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Universong 93
"Wild spirit"
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Date

2 - 23 November 2016

Host city

Tehran, Iran Iran

Participants

51

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

Albania Albania, Andorra Andorra, Estonia Estonia, Faroe Islands Faroe Islands, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland, Russia Russia, Singapore Singapore, Thailand Thailand

Withdrawing countries

Canada Canada, Ecuador Ecuador, Finland Finland, Greenland Greenland, Kosovo Kosovo, Latvia Latvia, New Zealand New Zealand, Portugal Portugal, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, Romania Romania, Uruguay Uruguay

Winner

Luxembourg Luxembourg
Loïc Nottet
"Million eyes"

Timeline

◄ Santiago de Chile 92 Eurovision Heart Esch-sur-Alzette 94 ►

Universong 93 was the 93rd staging of the Universong Contest, held between November 2nd and 23rd, 2016 in Tehran, Iran. This was the second time Tehran was the venue for the USC, the first after USC 78, thanks to the second winning of Mahan Moin for Iran, with the song "Elysium" on the previous edition in Santiago de Chile.

In this edition, 51 countries competed, and for the fifth edition in a row, without any debuting countries.

Because of technical problems, the voting presentation was reverted back to the old system used prior to USC 90, where all the votes of finalists and non-finalists were put altogether, though the finalists/non-finalists split votes will be presented below. In this edition, Luxembourg won the USC title for the second time. The song "Million eyes" by Loïc Nottet broke all the records of scoring for winning songs known until now, since he got 305 points, breaking the winning point record held by Ukraine's Kamaliya from USC 70 for 44 points. Nottet also got nine sets of 12 points, though far from the record of 11 sets of 12 points to both Sergey Lazarev when he won USC 73 for Russia and Álvaro Soler when he won USC 89 for Spain. This is the first time a winning song gets more than 300 points, being also the favourite of both finalists and non- finalists. Luxembourg also won the second semifinal, with a record of 220 points, the highest ever for a winning song in any semifinal in the history of Universong.

The second place went to the Faroe Islands. Eivør Pálsdóttir got the best position for the Danish overseas territory since USC 83. The song "Í tokuni" got 205 points, nine sets of 12 points (the same quantity Luxembourg got) and a margin of 100 points with the winner. This margin broke the all time record of 99 points of margin set in USC 89 between Spain's Álvaro Soler and Kosovo's Dua Lipa.

The third place was also remarkable. Bulgaria equalled the best historical position from USC 88 got by Mihaela Marinova. This time, young singer Kristian Kostov made it possible for this Slavic country, with the song "Ne si za men", getting a grand total of 173 points, breaking thus the record imposed by Marinova five editions ago. As a curiosity, both Faroe Islands and Bulgaria get second and third places in the split of finalists and non-finalists. The runner-up was second with non-finalists and third with finalists, while Bulgaria was third with non-finalists while second with finalists.

The top 5 of this edition is completed by Ukraine (represented by The Hardkiss with the song "Rain") and Scotland (represented by the song "My heart never lies" by Stevie McCrorie).

About the city Edit

Teheran
Tehran-night

Night view of Tehran

Tehran is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province. With a population of around 9 million in the city and 16 million in the wider metropolitan area, Tehran is the most populous city of Iran, the 2nd-most populous city in Western Asia and the 3rd-largest metropolitan area in the Middle East. It is ranked 29th in the world by the population of its metropolitan area.

In the Classical era, part of the present-day city of Tehran was occupied by a Median city that in the Avesta occurs as Rhaga. It was destroyed by the Mongols in the early 13th century, and remains now as a city in Tehran Province, located towards the southern end of the modern-day city of Tehran.

Tehran was first chosen as the capital of Iran by Agha Mohammad Khan of the Qajar dynasty in 1796, in order to remain within close reach of Iran's territories in the Caucasus, before being separated from Iran as a result of the Russo-Persian Wars, and to avoid the vying factions of the previously ruling Iranian dynasties. The capital has been moved several times throughout the history, and Tehran is the 32nd national capital of Iran.

The city was the seat of the Qajars and Pahlavis, the two last imperial dynasties of Iran. It is home to many historical collections, such as the royal complexes of Golestan, Sa'dabad, and Niavaran, as well as the country's most important governmental buildings of the modern period.

The most famous landmarks of the city include the Azadi Tower, a memorial built during the Pahlavi period, and the Milad Tower, the world's 17th tallest freestanding structure, which was built in 2007. Tabiat Bridge, which was completed in 2014, is considered the third contemporary symbol of the city.

