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The Sound Of Europe 11 was the 11th edition of the Sound Of Europe. It took place in Republican Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia, following Armenia's victory in the 10th edition with Lucy and her song "Turn Around". This was the first time that Armenia hosted the contest. The 11th edition consisted of two semi-finals, which took place on 4 December 2016, and a final, held on 14 December 2016. The shows were presented by Aram MP3 and Eva Rivas while Lucy was hosting the green room. Forty-seven countries participated in the 11th edition.

Once all the votes had been announced, based on 50% jury and 50% televoting, Australia won the contest, with Delta Goodrem's song "Wings".

Location Edit

Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia, as well as one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. It has been the capital since 1918, the thirteenth in the history of Armenia, and the seventh located in or around the Ararat plain.

The history of Yerevan dates back to the 8th century BC, with the founding of the fortress of Erebuni in 782 BC by king Argishti I at the western extreme of the Ararat plain. Erebuni was "designed as a great administrative and religious centre, a fully royal capital." During the centuries long Iranian rule over Eastern Armenia that lasted from the early 16th century up to 1828, it was the center of Iran's Erivan khanate administrative division from 1736. In 1828, it became part of Imperial Russia alongside the rest of Eastern Armenia which conquered it from Iran through the Russo-Persian War between 1826 and 1828. After World War I, Yerevan became the capital of the First Republic of Armenia as thousands of survivors of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire settled in the area. The city expanded rapidly during the 20th century as Armenia became part of the Soviet Union. In a few decades, Yerevan was transformed from a provincial town within the Russian Empire, to Armenia's principal cultural, artistic, and industrial center, as well as becoming the seat of national government.

With the growth of the economy of the country, Yerevan has been undergoing major transformation as many parts of the city have been the recipient of new construction since the early 2000s, and retail outlets as much as restaurants, shops, and street cafes, which were rare during Soviet times, have multiplied.

As of 2011, the population of Yerevan was 1,060,138, just over 35% of the Republic of Armenia's total population. According to the official estimate of 2016, the current population of the city is 1,073,700.

Yerevan was named the 2012 World Book Capital by UNESCO. Yerevan is an associate member of Eurocities.

Format Edit

The edition consisted of two semi-finals and a final. The eleven countries with the highest scores in both semi-finals qualified to the final.

Each participating country had their own national jury, which consisted of five professional members of the music industry. Each member of a respective nation's jury was required to rank every song, except that of their own country. The voting results from each member of a particular nation's jury were combined to produce an overall ranking from first to last place. Likewise, the televoting results were also interpreted as a full ranking, taking into account the full televoting result rather than just the top ten. The combination of the jury's full ranking and the televote's full ranking produced an overall ranking of all competing entries. The song which scored the highest overall rank received 12 points, while the tenth-best ranked song received 1 point.

Running order Edit

The final running order of the competing performances at the semi-finals and the final were decided by the producer of the show and approved by the Executive Producer, the Executive Supervisor, the CBU and the Reference Group.

Presenters Edit

On 20 March 2016, DR announced that Aram MP3 and Eva Rivas were the hosts of the 11th edition. Lucy, last edition's winner, was also chosen as host of the green room.

National host broadcaster Edit

During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster AMPTV and CBU (Contest Broadcasting Union), the representatives of the core organising team were selected. Merfi Amadeus was announced as the executive producer and Kostas Bouris as the executive supervisor.

Participants Edit

47 countries will participate in the 10th edition. The edition consisted of two semi-finals with 21 countries, from which the 11 with the highest scores qualified to the final. The FYR Macedonia returned to the contest, but Georgia withdrew for the second time.

Big 5 Edit

Country Artist Song Language
Armenia Armenia Tamar Kaprelian New Day English
United Kingdom United Kingdom The Saturdays What About Us English
Italy Italy Modà feat. Emma Come In Un Film Italian
Latvia Latvia Masha Mr. Presley English
Ireland Ireland Markus Feehily Love Is A Drug English

