International Music Festival 35
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Dates
Semi-final 1 date 6 August 2016
Semi-final 2 date 13 August 2016
Final date 26 August 2016
Host
Venue Israel
Presenter(s) Mei Finegold
Chen Aharoni
Shiri Maimon
Broadcaster IBA
Opening act Semi-final 1: Delta Goodrem - "Heart Hypnotic"
Semi-final 2: Sia - "Cheap Thrills"
Grand Final: Delta Goodrem - "Dear Life"
Interval act Semi-final 1: Nadav Guedj - "Golden Boy"
Semi-final 2: Dami Im - "Gladiator"
Grand Final: Sia - "Alive"
Participants
Entries 52
Returning Flag of Belgium.png Belgium
Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus
Flag of Finland.png Finland
Flag of Italy.png Italy
Flag of Malta.png Malta
Flag of Netherlands.png Netherlands
Flag of Poland.png Poland
Flag of San Marino.png San Marino
Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia
Flag of Spain.png Spain
Flag of Turkey.png Turkey
Withdrawing Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
Flag of Lebanon.png Lebanon
Flag of Morocco.png Morocco
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
Voting
System Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting
Winner Bulgaria.png "Phoenix"
International Music Festival
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International Music Festival 35, often referred to as IMF 35, was the thirty-fifth edition of the International Music Festival. After Australia's second win in a row, the IBU decided once again where the contest will be hosted. The contest was announced to be hosted in Israel due to finishing second in the previous edition. The winner of the contest was Bulgaria with "Phoenix" by Christiana Loizu.

Location[edit | edit source]

Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a country in the Middle East, on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. It contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel's financial center and technology hub is Tel Aviv, while Jerusalem is the proclaimed capital, although Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem is internationally unrecognized

Bidding phase[edit | edit source]

IBA announced the applying venues for hosting on 14 July 2016.

Key   Template:If empty   Host venue

City Venue Capacity Notes
Jerusalem Payis Arena 15,654 A multi-functional indoor arena in Jerusalem.
Tel Aviv Menora Mivtachim Arena 8,000 Hosted the 1997 FIBA European All star game
Haifa Romena Arena 5,000 Primarily used for indoor athletics, motocross events and concerts.

Format[edit | edit source]

Semi-final allocation draw[edit | edit source]

The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on 20 July 2016 at the headquarters of IBA in Jerusalem. The big 6 countries were first drawn to determine in which semi-final each would country vote. The rest of the forty-two 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.

The six pots were the following:

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

Running order[edit | edit source]

Unlike the previous editions, the running order of the edition was not decided by a random draw as it was decided by the IBU that the running order of the semi-finals and the final of the edition would be decided by producers appointed by both the IBU and the host broadcaster IBA. The IBU said that this was done in order to make the shows more exciting and to ensure that all contestants had a chance to stand out, preventing entries that are too similar cancelling each other out.

The running order of the semi-finals was revealed on 27 July 2016. The running order for the final was revealed right after the results of the second semi-final, on TBA 2016.

New voting system[edit | edit source]

The IBU announced on July 1 2016 that there would be a new voting system introduced during the edition. The countries would now award two sets of 1-8, 10 and 12 points; one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. The jury votes will be presented by the spokesperson appointed by each broadcaster with the 1-7 points appearing on screen and 8, 10 and 12 being announced by the spokesperson. After all the jury votes are cast by the participating countries, the hosts will present the televoting results of the countries starting with the country that received the less points to the country that received the most points from televoting. The new voting system also applied to the semi-finals to determine the ten qualifiers but as before the qualifiers are announced in a random order.

Sneak peeks and betting odds[edit | edit source]

There were seven sneak peeks in this edition with seven or eight countries in each sneak peek. The countries were divided into the sneak peeks according to the order of the songs announcement with the songs that were announced first being in the first sneak peek. The broadcasters could post their result for each of the sneak peeks ranking the songs from first to last. The six sneak peeks were the following:

Sneak Peek 1 Sneak Peek 2 Sneak Peek 3
Sneak Peek 4 Sneak Peek 5 Sneak Peek 6

The betting odds of the edition were based on the rankings in the sneak peeks. The average rank of each country represented the country's odds to win the contest.

