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Universong 97
"Release your fire"
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Date

7 - 25 March 2017

Host city

Baku, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan

Participants

50

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

Faroe Islands Faroe Islands, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, Russia Russia, Switzerland Switzerland,Syria Syria, Tuvalu Tuvalu

Withdrawing countries

Canada Canada, Estonia Estonia, Ghana Ghana, Iran Iran, Singapore Singapore, Slovenia Slovenia, Venezuela Venezuela

Winner

Australia Australia
Ben Hazlewood ft. Mali-Koa Hood
"Paint me black"

Timeline

◄ Tallinn 96 Eurovision Heart Sydney 98 ►

Universong 97 was the ninety seventh edition of the Universong Contest, held in the capital city of Azerbaijan, Baku. That was the first Azerbaijani production of the USC, and was held between the 7th and the 25th of March, 2017 after the winning of Eldar Gasimov, with the song "Tell me about love" on the previous edition held in Tallinn, Estonia.

50 countries competed for being the 97th Universong winner. No countries debuted, and seven countries returned: the Faroe Islands (whose last participation was in USC 95 in Rome), Puerto Rico (its last participation was in USC 92 in Santiago de Chile), Tuvalu (its last partaking was in USC 82 in Split), Russia (whose last concurrence was in USC 93 in Tehran) and Switzerland (Gothenburg saw its last participation in USC 91). Also returning is Syria, country that last competed in USC 74 in St. Petersburg, and managed by Logal, a historical player.

Australia became at the end of the final voting the winner of this Universong Contest. The song "Paint me black", by Ben Hazlewood and Mali-Koa Hood, got in total 180 points, getting three sets of 12 points, and being sixth with the finalists votes. This is the fourth overall winning for Australia, as well as the first since USC 79.

Meanwhile, England was declared as the runner-up of this edition, being this the fifth time that this country gets the second place. The song "Skin" by Rag'n'Bone Man got 158 points, 22 point less than winner Australia and, as well as the winner, three sets of 12 points and the seventh place with the finalists votes. This has been the best position for England since USC 78.

On the other hand, the third place went to Peru. The South American country got their best historical position at a country level. The song "Let me go" by Bravvo, Stephanie Cayo and Sebastián Llosa got the 140 points, 18 less than the runner-up and 40 less than the winner, while getting the tenth place with the finalists and one set of 12 points. This result comes to consolidate the good moment that South America has been going through in the last seven editions. It's important to remark that the non-finalists decided with their votes the top 3 of this edition, in the same order.

The top 5 was completed with the representations of Iceland and Brazil. Hosts Azerbaijan got a remarkable sixth place in home turf, while Puerto Rico got their best position since its winning in USC 80. While former USC champion, Álvaro Soler, this time representing Andorra, could only achieve a 13th place in the final.

About the city Edit

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Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. Baku is located 28 metres (92 ft) below sea level, which makes it the lowest lying national capital in the world and also the largest city in the world located below sea level. It is located on the southern shore of the Absheron Peninsula, alongside the Bay of Baku. At the beginning of 2009, Baku's urban population was estimated at just over two million people. Officially, about 25 percent of all inhabitants of the country live in Baku's metropolitan area.

Baku is divided into eleven administrative districts (raions) and 48 townships. Among these are the townships on the islands of the Baku Archipelago, and the town of Oil Rocks built on stilts in the Caspian Sea, 60 kilometres (37 miles) away from Baku. The Inner City of Baku, along with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower, were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. According to the Lonely Planet's ranking, Baku is also among the world's top ten destinations for urban nightlife.[6]

The city is the scientific, cultural and industrial center of Azerbaijan. Many sizeable Azerbaijani institutions have their headquarters there. The Baku International Sea Trade Port is capable of handling two million tons of general and dry bulk cargoes per year.[7] In recent years, Baku has become an important venue for international events. It hosted the 57th Eurovision Song Contest in 2012, the 2015 European Games, the 2016 European Grand Prix and will host the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in 2017 and UEFA Euro 2020.

The city is renowned for its harsh winds, which is reflected in its nickname, the "City of Winds".

