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However, other cities and arenas were invited to apply, and those making a bid had approximately three weeks to submit their offer to SVT.SVT announced on 1 June the conditions under which cities and venues could announce their interest in hosting the contest: Venue of the final of Melodifestivalen since 2013.Friends Arena is the biggest football stadium and indoor venue in Sweden and the Nordic countries.However, it was reportedly not part of Stockholm's bid.The Ericsson Globe has a capacity of approximately 16,000 attendees, and this was the second time the contest has been staged at the venue, after the Eurovision Song Contest 2000.Host broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) announced on 24 May, the day after winning the 2015 contest, that the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm was their first choice venue.Twenty-six countries competed in the final, which was the first to be broadcast on live television in the United States.The Czech Republic managed to qualify for the final for the first time in five attempts since its debut in 2007, while both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece failed to qualify from the semi-finals for the first time ever, the latter being absent from the final for the first time since 2000.

The EBU announced on 18 February 2016 that a new voting system would be implemented at the contest for the first time since 1975.The new system, inspired by the voting system of Melodifestivalen, involves each country now awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. After viewers have cast their votes, the results of each professional jury are presented, with countries receiving 1-8 and 10 points being displayed on-screen instead of 1-7, which had been the case since 2006, and the national spokesperson announcing only the country to which they award 12 points.After the results of the professional juries are presented, the televoting points from all participating countries are combined, providing one score for each song.A record-breaking 204 million viewers worldwide watched the contest, beating the 2015 viewing figures by over 5 million.The contest took place in the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, following Sweden's victory at the 2015 contest in Vienna with the song "Heroes", performed by Måns Zelmerlöw.

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