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The Sound Of Europe 9 was the 9th edition of the Sound Of Europe. It took place in O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, following Czech Republic's victory in the 8th edition with Gabriela Gunčíková and her song "Černý Anděl". This was the first time that Czech Republic hosted the contest. The 9th edition consisted of two semi-finals, which took place on 18 June 2016, and a final, held on 2 July 2016. The shows were presented by Václav Bárta and Marta Jandová while Gabriela Gunčíková was hosting the green room. Forty-seven countries participated in the 9th edition.

Once all the votes had been announced, based on 50% jury and 50% televoting, Denmark won the contest, with 's song "Final Song".

Location Edit

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the 14th largest city in the European Union. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river, the city is home to about 1.26 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million. The city has a temperate climate, with warm summers and chilly winters.

Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe with waxing and waning fortunes during its history. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia and the main residence of several Holy Roman Emperors, most notably of Charles IV (r. 1346–1378). It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years' War, and in 20th-century history as the capital of Czechoslovakia, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era.

Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The city boasts more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. An extensive modern public transportation system connects the city. Also, it is home to a wide range of public and private schools, including Charles University in Prague, the oldest university in Central Europe.

Prague is classified as an "Alpha-" global city according to GaWC studies. Prague ranked sixth in the Tripadvisor world list of best destinations in 2016. Its rich history makes it a popular tourist destination, and the city receives more than 6.4 million international visitors annually, as of 2014. Prague is the fifth most visited European city after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome.

Venue Edit

The contest took place in O2 Arena in Prague, following Czech Republic's victory at the 8th edition of the contest in Turin with the song "Černý Anděl", performed by Gabriela Gunčíková. O2 Arena has a capacity of approximately 18,000 attendees. It is a multi-purpose arena and it is home to HC Sparta Prague of the Czech Extraliga and is the second-largest ice hockey arena in Europe. O2 Arena has hosted important sporting events such as the European Athletics Indoor Championships, two Ice Hockey World Championships (2004, 2015), the Euroleague Final Four 2006, the World Floorball Championship, the Davis Cup finals, as well as a handful of NHL and KHL games, including the 2014 Gagarin Cup final. It can also host stage shows, such as concerts, and other large-scale events.

Format Edit

The edition consisted of two semi-finals and a final. The ten 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 28 May 2016, ČT announced that Václav Bárta and Marta Jandová were the hosts of the 9th edition. Gabriela Gunčíková , 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 ČT 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 participated in the edition. This was the biggest number of participants ever in the contest. The edition consisted of two semi-finals with 21 countries, from which the 10 with the highest scores qualified to the final. Australia was the country which made its debut in the contest. Andorra returned to the contest after a five-edition break. None country withdrew from the contest.

Big 5 Edit

Country Artist Song Language
Czech Republic Czech Republic Ewa Farna Na Ostrzu Polish
United Kingdom United Kingdom Bring Me The Horizon Sleepwalking English
Italy Italy Laura Pausini feat. James Blunt Primavera In Anticipo Italian, English
France France Greg June We Can Never Talk English
Greece Greece The FaDe Won't Let Go English

Results Edit

Semi-final 1 Edit

21 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. Czech Republic, United Kingdom and Italy voted from the Big 5.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Switzerland Switzerland Kat Graham Power 12 61
02 Romania Romania Alexandra Stan & Havana Ecoute 3 102
03 Turkey Turkey Aynur Aydin Measure Up 8 78
04 Israel Israel Nadav Guedj Summer Together 15 47
05 Cyprus Cyprus Giorgos Papadopoulos Soma Me Soma 13 58
06 Denmark Denmark Final Song 1 133
07 Moldova Moldova Radu Sirbu ft. Sianna Rain Falling Down 18 34
08 Finland Finland Anna Abreu Bandana 16 46
09 Austria Austria Johnny Summerville Radiant 5 82
10 Monaco Monaco Sasha Alive 2 131
11 Spain Spain Pablo Alborán Pasos De Cero 11 63
12 Portugal Portugal Dulce Pontes & George Dalaras O Mare E Tu 21 12
13 Germany Germany Beyond The Black Lost In Forever 6 80
14 Armenia Armenia Silva Hakobyan De Gna 19 24
15 Belarus Belarus Anastasia Vinnikova One Life 4 101
16 Slovakia Slovakia Katarína Knechtová Bezpečné Priepasti 14 56
17 Belgium Belgium Sylver Turn The Ride 20 21
18 Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Pamela Ramljak & Dzenan Ne Govori Mi To 9 73
19 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Aygun Kazimova & Snoop Dog Coffee From Colombia 17 44
20 Latvia Latvia Markus Riva Take Me Away 10 67
21 Malta Malta Ira Losco Haunted By Love 7 79

