Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Date: SF1: Tuesday 10 May 2016 | SF2: Thursday 12 May 2016 | Final: Saturday 14 May 2016
Venue: Globen Arena (Stockholm, Sweden)
Voting system: 1-8, 10 and 12 points. Jury + Televoting 50 %
Number of countries: 42
Hosts: Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede
Slogan: Come Together
Scoreboard: Semi-Final 1 | Semi-Final 2 | Final
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After the thrilling finish in Vienna, Austria, with Måns Zelmerlöw taking the crown with his song, “Heroes”, the 61st edition of the Eurovision Son Contest will be hosted this year in Stockholm, Sweden. The contest, which has been held annually since 1956 will be making the stop in Sweden for the sixth time. Member nations of the European Broadcasting Union(EBU) are given the chance to send a participant from their country to the musical contest, which has become more and more popular throughout the world. After the performances, a winning song will be lauded as the best song according to viewers and will join an elite group of winners that includes Loreen of Sweden, the bearded lady of Austria, Conchita Wurst, two-time winner and Mr. Eurovision himself, Johnny Logan, worldwide success ABBA, and even Celine Dion.

Swedish public broadcaster, SVT, will be the local organization in charge of the contest with major telecommunications company Tele2 as a lead sponsor. The three main shows will take place at the Ericsson Globe Arena and be broadcast to nearly 200 million people across the world. Three shows, occurring on the 10th, 12th, and 14th of May will make up this year’s contest — Two Semi Finals, where 36 competing countries will be narrowed down to 20, moving on to the Grand Final where they will be joined by the host country and the Big 5.

The slogan for the 61st edition of the contest is ‘Come Together’, promoting the ideals of unity and extolling the virtues of musical being communicative across borders and languages. Indeed the countries will come together in the logo this year, a dandelion bloom in which each seed represents the participant countries. As the contest ends, the dandelion seeds will scatter in the winds back to their homes to plant and share the love and fellowship they experienced in Sweden.

The impressive set design for the contest also comes from a veteran team of designers. Frida Arvidsson and Viktor Brattström return after creating the staging from the contest’s last visit to Sweden in Malmö 2013. No less than 26 cameras will film the artistic displays of songs and visuals to the backdrop of a 15,5 x 50 x 32-metre super-stage with a record-breaking nearly 2.000 square metre of LED-screens on the walls combined with just 250 square metre on the stage floor. Nearly two thousand lighting units along with almost a hundred different environmental effect units, including pyrotechnics, fog, and CO2, and the worlds largest video projector can be utilized by each country to make an impressive visual presentation alongside their songs.

One major change for this year occurs in the voting system. Under the guidance of Christer Björkman, Sweden’s contest producer, the jury and public vote 50/50 split will remain, but will be presented drastically different. For the first time in history, the points given by each group will be announced separately, as opposed to being combined and aggregated into the traditional douze pointe allotment. Meaning that each country will get a set of points from the juries which will take the form of the 1-8, 10 and 12 points, which will be announced via remote call-ins from each country as usual, then the hosts will present the public votes for each country. The tallied public votes will start with the lowest scoring country and work their way to the most voted — causing a heightened sense of drama and tension as the winner will only be known at the very end nearly all situations. With the new system, a record point-scoring win will be all but assured, with the dreaded nul point finish being statistically unlikely.

In a number of earlier contests, runaway wins will usually obviously spotted before the voting had finished, which was the main cause for the changes to the voting system this year.

What started out with a record-matching number of participants with 43, saw Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Ukraine return, while Portugal chose not to participate. Australia returned after the special 60th invitation, but will now compete through the Semi Finals opposed to starting in the Final with the host country and the Big 5. In dramatic fashion, the Romanian entrant was disqualified just three weeks prior to the contest. Ovidiu Anton was set to perform with “Moment of Silence”, and had taken part in many pre-parties and press events, but the European Broadcasting Union(EBU) chose to expel the Romanian broadcaster, Televiziunea Romana (TVR), on grounds of non-payment of a debt in the excess of 16 million Swiss francs. The now 42 contestants matches the high of a number of years, the latest of which being the 2012 Azerbaijani edition.

