North Vision Song Contest 18
Break Out
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Dates
PQR date 20 February 2016
Semi-final 1 date 12 March 2016
Semi-final 2 date 19 March 2016
Final date 23 April 2016
Host
Venue Forest National
Brussels, Belgium
Presenter(s) An Lemmens
Maureen Louys
Broadcaster VRT
Opening act Semi-final 1: Kate Ryan performing a medley of songs
Semi-final 2: Loïc Nottet performing his song "Rhythm Inside"
Final: Selah Sue performing an acoustic version of "Fear Nothing"
Interval act Semi-final 1: Billie Leyers performing her song "I Will Never (igidigidaga)"
Semi-final 2: Lasgo, Milki Inc. and Sylver performing "Insomnia"
Final: K3 performing a medley of their songs
Participants
Entries 51
Debuting Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt
Returning Flag of Albania.png Albania
Flag of Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
Flag of Israel.png Israel
Flag of Luxembourg.png Luxembourg
Flag of Montenegro.png Montenegro
Withdrawing Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria
Flag of France.png France
Flag of Monaco.png Monaco
Flag of Netherlands.png Netherlands
Voting
System Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favorite songs
Null points None
Winner Flag of Italy.png Italy
"No Hero"
North Vision Song Contest
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North Vision Song Contest 18, often referred to as NVSC 18 was the 18th edition of the North Vision Song Contest. It was held in Brussels, Belgium after Selah Sue won the seventeenth edition with her song "Fear Nothing". It was the first time that Belgium hosted the contest. VRT chose Forest National to serve as the host venue for the edition while An Lemmens and Maureen Louys were selected as the presenters.

Fifty-one countries participated in the edition with Egypt making their debut appearance. Albania, the Czech Republic, Israel, Luxembourg and Montenegro returned to the competition after their one edition absence while Bulgaria, France, Monaco and the Netherlands announced their withdrawal from the edition each for different reasons.

Italy was the winner of the edition with the song "No Hero" performed by Elisa which got 186 points. This was the second time after the twelfth edition that there was a tie between the winner and the runner-up. Andorra finished as the runner-up according the tie-breaking rules. Norway finished on third place while Iceland and Estonia completed the top six of the edition. It was the first edition since the twelfth edition that no countries of the big 6 finished in the top 6 with Belgium, who finished thirteenth, achieving the best place from the big 6.

Location

Brussels, officially the Brussels-Capital Region, is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels which is the capital of Belgium, the French Community of Belgium, and the Flemish Community. The region has a population of 1.2 million and a metropolitan area with a population of over 1.8 million, the largest in Belgium.

Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a major centre for international politics and has become the polyglot home of numerous international organisations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants. Brussels is the de facto capital (or one of three capitals including Luxembourg and Strasbourg) of the European Union as it hosts a number of principal EU institutions. The secretariat of the Benelux and the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are also located in Brussels.

Historically a Dutch-speaking city, it has seen a major shift to French from the late 19th century onwards. Today the majority language is French, and the Brussels-Capital Region is an officially bilingual enclave within the Flemish Region. All road signs, street names, and many advertisements and services are shown in both languages. Brussels is increasingly becoming multilingual with increasing numbers of migrants, expatriates and minority groups speaking their own languages.

Bidding phase

Locations of the candidate cities. The chosen city is marked in red.

One day after their victory, Belgium announced that there would be a bidding phase for the selection of the host city. The bidding phase kicked off on 28 January 2016 with two cities applying to be the host of the edition: Hasselt applied with the Ethias Arena with a capacity of 21,000 while Antwerp submitted the Lotto Arena with a capacity of 8,000. On 30 January 2016, it was announced that two more venues joined the bidding phase. The first was the Forest National located in the capital city, Brussels which can hold up to 8,000 people. The other venue was the Sportpaleis with a capacity of 23,001, making it the second venue from Antwerp to join the bidding phase.

