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Eurovision Song Contest 2016

The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 will be the 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It will take place in the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, following Sweden's victory at the 2015 contest in Vienna with the song "Heroes", performed by Mans Zelmerlow. This will be the third time the contest has taken place in Stockholm, after 1975 and 2000, the latter also being held at the Globe. The contest will consist of two semi-finals on 10 and 12 May and the final on 14 May 2016. The three live shows will be hosted by Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede.

Forty-three countries will participate, equaling the record number of participants set in 2008 and 2011. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia and Ukraine will return after absences from recent contests, while Australia will also return after débuting as a special guest in 2015. However, Portugal will withdraw. The contest will also be the first to implement a new voting system since 1975, with each country now awarding two sets of points: one from their professional jury and another from televoting.

Ira Losco will be representing Malta after she had won the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the Song `Chameleon`, however this year winners of national contests had the right to change the song with which they will participate in Stockholm in May.

Ira Losco and her team have decided to change the song and they have submitted 10 songs (nine new compositions and Chameleon). Juries from 13 European countries, comprising of music industry professionals, together with a panel of music experts from Malta chose the song  Walk on Water  to represent Malta in Stockholm.

Ira Losco will be the last artist to perform on the first day of the Semi-final which will be held on Tuesday 10th May.





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