Universong 98
"Beyond the limits"
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Date

8 - 27 April 2017

Host city

Sydney, Australia.png Australia

Participants

50

Debuting countries

None

Returning countries

Estonia.png Estonia, Kosovo.png Kosovo, Uzbekistan.png Uzbekistan, Venezuela.png Venezuela

Withdrawing countries

Andorra.png Andorra, Faroe Islands.png Faroe Islands, Monaco.png Monaco, Switzerland.png Switzerland

Winner

Italy.png Italy
Ermal Meta
"Vietato morire"

Timeline

◄ Baku 97 Eurovision Heart.png Naples 99 ►

Universong 98 was the ninety-eighth staging of the Universong Contest, held for the fourth time in Australia, and for the second time in Sydney, after the winning of Ben Hazlewood and Mali-Koa Hood with the song "Paint me black" on the previous edition held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

50 countries competed in this edition, without any debuting country, but counting on the returns of Estonia and Venezuela after one edition of break; Kosovo, who's been absent from USC 92 and Uzbekistan, whose last partaking was in USC 91.

From the very beginning of the voting, it became quite evident that Italy would be in its way to win its eighth Universong title. Albanian-born singer Ermal Meta became the eighth Italian winner thanks to the song "Vietato morire". At the end of the voting, it won with a great total of 183 points and four sets of 12 points - from Russia, Kosovo, Brazil and Azerbaijan. This winning for Italy was the eighth for this country, which is an all-time record for the country with most winnings in the history, as well as being the only country to win the USC title twice during the last ten editions (its latest winning occured just four editions ago in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg). Ermal Meta was also nominated for the Best Non-English award, being the fourth USC winner to receive a nomination for this award, after Cassandre in USC 76, Mahan Moin in USC 77 and Camila Gallardo in USC 91. Even though, Meta did not have the same luck as the three latter nominees, since it got the third place in the voting for this award.

The runner-up was France, a prize that was earned by it for the sixth time in the whole history. "Roule" by rapper Soprano got 158 points, 25 points less than winner Italy, and also four sets of 12 points, as Italy - from Cyprus, Spain, South Korea and Germany. For France, this is their best placement after its latest winning in USC 87. While the third place went to the United States, represented by Rachel Platten with the song "Better place". Platten got at the end 151 points and three sets of 12 points - from Bulgaria, Wales and Greece, in order to capture their best placement since USC 94. It's important to remark that the entry was chosen by the US manager from four possible options suggested by the admins as a penalty for voting late on the previous edition.

The top 5 was completed by the song of Big 3 member England and Spain, while the top 10 was completed by Israel (represented by The Young Professionals), Iceland, Azerbaijan (both countries getting their third top 10 placements in a row - a record for both countries), South Africa (represented by USC 73 runners-up Monark) and Poland (with folk inspired band Brathanki). Hosts Australia got 11th place.

About the city

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Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds the world's largest natural harbour, and sprawls towards the Blue Mountains to the west. Residents of Sydney are known as "Sydneysiders". Together with the capital Canberra, Sydney is the de facto joint seat of government of Australia with the Governor-General of Australia, the Prime Minister of Australia and many federal government ministries maintaining substantial presences in Sydney.

The Sydney area has been inhabited by indigenous Australians for at least 30,000 years. The first British settlers, led by Captain Arthur Phillip, arrived in 1788 to found Sydney as a penal colony, the first European settlement in Australia. Since convict transportation ended in the mid-19th century, the city has transformed from a colonial outpost into a major global cultural and economic centre. As at June 2016 Sydney's estimated population was 5,005,358. In the 2011 census, 34 percent of the population reported having been born overseas,[3] representing many different nationalities and making Sydney one of the most multicultural cities in the world. There are more than 250 different languages spoken in Sydney and about one-third of residents speak a language other than English at home.

Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, the 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks Sydney tenth in the world in terms of quality of living, making it one of the most livable cities. It is classified as an Alpha+ World City by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, indicating its influence in the region and throughout the world. Ranked eleventh in the world for economic opportunity, Sydney has an advanced market economy with strengths in finance, manufacturing and tourism. Its gross regional product was $337 billion in 2013, the largest in Australia. There is a significant concentration of foreign banks and multinational corporations in Sydney and the city is promoted as one of Asia Pacific's leading financial hubs.

