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Universong 94
"Stay as we are"
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Date

2 - 23 December 2016

Host city

Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Luxembourg

Participants

54

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, Belarus Belarus, Canada Canada, Finland Finland, Hungary Hungary, Moldova Moldova, Morocco Morocco, Tunisia Tunisia

Withdrawing countries

Estonia Estonia, Iran Iran, Ireland Ireland, North Macedonia North Macedonia, Ukraine Ukraine

Winner

Italy Italy
Lorenzo Fragola
"D'improvviso"

Timeline

◄ Tehran 93 Eurovision Heart Rome 95 ►

Universong 94 was the ninety fourth staging of the Universong Contest, that was held for the second time in the Great Duchy of Luxembourg, this time in its second important city, Esch-sur-Alzette. The second Luxembourgish production of the Universong Contest was done after the winning of Loïc Nottet with the song "Million eyes" on the previous edition held in Tehran, Iran.

In this edition, the number of participants increased again, to reach 54 (the same quantity shown in USC 92 in Santiago de Chile), without any debuting countries for the sixth edition in a row. Even though, in this edition Bhutan would be debuting. But, because of problems with the manager of the aforementioned country, that debut wouldn't be possible. Also, the USC had face the disqualification of an emblematic country in the competition, Serbia. The country, that helds the record of being the country with most participations yet to win the contest, was disqualified from the first semifinal, for breaking the etiquette rules of the contest, thus facing a further permanent ban from the contest.

Also, four former USC champions returned to the contest: Shakira from Colombia (winner of USC 16), Roby Fayer from Israel (winner of USC 74 with Tom Gefen), GJan from Lithuania (winner of USC 52) and Marina Kaye who was representing Luxembourg (winner of USC 87 for France). The four of them competed in the Grand Final (Shakira was in a duo with Maluma; Roby Fayer, with Almog Segal; and Marina Kaye along with French rapper Soprano; while GJan was going solo). However, none of them could become the sixth Universong double champion.

The winner of this Universong Contest was Italy. The seventh Italian winning, and the first in 32 editions (its last win was in USC 62 in Paris), was possible thanks to Lorenzo Fragola, with the song "D'improvviso", who collected a total of 191 points, while taking just one set of 12 points (from Colombia). Lorenzo was second in the finalists voting, while winning the non-finalists votes with 91 points (the same quantity of points than the runner-up of that voting, but the winning was determined by the number of voting countries). With this winning, Italy completes seven winnings, getting thus the record of most winnings ever. Lorenzo Fragola is also the eighth Italian artist ever who wins Universong, as well as the sixth song in Italian language that wins Universong.

The runner-up of this edition was Australia, country who got its highest position from its last winning in USC 79, while holding the record of the most top 10s since USC 87, by virtue of reaching the top 10 in all the editions but one since then (they only failed to reach top 10 in USC 90 in Madrid). Dami Im returned to the contest with the song "Fighting for love", that was one of the favourites to win this edition from the very beginning. Dami reached 188 points - only three points of difference with winner Lorenzo Fragola, making it one of the closest finals ever - and the second place with non-finalists, while remaining third with the finalists. The Australian received also seven sets of twelve points.

The third place was also remarkable. Another favourite to win was Venezuela, who was represented by Aldrey, with the song "Mírate". Indeed, it won the finalists vote with 125 points, but it wasn't that lucky with the non-finalists, that only put them in the 13th position. Even though, the South American country got a historical third position with a total of 181 points and seven sets of 12 points (the same got by Australia), while having a 10-point difference with Italy and a 7-point difference with Australia. This is the best position reached by any Venezuelan entry, as well as the best showing of any South American country since the winning of Chile in USC 91.

The holders of fourth and fifth places were France, with the song "Ça va ça va" by Claudio Cápeo, and United States with the song "Burn this bridge" by Enisa (the best showing for the USA since USC 83), who got 145 and 144 points, respectively. The Czech Republic, that was represented by Gabriela Gunčíková with the song "Černý anděl", also got 144 points (losing thus the tie-breaker with the USA). The Czech entry is also remarkable since it became the second best historical result at a country level for the Central European country (only defeated by the fourth place of Lucie Vondráčková in USC 54).

