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The Sound Of Europe 7 was the 7th edition of the Sound Of Europe. It took place in Menora Mivtachim Arena, Tel Aviv, Israel, following Israel's victory with Ishtar Alabina and her song "Last Kiss". This was the first time that Israel hosted the contest. The 7th edition consisted of two semi-finals, which took place on 27 January 2016, and a final, held on 3 February 2016. The shows were presented by Dana International and Nadav Guedj while Mei Finegold was hosting the green room. Forty-six countries participated in the 7th edition.

Croatia, with "Lozinka Za Raj" by Zeljko Vasic & Nina Badric, and Ukraine, with "Wild Child" by Elen Levon, were disqualified because the jury members of from both countries did not send their votes until the deadline. They were both placed in the 1st semi-final.

Once all the votes had been announced, based on 50% jury and 50% televoting, Italy won the contest, with Annalisa's song "Senza Riserva".

Location Edit

Tel Aviv or Tel Aviv-Yafo, is the second most populous city in Israel, behind Jerusalem, with a population of 414,600. Tel Aviv forms part of the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area, also known as Gush Dan, which constitutes Israel's largest metropolitan area so as to house 3,464,100 residents, 42% of the country's population. Tel Aviv-Yafo is the largest and most populous section of the metropolitan area.

The city is located on the Mediterranean coast in central-west Israel and is governed by the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality, headed by Ron Huldai. Tel Aviv is home to many foreign embassies. Residents of Tel Aviv are referred to as Tel Avivim or by the singulars: Tel Avivi (for males) and Tel Avivit (for females).

Tel Aviv was founded by the Jewish community on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa (Hebrew: יָפוֹ Yafo) in 1909. Immigration by mostly Jewish refugees meant that the growth of Tel Aviv soon outpaced Jaffa's, which had a majority Arab population at the time. Tel Aviv and Jaffa were merged into a single municipality in 1950, two years after the establishment of the State of Israel. Tel Aviv's White City, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, comprises the world's largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings.

Tel Aviv is a global city, a technological and economic hub, home to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, corporate offices and research and development centers. It is the country's financial capital and a major performing arts and business center. Tel Aviv has the second-largest economy in the Middle East after Dubai, and is the 31st most expensive city in the world. With 2.5 million international visitors annually, Tel Aviv is the fifth-most-visited city in the Middle East. Known as "The City that Never Sleeps" and a "party capital", it has a lively nightlife, dynamic atmosphere and a famous 24-hour culture.

Venue Edit

The contest took place in Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, following Israel's victory at the 6th edition of the contest in Budapest with the song "Last Kiss", performed by Ishtar Alabina. The Menora Mivtachim Arena has a capacity of approximately 10,383 attendees. The arena is home to the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball club, a member of the Maccabi Tel Aviv sports club. It is a large multi-purpose sports arena in southern Tel Aviv, Israel. It is one of the major sporting facilities in the Greater Tel Aviv Area.

Format Edit

The edition consisted of two semi-finals and a final. The ten countries with the highest scores in 1st semi-final qualified to the final while the eleven with the highest scores qualified to the final from the 2nd semi-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 December 2015, IBA announced that Dana International and Nadav Guedj were the hosts of the 7th edition. Mei Finegold was also chosen as host of the green room.

National host broadcaster Edit

During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster IBA and CBU (Contest Broadcasting Union) in 24 December 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

46 countries will participate in the edition. The edition consisted of two semi-finals with 20 and 21 countries, from which the 10 and 11 respectively with the highest scores qualified, and a final. One country returned to the contest; Cyprus, who last took part in the 5th edition, returned to the contest after a one-edition break.

Big 5 Edit

Country Artist Song Language
Israel Israel The Young Professionals Be With You Tonight English
United Kingdom United Kingdom Little Mix DNA English
Russia Russia Polina Gagarina Ya Ne Budu Russian
Netherlands Netherlands Sharon Doorson High On Your Love English
Norway Norway Carina Dahl It Gets Better English