In addition to hosting events such as the 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney is amongst the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world, with millions of tourists coming each year to see the city's landmarks. Its natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, and the Royal Botanic Garden. Man-made attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are also well known to international visitors.

Semifinal 1

In this semifinal, the 24 semifinalists plus England.png England shall vote in this semifinal. Australia.png Australia 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 Moldova.png Moldova Carla's Dreams "Imperfect" 9 69
02 Germany.png Germany Beyond the Black "Pearl in a world of dirt" 11 62
03 Lithuania.png Lithuania Vaidas Baumila & Monique "Dviese" 10 66
04 Sweden.png Sweden Otto Knows ft. Lindsey Stirling & Alex Aris "Dying for you" 2 116
05 Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Generace O "Společný svět" 12 60
06 Denmark.png Denmark Adam Daniel "Tænder på dig" 13 58
07 Portugal.png Portugal Mariza ft. Mastiksoul "Livre" 5 88
08 South Korea.png South Korea Jung Joon Young "Teenager" 19 49
09 Philippines.png Philippines Inigo Pascual ft. KidWolf & Theo Martel "That hero" 22 34
10 Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Victoria Georgieva "Nezavurshen roman" 18 53
11 Mexico.png Mexico Renee Santana "Baby" 17 54
12 Iceland.png Iceland Ásgeir Trausti "Nýfallinn regn" 8 72
13 Scotland.png Scotland The LaFontaines "Release the hounds" 23 27
14 Wales.png Wales Georgia Ruth "Codi angor" 20 47
15 Morocco.png Morocco Hind Ziadi "Srekni" 24 19
16 Cyprus.png Cyprus Ivi Adamou "Afto to kairo" 7 80
17 Luxembourg.png Luxembourg We Are I.V ft. Mista "E" "Da blues" 16 54
18 Croatia.png Croatia Severina ft. Jala Brat "Otrove" 21 35
19 Estonia.png Estonia Elina Born "In or out" 4 99
20 Chile.png Chile Kudai "Aquí estaré" 14 56
21 France.png France Soprano "Roule" 1 129
22 Kosovo.png Kosovo Yll Limani "Shiu" 15 56
23 Norway.png Norway Sofia Carson ft. Alan Walker "Back to beautiful" 6 82
24 Spain.png Spain Barei "I don't need to be you" 3 101

Semifinal 2

In this semifinal, the 23 semifinalists plus Peru.png Peru shall vote in this semifinal. Australia.png Australia 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 Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Latifa Soyuoz "Hedef" 4 93
02 Belgium.png Belgium Timo Descamps "Like it rough" 22 17
03 Syria.png Syria Assala Nasri ft. Ahmed Fahmy "Eish, sokkar, watan" 16 50
04 Venezuela.png Venezuela Víctor Muñoz "Mi felicidad" 14 61
05 Italy.png Italy Ermal Meta "Vietato morire" 1 120
06 Poland.png Poland Brathanki "Mamo ja nie chcę za mąż" 5 91
07 Israel.png Israel The Young Professionals "Be with you tonight" 2 100
08 Serbia.png Serbia Milan Stankovic ft. Jala Brat & Buba Corelli "Ego" 11 74
09 Colombia.png Colombia Ventino "Me equivoqué" 9 76
10 Finland.png Finland Nightwish "Endless forms most beautiful" 15 56
11 Turkey.png Turkey Can Bonomo "Hikayem bitmedi" 12 70
12 South Africa.png South Africa Monark "Soldier" 6 86
13 Greece.png Greece Melisses "To kyma" 8 83
14 Ecuador.png Ecuador Israel Brito "Despierta" 21 27
15 Uzbekistan.png Uzbekistan Munisa Rizayeva "Afsona" 13 69
16 Netherlands.png Netherlands Caro Emerald "The ghost of you" 20 28
17 Argentina.png Argentina Jordana Battaglia "Por tu amor" 23 13
18 Latvia.png Latvia Aminata "Leave my love bleeding" 17 49
19 Puerto Rico.png Puerto Rico Wisin ft. Ricky Martin & Jennifer López "Adrenalina" 10 74
20 USA.png United States Rachel Platten "Better place" 3 100
21 Tuvalu.png Tuvalu Reigan "Feels like heaven" 7 85
22 Russia.png Russia Mel'nica "Proščaj" 18 47
23 Brazil.png Brazil Calema ft. Kataleya "Tudo por amor" 19 40

