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.png Chile

Participants

54

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

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

Withdrawing countries

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

Winner

Iran.png Iran
Mahan Moin
"Elysium"

Timeline

◄ Gothenburg 91 Eurovision Heart.png 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

View of Santiago de Chile

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

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

Semifinal 2

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

Grand Final

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

Split Results Finalists/Non Finalists Points

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

Returning artists

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

Special Awards

Bartek Award

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

Best Non-English Award

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

hph01 Award

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