Results Edit

Semi-final 1 Edit

21 countries took part in the first semi-final. The eleven songs in places 1 to 11 qualified for the final and are marked in orange. Armenia, United Kingdom and Itay voted from the Big 5.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Australia Australia Delta Goodrem Wings 1 141
02 Czech Republic Czech Republic Zella Day Hypnotic 2 136
03 Russia Russia Maxim Fadeev ft Nargiz Vdvoyem 7 90
04 Ukraine Ukraine Max Barskih Nebo 5 95
05 Turkey Turkey Demet Akalin Hayalet 17 37
06 Slovakia Slovakia Nela So In Love 13 48
07 Greece Greece Stavento ft Melina Nero Ke Homa 9 64
08 Sweden Sweden NEXX Synchronize Lips 11 52
09 San Marino San Marino In-Grid Mamma Mia 14 46
10 Serbia Serbia Sasa Kovacevic Temperatura 15 44
11 Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina SMS Dva Svijeta 21 23
12 France France Zaz On Ira 10 61
13 Denmark Denmark Mads Langer You're Not Alone 18 35
14 FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Kanita Suma No one can stop me now 3 100
15 Belgium Belgium Gotye Bronte 16 38
16 Estonia Estonia Liis Lemsalu Breaking The Rules 8 78
17 Andorra Andorra Trobar De Morte Song Of The Stones 12 50
18 Slovenia Slovenia Matjaz Kumelj Kemija 19 33
19 Israel Israel Chen Aharoni Crazy 6 91
20 Malta Malta The Beangrowers Not in a million lovers 20 32
21 Germany Germany Sarah Connor Bedingungslos 4 98

Semi-final 2 Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Lithuania Lithuania GJan One More Drink 4 100
02 Belarus Belarus Alexander Rybak Into A Fantasy 16 38
03 Norway Norway A-ha Lifelines 10 73
04 Moldova Moldova Nelly Ciobanu Tu Iubire 19 28
05 Romania Romania Antonia Iacobescu Jameia 9 74
06 Cyprus Cyprus Atoutaleme Band Striftaria 13 49
07 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Nurlan Tehmezli Toxun 20 23
08 Portugal Portugal Dulce Pontes Lagrima 8 75
09 Spain Spain Pablo Alborán Quién 3 105
10 Albania Albania Era Istrefi Njo Si Ti 15 41
11 Iceland Iceland Ásgeir In Harmony 17 35
12 Hungary Hungary Tolvai Reni Shout 5 100
13 Finland Finland Tarja Until My Last Breath 7 88
14 Switzerland Switzerland Jaël Shuffle The Cards 1 120
15 Montenegro Montenegro Andrea Demirovic Posveta 21 22
16 Poland Poland Grzegorz Hyzy Pod Wiatr 6 93
17 Austria Austria Camo & Krooked ft Ayah Cross The Line 14 45
18 Croatia Croatia Franka Batelic Ruza U Kamenu 18 32
19 Netherlands Netherlands Afrojack ft Spree Wilson The Spark 12 67
20 Monaco Monaco Jain Come 2 113
21 Bulgaria Bulgaria Brian Cross ft Leah LaBelle Shotgun 11 71

Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Ukraine Ukraine Max Barskih Nebo 7 118
02 Hungary Hungary Tolvai Reni Shout 17 90
03 Monaco Monaco Jain Come 13 104
04 Italy Italy Modà feat. Emma Come In Un Film 21 73
05 Israel Israel Chen Aharoni Crazy 5 127
06 Germany Germany Sarah Connor Bedingungslos 6 122
07 Switzerland Switzerland Jaël Shuffle The Cards 11 110
08 Armenia Armenia Tamar Kaprelian New Day 12 105
09 Finland Finland Tarja Until My Last Breath 19 81
10 Australia Australia Delta Goodrem Wings 1 189
11 Latvia Latvia Masha Mr. Presley 24 53
12 Russia Russia Maxim Fadeev ft Nargiz Vdvoyem 4 128
13 Bulgaria Bulgaria Brian Cross ft Leah LaBelle Shotgun 15 99
14 Sweden Sweden NEXX Synchronize Lips 26 47
15 Czech Republic Czech Republic Zella Day Hypnotic 2 165
16 United Kingdom United Kingdom The Saturdays What About Us 27 39
17 Greece Greece Stavento ft Melina Nero Ke Homa 3 140
18 Spain Spain Pablo Alborán Quién 10 110
19 FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Kanita Suma No one can stop me now 14 102
20 Norway Norway A-ha Lifelines 20 77
21 Ireland Ireland Markus Feehily Love Is A Drug 8 114
22 Estonia Estonia Liis Lemsalu Breaking The Rules 25 49
23 Romania Romania Antonia Iacobescu Jameia 23 63
24 Lithuania Lithuania GJan One More Drink 18 90
25 Portugal Portugal Dulce Pontes Lagrima 22 67
26 Poland Poland Grzegorz Hyzy Pod Wiatr 16 92
27 France France Zaz On Ira 9 114

Other countries Edit

  • Georgia Georgia - GPB announced the country's withdrawal from the contest, stating that the cost of participation is too high, and also due to the disappointing results.