Grand Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 USA.png United States Rachel Platten "Better place" 3 151
02 Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Latifa Suyuoz "Hedef" 8 126
03 Portugal.png Portugal Mariza ft. Mastiksoul "Livre" 20 84
04 Moldova.png Moldova Carla's Dreams "Imperfect" 18 90
05 Italy.png Italy Ermal Meta "Vietato morire" 1 183
06 Colombia.png Colombia Ventino "Me equivoqué" 25 65
07 England.png England James Arthur "Safe inside" 4 135
08 Israel.png Israel The Young Professionals "Be with you tonight" 6 131
09 Estonia.png Estonia Elina Born "In or out" 12 116
10 Spain.png Spain Barei "I don't need to be you" 5 134
11 Norway.png Norway Sofia Carson ft. Alan Walker "Back to beautiful" 22 80
12 Germany.png Germany Beyond the Black "Pearl in a world of dirt" 17 92
13 France.png France Soprano "Roule" 2 158
14 Greece.png Greece Melisses "To kyma" 16 97
15 Turkey.png Turkey Can Bonomo "Hikayem bitmedi" 21 83
16 Iceland.png Iceland Ásgeir Trausti "Nýfallinn regn" 7 128
17 Puerto Rico.png Puerto Rico Wisin ft. Jennifer Lopez & Ricky Martin "Adrenalina" 19 87
18 Serbia.png Serbia Milan Stankovic ft. Jala Brat & Buba Corelli "Ego" 24 77
19 Peru.png Peru Leslie Shaw "Ven" 26 65
20 Lithuania.png Lithuania Vaidas Baumila & Monique "Dviese" 23 78
21 Poland.png Poland Brathanki "Mamo ja nie chcę za mąż" 10 119
22 Australia.png Australia Gryffin ft. Josef Salvat "Heading home" 11 117
23 Tuvalu.png Tuvalu Reigan "Feels like heaven" 14 102
24 Sweden.png Sweden Otto Knows ft. Lindsey Stirling & Alex Aris "Dying for you" 15 102
25 Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Generace O "Společný svět (We're one made of love)" 27 62
26 Cyprus.png Cyprus Ivi Adamou "Afto to kairo" 13 113
27 South Africa.png South Africa Monark "Soldier" 9 125

Split Results Finalists/Non-Finalists

Place Finalists Votes Points Non-Finalists Votes Points
1 Estonia.png Estonia 101 Italy.png Italy 97
2 Italy.png Italy 86 USA.png United States 82
3 France.png France 83 South Africa.png South Africa 78
4 Cyprus.png Cyprus 82 France.png France 75
5 Spain.png Spain 80 Iceland.png Iceland 68
6 Poland.png Poland 78 Australia.png Australia 66
7 England.png England 77 Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan 61
8 Israel.png Israel 75 England.png England 58
9 USA.png United States 69 Israel.png Israel 56
10 Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan 65 Germany.png Germany 56
11 Iceland.png Iceland 60 Spain.png Spain 54
12 Sweden.png Sweden 56 Tuvalu.png Tuvalu 52
13 Greece.png Greece 51 Puerto Rico.png Puerto Rico 47
14 Australia.png Australia 51 Greece.png Greece 46
15 Tuvalu.png Tuvalu 50 Sweden.png Sweden 46
16 Peru.png Peru 50 Norway.png Norway 45
17 Moldova.png Moldova 48 Portugal.png Portugal 43
18 South Africa.png South Africa 47 Moldova.png Moldova 42
19 Turkey.png Turkey 45 Poland.png Poland 41
20 Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 43 Serbia.png Serbia 39
21 Portugal.png Portugal 41 Lithuania.png Lithuania 38
22 Lithuania.png Lithuania 40 Turkey.png Turkey 38
23 Puerto Rico.png Puerto Rico 40 Cyprus.png Cyprus 33
24 Colombia.png Colombia 39 Colombia.png Colombia 26
25 Serbia.png Serbia 38 Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 19
26 Germany.png Germany 36 Estonia.png Estonia 15
27 Norway.png Norway 35 Peru.png Peru 15