Semifinal 1 Edit

In this semifinal, the 23 semifinalists plus Croatia Croatia shall vote in this semifinal. Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 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 Brazil Brazil Alok & Bruno Martini ft. Zeeba "Hear me now" 3 117
02 Iceland Iceland Birgir Stein "Last for long" 1 129
03 Andorra Andorra Álvaro Soler "Animal" 8 87
04 Morocco Morocco Bouchra "Yallah" 14 47
05 Belgium Belgium Minno "Dreaming" 19 32
06 Chile Chile Madvanna "Bailarinas" 17 37
07 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Fallulah "Give us a little love" 6 97
08 Portugal Portugal April Ivy "Be OK" 12 52
09 Turkey Turkey Burak Yeter ft. Danelle Sandoval "Tuesday" DSQ -
10 Philippines Philippines Sarah Lahbati "Bato-bato sa langit" 21 15
11 Greece Greece Melina Mammas "Never growing old" 16 39
12 Argentina Argentina Pijama Party Cumbia ft. Valentina Olguín "Aventura" 18 33
13 Denmark Denmark Maria Sejer "Vinter" 11 57
14 Colombia Colombia Jurgis Didžiulis "Patinka" 15 46
15 USA United States Ms. Williams "F*uck you right back" 13 49
16 Finland Finland Laura Närhi "Supersankari" 10 68
17 Luxembourg Luxembourg Lartiste ft. Awa Imani "Chocolat" 20 24
18 Lithuania Lithuania Caleb & Zygimantas "Wait" 22 9
19 Latvia Latvia Toms Kalderauskis "We won't back down" 4 110
20 Peru Peru Bravvo ft. Stephanie Cayo & Sebastián Llosa "Let me go" 5 110
21 Germany Germany Santiano "The fiddler on the deck" 7 90
22 Bulgaria Bulgaria Miro "Gulubo" 9 85
23 Cyprus Cyprus Metaxas "Walk" 2 117

Semifinal 2 Edit

In this semifinal, the 24 semifinalists plus Norway Norway shall vote in this semifinal. Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 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 England England Rag'n'Bone Man "Skin" 3 97
02 Poland Poland Agata Nizińska "Reason" 2 118
03 Tuvalu Tuvalu Joel Adams "Please don't go" 8 83
04 Ecuador Ecuador Gianpiero "Serena" 12 55
05 France France Feder ft. Emmi "Blind" 21 27
06 Czech Republic Czech Republic Lenny "Lover" 10 59
07 Netherlands Netherlands Cut_ "Tune in tune out" 11 55
08 Italy Italy Michele Bravi "Il diario degli errori" 18 40
09 Serbia Serbia Marina Visković "Bensedini" 20 33
10 Wales Wales Into The Ark "My ghost" 22 26
11 South Korea South Korea 10cm "What the spring??" 23 24
12 Mexico Mexico Gloria Trevi ft. Shy Carter "Habla blah blah" 17 41
13 Switzerland Switzerland Cellar Darling "Fire, wind & earth" 14 54
14 Sweden Sweden Sabina Ddumba "Scarred for life" 9 59
15 Scotland Scotland Niteworks ft. Kathleen MacInnes "Maraiches" 19 38
16 Spain Spain Malú "Cenizas" 6 84
17 Israel Israel Orphaned Land "All is one" 7 84
18 Russia Russia Sati Kazanova "Radost', privet!" 4 94
19 Moldova Moldova Alternosfera "Deja străină" 15 49
20 South Africa South Africa Jeremy Loops ft. Motheo Moleko "Down south" 16 49
21 Monaco Monaco Hélène Ségara "L'envol" DSQ -
22 Australia Australia Ben Hazlewood ft. Mali-Koa Hood "Paint me black" 1 140
23 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Ricky Martin ft. Maluma "Vente pa'cá" 5 86
24 Syria Syria Nesreen Tafesh "Metghayar alayi" 13 55

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 England England Rag'n'Bone Man "Skin" 2 158
02 Czech Republic Czech Republic Lenny "Lover" 21 79
03 Croatia Croatia Damir Kedzo & Zsa Zsa "Sve u meni se budi" 14 104
04 Brazil Brazil Alok & Bruno Martini ft. Zeeba "Hear me now" 5 123
05 Bulgaria Bulgaria Miro "Gulubo" 16 94
06 Tuvalu Tuvalu Joel Adams "Please don't go" 26 58
07 Cyprus Cyprus Metaxas "Walk" 8 119
08 Norway Norway Highasakite "Someone who'll get it" 24 70
09 Australia Australia Ben Hazlewood ft. Mali-Koa Hood "Paint me black" 1 180
10 Spain Spain Malú "Cenizas" 17 92
11 Russia Russia Sati Kazanova "Radost', privet!" 15 102
12 Poland Poland Agata Nizińska "Reason" 10 114
13 Denmark Denmark Maria Sejer "Vinter" 25 65
14 Iceland Iceland Birgir Stein "Last for long" 4 137
15 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Fallulah "Give us a little love" 11 112
16 Portugal Portugal April Ivy "Be OK" 22 76
17 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Ricky Martin ft. Maluma "Vente pa'cá" 7 120
18 Andorra Andorra Álvaro Soler "Animal" 13 105
19 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Emin & Ani Lorak "Ya ne mogu skazat" 6 122
20 Latvia Latvia Toms Kalderauskis "We won't back down" 20 84
21 Israel Israel Orphaned Land "All is one" 9 118
22 Ecuador Ecuador Gianpiero "Serena" 27 55
23 Germany Germany Santiano "The fiddler on the deck" 12 112
24 Finland Finland Laura Närhi "Supersankari" 23 72
25 Sweden Sweden Sabina Ddumba "Scarred for life" 19 85
26 Netherlands Netherlands Cut_ "Tune in tune out" 18 88
27 Peru Peru Bravvo ft. Stephanie Cayo & Sebastian Llosa "Let me go" 3 140