Semi-Final 1

Country Performer – Song Points Place Picture Live Videoclip ESC
01 flag_Finland_ico Finland Sandhja – Sing It Away 51 15 foto_on video_on video_on
02 flag_Greece_ico Greece Argo – Utopian Land 44 16 foto_on video_on
03 flag_Moldova_ico Moldova Lidia Isac – Falling Stars 33 17 foto_on video_on video_on
04 flag_Hungary_ico Hungary Freddie – Pioneer 197 4 foto_on video_on
05 flag_Croatia_ico Croatia Nina Kraljić – Lighthouse 133 10 foto_on video_on
06 flag_Netherlands_ico The Netherlands Douwe Bob – Slow Down 197 5 foto_on  video_on
07 flag_Armenia_ico Armenia  Iveta Mukuchyan – LoveWave 243 2 foto_on video_on
08 flag_San-Marino_ico San Marino Serhat – I didn’t know 68 12 foto_on video_on
09 flag_Russia_ico Russia Sergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One 342 1 foto_on video_on
10 flag_Czech-Republic_ico Czech Republic Gabriela Gunčíková – I Stand 161 9 foto_on video_on
11 flag_Cyprus_ico Cyprus Minus One – Alter Ego 164 8 foto_on video_on
12 flag_Austria_ico Austria ZOË – Loin d’ici 170 7 foto_on video_on video_on
13 flag_Estonia_ico Estonia Jüri Pootsmann – Play 24 18 foto_on video_on video_on
14 flag_Azerbaijan_ico Azerbaijan Samra Rahimli – Miracle 185 6 foto_on video_on
15 flag_Montenegro_ico Montenegro Highway – The Real Thing 60 13 foto_on video_on
16 flag_Iceland_ico Iceland Greta Salóme – Hear Them Calling 51 14 foto_on video_on
17 flag_Bosnia-Herzegovina_ico Bosnia & Herzegovina Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala – Ljubav Je 104 11 foto_on video_on
18 flag_Malta_ico Malta Ira Losco – Walk on Water 209 3 foto_on video_on

Semi-Final 2

Country Performer – Song Points Place Picture Live Videoclip ESC
01 flag_Latvia_ico Latvia Justs – Heartbeat 132 8 foto_on video_on
02 flag_Poland_ico Poland Michał Szpak – Color Of Your Life 151 6 foto_on video_on  video_on
03 flag_Switzerland_ico Switzerland Rykka – The Last Of Our Kind 28 18 foto_on  video_on
04 flag_Israel_ico Israel Hovi Star – Made Of Stars 147 7 foto_on video_on
05 flag_Belarus_ico Belarus Ivan – Help You Fly 84 12 foto_on  video_on
06 flag_Serbia_ico Serbia Sanja Vučič – Goodbye 105 10 foto_on video_on
07 flag_Ireland_ico Ireland Nicky Byrne – Sunlight 46 15 foto_on video_on
08 flag_Macedonia_ico FYR Macedonia Kaliopi – Dona 88 11 foto_on video_on
09 flag_Lithuania_ico Lithuania Donny Montell – I’ve Been Waiting for This Night 222 4 foto_on  video_on
10 flag_Australia_ico Australia Dami Im – Sound Of Silence 330 1 foto_on video_on
11 flag_Slovenia_ico Slovenia ManuElla – Blue And Red 57 14 foto_on video_on
12 flag_Bulgaria_ico Bulgaria Poli Genova – If Love Was A Crime 220 5 foto_on
13 flag_Denmark_ico Denmark Lighthouse X – Soldiers Of Love 34 17 foto_on video_on
14 flag_Ukraine_ico Ukraine Jamala – 1944 287 2 foto_on video_on
15 flag_Norway_ico Norway Agnete – Icebreaker 63 13 foto_on video_on
16 flag_Georgia_ico Georgia Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitas – Midnight Gold 123 9 foto_on video_on video_on
17 flag_Albania_ico Albania Eneda Tarifa – Fairytale 45 16  foto_on  video_on
18 flag_Belgium_ico Belgium Laura – What’s The Pressure 274 3 foto_on video_on