The host city was revealed to be Brussels along with the theme presentation on 31 January 2016.

Key   Template:If empty   Host venue

City Venue Capacity Notes
Antwerp Lotto Arena 8,000 Home venue for the Antwerp Giants basketball club.
Sportpaleis 23,001 Second most visited event hall in the world.
Brussels Forest National Template:If empty 8,000 Hosts indoor sporting events and music concerts.
Hasselt Ethias Arena 21,000 Hosted the 2005 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Format

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on 6 February 2016 at the Le Châtelain hotel in Brussels. As the pre-qualification round would take place after the draw, the spot for the two PQR qualifiers were drawn first. The big 6 countries were first drawn to determine in which semi-final each would country vote. Denmark, Poland and Turkey were drawn to vote in the first semi-final while Belgium, Slovakia and Slovenia were drawn to vote in the second semi-final. The rest of the thirty-eight countries were divided into six pots, based on their geographical place. Each time a country was drawn from the pot, its semi-final and half of the semi-final was determined. Spain was pre-allocated to perform in the second semi-final for scheduling reasons.

The six pots were the following:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Running order draw

The draw that determined the running order of the edition took place on 29 February 2016 at the Le Châtelain hotel in Brussels. Two countries from each semi-final and a big 6 country received a wildcard and could select their starting position at their half (first or second). Kazakhstan and Germany got the wildcards from the first semi-final, Finland and Andorra got the wildcards from the second semi-final while Slovakia got the wildcard of the big 6. During the running order draw, the semi-final of the pre-qualification round qualifiers were also determined. The running order draw for the semi-final qualifiers took place after the results of each semi-final with each of the qualifiers drawing their starting position.

Participating countries

     Countries in the first semi-final
     Countries voting in the first semi-final
     Countries in the second semi-final
     Countries voting in the second semi-final

Fifty-two countries participated in the edition. Five countries returned to the contest: Albania, Czech Republic, Israel, Luxembourg and Montenegro returned to the contest after their one-edition absences. Egypt also made their debut appearance in this edition.

Four countries, however, announced their withdrawal from the contest. France and the Netherlands cited the change of the Head of Delegation as the reason of their withdrawal. Both Bulgaria and Monaco originally confirmed their participation in the contest but later withdrew from the edition, the first due to strife within the broadcaster and the latter due to missing the songs deadline.

Returning artists

Arilena returns to represent Albania after her participation in the ninth edition. Maria Elena Kyriakou returns to the competition after also competing in the ninth edition. Meanwhile, Lora returns to represent Romania after singing for them six editions earlier. British singer Leona Lewis participated in the contest for the third time, after previously competing for Ireland in the third edition and for the United Kingdom in the fifteenth edition. German singer Madeline Juno returns to the contest after having represented Portugal in the sixth edition. After representing Finland as part of PMMP in the sixteenth edition, Vesala returned to represent her country as a solo singer. Sofi Mkheyan returns to the contest after previously represent Armenia in the fifth edition. Hungarian singer Joni represented Hungary for the second time after the eighth edition. Portuguese singers David Carreira and Ana Free both return to the competition, Carreira having previously represented the country in the tenth edition and Free having previously represented the country in the third edition. Klara Elias has previously taken part for Iceland as part of Nylon in the fourth edition and as part of The Charlies in the twelfth edition. Vintage are once again representing Russia after having done in the first edition.