Another country that got its second best historical result at a country level was Singapore, that was represented, in its third Universong participation, by Linying, with the song "Paris 12". Singapore got seventh place and 142 points, being one of the favourites from the local audience. Colombia, meanwhile, got eighth place with 139 points, for the duo of Shakira and Maluma in the song "Chantaje", achieving an important place for the South American country. Hungarian band Leander Kills got ninth place with "Mádar" while former Lithuanian USC champion GJan got tenth place with its new single "Wild". Another favourites that didn't reach the top 10 were the band Walk Off The Earth from Canada, and Roby Fayer and Almog Segal from Israel.

Hosts Luxembourg got last place in the Grand Final, while this edition marked the first qualification ever of Tunisia for a Universong final.

About the city Edit

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Esch-sur-Alzette  is a commune with town status in south-western Luxembourg. It is the country's second "city", and its second-most populous commune, with a population of 33,286 inhabitants. It lies in the south-west of the country, on the border with France. It lies in the valley of the Alzette, which flows through the town. The capital, Luxembourg, is roughly 15 km (9.3 mi) to the north-east.

For a long time Esch was a small farming village in the valley of the Uelzecht river. This changed when important amounts of iron ore were found in the area in the 1850s. With the development of the mines and the steel industry the town's population multiplied tenfold in a couple of decades. In 1911 the steel and iron producing company ARBED was founded. and the development of the steel industry, especially in the south of the country, provided Luxembourg with sustained economic growth during the second half of the 19th century.

In the 1970s as a result of the steel crisis the mines and many of the blast furnaces were shut down, the last one, in Esch-Belval, definitely halting its operations in 1997. The blast furnaces were replaced by an electric furnace that is fed with scrap metal rather than iron ore

Semifinal 1 Edit

In this semifinal, the 26 semifinalists plus Faroe Islands Faroe Islands shall vote in this semifinal. Luxembourg Luxembourg 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 Sweden Sweden Abalone Dots "Solo" 13 61
02 Serbia Serbia Nina "Colours of my love" DSQ -
03 Brazil Brazil Manu Gavassi "Vício" 24 17
04 Finland Finland Jannika B "Seuravaan elämään" 16 53
05 Greece Greece Monika "Yes I do" 14 61
06 Philippines Philippines Monique "Lullaby" 22 17
07 Denmark Denmark Pauline "Drømmefanger" 15 55
08 Tunisia Tunisia Emel Mathlouthi "Ma lkit" 7 95
09 Chile Chile Gino Mella "Fuego" 19 22
10 Belgium Belgium Milk Inc. "Oceans" 23 17
11 Scotland Scotland CHVRCHES "Clearest blue" 6 100
12 South Korea South Korea BTS "Blood sweat & tears" 21 18
13 Hungary Hungary Leander Kills "Mádar" 1 131
14 Peru Peru Cristina Valentina "Tell me" 9 87
15 Australia Australia Dami Im "Fighting for love" 2 122
16 Lithuania Lithuania GJan "Wild" 4 108
17 South Africa South Africa Jimmy Nevis ft. Kwesta "Balloon" 10 79
18 USA United States Enisa "Burn this bridge" 3 111
19 Wales Wales Duffy "Rockferry" 18 23
20 Mexico Mexico Moenia "Morir tres veces" 12 66
21 Andorra Andorra India Martínez ft. Abel Pintos "Corazón hambriento" 11 74
22 Cyprus Cyprus Andreas Leontas "Protos rolos" 8 90
23 Netherlands Netherlands Rob Dekay "Alles gaat voorbij" 25 8
24 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Sevinc Ağaşirinova "Sən də get" 20 20
25 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Maite Kelly "Sieben Leben" 17 26
26 Singapore Singapore Linying "Paris 12" 5 105