Participating countries[edit | edit source]

     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 have confirmed to take part in the edition. BelgiumCyprus, Finland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey are returning to the contest after a one-edition absence. Denmark, Lebanon, Morocco and Switzerland will withdraw from the 35th edition.

Returning artists[edit | edit source]

Magdalena Cvetkoska Ena took part for FYR Macedonia in the seventh and fourteenth editions. Michele Bravi previously represented San Marino in the thirty-third edition. Clean Bandit represented the United Kingdom in the eleventh, twenty-first and twenty-sixth editions. Kendji Girac took part for both France and Monaco in the twentieth and thirty-first editions. Nicoleta Nucă represented Moldova in the thirtieth and thirty-first editions. Billie represented Belgium in the thirtieth edition. Besa has been previously selected for Albania in the fourteenth, twenty-fifth and twenty-seventh editions. Kerli represented Estonia in the thirty-first edition. Thorsteinn Einarsson represented Iceland in the twenty-third edition. Mc Stojan formerly represented Serbia in the thirty-fourth edition. Aminata represented Latvia in the thirtieth edition. Lina Mayer already represented Slovakia in the thirty-second edition. Tolvai Reni took part for Hungary in the fourteenth, nineteenth and thirty-fourth editions. Zaho previously took part for Algeria in the ninth and seventeenth editions. Ani Lorak represented Ukraine in the fifth, sixth, eightteenth, twenty-fifth, twenty-sixth and thirty-fourth editions. Tove Lo represented Sweden in the fourteenth edition.

​Results[edit | edit source]

Quarter-final[edit | edit source]

See more: Quarter-final 3
Nine countries participated in the quarter final. Armenia, Egypt, Ireland, Moldova and Serbia qualified to the semi-finals while Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan failed to qualify.

Semi-final 1[edit | edit source]

Twenty-one countries participated in the first semi-final. France, Israel and Norway also voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified to the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Netherlands.png Netherlands Démira "Dragons" 14 123
02 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia Lina Mayer "Nothing" 12 140
03 Flag of Belgium.png Belgium Billie "Caught By The Tide" 06 162
04 Flag of Italy.png Italy Marco Rotelli ft. Deborah Iurato "Fermeremo Il Tempo" 15 107
05 Flag of Russia.png Russia Sati Kazanova "Radost', Privet" 03 193
06 Flag of Austria.png Austria Darius & Finlay ft. Aili Teigmo "World's Crashing Down" 20 40
07 Flag of United Kingdom.png United Kingdom Clean Bandit ft. Louisa Johnson "Tears" 01 280
08 Flag of Armenia.png Armenia C-rouge ft. Carmen Balian "Ganchoum Em, Ari Ari" 11 144
09 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia Aminata "Fighter" 16 95
10 Flag of Albania.png Albania Besa ft. Ansi "Kameleon" 08 158
11 Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus Casi "Lion" 07 159
12 Flag of Malta.png Malta The New Victorians "Keep Me In Love" 04 190
13 Flag of Romania.png Romania G Girls "Call The Police" 05 169
14 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe Islands Kristel Lisberg "Who Needs A Heart" 09 154
15 Flag of Moldova.png Moldova Nicoleta Nucă "Castele De Nisip" 10 151
16 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary Tolvai Reni "Látomás" 18 78
17 Flag of Greece.png Greece Katerina Stikoudi "I Like The Way" 19 59
18 Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Aygun Kazimova ft. Snoop Dogg "Coffee From Colombia" 17 91
19 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina Teška Industrija "Gdje Ćeš ti, A Gdje Ću Ja" 21 9
20 Flag of Ireland.png Ireland Greywind "Forest Ablaze" 13 132
21 Flag of Germany.png Germany Anna Naklab "Whole" 02 208

 Semi-final 2[edit | edit source]

