The core team for the contest was announced by SVT and the EBU on 26 October.

Johan Bernhagen and Martin Österdahl were Executive Producers, while Tobias Åberg was Head of Production.

The three live shows were directed by Sven Stojanović and the contest was produced by Christer Björkman.

The EBU announced on 18 February 2016 that a new voting system would be implemented at the contest for the first time since 1975.

This was the first time since the introduction of professional jury voting in 2009 that the overall winner won neither the jury vote, which was won by Australia, nor the televote, which was won by Russia, with Ukraine placing second in both.

It was also the first song with lyrics in Crimean Tatar to win or enter the contest. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia and Ukraine returned after absences from recent contests, while Australia also returned after debuting as a special guest in 2015.

The Director General of Radiotelevisione della Repubblica di San Marino (SMRTV), Carlo Romeo, stated on 23 February that the use of a substitute televoting result discriminated against microstates like San Marino, which only used a professional jury due to their use of the Italian phone system and would therefore have its voting representation diminished under the new system, and criticised the EBU for not contacting its members before making the decision.

Eurovision The Party, hosted by Sanna Nielsen, allowed fans to watch the final on a big screen and featured backstage material from the Ericsson Globe such as Nielsen conducting exclusive interviews and appearing with hosts Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw.

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 Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was the 61st edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest.

It took place in Stockholm, Sweden, following Måns Zelmerlöw's win at the 2015 contest in Vienna, Austria with the song "Heroes".

As the new voting system gives equal weight to jury and televoting results, a national jury result cannot be used as backup result for the televoting or vice versa.