Semifinal 2 Edit

In this semifinal, the 25 semifinalists plus Bulgaria Bulgaria shall vote in this semifinal. Luxembourg Luxembourg 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 Turkey Turkey Emrah Karaduman ft. Aleyna Tilki "Cevapsız Çınlama" 5 95
02 Israel Israel Roby Fayer ft. Almog Segal "Long distance romance" 9 72
03 France France Claudio Cápeo "Ça va ça va" 7 90
04 Poland Poland Jula & Sound'n'Grace "Gdy gwiazdka" 16 48
05 England England Louisa Johnson "So good" 10 69
06 Venezuela Venezuela Aldrey "Mírate" 4 105
07 Germany Germany Fiddler's Green "Down" 15 55
08 Moldova Moldova The Motans "Versus" 13 61
09 Morocco Morocco Lartiste "A bon entendeur" 24 23
10 Monaco Monaco Richard Orlinski & Eva Simons "Heartbeat" 12 64
11 Iceland Iceland FURA "Demons" 18 44
12 Italy Italy Lorenzo Fragola "D'improvviso" 1 140
13 Slovenia Slovenia Matjaž Kumelj "Kemija" 23 25
14 Thailand Thailand Black Pink "Whistle" 25 19
15 Canada Canada Walk Off The Earth "Rule the world" 8 80
16 Norway Norway Matoma & Becky Hill "False alarm" 3 112
17 Spain Spain Shinova "Doce meses" 20 28
18 Russia Russia Elena Temnikova "Revnost" 14 59
19 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Gary Lightbody "The last time" 19 43
20 Croatia Croatia Sara Renar "Jesen" 17 45
21 Argentina Argentina Attaque 77 "Arranca corazones" 22 27
22 Colombia Colombia Shakira ft. Maluma "Chantaje" 2 133
23 Czech Republic Czech Republic Gabriela Gunčíková "Černý anděl" 6 93
24 Albania Albania Arilena Ara "Nëntori" 11 66
25 Belarus Belarus Milki "Lapochka" 21 28

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Monaco Monaco Richard Orlinski & Eva Simons "Heartbeat" 24 57
02 Cyprus Cyprus Andreas Leontas "Protos rolos" 17 99
03 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Jacob Dinesen "Roll with me" 12 123
04 Lithuania Lithuania GJan "Wild" 10 125
05 Norway Norway Matoma & Becky Hill "False alarm" 19 94
06 South Africa South Africa Jimmy Nevis ft. Kwesta "Balloon" 25 51
07 Canada Canada Walk Off The Earth "Rule the world" 11 124
08 Tunisia Tunisia Emel Mathlouthi "Ma lkit" 15 105
09 Turkey Turkey Emrah Karaduman ft. Aleyna Tilki "Cevapsız çınlama" 20 90
10 Colombia Colombia Shakira ft. Maluma "Chantaje" 8 139
11 Luxembourg Luxembourg Soprano ft. Marina Kaye "Mon Everest" 27 28
12 Peru Peru Cristina Valentina "Tell me" 23 76
13 Australia Australia Dami Im "Fighting for love" 2 188
14 Albania Albania Arilena Ara "Nëntori" 21 82
15 Andorra Andorra India Martínez ft. Abel Pintos "Corazón hambriento" 18 94
16 England England Louisa Johnson "So good" 22 79
17 USA United States Enisa "Burn this bridge" 5 144
18 Mexico Mexico Moenia "Morir tres veces" 16 100
19 Czech Republic Czech Republic Gabriela Gunčíková "Černý anděl" 6 144
20 Venezuela Venezuela Aldrey "Mírate" 3 181
21 Singapore Singapore Linying "Paris 12" 7 142
22 Italy Italy Lorenzo Fragola "D'improvviso" 1 191
23 Bulgaria Bulgaria Nevena Tsovena "Povey vetre" 26 42
24 Scotland Scotland CHVRCHES "Clearest blue" 14 118
25 Israel Israel Roby Fayer ft. Almog Segal "Long distance romance" 13 121
26 Hungary Hungary Leander Kills "Mádar" 9 134
27 France France Claudio Cápeo "Ça va ça va" 4 145

