeur avait raison" 15 56
25 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Ricky Martin ft. Yotuel "La mordidita" 7 70

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Ricky Martin ft. Yotuel "La mordidita" 18 94
02 South Africa South Africa Adam ft. Daniel Baron "Say what you want" 23 69
03 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Nicole Cross "Awesome" 27 45
04 Slovenia Slovenia Ines Erbus "Kada cura časti" 24 57
05 Sweden Sweden Isa "I will wait" 20 89
06 Turkey Turkey Mahmut Orhan ft. Sena Sener "Feel" 10 131
07 Uruguay Uruguay Márama "Lo intentamos" 22 87
08 Mexico Mexico Anahí "Amnesia" 5 159
09 Wales Wales Bullet for my Valentine "You want a battle? (Here's a war)" 13 113
10 France France TAL "Les temps qu'il fait" 9 131
11 Czech Republic Czech Republic Olga Lounová "When the music's on" 19 93
12 Greece Greece RadioAct "Me n myself" 2 171
13 Israel Israel Amir "On dirait" 3 169
14 Canada Canada Nickelback "Far away" 25 54
15 Scotland Scotland Emeli Sandé "Clown" 8 131
16 Brazil Brazil Silva "Feliz e ponto" 15 110
17 Australia Australia Taylor Henderson "Light up the dark" 6 136
18 Chile Chile Augusto Schuster "Lloré" 7 131
19 Iran Iran Mahan Moin "Elysium" 1 179
20 Denmark Denmark Clara Sofie "Før lyset slipper ind" 26 46
21 Cyprus Cyprus Christiana Loizou "Phoenix" 4 167
22 Netherlands Netherlands Woot "Don't you" 12 120
23 New Zealand New Zealand Gin Wigmore "Written in the water" 21 88
24 England England Ella Henderson "Now you say you love me again" 11 127
25 Finland Finland Sanni "2080-luvulla" 17 102
26 Italy Italy Elisa "Hold on for a minute" 14 112
27 Norway Norway Alejandro Fuentes "Encore" 16 105

Split Results Finalists/Non Finalists Points Edit

Place Finalists Votes Points Non-Finalists Votes Points
1 Israel Israel 102 Greece Greece 107
2 Mexico Mexico 95 Iran Iran 102
3 Cyprus Cyprus 88 France France 80
4 Iran Iran 77 Cyprus Cyprus 79
5 Chile Chile 69 Netherlands Netherlands 77
6 Norway Norway 68 Australia Australia 75
7 Scotland Scotland 68 Turkey Turkey 72
8 Sweden Sweden 67 England England 71
9 Wales Wales 66 Israel Israel 67
10 Greece Greece 64 Mexico Mexico 64
11 Australia Australia 61 Scotland Scotland 63
12 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 61 Chile Chile 62
13 Finland Finland 60 Brazil Brazil 61
14 Italy Italy 59 Italy Italy 53
15 Turkey Turkey 59 Wales Wales 47
16 England England 56 New Zealand New Zealand 46
17 France France 51 Uruguay Uruguay 44
18 Brazil Brazil 49 Czech Republic Czech Republic 44
19 Czech Republic Czech Republic 49 Finland Finland 42
20 South Africa South Africa 45 Norway Norway 37
21 Slovenia Slovenia 44 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 33
22 Netherlands Netherlands 43 Denmark Denmark 26
23 Uruguay Uruguay 43 South Africa South Africa 24
24 New Zealand New Zealand 42 Sweden Sweden 22
25 Canada Canada 33 Canada Canada 21
26 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 27 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 18
27 Denmark Denmark 20 Slovenia Slovenia 13

Returning artists Edit

Artist Country Previous participation
Tini Argentina Argentina USC 78 (under her real name Martina Stoessel)
Taylor Henderson Australia Australia USC 67
Natalia Belgium Belgium USC 09 (with En Vogue), USC 50, USC 55 (for Luxembourg Luxembourg), USC 63, USC 69, USC 80
Lara Fabian Belgium Belgium USC 13 (for Luxembourg Luxembourg), USC 14 (for Luxembourg Luxembourg), USC 71 (for Luxembourg Luxembourg and with Mustafa Ceceli for Turkey Turkey)
Silva Brazil Brazil USC 83
Ella Henderson England England USC 65, USC 71
TAL France France USC 35, USC 40, USC 59, USC 69, USC 91
Frida Gold Germany Germany USC 32, USC 55 (for Liechtenstein Liechtenstein), USC 61 (for Liechtenstein Liechtenstein)
Simone Greenland Greenland USC 54 (for the Faroe Islands Faroe Islands)
Greta Salome Iceland Iceland USC 43, USC 49
Mahan Moin Iran Iran USC 62, USC 77
Amir Israel Israel USC 86 (for France France)
Elisa Italy Italy USC 16, USC 25, USC 66, USC 85 (for San Marino San Marino)
Alberie Hadergjonaj Kosovo Kosovo USC 58
PIKASO Lithuania Lithuania USC 79
Maître Gims Luxembourg Luxembourg USC 80 (for Congo DR DR Congo), USC 81 (for Congo DR DR Congo)
Anahí Mexico Mexico USC 40 (with Christian Chávez)
Diogo Piçarra Portugal Portugal USC 81, USC 84
Ricky Martin Puerto Rico Puerto Rico USC 38 , USC 42 (with Eros Ramazzotti, for Vatican City Vatican City), USC 44, USC 46 (with Claudia Leitte, for Brazil Brazil), USC 63, USC 89 (for Andorra Andorra)
Emeli Sandé Scotland Scotland USC 43 (for England England), USC 57 (with Alejandro Sanz and Jamie Foxx, for Andorra Andorra - DSQ)
Luke Black Serbia Serbia USC 77, USC 83
Ines Erbus Slovenia Slovenia USC 73
Ani Lorak Ukraine Ukraine USC 10 (Special edition), USC 12, USC 17, USC 46, USC 55, USC 86
Bullet for my Valentine Wales Wales USC 57

Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Kosovo Kosovo Alberie Hadergjonaj "Sa here m'ke dasht" 21st (SF2) Winner
USA United States K. Flay "Blood in the cut" 22nd (SF2) Nominée (2nd)

Best Non-English Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Lithuania Lithuania PIKASO "Tu ne mano" 15th (SF1) Winner
Portugal Portugal Diogo Piçarra "Dialeto" 17th (SF1) Nominée (2nd)
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Ricky Martin ft. Yotuel "La mordidita" 18th Nominée (3rd)

hph01 Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
North Macedonia North Macedonia Bionda "Ako is odis" 19th (SF2) Winner
Colombia Colombia Bomba Estéreo "Soy yo" 16th (SF2) Nominée (2nd)
Iceland Iceland Greta Salome "Row" 21st (SF1) Nominée (3rd)
Editions of the Universong Contest
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