Results

Pre-qualification round

Five countries participated in the ninth pre-qualification round. Belarus and Ukraine qualifed to the semi-finals, while Croatia, Latvia and Morocco were eliminated.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Croatia.png Croatia Željko Vasić & Ana Bebić "Jugoslavija" 3 41
02 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine Yuliya Dumanska "Probach" 2 50
03 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia Tommy U & Tob Luii feat. Adelly "Run" 5 36
04 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco Hindi Zahra "Any Story" 4 41
05 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus Meseda "Peresechenie" 1 60

Semi-final 1

Twenty-one countries participated in the first semi-final. Denmark, Poland and Turkey also voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Israel.png Israel A-WA "Habib Galbi" 18 23
02 Flag of Armenia.png Armenia Sofi Mkheyan "Hamadzayn Em" 10 80
03 Flag of Greece.png Greece Amaryllis "Gyrisa Selida" 14 38
04 Flag of United Kingdom.png United Kingdom Leona Lewis "Thunder" 11 65
05 Flag of Estonia.png Estonia Würffel "Burdened Sky" 1 123
06 Flag of San Marino.png San Marino Bianca Atzei "In un giorno di sole" 19 21
07 Flag of Luxembourg.png Luxembourg Unicq "Put It On" 12 56
08 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary Joni "Reverse the Rain" 20 17
09 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan Ayumi feat. Batyr "Hey-La" 4 111
10 Austria Austria La Rochelle Band "Rocket Man" 17 29
11 Flag of Portugal.png Portugal David Carreira feat. Ana Free "In Love" 21 11
12 Flag of Serbia.png Serbia Ivana Selakov "SOS" 13 43
13 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Jan Oliver "Dancing Alone" 3 112
14 Flag of Lebanon.png Lebanon Hiba Tawaji "Comme un symbole" 15 32
15 Iceland Iceland Gladius feat. Klara Elias "The Lunatics" 7 96
16 Flag of Macedonia.png North Macedonia Aleesia "Lullaby" 16 31
17 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden Violet Days "Screaming Colors" 8 92
18 Flag of Germany.png Germany Madeline Juno "Stupid Girl" 9 89
19 Algeria Algeria YADi "Guillotine" 5 107
20 Flag of Norway.png Norway MIIA "Dynasty" 2 115
21 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus Meseda "Peresechenie" 6 101

Semi-final 2

Twenty-one countries participated in the second semi-final. Belgium, Slovakia and Slovenia also voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg B&H Madita "September" 20 6
02 Flag of Italy.png Italy Elisa "No Hero" 5 104
03 Flag of Spain.png Spain Sara Serena "Duele decir adiós" 15 44
04 Flag of Albania.png Albania Arilena "Vegim" 10 70
05 Flag of Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein SEM "Hero" 16 44
06 Flag of Romania.png Romania Lora "Ne impotrivim" 2 118
07 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine Yuliya Dumanska "Probach" 11 68
08 Flag of Ireland.png Ireland Shane Filan & Nadine Coyle "I Could Be" 18 39
09 Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus Maria Elena Kyriakou "Horis Esena" 7 81
10 Flag of Montenegro.png Montenegro Milena Vucic "Gorim" 21 1
11 Flag of Finland.png Finland Vesala "Tequila" 1 122
12 Flag of Russia.png Russia Vintage feat. DJ M.E.G. & N.E.R.A.K. "Ya veryu v lyubov" 9 77
13 Flag of Malta.png Malta Domenique "Empty Hearted" 17 40
14 Flag of Moldova.png Moldova Sonya Kay "Obnimi menya" 3 109
15 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Malak "Wild Summer Hearts" 13 54
16 Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Latifa Soyuoz "Pusula" 6 89
17 Flag of Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Olga Lounová "Jsem optimista" 12 59
18 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia Soufee "Moya vselennaya" 19 29
19 Flag of Andorra.png Andorra Yall & Gabriela Richardson "Hundred Miles" 4 107
20 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe Islands Flamma "Stay Away from Me" 8 80
21 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania Justė Starinskaitė "Take A Walk With Me" 14 51

