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International Music Festival 36
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Dates
Semi-final 1 date 15th October 2016
Semi-final 2 date 22nd October 2016
Final date 17th December 2016
Host
Venue Arena Armeec, Sofia
Presenter(s) Poli Genova
Broadcaster BNT
Opening act Semi-final 1: Poli Genova - "If Love Was A Crime"
Pre-show: Lady Gaga - "Million Reasons"; Grand Final: Poli Genova - "If Love Was A Crime"
Interval act Semi-final 1: Tsvetelina Yaneva - "Vidimo Izneveril"
Grand Final: Britney Spears - "Slumber Party"
Participants
Entries 54
Returning Flag of Denmark Denmark
Flag of Morocco Morocco
Withdrawing Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Greece Greece
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 Flag of Australia "The Greatest"
International Music Festival
◄ 35 Eurovision Heart 37 ►

International Music Festival 36, often referred to as IMF 36, will be the thirty-sixth edition of the International Music Festival. The edition will be hosted in Bulgaria, after Christiana Loizu won with her song "Phoenix".

Location Edit

Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria (Bulgarian: Република България, tr. Republika Bǎlgariya, pronounced [rɛˈpublikɐ bɐɫˈɡarijɐ]), is a country in southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. With a territory of 110,994 square kilometres (42,855 sq mi), Bulgaria is Europe's 16th-largest country.

Organised prehistoric cultures began developing on current Bulgarian lands during the Neolithic period. Its ancient history saw the presence of the Thracians, Greeks and Romans. The emergence of a unified Bulgarian state dates back to the establishment of the First Bulgarian Empire in 681 AD, which dominated most of the Balkans and functioned as a cultural hub for Slavs during the Middle Ages. With the downfall of the Second Bulgarian Empire in 1396, its territories came under Ottoman rule for nearly five centuries. The Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78 led to the formation of the Third Bulgarian State. The following years saw several conflicts with its neighbours, which prompted Bulgaria to align with Germany in both world wars. In 1946 it became a one-party socialist state as part of the Soviet-led Eastern Bloc. In December 1989 the ruling Communist Party allowed multi-party elections, which subsequently led to Bulgaria's transition into a democracy and a market-based economy.

Bulgaria's population of 7.4 million people is predominantly urbanised and mainly concentrated in the administrative centres of its 28 provinces. Most commercial and cultural activities are centred on the capital and largest city, Sofia. The strongest sectors of the economy are heavy industry, power engineering, and agriculture, all of which rely on local natural resources.

The country's current political structure dates to the adoption of a democratic constitution in 1991. Bulgaria is a unitary parliamentary republic with a high degree of political, administrative, and economic centralisation. It is a member of the European Union, NATO, and the Council of Europe; a founding state of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); and has taken a seat at the UN Security Council three times.


Bidding phaseEdit

The first venues applying to host the contest were revealed on the 1st September 2016. On September 5, along with the official theme it was revealed that Sofia would host the competition in the Arena Armeec.

Key   Template:If empty   Host venue

City Venue Capacity Notes
Plovdiv Kolodruma 7,500 The arena was opened in 2015.
Ruse Bulstrad Arena 6,300 Host of the 2017 EuroBasket Women qualification.
Sofia Arena Armeec 17,000 Hosted multiple events, including concerts.

Participating countriesEdit

54 countries have confirmed to take part in the edition. Denmark and Morocco are returning to the contest after a one-edition absence, while Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece are withdrawing from the contest.

Returning artists Edit

Dominika Mirgová represented Slovakia in the twenty-fourth and thirty-third edition. Nini previously represented Georgia in the twenty-ninth edition. Magdalena Cvetkoska Ena took part for FYR Macedonia in the seventh, fourteenth and thirty-fifth editions. Jan Oliver already represnted Liechtenstein in the thirty-third edition. Kida was already taking part for Kosovo in the thirty-fifth edition. Sia represtened Australia in the twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth editions.

ResultsEdit

Quarter-final Edit

Eight countries took part in this edition's quarter-final. On the 24th September 2016, Slovenia and Monaco were revealed as the two qualifiers, while Portugal, Azerbaijan, San Marino, Belarus, Austria and Hungary were eleminated.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Portugal Portugal Kika "If This Is Love" 3 66
02 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Emin ft. Nile Rodgers "Boomerang" 8 43
03 Flag of San Marino San Marino Sergio Sylvestre "Big Boy" 4 66
04 Flag of Belarus Belarus Katya Volkova "Nad atlanticheskim" 6 56
05 Flag of Austria Austria Leelah Sky "No Limit" 7 46
06 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Reconceal ft. Maja Keuc "End Of Night" 2 66
07 Flag of Hungary Hungary KosziJanka "My Own Home" 5 59
08 Flag of Monaco Monaco Emji "Lost" 1 69

Semi-final 1Edit

Twenty-one countries participated in the first semi-final. Australia, Norway and Spain also voted in this semi-final. 

