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Universong 96
"Make your own magic!"
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Date

8 - 27 February 2017

Host city

Tallinn, Estonia Estonia

Participants

51

Debuting countries

Ghana Ghana

Returning countries

Finland Finland, Iran Iran, Portugal Portugal, Singapore Singapore, USA United States

Withdrawing countries

Faroe Islands Faroe Islands, Hungary Hungary

Winner

Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Eldar Gasimov
"Tell me about love"

Timeline

◄ Rome 95 Eurovision Heart Baku 97 ►


Universong 96 was the ninety sixth edition of the Universong Contest, held from February 8th to 27th, 2017 in Tallinn, capital city of Estonia. That was the first edition ever held in this Baltic country, made possible after the winning of Kerli, with the song "Feral hearts", on the previous edition held in Rome, Italy. That also was the second time that the Universong Contest was held in the Baltic region after the USC 53, that was held in Vilnius, Lithuania.

51 countries competed in this edition, and for the first time since USC 88, there was a debuting country: Ghana, which was the seventeenth ever African country to debut in the Universong Contest. Also returning were Portugal (whose last participation was in USC 92 in Santiago de Chile), Iran (whose last entry competed in USC 93 in Tehran, Iran), Finland, Singapore and USA (the three of them competed for the last time in USC 94 in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg).

Considered as a surprise winner. the winning country was Azerbaijan. Eldar Gasimov obtained the first winning for the Caucasic country, as well as their best position ever from USC 45. The song "Tell me about love" got 183 points and six sets of 12 points, while being third with the finalists and first with the non-fonalists with a 16 point margin with the runner-up of that voting. Even though, in total, the margin between winner and runner-up was of 9 points. The runner-up was Croatia, who entered Severina for a record fourteenth time (and fifteenth overall, counting her entry as Bosnia and Herzegovina alongside Boris Novković), got 174 points for her power ballad "Kao", being this her best personal showing after her second place in USC 29 with the song "Brad Pitt", and her winning in USC 18 with the song "Gas gas". In this ocassion, Croatia got two sets of twelve points, being also the third time that this Balkan country gets the runner-up position. She was also runner-up with both the finalists and the non-finalists.

The third place went to Norway. Aurora Aksnes was entered for the second time to the Universong Contest, this time with the song "Running with the wolves", with which she improved her personal result from USC 84. She got 148 points, far from the leaders Azerbaijan and Croatia, and four sets of maximum points. Norway also was the winner of the finalists voting. The top 5 was completed with the songs of Andorra ("Duele decir adiós" by Sara Serena, 146 points) and Portugal in its comeback ("Breathe" by Seeb ft. Neev, 132 points in tie with sixth placed Greece). Hosts Estonia could only managed to get 25th place, while Australia broke its record of ten straight finals by not qualifying from the first semifinal.

About the city Edit

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View of Tallinn

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki, east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. From the 13th century until 1918 (and briefly during the Nazi occupation of Estonia from 1941 to 1944), the city was known as Reval. Tallinn occupies an area of

159.2 km2 (61.5 sq mi) and has a population of 443,894. Approximately 32% of Estonia's total population lives in Tallinn.
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Winter aspect of Tallinn

Tallinn was founded in 1248, but the earliest human settlements are over 5,000 years old, making it one of the oldest capital cities of Northern Europe. Due to its strategic location, the city became a major trade hub, especially from the 14th to the 16th century, when it grew in importance as part of the Hanseatic League.

Tallinn's Old Town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tallinn is the major political, financial, cultural and educational center of Estonia. Often dubbed the Silicon Valley of Europe, it has the highest number of startups per person in Europe and is a birthplace of many international companies, including Skype. Providing to the global cybersecurity it is the home to the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. It is ranked as a global city and has been listed among the top 10 digital cities in the world. The city was a European Capital of Culture for 2011, along with Turku in Finland.