Final

Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all fifty-one participating countries eligible to vote.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Albania.png Albania Arilena "Vegim" 22 51
02 Flag of Norway.png Norway MIIA "Dynasty" 3 176
03 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Jan Oliver "Dancing Alone" 12 129
04 Algeria Algeria YADi "Guillotine" 4 175
05 Iceland Iceland Gladius feat. Klara Elias "The Lunatics" 5 168
06 Flag of Finland.png Finland Vesala "Tequila" 8 165
07 Flag of Russia.png Russia Vintage feat. DJ M.E.G. & N.E.R.A.K. "Ya veryu v lyubov" 16 95
08 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus Meseda "Peresechenie" 15 97
09 Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus Maria Elena Kyriakou "Horis Esena" 25 34
10 Flag of Belgium.png Belgium Emma Bale & Milow "Fortune Cookie" 13 114
11 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark Hannah Schneider "Dreaming Kind" 14 104
12 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia Maraaya "Nothing Left for Me" 24 36
13 Flag of Germany.png Germany Madeline Juno "Stupid Girl" 20 69
14 Flag of Italy.png Italy Elisa "No Hero" 1 186
15 Flag of Moldova.png Moldova Sonya Kay "Obnimi menya" 11 133
16 Flag of Turkey.png Turkey Aydın Kurtoğlu "Öptüm" 21 56
17 Flag of Andorra.png Andorra Yall & Gabriela Richardson "Hundred Miles" 2 186
18 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia Katarína Knechtová "Bezpečné priepasti" 26 27
19 Flag of Poland.png Poland Monika Lewczuk "Zabiorę cię stąd" 23 38
20 Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Latifa Soyuoz "Pusula" 7 166
21 Flag of Estonia.png Estonia Würffel "Burdened Sky" 6 167
22 Flag of Armenia.png Armenia Sofi Mkheyan "Hamadzayn Em" 18 93
23 Flag of Romania.png Romania Lora "Ne impotrivim" 10 161
24 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan Ayumi feat. Batyr "Hey-La" 9 164
25 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe Islands Flamma "Stay Away from Me" 19 74
26 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden Violet Days "Screaming Colors" 17 94

Non-qualifier results

Place Country Semi-final Place Points Percentage
27 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 11 68 4.89%
28 Flag of United Kingdom.png United Kingdom 11 65 4.67%
29 Flag of Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 12 59 4.24%
30 Flag of Luxembourg.png Luxembourg 12 56 4.02%
31 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt 13 54 3.88%
32 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania 14 51 3.66%
33 Flag of Spain.png Spain 15 44 3.16%
34 Flag of Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein 16 44 3.16%
35 Flag of Serbia.png Serbia 13 43 3.09%
36 Flag of Malta.png Malta 17 40 2.87%
37 Flag of Ireland.png Ireland 18 39 2.80%
38 Flag of Greece.png Greece 14 38 2.73%
39 Flag of Lebanon.png Lebanon 15 32 2.30%
40 Flag of Macedonia.png North Macedonia 16 31 2.23%
41 Austria Austria 17 29 2.08%
42 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia 19 29 2.08%
43 Flag of Israel.png Israel 18 23 1.65%
44 Flag of San Marino.png San Marino 19 21 1.51%
45 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 20 17 1.22%
46 Flag of Portugal.png Portugal 21 11 0.79%
47 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina 20 6 0.43%
48 Flag of Montenegro.png Montenegro 21 1 0.07%
49 Flag of Croatia.png Croatia N/A
50 Flag of Morocco.png Morocco
51 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia

