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Universong 95
"Between past and future"
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Date

6 - 29 January 2017

Host city

Rome, Italy Italy

Participants

47

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

Ecuador Ecuador, Estonia Estonia, Latvia Latvia, Serbia Serbia

Withdrawing countries

Albania Albania, Belarus Belarus, Finland Finland, Liechtenstein Liechtenstein, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland, Russia Russia, Singapore Singapore, Thailand Thailand, Tunisia Tunisia, USA United States

Winner

Estonia Estonia
Kerli
"Feral hearts"

Timeline

◄ Esch-sur-Alzette 94 Eurovision Heart Tallinn 96 ►

Universong 95 was the ninety fifth edition of the Universong Contest, held between the 6th and the 28th January, 2017 in the city of Rome, Italy. This was the seventh time Italy hosted the Universong Contest (its last hosting was in USC 63, held in Florence), and the second time that its capital Rome hosted the musical event (the first time was in USC 24), and it was possible thanks to the winning of Lorenzo Fragola with the song "D'improvviso" on the previous edition in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.

The participation, for the first edition of 2017, suffered a considerable decrease. From 54 participating countries in USC 94, the number slightly decreased to 47. For the seventh edition in a row, there were no debuting countries in the competition, but there were some returning countries like Ecuador and Latvia (both of whom last competed in USC 92 in Santiago de Chile), and Estonia (who last competed in USC 93 in Tehran). Also returning was Serbia under new management, after being disqualified on last edition.

This edition also conmemorated the seventh anniversary of Universong.

The grand final also supposed a big success for the Latin American countries, since six entries from that region were represented in the grand final. Apart from Big 3 member Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador went through the Grand Final, a record for this region.

The result of this edition favoured, at the end of the voting, to the entry of Estonia. The song "Feral hearts" by Kerli, achieved the first winning for the Baltic country (the second for this European region after the winning of Lithuania in USC 52), as well as the best position for this country after 90 editions (passing the record third place got by Birgit Õigemeel in USC 05), which suppose a new record for a country to improve their best position in the competition. Kerli achieved a total of 161 points, winning both votes and earning 4 sets of 12 points.

Meanwhile, the second place went to Italy. Marco Mengoni equalled his best personal mark from USC 79 at achieving the runner-up position for the second time. This time, as the host country, the song "Ti ho voluto bene veramente" achieved 148 points, 13 points less than Estonia, while being the entry that scored more sets of maximum points, with five sets. This is the second time in the last six editions that Italy gets the runner-up position (the first since band La Rua back in USC 90), as well as being the third time a host country gets the second place right after having won the previous edition (the first after Russia back in USC 74, and Ireland back in USC 84).

The third place went to Brazil, being the best positioned of the six South American entries in the Grand Final. The song "Our way" by FTampa & Kamatos, made a positive impact on the audience and on the voters, who finally gave it 141 points and four sets of 12 points (the same that Estonia received). The remainder of the top 5 was conformed by Israel (represented by Oshri Elmorich, with the song "Nuclear love") and Big 3 member Australia (represented by the song "Hurt anymore" by Samantha Jade and Cyrus). On the other hand, Argentina achieved in this edition their best position ever, a sixth place, with 115 points, thanks to the song "Ego" by Lali Espósito". With the same amount of points than Argentina, former USC champion from Croatia, Nina Kraljić, achieved seventh place with the song "Samo", while Denmark, Slovenia and Greece completed the top 10.

About the city Edit

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Aspect of Rome

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Rome is a city and special comune (named Roma Capitale) in Italy. Rome is the capital of Italy and of the Lazio region. With 2.9 million residents in 1,285 km2 (496.1 sq mi), it is also the country's largest and most populated comune and fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. The Metropolitan City of Rome has a population of 4.3 million residents. The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, within Lazio (Latium), along the shores of Tiber river. The Vatican City is an independent country geographically located within the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states.

Rome's history spans more than two and a half thousand years. While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at only around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. The city's early population originated from a mix of Latins, Etruscans and Sabines. Eventually, the city successively became the capital of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as one of the birthplaces of Western civilisation and by some as the first ever metropolis. It was first called urbs aeterna (The Eternal City) by the Roman poet Tibullus in the 1st century BCE, and the expression was also taken up by Ovid, Virgil, and Livy. Rome is also called the "Caput Mundi" (Capital of the World).

After the fall of the Western Empire, which marked the beginning of the Middle Ages, Rome slowly fell under the political control of the Papacy, which had settled in the city since the 1st century AD, until in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870.

Beginning with the Renaissance, almost all the popes since Nicholas V (1422–55) pursued coherently along four hundred years an architectonic and urbanistic programme aimed to make of the city the world's artistic and cultural centre.[9] Due to that, Rome became first one of the major centres of the Italian Renaissance,[10] and then the birthplace of both the Baroque style and Neoclassicism. Famous artists, painters, sculptors and architects made Rome the centre of their activity, creating masterpieces throughout the city. In 1871 Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, and in 1946 that of the Italian Republic.