Twenty-one countries participated in the second semi-final. Australia, Kosovo and Sweden also voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified to the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Macedonia.png FYR Macedonia Magdalena Cvetkoska Ena "Na Vrv I Na Dno" 05 186
02 Flag of Algeria.png Algeria Zaho ft. MHD "Laissez-les Kouma" 13 101
03 Flag of Iceland.png Iceland Thorsteinn Einarsson "Aurora" 08 168
04 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine Ani Lorak "Uderzhi Moye Serdse" 04 187
05 Flag of San Marino.png San Marino Michele Bravi "Un Giorno In Più" 20 39
06 Flag of Luxembourg.png Luxembourg TP4Y "Blush" 03 190
07 Flag of Portugal.png Portugal Amor Electro "Juntos Somos Mais Fortes" 19 49
08 Flag of Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein Shana Pearson "Not Afraid" 11 108
09 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia Klemen Slakonja "Golden Dump" 18 64
10 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Christiana Loizu "Phoenix" 01 403
11 Flag of Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Adam Mišík "Tak Pojď!" 15 89
12 Flag of Monaco.png Monaco Aurélie Preston "Something 4 Ya" 17 71
13 Flag of Finland.png Finland Saara "I Do" 06 186
14 Flag of Turkey.png Turkey İrem Derici "Evlenmene Bak" 07 171
15 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania Donny Montell "Fly" 09 139
16 Flag of Montenegro.png Montenegro Danijel Alibabic "Bas Me Je Dobro" 16 74
17 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Young Pharoz "Yalla Ben Ne3eesh (Flying The Flag)" 12 101
18 Flag of Spain.png Spain Auryn ft. Anastacia "Who's Loving You?" 02 269
19 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus Alen Hit "My Heart Is Broken" 21 19
20 Flag of Serbia.png Serbia Mc Stojan "Navucen Na Tebe" 14 95
21 Flag of Poland.png Poland Agata Dziarmagowska "Incomplete" 10 134

Grand Final[edit | edit source]

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Russia.png Russia Sati Kazanova "Radost', Privet" 11 213
02 Flag of Spain.png Spain Auryn ft. Anastacia "Who's Loving You?" 04 322
03 Flag of Israel.png Israel Peer Tasi ft. Eden Ben Zaken "Kol Hair Shelanu" 25 57
04 Flag of Macedonia.png FYR Macedonia Magdalena Cvetkoska Ena "Na Vrv I Na Dno" 21 159
05 Flag of Albania.png Albania Besa ft. Ansi "Kameleon" 12 206
06 Flag of Romania.png Romania G Girls "Call The Police" 15 191
07 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo "Close" 16 188
08 Flag of Poland.png Poland Agata Dziarmagowska "Incomplete" 22 150
09 Flag of Norway.png Norway Alan Walker "Sing Me To Sleep" 06 299
10 Flag of United Kingdom.png United Kingdom Clean Bandit ft. Louisa Johnson "Tears" 03 449
11 Flag of Kosovo.png Kosovo Baby G "I Win" 26 54
12 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Christiana Loizu "Phoenix" 01 563
13 Flag of Turkey.png Turkey İrem Derici "Evlenmene Bak" 14 192
14 Flag of Germany.png Germany Anna Naklab "Whole" 05 322
15 Flag of Finland.png Finland Saara "I Do" 24 112
16 Flag of Luxembourg.png Luxembourg TP4Y "Blush" 17 188
17 Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus Casi "Lion" 07 293
18 Flag of Faroe Islands.png Faroe Islands Kristel Lisberg "Who Needs A Heart" 08 254
19 Flag of Australia1.png Australia The Veronicas "In My Blood" 02 523
20 Flag of Moldova.png Moldova Nicoleta Nucă "Castele De Nisip" 10 234
21 Flag of Iceland.png Iceland Thorsteinn Einarsson "Aurora" 09 240
22 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine Ani Lorak "Uderzhi Moye Serdse" 20 167
23 Flag of France.png France Kendji Girac "Sonrisa" 23 141
24 Flag of Belgium.png Belgium Billie "Caught By The Tide" 13 200
25 Flag of Malta.png Malta The New Victorians "Keep Me In Love" 18 181
26 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania Donny Montell "Fly" 19 181

Voting grids[edit | edit source]

Semi-final 1[edit | edit source]

Semi-final 1
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
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     Jury
     Televoting
Voting results
Total Score.png Split Jury Televote.png NNetherlands1.png NSlovakia1.png NBelgium.png NItaly.png NRussia.png NAustria1.png NUnitedKingdom.png NArmenia.png NLatvia.png NAlbania.png NCyprus.png NMalta.png NRomania1.png NFaroeIslands.png NMoldova.png NHungary.png NGreece.png NAzerbaijan.png NBosniaandHerzegovina.png NIreland.png NGermany.png NFrance.png NIsrael.png NNorway1.png
Netherlands
Slovakia
Belgium
Italy
Russia
Austria
United Kingdom
Armenia
Latvia
Albania
Cyprus
Malta
Romania
Faroe Islands
Moldova
Hungary
Greece
Azerbaijan
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ireland
Germany