Split Results Finalists/Non-Finalists Votes Edit

Place Finalists Vote Points Non-Finalists Vote Points
1 Venezuela Venezuela 125 Italy Italy 91
2 Italy Italy 100 Australia Australia 91
3 Australia Australia 97 Czech Republic Czech Republic 84
4 Canada Canada 90 Singapore Singapore 76
5 USA United States 89 France France 68
6 France France 77 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 67
7 Colombia Colombia 73 Colombia Colombia 66
8 Hungary Hungary 70 Hungary Hungary 64
9 Israel Israel 68 Tunisia Tunisia 63
10 Lithuania Lithuania 67 Scotland Scotland 63
11 Singapore Singapore 66 Andorra Andorra 62
12 Norway Norway 64 Lithuania Lithuania 58
13 Czech Republic Czech Republic 60 Venezuela Venezuela 56
14 Turkey Turkey 58 England England 56
15 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 56 USA United States 55
16 Mexico Mexico 56 Israel Israel 53
17 Scotland Scotland 55 Peru Peru 51
18 Cyprus Cyprus 49 Cyprus Cyprus 50
19 Tunisia Tunisia 42 Albania Albania 44
20 Albania Albania 38 Mexico Mexico 44
21 Andorra Andorra 32 Canada Canada 34
22 South Africa South Africa 29 Turkey Turkey 32
23 Monaco Monaco 26 Monaco Monaco 31
24 Peru Peru 25 Norway Norway 30
25 Bulgaria Bulgaria 24 South Africa South Africa 22
26 England England 23 Luxembourg Luxembourg 21
27 Luxembourg Luxembourg 7 Bulgaria Bulgaria 18

Returning artists Edit

Artist Country Previous participation
Arilena Ara Albania Albania USC 63
India Martínez Andorra Andorra USC 36 (for Spain Spain), USC 57 (for Spain Spain), USC 77 (with David Bisbal)
Dami Im Australia Australia USC 61, USC 73
Milk Inc. Belgium Belgium USC 10, USC 60
Nevena Tsoneva Bulgaria Bulgaria USC 35
Shakira Colombia Colombia USC 16, USC 33 (for Lebanon Lebanon), USC 50, USC 60, USC 91 (with Carlos Vives)
Maluma Colombia Colombia USC 66 (with Eli Palacios), USC 70, USC 79 (with Maía), USC 87 (with Carlos Vives and other Colombian artists), USC 91 (with Anitta for Brazil Brazil)
Gabriela Gunčíková Czech Republic Czech Republic USC 70
Jannika B Finland Finland USC 82
Fiddler's Green Germany Germany USC 90
Roby Fayer Israel Israel USC 74 (with Tom Gefen)
Lorenzo Fragola Italy Italy USC 74, USC 79 (for San Marino San Marino), USC 80 (for San Marino San Marino)
Maite Kelly Liechtenstein Liechtenstein USC 31 (for Germany Germany)
GJan Lithuania Lithuania USC 52, USC 61, USC 80
Marina Kaye Luxembourg Luxembourg USC 71 (for Monaco Monaco), USC 78 (with Lindsey Stirling, for Monaco Monaco), USC 87 (for France France)
Eva Simons Monaco Monaco USC 21 (with Afrojack, for Netherlands Netherlands), USC 63 (with Sidney Samson, for Netherlands Netherlands), USC 79 (with Konshens, for Netherlands Netherlands)
Jula Poland Poland USC 71
Sound'n'Grace Poland Poland USC 75 (with Sylwia Grzeszczak)
Elena Temnikova Russia Russia USC 10 (Special edition, with Serebro), USC 49 (with Serebro), USC 52 (with Serebro), USC 65 (with Serebro), USC 69 (with Serebro)
Black Pink Thailand Thailand USC 93
Duffy Wales Wales USC 18, USC 69

Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Tunisia Tunisia Emel Mathlouthi "Ma lkit" 15th Winner
Belarus Belarus Milki "Lapochka" 21st (SF2) Nominée (2nd)
Greece Greece Monika "Yes I do" 14th (SF1) Nominée (3rd)

Best Non-English Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Venezuela Venezuela Aldrey "Mírate" 3rd Winner
Hungary Hungary Leander Kills "Mádar" 9th Nominée (2nd)
Moldova Moldova The Motans "Versus" 13th (SF1) Nominée (3rd)

hph01 Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Moldova Moldova The Motans "Versus" 13th (SF1) Winner
Sweden Sweden Abalone Dots "Solo" 13th (SF1) Nominée (2nd)
Germany Germany Fiddler's Green "Down" 15th (SF2) Nominée (3rd)
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