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous participation
Kataleya Brazil.png Brazil USC 79 (with Anselmo Ralph, for Portugal.png Portugal)
Kudai Chile.png Chile USC 37 (disqualified), USC 38, USC 39
Severina Croatia.png Croatia USC 18, USC 22 (with Boris Novković, for Bosnia and Herzegovina.png 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, USC 96
Ivi Adamou Cyprus.png Cyprus USC 29 (with Melisses), USC 35, USC 39, USC 44 (with TU), USC 52, USC 85
Elina Born Estonia.png Estonia USC 81
Nightwish Finland.png Finland USC 37, USC 47, USC 60, USC 77
Soprano France.png France USC 94 (with Marina Kaye, for Luxembourg.png Luxembourg
Beyond the Black Germany.png Germany USC 76 (for Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein), USC 88
Melisses Greece.png Greece USC 13, USC 29 (with Ivi Adamou, for Cyprus.png Cyprus), USC 51
The Young Professionals Israel.png Israel USC 84 (with Anna F., for Austria.png Austria)
Aminata Latvia.png Latvia USC 92
Vaidas Baumila Lithuania.png Lithuania USC 71, USC 82
Carla's Dreams Moldova.png Moldova USC 64 (with Inna), USC 71 (with Dara, Antonia and Inna), USC 83 (with Inna), USC 89
Caro Emerald Netherlands.png Netherlands USC 04, USC 33, USC 52, USC 67
Leslie Shaw Peru.png Peru USC 40
KidWolf Philippines.png Philippines USC 76 (with Bea)
Mastiksoul Portugal.png Portugal USC 35 (with Angelico Vieira and Dada), USC 57 (with David Anthony and Taylor Jones), USC 62 (with Rita Guerra), USC 80 (with Rafman)
Wisin Puerto Rico.png Puerto Rico USC 68 (with Assia Ahhatt)
Ricky Martin Puerto Rico.png Puerto Rico USC 38, USC 42 (with Eros Ramazzotti, for Vatican City.png Vatican City), USC 44, USC 46 (with Claudia Leitte, for Brazil.png Brazil), USC 63, USC 89 (for Andorra.png Andorra), USC 92 (with Yotuel). USC 97 (with Maluma)
Milan Stankovic Serbia.png Serbia USC 11, USC 81
Monark South Africa.png South Africa USC 73
Lindsey Stirling Sweden.png Sweden USC 54 (for the USA.png United States), USC 67 (with Lzzy Hale, for the USA.png United States), USC 78 (with Marina Kaye, for Monaco.png Monaco)
Assala Nasri Syria.png Syria USC 56, USC 74
Can Bonomo Turkey.png Turkey USC 74
Reigan Tuvalu.png Tuvalu USC 76
Munisa Rizayeva Uzbekistan.png Uzbekistan USC 74 (with Botir Qodirov)
Víctor Muñoz Venezuela.png Venezuela USC 59

Special Awards

Bartek Award

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Poland.png Poland Brathanki "Mamo ja nie chcę za mąż" 10th Winner
Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Generace O "Společný svět" 27th Nominée (2nd)

Best Non-English Award

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Cyprus.png Cyprus Ivi Adamou "Afto te kairo" 13th Winner
Moldova.png Moldova Carla's Dreams "Imperfect" 18th Nominée (2nd)
Italy.png Italy Ermal Meta "Vietato morire" Winner Nominée (3rd)

hph01 Award

Country Artist Song Place Situation
Kosovo.png Kosovo Yll Limani "Shiu" 15th (SF1) Winner
Philippines.png Philippines Inigo Pascual ft. KidWolf & Theo Martel "That hero" 22nd (SF1) Nominée (2nd)
Mexico.png Mexico Renee Santana "Baby" 17th (SF1) Nominée (3rd)
Finland.png Finland Nightwish "Endless forms most beautiful" 15th (SF2) Nominée (4th)


Editions of the Universong Contest
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