12 points[edit | edit source]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country in the first semi-final:

Jury
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
TBA
Televoting
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
TBA

Semi-final 2[edit | edit source]

Semi-final 2
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1
2
3
4
5
6
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     Jury
     Televoting
Voting results
Total Score.png Split Jury Televote.png NFYRMacedonia.png NAlgeria.png NIceland1.png NUkraine.png NSanMarino.png NLuxembourg1.png NPortugal.png NLiechtenstein1.png NSlovenia.png NBulgaria1.png NCzechRepublic.png NMonaco.png NFinland.png NTurkey1.png NLithuania.png NMontenegro.png NEgypt.png NSpain.png NBelarus.png NSerbia.png NPoland.png NAustralia.png NKosovo.png NSweden1.png
FYR Macedonia
Algeria
Iceland
Ukraine
San Marino
Luxembourg
Portugal
Liechtenstein
Slovenia
Bulgaria
Czech Republic
Monaco
Finland
Turkey
Lithuania
Montenegro
Egypt
Spain
Belarus
Serbia
Poland

12 points[edit | edit source]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country in the second semi-final:

Jury
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
TBA
Televoting
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
TBA

Final[edit | edit source]

Final
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
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     Jury
     Televoting
Voting results
Total Score.png Split Jury Televote.png NRussia.png NSpain.png NIsrael.png NFYRMacedonia.png NAlbania.png NRomania1.png NSweden1.png NPoland.png NNorway1.png NUnitedKingdom.png NKosovo.png NBulgaria.png NTurkey.png NGermany.png NFinland.png NLuxembourg.png NCyprus.png NFaroeIslands.png NAustralia.png NMoldova.png NIceland.png NUkraine.png NFrance.png NBelgium.png NMalta.png NLithuania.png NNetherlands.png NSlovakia.png NItaly.png NAustria.png NArmenia.png NLatvia.png NHungary.png NGreece.png NAzerbaijan.png NBosniaHerzegovina.png NIreland.png NAlgeria.png NSanMarino.png NPortugal.png NLiechtenstein.png NSlovenia.png NCzechRepublic.png NMonaco.png NMontenegro.png NEgypt.png NBelarus.png NSerbia.png NRestoftheWorld.png
Russia
Spain
Israel
FYR Macedonia
Albania
Romania
Sweden
Poland
Norway
United
Kingdom
Kosovo
Bulgaria
Turkey
     Jury
     Televoting
Total Score.png Split Jury Televote.png NRussia.png NSpain.png NIsrael.png NFYRMacedonia.png NAlbania.png NRomania1.png NSweden1.png NPoland.png NNorway1.png NUnitedKingdom.png NKosovo.png NBulgaria.png NTurkey.png NGermany.png NFinland.png NLuxembourg.png NCyprus.png NFaroeIslands.png NAustralia.png NMoldova.png NIceland.png NUkraine.png NFrance.png NBelgium.png NMalta.png NLithuania.png NNetherlands.png NSlovakia.png NItaly.png NAustria.png NArmenia.png NLatvia.png NHungary.png NGreece.png NAzerbaijan.png NBosniaHerzegovina.png NIreland.png NAlgeria.png NSanMarino.png NPortugal.png NLiechtenstein.png NSlovenia.png NCzechRepublic.png NMonaco.png NMontenegro.png NEgypt.png NBelarus.png NSerbia.png NRestoftheWorld.png
Germany
Finland
Luxembourg
Cyprus
Faroe Islands
Australia
Moldova
Iceland
Ukraine
France
Belgium
Malta
Lithuania
The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by appearance in the semi-finals.

12 points[edit | edit source]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country in the final:

Jury
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
TBA
Televoting
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
TBA

Incidents[edit | edit source]

​Portuguese entry change[edit | edit source]

On 27 July 2016, it was revealed that the original national selection winner's song "Dame Un Besito" by Ana Malhoa was a cover. Therefor, RTP suggested to change the entry to the runner-up, which was approved by the IBU the same day.

​​Andorran disqualification[edit | edit source]

On 27 July 2016, the IBU announced that due to the fact that Andorra didn't submit any entry by the submission deadline, the country would be disqualified from the edition and will have to pay a special fee.

