Pre-Qualification Round 8
United We Stand
PQR 8 Logo
Final 4 December 2015
Venue Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall, Astana, Kazakhstan
Presenter(s) Diana Snegina
Entries 8
System Each country awarded:
12, 10, 8-4 points (participants)
12, 10, 8-3 points (non-participants)
Qualifiers 5
Pre-Qualification Round
◄ 7 Eurovision Heart 9 ►

Pre-Qualification Round 8 (often abbreviated PQR 8), was a pre-event held for the seventeenth edition of the North Vision Song Contest. Eight countries participated and five of them qualified to the semi finals. Kazakhstan was chosen as the host country and the venue was the Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall in Astana.


For further information see Astana

Astana is the capital of Kazakhstan. Astana is the political, educational, sport and healthcare center of Kazakhstan. It was originally known as Akmoly.

Astana has been settled since 1830, established on the Ishim River, in a very flat, semi-arid steppe stone region. It has gone through several name changes before, in 1997, the capital of Kazakhstan became Akmola, which was renamed to Astana in 1998. It is currently twinned or sister-cities with eighteen cities in fifteen countries. Nowadays, nearly 900,000 people live in the city, however only 41% of the population are ethnically Kazakh. The other 59% is mainly made up of Germans, Russians and Ukrainians.

Bidding phase

Locations of the candidate cities. The chosen location is marked in red.

The hosting submissions for the pre-qualification round started on 17 November 2015. Eight countries applied to host the event. The first country to apply to host the event was previous pre-qualification round participant Armenia with the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex. Slovakia joined the bidding phase with the Slovak National Theatre making it the fifth time the country applied. San Marino submitted their application to host the event with the San Marino Stadium for the fourth time. Russia was the next country that applied to host the event with the Nahum Orlov. Previous host of the event, Slovenia, also applied to host the event with Kocka in Ljubljana. Former winners of the contest Kazakhstan and Denmark joined the bidding phase with the Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall and the Koncerthuset respectively. Italy was the last country to join the bidding phase with Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.

The host was selected through a poll. After two days of voting, Kazakhstan was selected as the host of the event with 39 out of the 150 votes.

Country (City) Venue Capacity
Flag of Armenia Armenia (Yerevan) Karen Demirchyan Complex 2,008
Denmark Denmark (Copenhagen) Koncerthuset 1,800
Flag of Italy Italy (Rome) Teatro dell'Opera di Roma 1,600
Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan (Astana) Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall 3,500
Flag of Russia Russia (Chelyabinsk) Nahum Orlov 700
Flag of San Marino San Marino (Serravalle) San Marino Stadium 5,000
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia (Bratislava) Slovak National Theatre 1,700
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia (Ljubljana) Kocka 2,500


In the eighth pre-qualification, the five countries that ended in the bottom of the two semi-finals of the sixteenth edition had to compete. However, as Albania and Luxembourg withdrew from the seventeenth edition, there were eight instead of ten countries competing. Luxembourg originally confirmed their participation but was forced to withdraw after missing out the deadline. There were five qualifiers, making it a total of twenty countries in each of the semi-finals of the edition.


Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Parov Stelar feat. Claudia Kane "Six Feet Underground" 4 60
02 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Daniel Kajmakoski "10 Leta" 3 63
03 Flag of Malta Malta Brooke "Young and Free" 5 56
04 Flag of Georgia Georgia Mariam Chachkhiani feat. Loop G "Gibberish" 7 56
05 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Samra "O Sevir" 6 56
06 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Maya "Toli" 2 68
07 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Wolter Kroes & Billy Dans "Hey Geen Idee" 8 38
08 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Stefanos Dimosthenous "Panta Ekei" 1 74

Voting grid

Voting results
Total Score NLiechtenstein NMacedonia NMalta NGeorgia NAzerbaijan NLithuania NNetherlands NCyprus NRestoftheWorld
Liechtenstein 60 7 8 12 6 10 4 7 6
FYR Macedonia 63 4 10 7 10 5 10 10 7
Malta 56 12 8 10 5 6 5 6 4
Georgia 56 8 4 5 8 7 6 8 10
Azerbaijan 56 5 10 6 5 12 8 5 5
Lithuania 68 7 12 7 8 7 7 12 8
Netherlands 38 10 5 4 4 4 4 4 3
Cyprus 74 6 6 12 6 12 8 12 12

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Malta, Azerbaijan, Netherlands, Rest of the World
2 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania FYR Macedonia, Cyprus
1 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Georgia
Flag of Malta Malta Liechtenstein
Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Lithuania

See also

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