Semifinal 1 Edit

In this semifinal, the 24 semifinalists plus Italy Italy shall vote in this semifinal. Estonia Estonia 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 Chinaski "Každý ráno" 19 39
02 Luxembourg Luxembourg Vianney "Je m'en vais" 6 84
03 Turkey Turkey Sertab Erener "Olsun" 23 27
04 Moldova Moldova Gandul Matei "Ingera" 24 16
05 USA United States Sleigh Bells "I can only stare" 18 40
06 Australia Australia Nervo ft. Nicky Romero "Let it go" 20 38
07 Spain Spain Ana Mena ft. CNCO "Ahora lloras tú" 14 61
08 Wales Wales John Adams "Dandelion wishes" 15 58
09 Finland Finland Nelli Matula "Lemmikki" 3 95
10 South Korea South Korea Taeyeon ft. Verbal Jint "I" 10 75
11 France France Léa Castel & Slimane "Abîmée" 4 92
12 Ecuador Ecuador CNCO "Reggaeton lento" 7 83
13 South Africa South Africa TAILOR "1000 miles" 5 90
14 Poland Poland Natalia Szroeder & Liber "Teraz ty" 13 67
15 Ghana Ghana Rhian Benson "Better without you" 17 45
16 Cyprus Cyprus Giorgos Papadopoulos "Oloi mou lene" 11 74
17 Iran Iran Helly Luv "Revolution" 9 77
18 Serbia Serbia Tanja Savić "Prostakusa" 22 33
19 Iceland Iceland Ólafur Arnalds ft. Nanna "Particles" 12 70
20 Monaco Monaco Aurélie Preston "All we have" 8 82
21 Canada Canada Bear Mountain "Congo" 16 53
22 Andorra Andorra Sara Serena "Duele decir adiós" 2 109
23 Norway Norway Aurora Aksnes "Running with the wolves" 1 122
24 Sweden Sweden Timoteij "Tabu" 21 36

Semifinal 2 Edit

In this semifinal, the 24 semifinalists plus Brazil Brazil shall vote in this semifinal. Estonia Estonia 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 Portugal Portugal Seeb ft. Neev "Breathe" 2 121
02 Latvia Latvia Klaidonis "Aizvijas ceļš" 24 20
03 Morocco Morocco Analgesia "The way to eminence" 8 79
04 Netherlands Netherlands Eefje de Visser "Scheef" 9 78
05 Israel Israel Petite Meller "The flute" 16 52
06 Peru Peru Renato Bonifaz "Te volveré a encontrar" 15 54
07 Philippines Philippines Jennylyn Mercado "Hagdan" 21 38
08 Scotland Scotland Kloe "Touch" 17 42
09 Denmark Denmark Bjørnskov "Venner for evigt" 4 97
10 Venezuela Venezuela Mayré "Bicicleta sobre el mar" 22 28
11 Chile Chile Stanley Weissohn "Suave y lentamente" 6 86
12 Slovenia Slovenia Kimalie "You're not sorry" 18 42
13 Bulgaria Bulgaria Zhana Bergendorff "Dokrai" 7 85
14 Greece Greece Stan "Penhidia erotica" 5 92
15 Mexico Mexico C9 "I feel alive" 20 41
16 Lithuania Lithuania Donny Montell "Screw me up" 12 63
17 Belgium Belgium Peter van Laet en de Wolven "Dat ik wakker word" 19 41
18 Singapore Singapore Linying & Felix Jaehn ft. Lost Frequencies "Eagle eyes" 23 27
19 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Eldar "Tell me about love" 1 124
20 Germany Germany XANDRIA "Call of destiny" 10 77
21 Colombia Colombia V for Volume "Cheap universe" 14 57
22 England England Neon Jungle "Braveheart" 13 59
23 Argentina Argentina Patricio Arellano "Nuevo sol" 11 64
24 Croatia Croatia Severina "Kao" 3 99

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Norway Norway Aurora Aksnes "Running with the wolves" 3 148
02 Luxembourg Luxembourg Vianney "Je m'en vais" 23 77
03 Morocco Morocco Analgesia "The way to eminence" 18 98
04 Argentina Argentina Patricio Arellano "Nuevo sol" 21 82
05 Iceland Iceland Ólafur Arnalds ft. Nanna "Particles" 8 122
06 Monaco Monaco Aurélie Preston "All we have" 26 66
07 Netherlands Netherlands Eefje de Visser "Scheef" 12 115
08 Finland Finland Nelli Matula "Lemmikki" 17 99
09 South Africa South Africa TAILOR "1000 miles" 16 99
10 Ecuador Ecuador CNCO "Reggaeton lento" 14 105
11 South Korea South Korea Taeyeon ft. Verbal Jint "I" 11 115
12 Iran Iran Helly Luv "Revolution" 19 97
13 France France Léa Castel & Slimane "Abîmée" 10 116
14 Portugal Portugal Seeb ft. Neev "Breathe" 5 132
15 Germany Germany XANDRIA "Call of destiny" 7 124
16 Brazil Brazil Simone e Simaria ft. Anitta "Loka" 27 36
17 Croatia Croatia Severina "Kao" 2 174
18 Chile Chile Stanley Weissohn "Suave y lentamente" 9 116
19 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Eldar Gasimov "Tell me about love" 1 183
20 Andorra Andorra Sara Serena "Duele decir adiós" 4 146
21 Estonia Estonia Laura "Supersonic" 25 70
22 Cyprus Cyprus Giorgos Papadopoulos "Oloi mou lene" 13 105
23 Lithuania Lithuania Donny Montell "Screw me up" 20 85
24 Italy Italy Giò Sada "Deserto" 24 76
25 Bulgaria Bulgaria Zhana Bergendorff "Dokrai" 22 81
26 Denmark Denmark Bjørnskov "Venner for evigt" 15 101
27 Greece Greece Stan "Pehnidia erotica" 6 132