Split Results Finalists/Non-Finalists Edit

Place Finalists Votes Points Non-finalists Votes Points
1 Brazil Brazil 81 Australia Australia 96
2 Poland Poland 74 England England 82
3 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 73 Peru Peru 75
4 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 70 Cyprus Cyprus 63
5 Israel Israel 68 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 61
6 Australia Australia 67 Croatia Croatia 59
7 England England 62 Iceland Iceland 58
8 Andorra Andorra 62 Germany Germany 56
9 Iceland Iceland 60 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 50
10 Peru Peru 58 Russia Russia 50
11 Norway Norway 56 Netherlands Netherlands 46
12 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 54 Spain Spain 43
13 Sweden Sweden 52 Bulgaria Bulgaria 42
14 Spain Spain 49 Israel Israel 41
15 Czech Republic Czech Republic 49 Ecuador Ecuador 40
16 Russia Russia 46 Denmark Denmark 39
17 Croatia Croatia 45 Poland Poland 37
18 Cyprus Cyprus 44 Portugal Portugal 35
19 Germany Germany 44 Latvia Latvia 33
20 Bulgaria Bulgaria 39 Sweden Sweden 33
21 Portugal Portugal 33 Brazil Brazil 32
22 Finland Finland 32 Finland Finland 32
23 Tuvalu Tuvalu 28 Andorra Andorra 31
24 Netherlands Netherlands 26 Tuvalu Tuvalu 29
25 Denmark Denmark 24 Czech Republic Czech Republic 23
26 Latvia Latvia 22 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 19
27 Ecuador Ecuador 15 Norway Norway 14

Returning artists Edit

Artist Country Previous participation
Álvaro Soler Andorra Andorra USC 79 (for Spain Spain), USC 89 (for Spain Spain)
Ben Hazlewood Australia Australia USC 59 (for New Zealand New Zealand)
Emin Azerbaijan Azerbaijan USC 40, USC 45, USC 49 (Disqualified)
Ani Lorak Azerbaijan Azerbaijan USC 10 (Special edition, for Ukraine Ukraine), USC 12 (for Ukraine Ukraine), USC 17 (for Ukraine Ukraine), USC 46 (for Ukraine Ukraine), USC 55 (for Ukraine Ukraine), USC 62 (with Grigoriy Leps, for Russia Russia), USC 86 (for Ukraine Ukraine), USC 92 (for Ukraine Ukraine)
Miro Bulgaria Bulgaria USC 50 (with Mariana Popova), USC 53, USC 61
Metaxas Cyprus Cyprus USC 50, USC 88, USC 91
Lenny Czech Republic Czech Republic USC 67
Laura Närhi Finland Finland USC 45
Orphaned Land Israel Israel USC 83
Michele Bravi Italy Italy USC 82 (for San Marino San Marino)
Lartiste Luxembourg Luxembourg USC 94 (for Monaco Monaco)
Gloria Trevi Mexico Mexico USC 48
Hélène Ségara Monaco Monaco USC 52 (with Laura Pausini, for Luxembourg Luxembourg), USC 60 (for France France)
Ricky Martin Puerto Rico Puerto Rico USC 38, USC 42 (with Eros Ramazzotti, for Vatican City Vatican City), USC 44, USC 46 (with Claudia Leitte, for Brazil Brazil), USC 63, USC 89 (for Andorra Andorra), USC 92 (with Yotuel)
Maluma Puerto Rico Puerto Rico USC 66 (with Eli Palacios, for Colombia Colombia), USC 70 (for Colombia Colombia), USC 79 (with Maía, for Colombia Colombia), USC 87 (with Carlos Vives and other Colombian artists, for Colombia Colombia), USC 91 (with Anitta, for Brazil Brazil), USC 94 (with Shakira, for Colombia Colombia)
Marina Visković Serbia Serbia USC 76
Malú Spain Spain USC 46 (for Andorra Andorra), USC 55 (for Andorra Andorra), USC 62 (for Andorra Andorra), USC 75, USC 82 (for Andorra Andorra)

Special Awards Edit

Bartek Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Mexico Mexico Gloria Trevi ft. Shy Carter "Habla blah blah" 17th (SF2) Winner
Colombia Colombia Jurgis Didžiulis "Patinka" 15th (SF1) Nominée (2nd)

Best Non-English Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Ricky Martin ft. Maluma "Vente pa'cá" 7th Winner
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Emin & Ani Lorak "Ya ne mogu skazat" 6th Nominée (2nd)
Russia Russia Sati Kazanova "Radost', privet!" 15th Nominée (3rd)
Croatia Croatia Damir Kedzo & Zsa Zsa "Sve u meni se budi" 14th Nominée (4th)

hph01 Award Edit

Country Artist Song Place Situation
USA United States Ms. Williams "F*uck you right back" 13th (SF1) Winner
Wales Wales Into The Ark "My ghost" 22nd (SF2) Nominée (Joint 2nd)
Moldova Moldova Alternosfera "Deja străină" 15th (SF2) Nominée (Joint 2nd)
Lithuania Lithuania Caleb & Zygimantas "Wait" 22nd (SF1) Nominée (4th)
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