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Vera Brezhneva "Feel" 6 194
02 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Monika Bagarova "Let Me Love U" 18 61
03 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 4 Roses "Spalvos" 15 105
04 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Kida "Ja Kem Nis" 13 115
05 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Jan Oliver "Stay Young" 9 139
06 Flag of Denmark Denmark Ericka Jane "Bad Like You" 10 130
07 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Shiraz "Kif Badak 3ani Tghib" 21 29
08 Flag of Iceland Iceland Ásgeir "Torrent" 8 144
09 Flag of Romania Romania Nosfe ft. Ruby "Condimente" 4 221
10 Flag of Georgia Georgia Nini "Ocean" 12 124
11 Flag of Monaco Monaco Emji "Lost" 5 208
12 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Moldir Auelbekova "Shirkin-ay" 17 69
13 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Christina Maria "Colovrs" 16 72
14 Flag of Morocco Morocco RedOne ft. Enrique Iglesias "Don't You Need Somebody" 11 125
15 Flag of Italy Italy Annalisa "Se Avessi Un Cuore" 1 235
16 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Knez "Kneginja" 19 56
17 Flag of Albania Albania Ronela Hajati "Amini" 3 223
18 Flag of Russia Russia Anna Shulgina "Nozhevaya" 2 224
19 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Lisa i dali "Princess" 14 110
20 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Lina Button "Misty Mind" 20 50
21 Flag of Poland Poland Ewelina Lisowska "Zatrzymaj się" 7 150

Semi-final 2Edit

Twenty-one countries participated in the second semi-final. Bulgaria, Germany and the United Kingdom also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Benjamin Lasnier "Love You Out Loud" 14 122
02 Flag of Turkey Turkey Gamze "Fanatik" 8 158
03 Flag of Finland Finland Jannika B "Niagara" 12 138
04 Flag of Croatia Croatia Maja Šuput "Ne Lomi Mi Srce" 16 117
05 Flag of Sweden Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw "Hanging Onto Nothing" 10 139
06 Flag of Armenia Armenia Rome Will Burn "Chameleon" 3 205
07 Flag of Ireland Ireland Mollie King "Back To You" 11 139
08 Flag of Belgium Belgium Natalia "Smoking Gun" 6 161
09 Flag of Egypt Egypt Sharyhan "Where Is God" 17 109
10 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Dominika Mirgová "Tu Sme Boli" 9 155
11 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands PollyAnna "Indigo" 18 82
12 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Magdalena Cvetkoska Ena "Placat I Najsilni" 4 199
13 Flag of Latvia Latvia Paula Dukure "The Missing Ingredient" 6 172
14 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Reconceal ft. Maja Keuc "End Of Night" 1 225
15 Flag of France France Ishtar "A Paris" 5 184
16 Flag of Moldova Moldova Nicoleta Nucă "Amintiri" 2 211
17 Flag of Algeria Algeria Kenza Farah "Fais Le Job" 20 33
18 Flag of Serbia Serbia Lukijan Ivanović "Sve Si Meni" 21 18
19 Flag of Israel Israel Judah Gavra "Falling" 13 133
20 Flag of Estonia Estonia Púr Múdd "Fight For You" 19 80
21 Flag of Malta Malta Marie Claire Attard Bason "Għal Dejjem" 15 120

Grand FinalEdit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Poland Poland Ewelina Lisowska "Zatrzymaj się" 23 127
02 Flag of Armenia Armenia Rome Will Burn "Chameleon" 6 275
03 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Dara "K'vo Ne Chu" 2 448
04 Flag of Australia1 Australia Sia "The Greatest" 1 457
05 Flag of Russia Russia Anna Shulgina "Nozhevaya" 21 162
06 Flag of France France Ishtar "A Paris" 13 218
07 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Jan Oliver "Stay Young" 25 91
08 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Reconceal ft. Maja Keuc "End Of Night" 3 328
09 Flag of Spain Spain Fruela "Blaming You" 20 162
10 Flag of Belgium Belgium Natalia "Smoking Gun" 24 122
11 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Vera Brezhneva "Feel" 18 174
12 Flag of Iceland Iceland Ásgeir "Torrent" 19 168
13 Flag of Monaco Monaco Emji "Lost" 8 257
14 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom KLOE "Liability" 10 237
15 Flag of Turkey Turkey Gamze "Fanatik" 16 190
16 Flag of Romania Romania Nofse ft. Ruby "Condimente" 11 226
17 Flag of Italy Italy Annalisa "Se Avessi Un Cuore" 7 271
18 Flag of Norway Norway Susanne Sundfør "Accelerate" 9 254
19 Flag of Denmark Denmark Ericka Jane "Bad Like You" 22 150
20 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Magdalena Cvetkoska Ena "Placat I Najsilni" 4 318
21 Flag of Germany Germany Maite Kelly "Sieben Leben Für Dich" 26 49
22 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Dominika Mirgová "Tu Sme Boli" 14 213
23 Flag of Moldova Moldova Nicoleta Nucă "Amintiri" 5 304
24 Flag of Sweden Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw "Hanging Onto Nothing" 17 178
25 Flag of Latvia Latvia Paulua Dukure "The Missing Ingredient" 15 206
26 Flag of Albania Albania Ronela Hajati "Amini" 12 223

