Universong 93
"Wild spirit"
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Date

2 - 23 November 2016

Host city

Tehran, Iran.png Iran

Participants

51

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

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

Withdrawing countries

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

Winner

Luxembourg.png Luxembourg
Loïc Nottet
"Million eyes"

Timeline

◄ Santiago de Chile 92 Eurovision Heart.png 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

Teheran.jpg

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

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

Semifinal 2

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

Grand Final

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

Split Results Finalists/Non Finalists Votes

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

Returning artists

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

Special Awards

Bartek Award

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

Best Non-English Award

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

hph01 Award

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