Rome has the status of a global city. Rome ranked in 2014 as the 14th-most-visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy. Its historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are among the world's most visited tourist destinations with both locations receiving millions of tourists a year. Rome hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics and is the seat of United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Semifinal 1 Edit

In this semifinal, the 22 semifinalists plus Australia Australia shall vote in this semifinal. Italy Italy 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 Argentina Argentina Lali Espósito "Ego" 2 114
02 Scotland Scotland Emeli Sandé "Breathing underwater" 8 82
03 Germany Germany Sportfreunde Stiller "Das Geschenk" 21 13
04 France France Jain "Makeba" 14 65
05 Mexico Mexico Kabah "La calle de las sirenas" 16 43
06 Estonia Estonia Kerli "Feral hearts" 5 103
07 Norway Norway Lemaitre "Closer" 7 83
08 Cyprus Cyprus Vakia Stavrou "Sozinha" 17 42
09 Canada Canada Kiesza "Sound of a woman" 4 107
10 Iceland Iceland Friðrik Dór "Fröken Reykjavík" 13 69
11 Wales Wales Katherine Jenkins "This mother's heart" 12 70
12 Serbia Serbia Marina Tadic "Nema sile" 19 30
13 Brazil Brazil FTampa

ft. Kamatos

"Our way" 1 136
14 Denmark Denmark Christopher "Heartbeat" 6 102
15 Monaco Monaco Jeanne Added "Look at them" 11 70
16 Greece Greece Konstantinos Koufos "Metro antistrofa" 9 81
17 Colombia Colombia Manuel Medrano "Una y otra vez" 10 71
18 Czech Republic Czech Republic Michal Hrůza "Zakázané uvolnění" 20 24
19 England England Gabrielle Aplin "Salvation" 3 109
20 South Korea South Korea LeeSSang "Can't breakup girl, can't breakaway boy" 22 0
21 Philippines Philippines Gabby Alipe "Visions" 18 34
22 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Amaranthe "That song" 15 60

Semifinal 2 Edit

In this semifinal, the 22 semifinalists plus Venezuela Venezuela shall vote in this semifinal. Italy Italy 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 Netherlands Netherlands O'G3NE "Loved you first" 20 27
02 Turkey Turkey Yalin "Tatliya balla" 16 39
03 Latvia Latvia Liene Šomase & Jānis Moisejs "Uzbur laimi" 9 68
04 Morocco Morocco Amina Alaoui "Oh andaluces" 17 33
05 Luxembourg Luxembourg Black M "Cheveux blancs" 10 65
06 Lithuania Lithuania Egle Jakstyte "As viena" 8 72
07 Poland Poland Sylwia Grzeszczak & Mateusz Ziółko "Bezdroża" 6 85
08 Spain Spain Nicky Triphook "Daddy's little girl" 22 14
09 South Africa South Africa Al Bairre "Let's fall in love some more" 11 63
10 Peru Peru Kanaku y el Tigre "Quema quema quema" 18 31
11 Slovenia Slovenia Ina Shai "Overload" 4 104
12 Israel Israel Oshri Elmorich "Nuclear love" 1 144
13 Croatia Croatia Nina Kraljić "Samo" 2 120
14 Chile Chile We Are The Grand "Al despertar" 7 74
15 Belgium Belgium Christof Chapsis "Het is nu voorbij" 19 27
16 Moldova Moldova Alex Man "Ele" 14 44
17 Hungary Hungary András Kállay-Saunders "Juliet" 12 57
18 Ecuador Ecuador Nicole Rubira "Sin miedo a volar" 3 113
19 Bulgaria Bulgaria Ruth Koleva "Oceans" 5 101
20 Andorra Andorra Amaia Montero "Palabras" 13 45
21 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Almaz Elesgerova "Oyuncaginam senin" 21 23
22 Sweden Sweden Lisa Miskovsky "Still alive" 15 40

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Canada Canada Kiesza "Sound of a woman" 12 101
02 Israel Israel Oshri Elmorich "Nuclear love" 4 127
03 Luxembourg Luxembourg Black M "Cheveux blancs" 24 72
04 Bulgaria Bulgaria Ruth Koleva "Oceans" 22 77
05 Australia Australia Samantha Jade ft. Cyrus "Hurt anymore" 5 124
06 Chile Chile We Are The Grand "Al despertar" 16 92
07 Norway Norway Lemaitre "Closer" 18 91
08 Hungary Hungary András Kállay-Saunders "Juliet" 27 53
09 Brazil Brazil FTampa ft. Kamatos "Our way" 3 141
10 Venezuela Venezuela Simoney Romero "Creer" 26 54
11 Slovenia Slovenia Ina Shai "Overload" 9 112
12 Poland Poland Sylwia Grzeszczak & Mateusz Ziółko "Bezdroża" 20 86
13 Wales Wales Katherine Jenkins "This mother's heart" 23 74
14 Greece Greece Konstantinos Koufos "Metro antistrofa" 10 104
15 Argentina Argentina Lali Espósito "Ego" 6 115
16 Monaco Monaco Jeanne Added "Look at them" 25 62
17 Ecuador Ecuador Nicole Rubira "Sin miedo a volar" 15 94
18 Lithuania Lithuania Egle Jakstyte "As viena" 11 101
19 Latvia Latvia Liene Šomase & Jānis Moisejs "Uzbur laimi" 21 81
20 Italy Italy Marco Mengoni "Ti ho voluto bene veramente" 2 148
21 South Africa South Africa Al Bairre "Let's fall in love some more" 13 98
22 Colombia Colombia Manuel Medrano "Una y otra vez" 14 94
23 Estonia Estonia Kerli "Feral hearts" 1 161
24 Croatia Croatia Nina Kraljic "Samo" 7 115
25 Denmark Denmark Christopher "Heartbeat" 8 112
26 Scotland Scotland Emeli Sandé "Breathing underwater" 17 91
27 England England Gabrielle Aplin "Salvation" 19 87