Voting grids Edit

Semi-final 1 Edit

Semi-final 1
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
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12 points Edit

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

Semi-final 2 Edit

Semi-final 2
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
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12 points Edit

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

Final Edit

Final
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
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12 points Edit

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

IncidentsEdit

Other countriesEdit

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 membersEdit

  • Flag of Austria Austria: On 31 July 2016, ORF announced that due to the "past unsuccessful attempts", Austria would wait till the first semi-final results are out before "likely" confirming participation. On 6 August 2016, it was confirmed that Austria would participate with a new selection format.
  • Flag of Greece Greece: On September 2 2016, ERT revealed that because of their bottom five position last edition, resulting in a quarter-final participation, ERT would withdraw from the 36th edition.
  • Flag of Italy Italy: On 31 July 2016, RAI announced that their participation is currently in doubt. However, they did not give any further reason. On the same day, RAI declared that this was an inofficial statement and therefor confirmed their presence at the contest.
  • Flag of Latvia Latvia: On 18 August 2016, LTV announced that they disagree with the qualifiers of the first semi-final and therefor announced their withdrawal from the contest. Howevever, on September 2 2016, LTV confirmed their presence at the contest.
  • Flag of Romania Romania: On 13 August 2016, TVR announced that due to a lack of financial budget the country would withdraw from the competiton. A return for the 37th edition was not ruled out.
  • Flag of Slovenia Slovenia: On 28 August 2016, RTVSLO revealed that their Head of Delegation has changed and therefor would also participate in the 36th edition.

International broadcasts and votingEdit

Voting and spokespersonsEdit

  1. Flag of Belgium Loïc Nottet
  2. Flag of United Kingdom Matt Terry
  3. Flag of Albania Besa
  4. Flag of Belarus Teo
  5. Flag of France Amandine Bourgeois
  6. Flag of Macedonia Esma Redžepova
  7. Flag of Cyprus Kate Pavli
  8. Flag of Australia Delta Goodrem
  9. Flag of Switzerland Bastian Baker
  10. Flag of Poland Agnieszka Włodarczyk
  11. Flag of Latvia Marta Ritova
  12. Flag of Russia Alexander Vorobyov
  13. Flag of San Marino Taryn Southern
  14. Flag of Egypt Natahlie Saba
  15. Flag of Netherlands Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau
  16. Flag of Iceland Anita Briem
  17. Flag of Italy Marco Mengoni
  18. Flag of Serbia Sanja Vučić ZAA

  1. Flag of Portugal David Carreira
  2. Flag of Sweden Tove Lo
  3. Flag of Slovenia Maja Keuc
  4. Flag of Ukraine Max Barskih
  5. Flag of Turkey Irem Derici
  6. Flag of Monaco Tal
  7. Flag of Kosovo Dua Lipa
  8. Flag of Denmark Medina
  9. Flag of Israel Moran Atias
  10. Flag of Algeria Zaho
  11. Flag of Norway Agnete
  12. Flag of Lithuania Donny Montell
  13. Flag of Morocco Laila Abid
  14. Flag of Malta Destiny Chukunyere
  15. Flag of Lebanon Nicole Saba
  16. Flag of Moldova Pasha Parfeny
  17. Flag of Ireland Nicky Byrne
  18. Flag of Luxembourg Douwe Bob

  1. Flag of Armenia Iveta Mukuchyan
  2. Flag of Azerbaijan Dilara Kazimova
  3. Flag of Slovakia Celeste Buckingham
  4. Flag of Spain Alvaro Soler
  5. Flag of Georgia Nina Sublatti
  6. Flag of Croatia Severina Vučković
  7. Flag of Liechtenstein Claudia Schanza
  8. Flag of Austria Emily Cox
  9. Flag of Germany Anke Engelke
  10. Flag of Romania Alexandra Stan
  11. Flag of Estonia Jüri Pootsmann
  12. Flag of Bulgaria Zhana Bergendorff
  13. Flag of Czech Republic Lenka Filipová
  14. Flag of Finland Saara Aalto

External linksEdit

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