The eigth contest’s theme was Romance languages, even though France was dropped at the last minute and replaced with Central Asia. The original non-country, Middle East, won with the most ethnic UFOPOP winner to date. Korea’s second song won the first round hands down but the first song being one of the least liked ever dragged it down enough to lead to a sensational flop and nonqualification. It was, obviously the first time the winner of the first time failed to qualify.

There was, again, a mistake in the scoreboard which, this time, wreaked even more havoc, letting Central Asia qualify to the super final instead of Italy, who sang in their local language for the first time. The mistake was found only afterwards. Central Asia’s real placing was only fifth.


Date 2016-10-23
Winner Middle East
New countries 3
Languages total 8
Local language entries 10½
Jurors 13


# Country Artist Song Final Round 1
1 Central Asia Jiidesh Idirisova Kim Bilet 5
2 Mexico Gloria Trevi Las pequeñas cosas 11
3 Middle East Amr Mustapha & Orsi Law Fi Hayati (Thousands of Miles) 10
4 Korea 2NE1 Come Back Home 12
5 Portugal Santamaria Já não dá p’ra esperar 2 4
6 Italy Elisa Luce (Tramonti a Nord Est) 3 3
7 Central Asia Shahzoda Yurak 9
8 Mexico Anahí Quiero 7
9 Middle East Carole Samaha Wahsani Baladi 1 2
10 Korea Lee Soo Young Hwillilli 1
11 Portugal Mickael Carreira Longe de ti 6
12 Italy Cherry My Last Breath of Love 8