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The Sound Of Europe 6 was the 6th edition of the Sound Of Europe. It took place in Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary, following Hungary's victory with Gigi Radics and her song "Over You". This was the first time that Hungary hosted the contest. The 6th edition consisted of two semi-finals, which took place on 3 December 2015, and a final, held on 10 December 2015. The shows were presented by Wolf Kati and Viktor Kiraly while Oroszlan Szonja was hosting the green room. Forty-four countries participated in the 6th edition.

Once all the votes had been announced, based on 50% jury and 50% televoting, Israel won the contest, with Ishtar Alabina's song "Last Kiss".

Location Edit

Budapest is the capital and most populous city of Hungary, one of the largest cities in the European Union and sometimes described as the primate city of Hungary. It has an area of 525 square kilometres (203 square miles) and a population of about 1.8 million within the administrative limits in 2016. It is both a city and county, and forms the centre of the Budapest Metropolitan Area, which has an area of 7,626 square kilometres (2,944 square miles) and a population of 3.3 million, comprising 33 percent of the population of Hungary. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the Danube river with the unification of Buda and Óbuda on the west bank, with Pest on the east bank on November 17, 1873.

Venue Edit

The contest took place in Groupama Arena in Budapest, following Hungary's victory at the 5th edition of the contest in Paris with the song "Over You", performed by Gigi Radics. The Groupama Arena has a capacity of approximately 23,698 attendees. Groupama Arena is the second largest stadium in Hungary after Ferenc Puskás Stadium and it is the home venue of one of the most famous sports club in Hungary, Ferencvárosi TC. The stadium lies on the ground of Albert Flórián Stadium, the club's former stadium, which was demolished in 2013.

Format Edit

The edition consisted of two semi-finals and a final. The ten countries with the highest scores in all 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 orderEdit

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.

PresentersEdit

On 20 September 2015, MTV announced that Wolf Kati and Viktor Kiraly were the hosts of the 6th edition. Oroszlan Szonja was also chosen as host of the green room.

National host broadcasterEdit

During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster MTV and CBU (Contest Broadcasting Union) in 24 November 2015, 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

45 countries will participate in the edition. The edition consisted of two semi-finals with 20 countries, from which the 10 with the highest scores qualified, and a final. Two countries returned to the contest; San Marino and Sweden, who last took part in the 4th edition, returned to the contest after a one-edition break.However, one country withdrew from the edition; Cyprus, due to the big cost of the participation.

Big 5 Edit

Country Artist Song Language
Hungary Hungary Antal Timi Elég Hungarian
United Kingdom United Kingdom Fleur East Sax English
Sweden Sweden Mariette If Only I Can English
Romania Romania Inna Yalla English, Arabic  
Portugal Portugal Rosa Negra   Fado Ladino   Portuguese

Results Edit

Semi-final 1 Edit

20 countries took part in the first semi-final. The ten songs in places 1 to 10 qualified for the final and are marked in orange. Hungary, United Kingdom and Romania voted from the Big 5.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Austria Austria GuGabriel Salvation 3 90
02 Russia Russia Alex Sparrow Sumasshedshaya 8 71
03 Poland Poland Honey Sabotaz 12 53
04 San Marino San Marino Giorgia Quando Una Stella Muore 11 57
05 Bulgaria Bulgaria Anelia Iskam Te Poludyavam 16 30
06 Monaco Monaco Louane Nos Secrets 9 66
07 Slovakia Slovakia Celeste Buckingham I'm Not Sorry 7 71
08 Belgium Belgium Elisa Tovati ft. Tom Dice Il Nous Faut 4 85
09 Latvia Latvia Aminata Savadogo Leave My Love Bleeding 14 53
10 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Emin ft. Olivia Culpo Amor 6 79
11 Turkey Turkey Hadise Biz Burdayiz 15 50
12 Iceland Iceland Hera Björk Because You Can 5 85
13 Malta Malta Ira Losco The Way It's Meant To Be 2 105
14 Finland Finland Jenni Vartiainen Ihmisten Edessä 13 53
15 Armenia Armenia Tess Bell Stress 10 65
16 Norway Norway Fender Heist ft. Frôder Fighter 1 140
17 Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Damir Imamović ft. Sevdah Hajrija 17 22
18 FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Darko Ilievski ft. Magdalena Pepel 19 15
19 Georgia Georgia Debi Gogochurebi Mountain Song 18 21