Final

Country Performer – Song Points Place Picture Live Videoclip ESC
01 flag_Belgium_ico Belgium Laura – What’s The Pressure 181 10 foto_on video_on
02 flag_Czech-Republic_ico Czech Republic Gabriela Gunčíková – I Stand 41 25 foto_on video_on
03 flag_Netherlands_ico The Netherlands Douwe Bob – Slow Down 153 11 foto_on video_on
04 flag_Azerbaijan_ico Azerbaijan Samra Rahimli – Miracle 117 17 foto_on video_on
05 flag_Hungary_ico Hungary Freddie – Pioneer 108 19 foto_on video_on
06 flag_Italy_ico Italy Francesca Michielin – No Degree Of Separation 124 16 foto_on
07 flag_Israel_ico Israel Hovi Star – Made Of Stars 135 14 foto_on video_on
08 flag_Bulgaria_ico Bulgaria Poli Genova – If Love Was A Crime 307 4 foto_on
09 flag_Sweden_ico Sweden Frans – If I Were Sorry 261 5 foto_on video_on video_on
10 flag_Germany_ico Germany Jamie-Lee Kriewitz – Ghost 11 26 foto_on video_on
11 flag_France_ico France Amir – J’ai cherché 257 6 foto_on video_on
12 flag_Poland_ico Poland Michał Szpak – Color Of Your Life 229 8 foto_on video_on video_on
13 flag_Australia_ico Australia Dami Im – Sound Of Silence 511 2 foto_on video_on
14 flag_Cyprus_ico Cyprus Minus One – Alter Ego 96 21 foto_on video_on
15 flag_Serbia_ico Serbia Sanja Vučič – Goodbye 115 18 foto_on video_on
16 flag_Lithuania_ico Lithuania Donny Montell – I’ve Been Waiting for This Night 200 9 foto_on video_on
17 flag_Croatia_ico Croatia Nina Kraljić – Lighthouse 73 23 foto_on video_on
18 flag_Russia_ico Russia Sergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One 491 3 foto_on video_on
19 flag_Spain_ico Spain Barei – Say Yay! 77 22 foto_on video_on video_on
20 flag_Latvia_ico Latvia Justs – Heartbeat  132 15 foto_on video_on
21 flag_Ukraine_ico Ukraine Jamala – 1944 534 1 foto_on video_on
22 flag_Malta_ico Malta Ira Losco – Walk on Water 153 12 foto_on video_on
23 flag_Georgia_ico Georgia Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitas – Midnight Gold 104 20 foto_on video_on video_on
24 flag_Austria_ico Austria ZOË – Loin d’ici 151 13 foto_on video_on video_on
25 flag_United-Kingdom_ico United Kingdom Joe and Jake – You’re Not Alone 62 24 foto_on video_on video_on
26 flag_Armenia_ico Armenia  Iveta Mukuchyan – LoveWave 249 7 foto_on video_on
Host:
Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede

Due to their popularity, 2015’s winner Zelmerlöw, will be co-hosting the show with Petra Mede, a popular Swedish host and presenter who also hosted the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden, co-hosted Eurovision’s Greatest Hits concert in London last year, and this year’s Swedish National Final, Melodifestivalen. The writing duties for the event will fall to Edward Af Sillen, who wrote for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest and several years of Melodifestivalen.


Pictures:
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Venue Stage Winner Scoreboard Trophy CD Cover

Full Show:
Videos:
Semi-Final Allocation Draw 2016 SVT explain the new voting format stage Design