Semi-final 2 Edit

21 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. Czech Republic, France and Greece voted from the Big 5.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Norway Norway Maria Mena Homeless 5 94
02 Montenegro Montenegro Boban Rajovic ft. Anabela  Preventiva 12 62
03 Hungary Hungary Viktor Kiraly Way Back Home 16 46
04 Australia Australia Darren Hayes Black Out The Sun 10 65
05 Albania Albania Samanta Karavello Falling 2 101
06 Netherlands Netherlands Waylon Love Drunk 9 66
07 Iceland Iceland Yohanna Indian Rope Trick 15 51
08 Poland Poland Marta Bijan Mowiles 8 73
09 Bulgaria Bulgaria Iskra Milkova I Have An Angel 6 79
10 Serbia Serbia Zeljko Joksimovic Ludak Kao Ja 13 55
11 Ireland Ireland Sinead O'Connor No Man's Woman 17 39
12 Croatia Croatia Luminize Get It Back 7 78
13 Russia Russia Nyusha Gde Ti Tam Ya 11 63
14 Lithuania Lithuania Fanatico ft. Ameja Keep A Fight 14 55
15 Andorra Andorra Alvaro Soler Sofia 1 105
16 Sweden Sweden Lisa Ajax Give Me That 4 97
17 Estonia Estonia Laura Põldvere 2020 18 33
18 San Marino San Marino Il Volo Si Me Falta Tu Mirada 3 99
19 Ukraine Ukraine Real O Muzhchiny Lyubyat Glazami 21 13
20 Georgia Georgia Valery Meladze Nebesa 20 30
21 Slovenia Slovenia Alya Car 19 30

Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Germany Germany Beyond The Black Lost In Forever 5 142
02 Belarus Belarus Anastasia Vinnikova One Life 17 80
03 Sweden Sweden Lisa Ajax Give Me That 8 120
04 Norway Norway Maria Mena Homeless 4 158
05 Malta Malta Ira Losco Haunted By Love 18 78
06 San Marino San Marino Il Volo Si Me Falta Tu Mirada 7 121
07 Netherlands Netherlands Waylon Love Drunk 9 119
08 Greece Greece The FaDe Won't Let Go 12 110
09 Bulgaria Bulgaria Iskra Milkova I Have An Angel 21 71
10 Albania Albania Samanta Karavello Falling 6 134
11 Austria Austria Johnny Summerville Radiant 19 77
12 Italy Italy Laura Pausini & James Blunt Primavera In Anticipo 25 37
13 Denmark Denmark Final Song 1 207
14 Croatia Croatia Luminize Get It Back 16 81
15 Latvia Latvia Markus Riva Take Me Away 22 65
16 Australia Australia Darren Hayes Black Out The Sun 20 76
17 United Kingdom United Kingdom Bring Me The Horizon Sleepwalking 24 46
18 Poland Poland Marta Bijan Mowiles 15 83
19 Czech Republic Czech Republic Ewa Farna Na Ostrzu 23 47
20 Romania Romania Alexandra Stan & Havana Ecoute 14 89
21 France France Greg June We Can Never Talk 10 117
22 Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Pamela Ramljak & Dzenan Ne Govori Mi To 13 95
23 Monaco Monaco Sasha Alive 3 164
24 Turkey Turkey Aynur Aydin Measure Up 11 111
25 Andorra Andorra Alvaro Soler Sofia 2 182

Other countries Edit

Active CBU members Edit

  • FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia - MRT announced that the country would not return in the 9th edition of the Sound Of Europe.