Semi-final 2 Edit

20 countries took part in the second semi-final. The ten songs in places 1 to 10 qualified for the final and are marked in orange. Hungary, Sweden and Portugal voted from the Big 5.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Montenegro Montenegro Edita I've Come To Life 11 61
02 Denmark Denmark Amaranthe Drop Dead Cynical 8 70
03 Ukraine Ukraine Sasha Ray Bol Ljubov 10 66
04 Germany Germany Cascada Everytime We Touch 4 81
05 Spain Spain Natalia Jiménez Creo En Mi 3 82
06 Israel Israel Ishtar Alabina Last Kiss 5 76
07 Slovenia Slovenia Eva Boto Na Kožo Pisana 13 56
08 Moldova Moldova Dan Balan Funny Love 20 39
09 Serbia Serbia Petra Kovacevic Buka Galama 2 92
10 Greece Greece Carte Postale Rio 9 69
11 Estonia Estonia Kerli Army Of Love 12 56
12 Czech Republic Czech Republic Verona Ztracená Bloudím 18 42
13 Belarus Belarus Alyona Lanskaya Speak 14 51
14 Italy Italy Chiara Straordinario 1 104
15 Netherlands Netherlands Sharon Doorson Electrify 7 74
16 Ireland Ireland Markus Feehily Butterfly 16 46
17 France France Mylène Farmer Bleu Noir 15 51
18 Lithuania Lithuania Evelina Anusauskaitė Alone 6 75
19 Croatia Croatia Jelena Rozga Tsunami 19 40
20 Albania Albania Rona Nishliu & Zana Jaha Zonja Vdekje 17 45

Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 United Kingdom United Kingdom Fleur East Sax 9 110
02 Italy Italy Chiara Straordinario 4 129
03 Ukraine Ukraine Sasha Ray Bol Ljubi 20 80
04 Belgium Belgium Elisa Tovati ft. Tom Dice Il Nous Faut 17 91
05 Norway Norway Fender Heist feat. Frôder Fighter 5 125
06 Germany Germany Cascada Everytime We Touch 3 153
07 Malta Malta Ira Losco The Way It's Meant To Be 10 108
08 Russia Russia Alex Sparrow Sumasshedshaya 11 103
09 Spain Spain Natalia Jiménez Creo En Mi 2 156
10 Lithuania Lithuania Evelina Anusauskaitė Alone 22 78
11 Israel Israel Ishtar Alabina Last Kiss 1 166
12 Greece Greece Carte Postale Rio 6 124
13 Austria Austria GuGabriel Salvation 8 111
14 Armenia Armenia Tess Bell Stress 16 92
15 Hungary Hungary Antal Timi Elég 24 55
16 Denmark Denmark Amaranthe Drop Dead Cynical 19 82
17 Monaco Monaco Louane Nos Secrets 12 101
18 Serbia Serbia Petra Kovacevic Buka Galama 14 95
19 Romania Romania Inna Yalla 7 122
20 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Emin ft. Olivia Culpo Amor 25 51
21 Iceland Iceland Hera Björk Because You Can 15 95
22 Portugal Portugal Rosa Negra Fado Latino 21 79
23 Sweden Sweden Mariette If Only I Can 23 62
24 Slovakia Slovakia Celeste Buckingham I'm Not Sorry 13 100
25 Netherlands Netherlands Sharon Doorson Electrify 18 84

Other countries Edit

Andorra Andorra - Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) announced that the country would not participate in the 6th edition of the Sound Of Europe.

Cyprus Cyprus - CyBC announced the country's withdrawal from the contest because of the big cost associated with the participation.

Incidents Edit

Swiss disqualification Edit

Switzerland with "Together Forever" by Eliane was DSQ, because the song was released prior the submission deadline set by CBU. This lead to Switzerland's disqualification. Switzerland was placed in the 1st semi-final.