| International Music Festival 26|
|Semi-final 1 date||13 May 2015|
|Semi-final 2 date||13 May 2015|
|Final date||24 May 2015|
|Opening act|| SF1: Ivy Levan - "Biscuit"|
SF2: Katy Perry - "Unconditionally"
Final: Welcome to New York!
|Interval act|| SF1: Kelly Clarkson - "Invincible" |
SF2: Ivy Levan - "Biscuit" (Acoustic)
Final: Taylor Swift - "Welcome To New York" & Kelly Clarkson - "Invincible"
|System||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favorite songs|
|International Music Festival|
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International Music Festival 26, often referred to as IMF #26, is the up-coming 26th edition of International Music Festival. It will be held in the United States after the victory of Ivy Levan with her song "Biscuit".
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Semi-final and Grand Final allocation drawEdit
Semi-final Allocation DrawEdit
The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on April 17,2015 at the Madison Square Garden. The participating countries, excluding the Big 6 countries, were split into seven pots, based on voting history and geographical location. From these pots, 22 countries each were allocated to compete in first semifinal, and 22 in second semifinal. The pots are as follows:
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3|
|Pot 4||Pot 5||Pot 6||Pot 7|
Twenty-six former participants returned in the contest. Former winner of the International Music Festival edition, Artist x returned again for country y.
|Returns||Contestant||Currenty country||Past country|
|4||Ani Lorak||Ukraine||Ukraine 05, Ukraine 06, Ukraine 18, Ukraine 25|
|Conchita Wurst||Austria||Austria 13, Austria 15, Austria 20, Austria 24|
|2||Lena||Germany||Germany 05, Liechtenstein 08|
|Eldar Gasimov||Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan 11, Azerbaijan 15|
|Jolin Tsai||Taiwan||Taiwan 22, Taiwan 23,|
|Carina Dahl||Norway||Norway 13, Norway 17|
|Genta Ismajli||Albania||Kosovo 16|
|Sharon Doorson||Netherlands||Netherlands 24|
|Angelika Dusk||Greece||Greece 18|
|Tereza Kerndlová||Czech Republic||Czech Republic 10|
|Paulina Rubio||Mexico||Mexico 22|
|Neda Ukraden||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bosnia 13|
|Uciteljice||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Croatia 20|
|Clean Bandit||United Kingdom||UK 11|
|01||Mexico||Paulina Rubio||"Baila casanova"||20||19|
|02||Iceland||Steed Lord||"Bed of Needles"||14||55|
|03||Italy||Dolcenera||"Accendi Lo Spirito"||2||104|
|04||Kazakhstan||A-Studio||"Так же как все"||22||15|
|05||Albania||Genta Ismajli ft. Ardian Bujupi & Dalool||"Feel"||6||86|
|06||Australia||Karise Eden||"Black Heart"||5||90|
|09||China||Genie Chuo||"Black Horse"||13||56|
|13||Azerbaijan||Eldar Gasimov||"The One"||12||63|
|15||Denmark||Bryan Rice||"Beat Of My Own Drum"||19||42|
|16||Croatia||Kristina||"Brzo I Bezobrazno"||4||91|
|17||New Zealand||Ginny Blackmore & Stan Walker||"Holding You"||7||85|
|18||Algeria||Milk & Honey||"Didi"||10||64|
|20||Hungary||Tóth Gabi||"Jöjj még"||11||63|
|21||Cyprus||Kate||"Don't Let Go"||8||76|
|22||Portugal||Ariely Bonatti||"O Tribunal"||21||18|
|02||San Marino||Simonetta Spiri ft. Madback||"Altrove"||16||51|
|04||Finland||Robin ft. Nikke Ankara||"Parasta"||17||46|
|09||Slovakia||English||Nela Pociskova||"Mysterious Boy"||13||59|
|11||Norway||English||Carina Dahl||"(Come A Little) Closer"||2||101|
|12||Switzerland||English||Vava Voom||"Turn Up the Night"||7||84|
|13||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Neda Ukraden ft. Uciteljice||"Noci U Brazilu"||4||90|
|15||Spain||English||Brittany Mullen ft. Leroy Sanchez||"War Island"||9||76|
|16||Austria||English||Conchita Wurst||"Somebody To Love"||10||75|
|17||Georgia||English||Sofia Nizharadze||"Sing My Song"||18||45|
|18||United Kingdom||English||Clean Bandit||"Stronger"||3||95|
|19||Armenia||Sofi Mkheyan||"Hayastani Erge"||5||89|
|20||Canada||English||Carly Rae Jepsen||"I Really Like You"||12||66|
|21||Estonia||English||Rasmus Rändvee & Facelift Deer||"Dance"||15||52|
|01||Armenia||Sofi Mkheyan||"Hayastani Erge"||16||93|
|02||New Zealand||Ginny Blackmore & Stan Walker||"Holding You"||4||156|
|03||Croatia||Kristina||"Brzo I Bezobrazno"||17||88|
|04||Albania||Genta Ismajli ft. Ardian & Dalool||"Feel"||22||63|
|05||Austria||Conchita Wurst||"Somebody To Love"||19||82|
|07||Ireland||Janet Devlin||"Creatures of the Night"||21||64|
|09||Italy||Dolcenara||"Accendi Lo Spirito"||5||154|
|10||Greece||Angelika Dusk ft. Playmen||"Beautiful Love"||26||37|
|12||Cyprus||Kate||"Don't Let Go"||18||85|
|13||Moldova||Dima Trofim||"Cerșesc iubire”||13||97|
|14||United Kingdom||Clean Bandit||"Stronger"||3||159|
|15||Czech Republic||Mafia Corner ft. Tereza Kerndlová||"Být či Nebýt"||6||148|
|18||Australia||Karise Eden||"Black Heart"||14||96|
|19||Norway||Carina Dahl||"(Come A Little) Closer"||2||160|
|20||Sweden||Dolly Style||"Cherry Gum"||11||113|
|21||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Neda Ukraden ft. Uciteljice||"Noci U Brazilu"||15||94|
|22||Algeria||Milk & Honey||"Didi"||20||67|
|23||Spain||Brittany Mullen ft. Leroy Sanchez||"War Island"||24||53|
|24||France||Nolween Leroy||"Tri Martolod"||12||108|
|26||Switzerland||Vava Voom||"Turn Up the Night"||23||54|
International broadcasts and votingEdit
Voting and spokepersonsEdit