| International Music Festival 32|
|Semi-final 1 date||22 January 2016|
|Semi-final 2 date||29 January 2016|
|Final date||12 February 2016|
|Venue||3 Arena, Dublin|
|Presenter(s)||Nicky Byrne, Mollie King (Greenroom)|
|Opening act|| Semi-final 1: The Script - "Superheroes"|
Semi-final 2: Molly Sterling - "Playing With The Numbers"
Grand-final: Jessica Smith - "50/50"
|Interval act|| Semi-final 1: The Saturdays medley|
Semi-final 2: Nicky Byrne - "Sunlight"
Grand-final: Irish Step Dancing
|System||Each country awardes 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs|
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Dublin (/ˈdʌblɨn/, Irish: Baile Átha Cliath [blʲa:ˈklʲiəh]) is the capital and largest city of Ireland. Dublin is in the province of Leinster on Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey. The city has an urban area population of 1,273,069. The population of the Greater Dublin Area, however, as of Census 2011 was 1,801,040 persons.
Founded as a Viking settlement, the Kingdom of Dublin became Ireland's principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire before the Act of Union in 1800. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State, later renamed Ireland.
Dublin is administered by a City Council. The city is listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) as a global city, with a ranking of "Alpha-", placing it among the top thirty cities in the world. It is a historical and contemporary centre for education, the arts, administration, economy and industry.
The 3 Arena was chosen by RTÉ as the venue to host the competition. Therefor, there was no bidding phase.
The 3Arena is a 14,500-capacity amphitheatre located at North Wall Quay in the Dublin Docklands in Dublin, Ireland, which opened on 16 December 2008. It was built on the site of the former Point Theatre, a smaller music venue which operated from 1988–2007, retaining only some of the outer facade. The Point Theatre was branded as "The Point Depot", in recognition of its original role as a railway goods handling station.
From 2008 to 2014, the 3Arena was known as The O2. Its 14,500 capacity makes it the largest indoor arena in Ireland. The venue was rebranded on 4 September 2014 as the 3Arena due to the takeover of O2 Ireland by Three Ireland.
The venue is owned by Live Nation. In 2011, the venue was named as the fifth busiest arena in the world with ticket sales of 670,000 putting it behind The O2 in London, the Manchester Arena, Antwerp's Sportpaleis and Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena.
Semi-final allocation draw
The six posts - as always - have been determined in order to avoid the so-called "voting blocks". The 39 countries were drawn on the 4th January into the two semi-finals. Both semi-finals consist of 20 participants.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3|
|Pot 4||Pot 5||Pot 6|
Running order draw
Logo and theme
48 countries have confirmed their participation. Most remarkable is the anticipated return of Australia. Egypt firstly withdrew from the competition as safety in the country is in doubt, however confirmed later on. Belarus and Czech Republic also returned to the competition, while Bulgaria, Denmark, England, Estonia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malta, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Slovenia and Switzerland withdrew.
Arilena represented Albania in the 12th edition. Maya Sar took part for Bosnia in the 3rd edition. Simona Poposka represented Macedonia in the 24th edition. Inna represented Romania in the 14th and 21st edition. Lana Jurčević represented Montenegro in the 7th, 12th edition and 16th and 25th edition.
- See more: Quarter-final 2
- Eight countries participated in the quarter final. While the Faroe Islands and Egypt didn't qualify, Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Finland, Macedonia and Poland advanced to the semi-finals.
|01||Slovakia||Lina Mayer||"Personal Sky"||11||69|
|02||Romania||Alexandra Stan||"I Did It, Mama!"||03||102|
|04||Serbia||Ana Stajdohar||"Just To Be With You"||16||38|
|06||Andorra||Camila Moreno||"Tu Mamá Te Mató"||13||56|
|07||Bulgaria||Preyah||"Vsichki Nashi Mesta"||15||41|
|11||Latvia||Jasie Kruz||"It's Over"||04||98|
|12||FYR Macedonia||Simona Poposka||"Ne E Najdobro"||12||65|
|13||Poland||Andreas Moe & Gromee||"Gravity"||17||33|
|15||Kazakhstan||Zhanar Dugalova||"Ayta Bersin"||06||90|
|17||United Kingdom||Baby Blue||"Bump"||07||83|
|18||Montenegro||Milica Milic||"Znam Te"||08||82|
|19||Norway||Julie Bergan||"All Hours"||01||128|
- See Quarter-final 2
|No.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
The web award was introduced for people who follow the contest but can not join as a delegation member. Each user can vote once for as many songs as they'd want to. The results were revealed before the voting procedure.
|1||Germany||Madeline Juno||"Into The Night"||6,39%|
|6||Romania||Alexandra Stan||"I Did It, Mama!"||5,10%|
|7||Norway||Julie Bergan||"All Hours"||4,34%|
- Main article: IMF Awards 32
The firstceremony of the IMF Awards was held for this edition. The ceremony took place in Dublin, Ireland, the winner of the thirtieth edition. The nominees were revealed on TBA 2016 and the voting started the next day. The winners were revealed on TBA 2016.
IMF Second Chance Contest
- Main article: OGAI Second Chance Contest 32
The fourth OGAI 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.
Active IMF members
- Australia — The IBU officially invited the Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) to return to the competition due to highly shown activity and interest in the country of the contest.
- Egypt — The Egyptian broadcaster Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) announced that due to the recent terrorism in the country, safety can not be guaranteed any longer, and, therefore, a participation is not possible anymore. Recently, Egypt shown interest in returning to the contest.
- Iceland — The Icelandic broadcaster Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV) announced on November 22 that no decision regarding a possible participation was made yet. However, they would confirm 'right away', if they would make it to the final.
- Latvia — The Latvian broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija (LTV) announced on November 23 that a decision will be taken after the semi-final results.
International broadcasts and voting
Voting and spokespersons