Voting grids

Pre-qualification round

Semi-final 1

Semi-final 1
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 116 Flag of Norway.png Norway 119
2 Flag of Norway.png Norway 102 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 118
3 Flag of Estonia.png Estonia 98 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 106
4 Flag of Armenia.png Armenia 95 Flag of Estonia.png Estonia 101
5 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 95 Algeria Algeria 96
6 Algeria Algeria 92 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 96
7 Flag of United Kingdom.svg UK 91 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 94
8 Iceland Iceland 91 Iceland Iceland 85
9 Flag of Germany.png Germany 87 Flag of Germany.png Germany 63
10 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 84 Flag of Armenia.png Armenia 55
11 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 72 Flag of United Kingdom.svg UK 55
12 Flag of Luxembourg.png Luxembourg 67 Flag of San Marino.png San Marino 50
13 Flag of Macedonia.png North Macedonia 47 Flag of Serbia.png Serbia 50
14 Flag of Serbia.png Serbia 35 Flag of Luxembourg.png Luxembourg 49
15 Flag of Lebanon.png Lebanon 33 Flag of Greece.png Greece 47
16 Flag of Israel.png Israel 32 Austria Austria 31
17 Austria Austria 26 Flag of Macedonia.png North Macedonia 30
18 Flag of Greece.png Greece 24 Flag of Lebanon.png Lebanon 26
19 Flag of San Marino.png San Marino 19 Flag of Israel.png Israel 24
20 Flag of Portugal.png Portugal 16 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 21
21 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 12 Flag of Portugal.png Portugal 18

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Belarus, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, San Marino
4 Flag of Estonia.png Estonia Greece, Israel, Kazakhstan, Lebanon
3 Algeria Algeria Austria, Estonia, FYR Macedonia
Flag of Germany.png Germany Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom
2 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus Algeria, Armenia
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan Denmark, Sweden
Flag of Norway.png Norway Serbia, Turkey
1 Flag of Armenia.png Armenia Germany
Flag of Luxembourg.png Luxembourg Iceland
Flag of United Kingdom.png United Kingdom Hungary

Semi-final 2

Semi-final 2
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag of Andorra.png Andorra 143 Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan 134
2 Flag of Romania.png Romania 120 Flag of Moldova.png Moldova 123
3 Flag of Finland.png Finland 119 Flag of Romania.png Romania 97
4 Flag of Italy.png Italy 113 Flag of Finland.png Finland 96
5 Flag of Russia.png Russia 96 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe 96
6 Flag of Moldova.png Moldova 89 Flag of Italy.png Italy 93
7 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 72 Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus 87
8 Flag of Czech Republic.png Czech R. 70 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt 76
9 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania 62 Flag of Albania.png Albania 70
10 Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan 61 Flag of Spain.png Spain 66
11 Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus 59 Flag of Andorra.png Andorra 65
12 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe 57 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 63
13 Flag of Albania.png Albania 55 Flag of Russia.png Russia 63
14 Flag of Malta.png Malta 46 Flag of Ireland.png Ireland 47
15 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt 37 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania 45
16 Flag of Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein 32 Flag of Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein 42
17 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia 27 Flag of Czech Republic.png Czech R. 41
18 Flag of Spain.png Spain 26 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia 38
19 Flag of Ireland.png Ireland 22 Flag of Malta.png Malta 23
20 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg B&H 20 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg B&H 14
21 Flag of Montenegro.png Montenegro 8 Flag of Montenegro.png Montenegro 13

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
3 Flag of Andorra.png Andorra Czech Republic, Finland, Lithuania
Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Albania, Faroe Islands, Russia
Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus Italy, Malta, Montenegro
Flag of Moldova.png Moldova Belgium, Slovakia, Ukraine
Flag of Romania.png Romania Azerbaijan, Ireland, Moldova
2 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe Islands Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia
Flag of Finland.png Finland Andorra, Spain
1 Flag of Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Egypt
Flag of Italy.png Italy Romania
Flag of Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein Cyprus
Flag of Spain.png Spain Georgia