Split results Finalists/Non-finalists Edit

Place Finalists Vote Points Non-Finalists Points
1 Estonia Estonia 95 Estonia Estonia 66
2 Italy Italy 93 Norway Norway 57
3 Brazil Brazil 91 Greece Greece 55
4 Australia Australia 85 Italy Italy 55
5 Israel Israel 77 Scotland Scotland 55
6 Lithuania Lithuania 74 Denmark Denmark 51
7 Croatia Croatia 74 Brazil Brazil 50
8 Bulgaria Bulgaria 72 Poland Poland 50
9 Slovenia Slovenia 68 Argentina Argentina 49
10 Colombia Colombia 68 Israel Israel 48
11 Argentina Argentina 66 Ecuador Ecuador 47
12 Denmark Denmark 61 Slovenia Slovenia 44
13 England England 60 Canada Canada 43
14 Canada Canada 57 Croatia Croatia 43
15 South Africa South Africa 55 South Africa South Africa 43
16 Chile Chile 50 Chile Chile 42
17 Greece Greece 49 Wales Wales 41
18 Ecuador Ecuador 47 Latvia Latvia 39
19 Monaco Monaco 42 Australia Australia 39
20 Latvia Latvia 42 Luxembourg Luxembourg 38
21 Poland Poland 36 Colombia Colombia 27
22 Scotland Scotland 36 Lithuania Lithuania 27
23 Luxembourg Luxembourg 34 England England 27
24 Venezuela Venezuela 34 Venezuela Venezuela 20
25 Norway Norway 34 Monaco Monaco 20
26 Hungary Hungary 33 Hungary Hungary 20
27 Wales Wales 33 Bulgaria Bulgaria 5

Returning artistsEdit

Artist Country Previous participation
Amaia Montero Andorra Andorra USC 33 (for Spain Spain), USC 40
Lali Espósito Argentina Argentina USC 72
Samantha Jade Australia Australia USC 48, USC 56, USC 69
Ruth Koleva Bulgaria Bulgaria USC 87
Kiesza Canada Canada USC 67
We Are The Grand Chile Chile USC 75
Nina Kraljić Croatia Croatia USC 81
Christopher Denmark Denmark USC 43 (with Molly Sandén, for the Faroe Islands Faroe Islands), USC 55 (for the Faroe Islands Faroe Islands), USC 57 (with Svenstrup and Vendelboe, for the Faroe Islands Faroe Islands), USC 73
Kerli Estonia Estonia USC 51, USC 70
Amaranthe Faroe Islands Faroe Islands USC 74 (for Denmark Denmark)
Jain France France USC 88 (for Monaco Monaco)
András Kállay-Saunders Hungary Hungary USC 64 (with Gravitonas, for Sweden Sweden), USC 68 (with Rebstar)
Marco Mengoni Italy Italy USC 12, USC 57, USC 79
Liene Šomase Latvia Latvia USC 54
Black M Luxembourg Luxembourg USC 73 (for France France), USC 81 (for France France)
O'G3NE Netherlands Netherlands USC 86
Sylwia Grzeszczak Poland Poland USC 28 (with Liber), USC 32, USC 34, USC 43 (with Liber), USC 53, USC 58, USC 69, USC 75 (with Sound'n'Grace), USC 89
Emeli Sandé Scotland Scotland USC 43 (for England England), USC 57 (with Alejandro Sanz and Jamie Foxx, for Andorra Andorra), USC 92
Marina Tadic Serbia Serbia USC 17
Ina Shai Slovenia Slovenia USC 42 (under her real name Martina Šraj)
Katherine Jenkins Wales Wales USC 58

Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Brazil Brazil FTampa ft. Kamatos "Our way" 3rd Winner
South Africa South Africa Al Bairre "Let's fall in love some more" 13th Nominée (2nd)

Best Non-English Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Ecuador Ecuador Nicole Rubira "Sin miedo a volar" 15th Winner
Latvia Latvia Liene Šomase & Jānis Moisejs "Uzbur laimi" 21st Nominée (2nd)
Moldova Moldova Alex Man "Ele" 14th (SF2) Nominée (3rd)

hph01 Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Moldova Moldova Alex Man "Ele" 14th (SF2) Winner
Sweden Sweden Lisa Miskovsky "Still alive" 15th (SF2) Nominée (2nd)
Serbia Serbia Marina Tadic "Nema sile" 19th (SF1) Nominée (3rd)


Editions of the Universong Contest
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