|International Music Festival #15|
|Define Your Choice|
|Winner:||"Rise Like A Phoenix"|
|Semifinal 1:||30 July|
|Semifinal 2:||30 July|
|Grand Final:||4 August|
|Location:||Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona|
Semifinal 1: Brequette - "Más" |
Semifinal 2: Edurne - "Pretty Boy"
Final: Pastora Soler with "Quedate Conmigo"
Semifinal 1: Lilian Garcia - "Ur Girl (Till The End Of The World) |
Semifinal 2: Nuria Swan - "Romeo"
Final: Soraya & Miguel - "Wrecking Ball"
|Moderation:||Monica Naranjo & Blas Cantó|
International Music Festival #15, often referred to as IMF #15, was 15th edition of International Music Festival.
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Host city selectionEdit
The IBU decided to move the contest to Spain , after their victory at the first special edition. On July 28, TVE , the spanish broadcaster, said on a press conference that Barcelona would host the contest.
Forty-seven countries will participate in the sixteenth edition with Israel returning after a one-edition break and Egypt , Georgia , Liechtenstein , Lithuania and Monaco withdrawing from the contest.
Kurt Calleja represented Malta in the twelfth edition . Emmelie de Forest returns for Denmark the third time after representing Denmark in the first and ninth edition. Ryan Dolan returns for Ireland the third time after representing Ireland in the tenth and fourteenth edition, too. Conchita Wurst returns for Austria after representing it in the thirteenth edition. Ruth Lorenzo returns for Spain after representing it in the eigth edition. Valentina Monetta returns for San Marino after representing it in the fifth edition. Shiri Maimon returns for Morocco after representing it in the eigth edition. Kristia Siegfrids returns the third time for Finland after representing it in the second and twelfth edition. RiskyKidd returns for Greece after being part of the greek entry in the thirteenth edition. Poli Genova returns for Bulgaria after representing it twice in the sixth and tenth edition. Yohanna makes her return for Iceland as she represented Iceland in the sixth edition. Paula Seling & Ovi return for Romania after representing it in the eigth edition. Paula also represented Romania in the thirteenth edition. Eldar Qasimov returns for Azerbaijan together with Nikki Jamal after Eldar Qasimov was representing Azerbaijan in the eleventh edition. Nikki Jamal represented Azerbaijan in the twelth edition together with Karen Viuff and in the fourteenth edition together with Dima Bilan . Andrea Demirovic returns for Montenegro after representing Montenegro in the thirteenth edition.