Semifinal 1 Edit

In this semifinal, the 24 semifinalists plus Greece Greece shall vote in this semifinal. Iran Iran 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 Czech Republic Czech Republic Sebastian "Toulavá" 9 72
02 Russia Russia Kristina Si "Kosmos" 7 80
03 Italy Italy Giorgia "Oronero" 10 67
04 Belgium Belgium Niels Destadsbader "Speeltijd" 19 49
05 England England Frances "Don't worry about me" 15 56
06 Slovenia Slovenia Nuša Derenda "Tip top" 4 84
07 South Korea South Korea Miss A "Hush" 21 38
08 Monaco Monaco Louane "Nos secrets" 18 51
09 Mexico Mexico Jorge Blanco "Light your heart" 12 63
10 Bulgaria Bulgaria Kristian Kostov "Ne si za men" 1 128
11 Serbia Serbia Stray Dogg "Time" 14 59
12 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Eivør Pálsdóttir "Í tokuni" 2 104
13 Sweden Sweden Eric Pridz "Pjanoo" 22 36
14 Colombia Colombia Kristin Amparo & Albin "Din soldat" 11 66
15 Argentina Argentina Agapornis "Baila" 17 55
16 Germany Germany Lena "Wild & free" 5 83
17 Ireland Ireland Otherkin "I was born" 23 36
18 Cyprus Cyprus Minus One "Save me" 16 56
19 Venezuela Venezuela Aneeka "Million pieces" 6 82
20 Ukraine Ukraine The Hardkiss "Rain" 3 92
21 France France Vitaa "Ici c'est Paris" 24 30
22 Wales Wales Funeral for a Friend "Kicking and screaming" 20 44
23 USA United States Maty Noyes "In my mind" 13 63
24 Brazil Brazil Bellamore "Órbita" 8 72

Semifinal 2 Edit

In this semifinal, the 24 semifinalists plus Israel Israel shall vote in this semifinal. Iran Iran 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 Chile Chile López "Me voy" 20 28
02 Luxembourg Luxembourg Loïc Nottet "Million eyes" 1 220
03 Turkey Turkey Buray "Davetsiz misifir" 24 8
04 Spain Spain Samuel Cuenda "Contigo pierdo el control" 14 44
05 Scotland Scotland Stevie McCrorie "My heart never lies" 3 108
06 Netherlands Netherlands Laura Jansen "Golden" 6 89
07 South Africa South Africa Arno Carstens "Bottel sonder prop" 16 42
08 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Glasperlenspiel "Für immer" 19 34
09 Philippines Philippines Yassi Pressman "Possibility of you and me" 22 21
10 Estonia Estonia Ewert and The Two Dragons "Circles" 13 46
11 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Sinead Quinn "I can't break down" 21 23
12 Denmark Denmark Kwamie Liv "Pleasure this pain" 18 38
13 Lithuania Lithuania Erica Jennings ft. Vidas Bareikis "The perfect time" 15 42
14 Iceland Iceland Samaris "Góða tungl" DSQ -
15 Andorra Andorra Pastora Soler "Te despertaré" 7 82
16 Singapore Singapore 53A "Tomorrow's here today" 11 61
17 Albania Albania Besa Kokhedima "Kamaleon" 4 101
18 Norway Norway Dagny "Backbeat" 9 79
19 Croatia Croatia Jelena Radan "Kad na nes bude" 10 77
20 Peru Peru Sara Van "Damita destino" 17 38
21 North Macedonia North Macedonia Viktorija Loba "Opium" 2 108
22 Thailand Thailand Black Pink "Boombayah" 12 46
23 Australia Australia Jarryd James ft. Broods "1000X" 5 92
24 Poland Poland Agnieszka Chylińska "Królowa łez" 8 81

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Poland Poland Agnieszka Chylińska "Królowa łez" 21 78
02 Colombia Colombia Kristin Amparo & Albin "Din soldat" 16 82
03 Andorra Andorra Pastora Soler "Te despertaré" 8 119
04 Venezuela Venezuela Aneeka "Million pieces" 20 81
05 Thailand Thailand Black Pink "Boombayah" 18 82
06 Norway Norway Dagny "Backbeat" 26 63
07 Bulgaria Bulgaria Kristian Kostov "Ne si za men" 3 173
08 Italy Italy Giorgia "Oronero" 11 109
09 Israel Israel The Ultras & Ha-Koma Ha-Tshi'eit "Tluyah ba'avir" 15 88
10 Scotland Scotland Stevie McCrorie "My heart never lies" 5 148
11 North Macedonia North Macedonia Viktorija Loba "Opium" 27 63
12 Netherlands Netherlands Laura Jansen "Golden" 17 82
13 Czech Republic Czech Republic Sebastian "Toulavá" 22 74
14 Slovenia Slovenia Nuša Derenda "Tip top" 6 127
15 Ukraine Ukraine The Hardkiss "Rain" 4 149
16 Luxembourg Luxembourg Loïc Nottet "Million eyes" 1 305
17 Brazil Brazil Bellamore "Órbita" 7 120
18 Mexico Mexico Jorge Blanco "Light your heart" 24 71
19 Greece Greece Malou "Tous ipes pos" 14 92
20 Singapore Singapore 53A "Tomorrow's here today" 23 74
21 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Eivør Pálsdóttir "Í tokuni" 2 205
22 Australia Australia Jarryd James ft. Broods "1000X" 10 111
23 Iran Iran Arash ft. Helena "One day" 13 92
24 Albania Albania Besa Kokedhima "Kameleon" 12 102
25 Germany Germany Lena "Wild & free" 25 69
26 Croatia Croatia Jelena Radan "Kad nas ne bude" 19 81
27 Russia Russia Kristina Si "Kosmos" 9 118