Split Results Finalists/Non-Finalists Edit

Place Finalists votes Points Non-finalists Points
1 Norway Norway 107 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 99
2 Croatia Croatia 91 Croatia Croatia 83
3 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 84 Andorra Andorra 78
4 Netherlands Netherlands 82 South Korea South Korea 76
5 Chile Chile 78 Greece Greece 72
6 Portugal Portugal 78 Iran Iran 71
7 France France 75 Iceland Iceland 68
8 Finland Finland 73 Denmark Denmark 63
9 Germany Germany 72 Portugal Portugal 54
10 Andorra Andorra 68 Germany Germany 52
11 Ecuador Ecuador 67 Argentina Argentina 50
12 Greece Greece 60 Estonia Estonia 48
13 Cyprus Cyprus 57 Cyprus Cyprus 48
14 Iceland Iceland 54 South Africa South Africa 46
15 South Africa South Africa 53 Morocco Morocco 45
16 Luxembourg Luxembourg 53 Lithuania Lithuania 42
17 Monaco Monaco 53 France France 41
18 Morocco Morocco 53 Norway Norway 41
19 Bulgaria Bulgaria 47 Chile Chile 38
20 Lithuania Lithuania 43 Ecuador Ecuador 38
21 Italy Italy 40 Italy Italy 36
22 South Korea South Korea 39 Bulgaria Bulgaria 34
23 Denmark Denmark 38 Netherlands Netherlands 33
24 Argentina Argentina 32 Finland Finland 26
25 Iran Iran 26 Luxembourg Luxembourg 25
26 Estonia Estonia 22 Brazil Brazil 15
27 Brazil Brazil 21 Monaco Monaco 13

Returning artists Edit

Artist Country Previous participation
Nervo Australia Australia USC 42
Eldar Gasimov Azerbaijan Azerbaijan USC 53 (in Ell & Nikki)
Anitta Brazil Brazil USC 56, USC 91 (with Maluma)
Zhana Bergendorff Bulgaria Bulgaria USC 86 (with Moisey)
Severina Croatia Croatia USC 18, USC 22 (with Boris Novković, for Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina), USC 29, USC 44, USC 48, USC 52, USC 58, USC 60, USC 65, USC 69 (with Ministarke), USC 72 (with Sasa Matic), USC 77 (with Učiteljice), USC 89, USC 91
Giorgos Papadopoulos Cyprus Cyprus USC 69
Laura Estonia Estonia USC 86
Slimane France France USC 91 (for Luxembourg Luxembourg)
Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir Iceland Iceland USC 32, USC 64, USC 77, USC 86 (all her participations in Of Monsters and Men)
Petite Meller Israel Israel USC 81
Donny Montell Lithuania Lithuania USC 65, USC 91
Aurora Aksnes Norway Norway USC 84
Liber Poland Poland USC 28, USC 43 (all his participations with Sylwia Grzeszczak)
Tanja Savic Serbia Serbia USC 16
Linying Singapore Singapore USC 94
Taeyeon South Korea South Korea USC 88
Timoteij Sweden Sweden USC 08 (with Alexander Rybak), USC 26, USC 50
Sertab Erener Turkey Turkey USC 03, USC 16, USC 34, USC 50 (with Demir Demirkan), USC 91

Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Iran Iran Helly Luv "Revolution" 19th Winner
Israel Israel Petite Meller "The flute" 16th (SF2) Nominée (2nd)
Morocco Morocco Analgesia "The way to eminence" 18th Nominée (3rd)

Best Non-English Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Greece Greece Stan "Pehnidia erotica" 6th Winner
Argentina Argentina Patricio Arellano "Nuevo sol" 21st Nominée (2nd)
Belgium Belgium Peter van Laet en de Wolven "Dat ik wakker word" 19th (SF2) Nominée (3rd)

hph01 Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Spain Spain Ana Mena ft. CNCO "Ahora lloras tú" 14th (SF1) Winner
Poland Poland Natalia Szroeder ft. Liber "Teraz ty" 13th (SF1) Nominée (2nd)
Sweden Sweden Timoteij "Tabu" 21st (SF1) Nominée (3rd)


Editions of the Universong Contest
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