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The Sound Of Europe 8 was the 8th edition of the Sound Of Europe. It took place in Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy, following Italy's victory in the 7th edition with Annalisa and her song "Senza Riserva". This was the first time that Italy hosted the contest. The 8th edition consisted of two semi-finals, which took place on 8 April 2016, and a final, held on 17 April 2016. The shows were presented by Alessio Bernabei and Virginia Raffaele while Annalisa was hosting the green room. Forty-five countries participated in the 8th edition.

Once all the votes had been announced, based on 50% jury and 50% televoting, Czech Republic won the contest, with Gabriela Gunčíková's song "Černý Anděl".

Location

Turin is a city and an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region and was the first capital city of Italy. The city is located mainly on the western bank of the Po River, in front of Susa Valley and surrounded by the western Alpine arch and by the Superga Hill. The population of the city proper is 892,649 (August 2015) while the population of the urban area is estimated by Eurostat to be 1.7 million inhabitants. The Turin metropolitan area is estimated by the OECD to have a population of 2.2 million.

In 1997 a part of the historical center of Torino was inscribed in the World Heritage List under the name Residences of the Royal House of Savoy. The city has a rich culture and history, and is known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, opera houses, piazzas, parks, gardens, theatres, libraries, museums and other venues. Turin is well known for its renaissance, baroque, rococo, neo-classical, and art nouveau architecture.

Much of the city's public squares, castles, gardens and elegant palazzi such as Palazzo Madama, were built in the 16th to 18th century, after the capital of the Duchy of Savoy (later Kingdom of Sardinia) was moved to Turin from Chambery (now in France) as part of the urban expansion.

The city used to be a major European political centre, being Italy's first capital city in 1861 and being home to the House of Savoy, Italy's royal family. It was the capital of the Duchy of Savoy from 1563, then of the Kingdom of Sardinia ruled by the Royal House of Savoy and finally the first capital of the unified Italy. Turin is sometimes called the cradle of Italian liberty, for having been the birthplace and home of notable politicians and people who contributed to the Risorgimento, such as Cavour.

The city currently hosts some of Italy's best universities, colleges, academies, lycea and gymnasia, such as the six-century-old University of Turin and the Turin Polytechnic. Prestigious and important museums, such as the Museo Egizio and the Mole Antonelliana are also found in the city. Turin's several monuments and sights make it one of the world's top 250 tourist destinations, and the tenth most visited city in Italy in 2008.

Even though much of its political significance and importance had been lost by World War II, it became a major European crossroad for industry, commerce and trade, and currently is one of Italy's main industrial centres, being part of the famous "industrial triangle", along with Milan and Genoa. Turin is ranked third in Italy, after Milan and Rome, for economic strength. With a GDP of $58 billion, Turin is the world's 78th richest city by purchasing power, and as of 2010 has been ranked by GaWC as a Gamma- world city. Turin is also home to much of the Italian automotive industry.

Turin is well known as the home of the Shroud of Turin, the football teams Juventus F.C. and Torino F.C., the headquarters of automobile manufacturers FIAT, Lancia and Alfa Romeo, and as host of the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Venue

The contest took place in Pala Alpitour in Turin, following Italy's victory at the 7th edition of the contest in Tel Aviv with the song "Penza Riserva", performed by Annalisa. Pala Alpitour has a capacity of approximately 16,600 attendees. It is the largest venue in Italy and was built for the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Format

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

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

On 20 March 2016, RAI announced that Alessio Bernabei and Virginia Raffaele were the hosts of the 8th edition. Annalisa, last edition's winner, was also chosen as host of the green room.

National host broadcaster

During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster RAI 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

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. None country returned to the contest. However, FYR Macedonia announced their withdrawal from the contest.

Big 5

Country Artist Song Language
Italy.png Italy Lorenzo Fragola The Reason Why English
United Kingdom.png United Kingdom Gary Go Wonderful English
Sweden.png Sweden Sabina Ddumba Not Too Young English
Belgium.png Belgium Unicq Mercy French, English
Ukraine.png Ukraine Elen Levon Over My Head English