Final

Final
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag of Andorra.png Andorra 216 Flag of Norway.png Norway 213
2 Iceland Iceland 188 Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan 206
3 Flag of Romania.png Romania 166 Algeria Algeria 168
4 Flag of Italy.png Italy 165 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 157
5 Flag of Estonia.png Estonia 157 Flag of Estonia.png Estonia 155
6 Algeria Algeria 146 Flag of Finland.png Finland 154
7 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 142 Flag of Italy.png Italy 148
8 Flag of Finland.png Finland 141 Flag of Andorra.png Andorra 138
9 Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan 138 Flag of Belgium.png Belgium 138
10 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 137 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 126
11 Flag of Moldova.png Moldova 135 Flag of Romania.png Romania 125
12 Flag of Russia.png Russia 131 Iceland Iceland 122
13 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 124 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 116
14 Flag of Norway.png Norway 118 Flag of Moldova.png Moldova 100
15 Flag of Belgium.png Belgium 109 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 93
16 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 101 Flag of Germany.png Germany 85
17 Flag of Armenia.png Armenia 92 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 84
18 Flag of Germany.png Germany 88 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe 83
19 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe 80 Flag of Armenia.png Armenia 80
20 Flag of Turkey.png Turkey 65 Flag of Turkey.png Turkey 78
21 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 64 Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus 74
22 Flag of Albania.png Albania 57 Flag of Russia.png Russia 68
23 Flag of Poland.png Poland 47 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 62
24 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 40 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 44
25 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 28 Flag of Albania.png Albania 44
26 Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus 25 Flag of Poland.png Poland 39

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
7 Flag of Andorra.png Andorra Algeria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Israel, Latvia, Portugal
6 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan Albania, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Denmark, Georgia, Sweden
5 Algeria Algeria Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Estonia, Slovakia
4 Iceland Iceland Hungary, Italy, FYR Macedonia, Slovenia
Flag of Italy.png Italy Moldova, Norway, Romania, United Kingdom
3 Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Greece, Kazakhstan, Montenegro
Flag of Finland.png Finland Andorra, Ireland, Switzerland
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Belarus, Poland, Morocco
2 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus Armenia, Cyprus
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark Faroe Islands, Serbia
Flag of Estonia.png Estonia Lebanon, Lithuania
Flag of Norway.png Norway Spain, Turkey
Flag of Romania.png Romania Malta, Ukraine
1 Flag of Albania.png Albania Croatia
Flag of Belgium.png Belgium Luxembourg
Flag of Germany.png Germany Iceland
Flag of Moldova.png Moldova Russia
Flag of Russia.png Russia Liechtenstein
Flag of Turkey.png Turkey San Marino

Other awards

North Vision Awards

The twelfth ceremony was held for this edition. The ceremony took place in Warsaw, Poland, the runner up of the seventeeth edition. The nominees were revealed on 29 May 2016 and the voting started two days later, on 31 May 2016. The winners were revealed on 5 June 2016.

OGAN Second Chance Contest

The eleventh OGAN Second Chance Contest took place for this edition. The OGAN clubs of each country could submit one of their national selection entries to compete in the contest with some rules applying for the entries. Sweden won the contest with Ida LaFontaine and her song "Go Again".

Incidents

Greek jury disqualification

Shortly before the announcement of the first semi-final results, the executive producer of the contest Jan Simonis announced that the Greek jury votes were disqualified due to them being announced before the results. The votes of the country were based solely on the country's televoting results.

Other countries

Countries that are active members of the North Broadcasting Union (NBU) are also eligible to participate in the North Vision Song Contest. As in every edition, an invitation to all the members have been sent in order to confirm whether they will participate or not. Fifty-one countries confirmed their participation in the edition. The following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below.

Active NBU members

  • Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria: Despite their initial confirmation, on January 29th, BNT announced that Bulgaria will not be taking part in the upcoming edition due to obtaining their worst result in NVSC history in NVSC 17. Many Bulgarian musicians withdrew from the planned national selection and the broadcaster was dealing with internal strife. The broadcaster had no comment about a future return.
  • Flag of France.png France: It was confirmed that the country withdrew due to undergoing big internal changes. The country is expected to return in the nineteenth edition led by a new head of delegation.
  • Flag of Monaco.png Monaco: TMC had originally confirmed the country's participation in the pre-qualification round. However, the country was forced to withdraw after they missed out the deadline for the songs.
  • Flag of Netherlands.png Netherlands: The country was forced to withdraw its participation due to sending an entry breaking the basic rules of the contest.