Split Results Finalists/Non Finalists Votes Edit

Place Finalists Vote Points Non-Finalists Vote Points
1 Luxembourg Luxembourg 161 Luxembourg Luxembourg 144
2 Bulgaria Bulgaria 87 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 120
3 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 85 Bulgaria Bulgaria 86
4 Brazil Brazil 84 Scotland Scotland 80
5 Ukraine Ukraine 83 Andorra Andorra 76
6 Slovenia Slovenia 72 Ukraine Ukraine 66
7 Scotland Scotland 68 Australia Australia 56
8 Iran Iran 67 Slovenia Slovenia 55
9 Russia Russia 63 Russia Russia 55
10 Italy Italy 57 Thailand Thailand 54
11 Israel Israel 56 Albania Albania 53
12 Australia Australia 55 Italy Italy 52
13 Venezuela Venezuela 52 Germany Germany 47
14 Mexico Mexico 51 Greece Greece 42
15 Colombia Colombia 50 Netherlands Netherlands 39
16 Greece Greece 50 Singapore Singapore 39
17 Albania Albania 49 Czech Republic Czech Republic 36
18 Croatia Croatia 46 Brazil Brazil 36
19 Poland Poland 45 Croatia Croatia 35
20 Netherlands Netherlands 43 Poland Poland 33
21 Andorra Andorra 43 Colombia Colombia 32
22 Norway Norway 39 Israel Israel 32
23 Czech Republic Czech Republic 38 Venezuela Venezuela 29
24 North Macedonia North Macedonia 37 North Macedonia North Macedonia 26
25 Singapore Singapore 35 Iran Iran 25
26 Thailand Thailand 28 Norway Norway 24
27 Germany Germany 22 Mexico Mexico 20

Returning artists Edit

Artist Country Previous participation
Besa Kokhedima Albania Albania USC 37, USC 66, USC 67
Pastora Soler Andorra Andorra USC 34 (for Spain Spain), USC 43, USC 45, USC 52 (with David Bustamante, for Spain Spain), USC 67 (for Spain Spain), USC 75, USC 80 (for Spain Spain)
Jarryd James Australia Australia USC 82 (for Tuvalu Tuvalu)
Broods Australia Australia USC 73 (for New Zealand New Zealand), USC 75 (for New Zealand New Zealand), USC 88 (for New Zealand New Zealand)
Niels Destadsbader Belgium Belgium USC 40 (for Luxembourg Luxembourg)
Álvaro López Chile Chile USC 81 (with Los Bunkers)
Gonzalo López Chile Chile USC 81 (with Los Bunkers)
Jelena Radan Croatia Croatia USC 57
Minus One Cyprus Cyprus USC 84
Sebastian Czech Republic Czech Republic USC 84
Eivør Pálsdóttir Faroe Islands Faroe Islands USC 35, USC 44, USC 84, USC 90 (with Vamp, for Norway Norway)
Lena Germany Germany USC 07, USC 44, USC 52 (for Liechtenstein Liechtenstein), USC 79
Arash Labaf Iran Iran USC 78 (with Helena)
Helena Josefsson Iran Iran USC 78 (with Arash)
Giorgia Todrani Italy Italy USC 26, USC 31, USC 59 (for San Marino San Marino), USC 75 (for San Marino San Marino), USC 84 (for Vatican City Vatican City)
Glasperlenspiel Liechtenstein Liechtenstein USC 37 (for Germany Germany), USC 44, USC 67 (for Germany Germany)
Viktorija Loba North Macedonia North Macedonia USC 40 (with Robert Bilbilov)
Jorge Blanco Mexico Mexico USC 52
Laura Jansen Netherlands Netherlands USC 12, USC 74
Nuša Derenda Slovenia Slovenia USC 26
Buray Turkey Turkey USC 87
Maty Noyes USA United States USC 87 (with Kygo, for Norway Norway)
Aneeka Venezuela Venezuela USC 61

Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Thailand Thailand Black Pink "Boombayah" 18th Winner
Turkey Turkey Buray "Davetzis misafir" 24th (SF2) Nominée (2nd)
Argentina Argentina Agapornis "Baila" 17th (SF1) Nominée (3rd)

Best Non-English Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Eivør Pálsdóttir "I tokuni" 2nd Winner
Italy Italy Giorgia Todrani "Oronero" 11th Nominée (2nd)
Albania Albania Besa Kokhedima "Kameleon" 12th Nominée (3rd)

hph01 Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Serbia Serbia Stray Dogg "Time" 14th (SF1) Winner
South Korea South Korea Miss A "Hush" 21st (SF1) Nominée (2nd)
England England Frances "Don't worry about me" 15th (SF1) Nominée (3rd)
Editions of the Universong Contest
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