Results

Semi-final 1

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. Italy, United Kingdom and Ukraine voted from the Big 5.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Gabriela Gunčíková Černý Anděl 7 83
02 Netherlands.png Netherlands Kovacs The Devil You Know 3 105
03 Slovenia.png Slovenia Nina Pušlar Ta Svet ne Zna Zivet 16 44
04 Turkey.png Turkey Burcu Güneş Aşkın Beni Baştan Yazar 15 48
05 Finland.png Finland Anna Abreu Stereo 2 105
06 Georgia.png Georgia Sofia Nizharadze & Dejah Gomez Two Of A Kind 17 41
07 Portugal.png Portugal David Carreira Primeira Dama 8 81
08 Moldova.png Moldova Geta Burlacu Pot Fi 20 16
09 Greece.png Greece Shantel ft. Areti Ketime Dysi Ki Anatoli 1 126
10 Romania.png Romania Alex Mica Dalinda 18 36
11 San Marino.png San Marino Giorgia Non Mi Ami 10 64
12 Armenia.png Armenia Sirusho Where Were You 5 91
13 Malta.png Malta Claudia Faniello Wild Flower 19 32
14 Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Galena feat. Desi Slava V Tvoite Ochi 12 51
15 Ireland.png Ireland HomeTown The Night We Met 9 79
16 Serbia.png Serbia Sasa Kovacevic Nothing But The Faith 14 48
17 Hungary.png Hungary Linda Kiraly Can't Let Go 13 49
18 Poland.png Poland Margaret Heartbeat 4 95
19 Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Emin Agalarov Davay Naydem Drug Druga 11 54
20 Austria.png Austria Saint Lu Craving 6 86

Semi-final 2

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Monaco.png Monaco Ayna feat. KeBlack Cette Vie M'emporte 1 116
02 Estonia.png Estonia Grete Paia Püüame Droone 4 89
03 Albania.png Albania Anjeza Shahini Energji 17 38
04 Montenegro.png Montenegro Sergej Cetkovic Korov 9 63
05 Norway.png Norway MIA Dynasty 18 36
06 Lithuania.png Lithuania Vilija Meilės Debesy 12 56
07 Belarus.png Belarus Alexander Rybak Funny Little World 14 44
08 Iceland.png Iceland Glowie Party 16 42
09 Croatia.png Croatia Luminize Kill It With Love 3 106
10 Latvia.png Latvia Roberts Pētersons Cīrulis 20 27
11 Switzerland.png Switzerland Anna Känzig Get Out 10 62
12 Russia.png Russia Natali O Bozhe Kakoy Muzhchina 5 87
13 Denmark.png Denmark Infernal From Paris To Berlin 11 59
14 Cyprus.png Cyprus Cat Stevens Lady D'Arbanville 13 50
15 Israel.png Israel Roni Dalumi Man Of The Night 15 43
16 Bosnia-Herzegovina.png Bosnia-Herzegovina Ivana Banfić & Hari Mata Hari Navodno 19 35
17 Spain.png Spain Pablo López ft. Juanes Tu Enemigo 8 70
18 Slovakia.png Slovakia Celeste & Carmel Gone 7 71
19 Germany.png Germany Lena Wild And Free 2 107
20 France.png France Amandine Bourgeois L'Homme De La Situation 6 75

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Poland.png Poland Margaret Heartbeat 13 101
02 Finland.png Finland Anna Abreu Stereo 5 138
03 Armenia.png Armenia Sirusho Where Were You 11 106
04 United Kingdom.png United Kingdom Gary Go Wonderful 21 57
05 Estonia.png Estonia Grete Paia Püüame Droone 25 38
06 Ireland.png Ireland HomeTown The Night We Met 16 85
07 Spain.png Spain Pablo López feat. Juanes Tu Enemigo 12 101
08 Russia.png Russia Natali O Bozhe, Kakoy Muzhchina 7 125
09 Switzerland.png Switzerland Anna Känzig Get Out 23 54
10 Belgium.png Belgium Unicq Mercy 17 84
11 Austria.png Austria Saint Lu Craving 15 86
12 San Marino.png San Marino Giorgia Non Mi Ami 18 79
13 Ukraine.png Ukraine Elen Levon Over My Head 9 113
14 Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Gabriela Gunčíková Černý Anděl 1 169
15 Sweden.png Sweden Sabina Ddumba Not Too Young 14 94
16 France.png France Amandine Bourgeois L'Homme De La Situation 19 72
17 Germany.png Germany Lena Wild And Free 6 127
18 Slovakia.png Slovakia Celeste And Carmel Buckingham Gone 22 55
19 Portugal.png Portugal David Carreira Primeira Dama 10 112
20 Montenegro.png Montenegro Sergej Cetkovic Korov 24 39
21 Greece.png Greece Shantel ft. Areti Ketime Dysi Ki Anatoli 3 161
22 Netherlands.png Netherlands Kovacs The Devil You Know 8 123
23 Croatia.png Croatia Luminize Kill It With Love 2 162
24 Monaco.png Monaco Ayna feat. KeBlack Cette Vie M'emporte 4 150
25 Italy.png Italy Lorenzo Fragola The Reason Why 20 63

Other countries

  • Andorra.png Andorra - Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) announced that the country would not return in the 8th edition of the Sound Of Europe.
  • FYR Macedonia.png FYR Macedonia - MRT announced the country's withdrawal, citing financial difficulties and the disappointed results. The broadcaster also stated that a future return is definitely not ruled out.
  • Australia.png Australia - The Australian broadcaster, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), became an active CBU member. Also, the country's debut in the 9th edition is very possible.
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