Other countries[edit | edit source]

Further information: List of countries in the International Music Festival

Countries that are active members of the International Broadcasting Union (IBU) are also eligible to participate in the International Music Festival. As in every edition, an invitation to all the members have been sent in order to confirm whether they will participate or not. The following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below.

Active IBU members[edit | edit source]

  • Flag of Belarus.png Belarus: On 8 June 2016, BTRC stated that a participation is currently in doubt and would be decided after the semi-final result.
  • Flag of Denmark.png Denmark : As the final confirmation deadline passed on July 17 and DR did not state anything on their participation, the IBU announced that Denmark will therefor be withdrawing from the 35th edition. A return is yet unknown.
  • Flag of Hungary.png Hungary: On 29 June 2016, Duna TV stated that a participation is likely but will ultimately be decided once the final results are out. They did finally confirm their participation a few days before the deadline.
  • Flag of Iceland.png Iceland: RÚV announced on May 30 that a decision would be made after the semi-final results are known.
  • Flag of Lebanon.png Lebanon : In an inofficial statement adressed towards the IBU, LBC announced their withdrawal from the 35th edition due to on-going changes and low interest in the competition itself.

IBU non-members[edit | edit source]

International broadcasts and voting[edit | edit source]

Voting and spokespersons[edit | edit source]

  1. Flag of Belgium.png Laura Tesoro
  2. Flag of Luxembourg.png Teske
  3. Flag of Belarus.png Alyona Lanskaya
  4. Flag of Malta.png Ben Camille
  5. Flag of Macedonia.png Bebe Rexha
  6. Flag of France.png Michael Vartan
  7. Flag of Albania.png Ronela Hajati
  8. Flag of Italy.png Mariano Di Vaio
  9. Flag of Iceland.png Yohanna
  10. Flag of Georgia.png Tika Patsatsia
  11. Flag of Liechtenstein.png Al Walser
  12. Flag of San Marino.png Donatella Versace
  13. Flag of Norway.png Julie Bergan
  14. Flag of Armenia.png Iveta Mukuchyan
  15. Flag of Romania.png Alexandru Foitos
  16. Flag of Bulgaria.png Poli Genova
  17. Flag of Germany.png Manuel Neuer
  18. Flag of Netherlands.png Armin van Buuren

  1. Flag of Croatia.png Severina Vučković
  2. Flag of Russia.png Natan
  3. Flag of Montenegro.png Milos Karadaglić
  4. Flag of Ireland.png Jessica Smith
  5. Flag of Spain.png David de Gea
  6. Flag of Serbia.png Milan Mitrovic
  7. Flag of Finland.png Pernilla Karlsson
  8. Flag of Czech Republic.png Tereza Kerndlova
  9. Flag of United Kingdom.png Maggie Smith
  10. Flag of Greece.png Helena Paparizou
  11. Flag of Moldova.png Pasha Parfeny
  12. Flag of Sweden.png Lynda Woodruff
  13. Flag of Estonia.png Elina Born
  14. Flag of Latvia.png Aminata
  15. Flag of Kosovo.png Hashim Thaçi
  16. Flag of Algeria.png Sabrine Chouib
  17. Flag of Poland.png Lanberry
  18. Flag of Australia.png Dami Im

  1. Flag of Cyprus.png Ivi Adamou
  2. Flag of Lithuania.png Jurgita Jurkute
  3. Flag of Portugal.png David Carreira
  4. Flag of Faroe Islands.png Sada Vidoo
  5. Flag of Turkey.png Derya Uluğ
  6. Flag of Hungary.png Antal Timi
  7. Flag of Israel.png Gal Gadot
  8. Flag of Austria.png Danny Nucci
  9. Flag of Monaco.png Amel Bent
  10. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.png Amel Curic
  11. Flag of Ukraine.png Loboda
  12. Flag of Slovakia.png Maria Cirova
  13. Flag of Egypt.png Sandy
  14. Flag of Azerbaijan.png Dilara Kazimova
  15. Flag of Slovenia.png Peter Poles
  16. Flag of Kazakhstan.png Luina
  17. Flag of None.png Demi Lovato[1]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Demi Lovato presented the votes for the Rest of the World jury.

External links[edit | edit source]

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