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. Israel, United Kingdom and Norway voted from the Big 5.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Estonia Estonia Tanja Forevermore 4 95
02 Denmark Denmark Christopher Tulips 9 58
03 Iceland Iceland Rok Find A Better Man 7 76
04 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Nigar Jamal feat. Berksan Herhalde 10 57
05 Germany Germany Madeline Juno Error 2 99
06 Latvia Latvia Ēnas Seven 12 37
07 FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Bobi L$D 18 15
08 Romania Romania Edward Maya ft. Vika Jigulina Desert Rain 8 73
09 Armenia Armenia Armenchik & Francesca Kiss Me 6 77
10 Malta Malta Kelly Schembri Kleptomaniac 13 32
11 Montenegro Montenegro Edita The Key 5 90
12 Albania Albania Poni feat. 2 Step Dale 14 27
13 Lithuania Lithuania Aiste Smilgeviciute Baltas Brolis 17 19
14 Moldova Moldova Nicoleta Nuca Nu Sunt 1 111
15 Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Dino Merlin & Zeljko Joksimovic Supermen 15 22
16 Slovakia Slovakia Kristina Life Is A Game 3 95
17 Czech Republic Czech Republic Tereza Kerndlová Schody Z Nebe 16 21
18 Bulgaria Bulgaria Maria Ilieva Sama 11 53

Semi-final 2 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. Israel, Russia and Netherlands voted from the Big 5.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Switzerland Switzerland Rykka Movies 5 92
02 Finland Finland Suvi Teräsniska Vaiettu Rakkaus 7 78
03 Belarus Belarus Angelica Agurbash River 14 46
04 Spain Spain Romain Ughetto Pleure 4 102
05 Ireland Ireland The Corrs Runaway 13 55
06 Hungary Hungary Tolvai Reni Playdate 17 37
07 Italy Italy Annalisa Senza Riserva 1 113
08 Slovenia Slovenia Maja Keuc Tako Lepo Mi Je 20 19
09 Spain Spain Chambao Papeles Mojados 10 73
10 Serbia Serbia Jovana ft. Marija Serifovic Nismo Smeli 6 82
11 Turkey Turkey Serhat feat. Viktor Lazlo Total Disguise 16 42
12 Belgium Belgium Kate Ryan I Surrender 11 70
13 Portugal Portugal Kika ft. Andreas Wijk Can't Feel Love Tonight 2 112
14 Monaco Monaco Alizée Blonde 18 32
15 Greece Greece Giannis Haroulis & Natassa Bofiliou Koita Ego 12 56
16 Sweden Sweden Loreen I'm In It With You 8 77
17 Georgia Georgia Ivana Melai ft. Nodiko & Datuna Ia Lublu Gruzina 21 5
18 Poland Poland Lider Dance Dlaczego Tak Już Jest 15 43
19 Cyprus Cyprus Ivi Adamou Sose Me (Lights On) 9 73
20 San Marino San Marino Valentina Monetta Il Fiume 19 20
21 Austria Austria Como Hallelujah 3 107

Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Romania Romania Edward Maya ft. Vika Jigulina Desert Rain 5 141
02 Germany Germany Madeline Juno Error 10 110
03 Finland Finland Suvi Teräsniska Vaiettu Rakkaus 20 70
04 Cyprus Cyprus Ivi Adamou Sose Me (Lights On) 21 68
05 Russia Russia Polina Gagarina Ya Ne Budu 19 74
06 Italy Italy Annalisa Senza Riserva 1 173
07 Slovakia Slovakia Kristina Life Is A Game 17 81
08 Moldova Moldova Nicoleta Nuca Nu Sunt 7 126
09 Portugal Portugal Kika ft. Andreas Wijk Can't Feel Love Tonight 4 145
10 Israel Israel The Young Professionals Be With You Tonight 14 99
11 Estonia Estonia Tanja Forevermore 15 93
12 Denmark Denmark Christopher Tulips 25 46
13 Austria Austria Como Hallelujah 18 79
14 Serbia Serbia Jovana ft. Marija Serifovic Nismo Smeli 11 107
15 United Kingdom United Kingdom Little Mix DNA 3 148
16 Montenegro Montenegro Edita The Key 13 100
17 Armenia Armenia Armenchik ft. Francesca Kiss Me 23 50
18 Spain Spain Chambao Papeles Mojados 9 114
19 Switzerland Switzerland Rykka Movies 2 153
20 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Nigar Jamal ft. Berksan Herhalde 24 49
21 Belgium Belgium Kate Ryan I Surrender 22 56
22 Netherlands Netherlands Sharon Doorson High On Your Love 16 87
23 France France Romain Ughetto Pleure 12 101
24 Sweden Sweden Loreen I'm In It With You 8 118
25 Iceland Iceland Rok Find A Better Man 6 137
26 Norway Norway Carina Dahl It Gets Better 26 27

Other countries Edit

  • Andorra Andorra - Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) announced that the country would not participate in the 7th edition of the Sound Of Europe.