NBU non-members

  • Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia: Nessma confirmed that they have no interest in returning to the contest.

International broadcasts and voting

Voting and spokespersons

  1. Flag of Denmark.png Rasmus Thude
  2. Flag of Armenia.png Iveta Mukuchyan
    (Armenian representative in the second edition)
  3. Flag of Czech Republic.png Never Sol
    (Czech representative in the eighth edition)
  4. Flag of Kazakhstan.png Luina
    (Kazakh representative in the ninth edition)
  5. Flag of Sweden.png Ida LaFontaine
  6. Flag of United Kingdom.png Adele
  7. Flag of Latvia.png Justs Sirmais
  8. Flag of Slovakia.png Mária Čírová
    (Slovak representative in the fourth and thirteenth edition)
  9. Flag of Austria.png Ramona Rotstich
  10. Flag of Serbia.png Marija Šerifović
  11. Flag of Norway.png Agnete Johnsen
  12. Flag of Ukraine.png Artem Mekh
    (Ukrainian representative in the seventeenth edition)
  13. Flag of Azerbaijan.png Samra Rahimli
    (Azeri representative in the seventeenth edition)
  14. Flag of Italy.png Alessandra Mussolini
  15. Flag of Macedonia.png Esma Redžepova
    (Macedonian representative in the third edition)
  16. Flag of Moldova.png Alexandrina Hristov
    (Moldovan representative in the third edition)
  17. Flag of Slovenia.png Daniela Simbič

  1. Flag of Algeria.png Mohamed Bouhezza & Said Karmouz
    (Algerian representatives in the seventeenth edition as part of The 5)
  2. Flag of Ireland.png Mary Byrne
  3. Flag of Georgia.png Mariam Chachkhiani
    (Georgian representative in the seventeenth edition)
  4. Flag of Belgium.png Déborah François
  5. Flag of Estonia.png Mark Styrke
    (Kazakh Head of Delegation)
  6. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.png Dalal
  7. Flag of Faroe Islands.png Heiðrik á Heygum
  8. Flag of Russia.png Roma Acorn
  9. Flag of Germany.png Carolin Kebekus
  10. Flag of Malta.png Kurt Calleja
  11. Flag of Lithuania.png Beata Tiškevič
  12. Flag of Croatia.png Neda Parmać
    (Croatian representative in the tenth edition)
  13. Flag of Spain.png Ylenia
  14. Flag of Finland.png Mikael Saari
  15. Flag of Switzerland.png Rachel Bloom
    (Swiss representative in the fourth edition)
  16. Flag of Lebanon.png Yasmine Al Massri
  17. Flag of Montenegro.png Goga Sekulić
    (Montenegrin representative in the fourteenth edition)

  1. Flag of Cyprus.png Andri Karantoni
  2. Flag of Liechtenstein.png Vava Voom
    (Liechtensteinerin representative in the ninth edition as 'Börni')
  3. Flag of Egypt.png Mohamed Ragabi
  4. Flag of Albania.png Eneda Tarifa
  5. Flag of Andorra.png Ana Mena
  6. Flag of Israel.png Mei Finegold
    (Israeli representative in the eleventh edition)
  7. Flag of Romania.png Alina Eremia
  8. Flag of Iceland.png María Ólafsdóttir
  9. Flag of San Marino.png Rakele
    (Sammarinese representative in the seventeenth edition)
  10. Flag of Poland.png Jan Pirowski
  11. Flag of Turkey.png Ezgi Avci
  12. Flag of Greece.png Klelia Renesi
  13. Flag of Morocco.png Ahmed Soultan
  14. Flag of Hungary.png Freddie
  15. Flag of Belarus.png Dmitry Shepelev
  16. Flag of Portugal.png Leonor Andrade
    (Portuguese representative in the sixteenth edition)
  17. Flag of Luxembourg.png Jonathan Reichling
    (Luxembourgian representative in the fourteenth edition)

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