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".
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
|Armenia||Tamar Kaprelian||New Day||English|
|United Kingdom||The Saturdays||What About Us||English|
|Italy||Modà feat. Emma||Come In Un Film||Italian|
|Ireland||Markus Feehily||Love Is A Drug||English|
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.
|02||Czech Republic||Zella Day||Hypnotic||2||136|
|03||Russia||Maxim Fadeev ft Nargiz||Vdvoyem||7||90|
|06||Slovakia||Nela||So In Love||13||48|
|07||Greece||Stavento ft Melina||Nero Ke Homa||9||64|
|09||San Marino||In-Grid||Mamma Mia||14||46|
|13||Denmark||Mads Langer||You're Not Alone||18||35|
|14||FYR Macedonia||Kanita Suma||No one can stop me now||3||100|
|16||Estonia||Liis Lemsalu||Breaking The Rules||8||78|
|17||Andorra||Trobar De Morte||Song Of The Stones||12||50|
|20||Malta||The Beangrowers||Not in a million lovers||20||32|
|01||Lithuania||GJan||One More Drink||4||100|
|02||Belarus||Alexander Rybak||Into A Fantasy||16||38|
|04||Moldova||Nelly Ciobanu||Tu Iubire||19||28|
|10||Albania||Era Istrefi||Njo Si Ti||15||41|
|13||Finland||Tarja||Until My Last Breath||7||88|
|14||Switzerland||Jaël||Shuffle The Cards||1||120|
|16||Poland||Grzegorz Hyzy||Pod Wiatr||6||93|
|17||Austria||Camo & Krooked ft Ayah||Cross The Line||14||45|
|18||Croatia||Franka Batelic||Ruza U Kamenu||18||32|
|19||Netherlands||Afrojack ft Spree Wilson||The Spark||12||67|
|21||Bulgaria||Brian Cross ft Leah LaBelle||Shotgun||11||71|
|04||Italy||Modà feat. Emma||Come In Un Film||21||73|
|07||Switzerland||Jaël||Shuffle The Cards||11||110|
|08||Armenia||Tamar Kaprelian||New Day||12||105|
|09||Finland||Tarja||Until My Last Breath||19||81|
|12||Russia||Maxim Fadeev ft Nargiz||Vdvoyem||4||128|
|13||Bulgaria||Brian Cross ft Leah LaBelle||Shotgun||15||99|
|15||Czech Republic||Zella Day||Hypnotic||2||165|
|16||United Kingdom||The Saturdays||What About Us||27||39|
|17||Greece||Stavento ft Melina||Nero Ke Homa||3||140|
|19||FYR Macedonia||Kanita Suma||No one can stop me now||14||102|
|21||Ireland||Markus Feehily||Love Is A Drug||8||114|
|22||Estonia||Liis Lemsalu||Breaking The Rules||25||49|
|24||Lithuania||GJan||One More Drink||18||90|
|26||Poland||Grzegorz Hyzy||Pod Wiatr||16||92|
- 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.