Date: 10, 12 & 14 May 2016
Venue: Globen Arena (Stockholm, Sweden)
Voting system: 1-8, 10 & 12 points. Jury + Televoting 50%
Number of countries: 42
Hosts: Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede
Slogan: Come Together

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

  CountryPerformer – SongPointsPlace
01flag_Finland_icoFinlandSandhja – Sing It Away5115
02flag_Greece_icoGreeceArgo – Utopian Land4416
03flag_Moldova_icoMoldovaLidia Isac – Falling Stars3317
04flag_Hungary_icoHungaryFreddie – Pioneer1974
05flag_Croatia_icoCroatiaNina Kraljić – Lighthouse13310
06flag_Netherlands_icoThe NetherlandsDouwe Bob – Slow Down1975
07flag_Armenia_icoArmenia Iveta Mukuchyan – LoveWave2432
08flag_San-Marino_icoSan MarinoSerhat – I didn’t know6812
09flag_Russia_icoRussiaSergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One3421
10flag_Czech-Republic_icoCzech RepublicGabriela Gunčíková – I Stand1619
11flag_Cyprus_icoCyprusMinus One – Alter Ego1648
12flag_Austria_icoAustriaZOË – Loin d’ici1707
13flag_Estonia_icoEstoniaJüri Pootsmann – Play2418
14flag_Azerbaijan_icoAzerbaijanSamra Rahimli – Miracle1856
15flag_Montenegro_icoMontenegroHighway – The Real Thing6013
16flag_Iceland_icoIcelandGreta Salóme – Hear Them Calling5114
17flag_Bosnia-Herzegovina_icoBosnia & HerzegovinaDalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala – Ljubav Je10411
18flag_Malta_icoMaltaIra Losco – Walk on Water2093

Semi-Final 2

  CountryPerformer – SongPointsPlace
01flag_Latvia_icoLatviaJusts – Heartbeat1328
02flag_Poland_icoPolandMichał Szpak – Color Of Your Life1516
03flag_Switzerland_icoSwitzerlandRykka – The Last Of Our Kind2818
04flag_Israel_icoIsraelHovi Star – Made Of Stars1477
05flag_Belarus_icoBelarusIvan – Help You Fly8412
06flag_Serbia_icoSerbiaSanja Vučič – Goodbye10510
07flag_Ireland_icoIrelandNicky Byrne – Sunlight4615
08flag_Macedonia_icoFYR MacedoniaKaliopi – Dona8811
09flag_Lithuania_icoLithuaniaDonny Montell – I’ve Been Waiting for This Night2224
10flag_Australia_icoAustraliaDami Im – Sound Of Silence3301
11flag_Slovenia_icoSloveniaManuElla – Blue And Red5714
12flag_Bulgaria_icoBulgariaPoli Genova – If Love Was A Crime2205
13flag_Denmark_icoDenmarkLighthouse X – Soldiers Of Love3417
14flag_Ukraine_icoUkraineJamala – 19442872
15flag_Norway_icoNorwayAgnete – Icebreaker6313
16flag_Georgia_icoGeorgiaNika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitas – Midnight Gold1239
17flag_Albania_icoAlbaniaEneda Tarifa – Fairytale4516
18flag_Belgium_icoBelgiumLaura – What’s The Pressure2743


  CountryPerformer – SongPointsPlace
01flag_Belgium_icoBelgiumLaura – What’s The Pressure18110
02flag_Czech-Republic_icoCzech RepublicGabriela Gunčíková – I Stand4125
03flag_Netherlands_icoThe NetherlandsDouwe Bob – Slow Down15311
04flag_Azerbaijan_icoAzerbaijanSamra Rahimli – Miracle11717
05flag_Hungary_icoHungaryFreddie – Pioneer10819
06flag_Italy_icoItalyFrancesca Michielin – No Degree Of Separation12416
07flag_Israel_icoIsraelHovi Star – Made Of Stars13514
08flag_Bulgaria_icoBulgariaPoli Genova – If Love Was A Crime3074
09flag_Sweden_icoSwedenFrans – If I Were Sorry2615
10flag_Germany_icoGermanyJamie-Lee Kriewitz – Ghost1126
11flag_France_icoFranceAmir – J’ai cherché2576
12flag_Poland_icoPolandMichał Szpak – Color Of Your Life2298
13flag_Australia_icoAustraliaDami Im – Sound Of Silence5112
14flag_Cyprus_icoCyprusMinus One – Alter Ego9621
15flag_Serbia_icoSerbiaSanja Vučič – Goodbye11518
16flag_Lithuania_icoLithuaniaDonny Montell – I’ve Been Waiting for This Night2009
17flag_Croatia_icoCroatiaNina Kraljić – Lighthouse7323
18flag_Russia_icoRussiaSergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One4913
19flag_Spain_icoSpainBarei – Say Yay!7722
20flag_Latvia_icoLatviaJusts – Heartbeat 13215
21flag_Ukraine_icoUkraineJamala – 19445341
22flag_Malta_icoMaltaIra Losco – Walk on Water15312
23flag_Georgia_icoGeorgiaNika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitas – Midnight Gold10420
24flag_Austria_icoAustriaZOË – Loin d’ici15113
25flag_United-Kingdom_icoUnited KingdomJoe and Jake – You’re Not Alone6224
26flag_Armenia_icoArmenia Iveta Mukuchyan – LoveWave2497


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.


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Semi-Final Allocation Draw 2016
SVT explain the new voting format
Stage Design

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