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Own Eurovision Song Contest 44
Revive your soul
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Milan44
Dates
Quarter-final date 7 May 2016
Semi-final 1 date 14 May 2016
Semi-final 2 date 21 May 2016
Final date 4 June 2016
Host
Venue Mediolanum Forum
Milan, Italy
Presenter(s) Alessandro Cattelan
Alessia Marcuzzi
Executive supervisor Mihai
Executive producer Labi
Host broadcaster RAI (Rai — Radiotelevisione italiana S.p.A.)
Opening act "No Hero" by Elisa
Interval act Grand Final
"Love Me Forever" by Elisa
Participants
Number of entries 49
Returning countries Egypt Egypt
Lebanon Lebanon
Morocco Morocco
Russia Russia
Withdrawing countries Belarus Belarus
Georgia Georgia
Malta Malta
Scotland Scotland
Slovakia Slovakia
Vote
Voting system Each country awardes 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Null points None
Winning song Poland Poland
"Cool Me Down"
Own Eurovision Song Contest
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Own Eurovision Song Contest 44, often referred to as OESC #44, is the 44th edition of the Own Eurovision Song Contest. It will take place in Milan, Italy, following Italy's victory at the 43rd Contest with "No Hero", performed by Elisa. This will be the first time the competition will take place in Italy. The contest is scheduled to consist of one quarter-final, two semi-finals and a final. On April 15, 2016 it was revealed that the Mediolanum Forum Arena will be the venue of the 44th edition.

Forty-nine countries have confirmed their participation in this edition. The contest will see the return of Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Russia. Belarus, Georgia, Malta, Scotland and Slovakia have decided to withdraw. Following the high number of countries that wishes to compete in the 44th edition, a Quarter Finals Round will be held in which the bottom five entries from each of the two semifinals from the 43rd edition will compete, in order to qualify for the semifinals. The 44th edition marks Uzbekistan's last participation in the Own Eurovision Song Contest.

The 44th edition consisted in four shows: one quarter-final, two semifinals and a grand final. The quarter final took place on May 7, 2016, while the semifinals took place on May 14, 2016 and May 21, 2016 respectively. The Grand Final took place on June 4, 2016.

After a tense voting process, Poland won the contest for the fourth time, with Margaret's song "Cool Me Down". Poland received a total amount of 246 points, winning by a margin of 31 points. The runner-up of the 44th edition was Portugal, making the country's best place in the competition.

The third place went to Dua Lipa's "Last Dance" from Kosovo, fourth place went to "Sofia" from Spain, while the fifth place went to Lara Scandar from Egypt and the sixth place went to Florena's ballad "Behind the Shadows" from Romania. The 44th edition also saw the best score from a semifinal, both Poland and Portugal manage to surpass Albania's record of 159 points, with Poland receiving a total amount of 160 points, while Portugal received 177 points, being the new record breaker at the moment. The #WebAwardWinner was Portugal's "Be Ok" and the #BestNonQualifier was declared Algeria.

From the countries that were automatically qualified in the Grand Final, only Kosovo (3rd place) and the host country, Italy (9th place), ranked into the top 10. Czech Republic placed 13th with 108 points, while The other three countries from the "Big 6" placed into the second part of the scoreboard, with Ukraine ranking 20th, Kazakhstan placed 21st and Norway placing last out of 26 countries that were in the Grand Final.


Location

For more details on the host country, see Italy.

Venue

The Mediolanum Forum (formerly known as FilaForum di Assago, DatchForum di Assago and Forum di Assago) is an indoor sports arena that is located in Assago, near Milan, Italy. The arena has a seating capacity of 12,500 for basketball and is primarily used for ice hockey, basketball, and tennis. It also hosts live concerts. The Forum received the European Prize for Architecture for sports venues awarded by CONI and the Council of Europe. It is also one of two facilities in Italy, along with Palalottomatica in Rome, to be part of the European Arenas Association network.

In January 2009, the arena changed its name to the current name of Mediolanum Forum, replacing the old name of Datch Forum.

Bidding Phase

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Naples
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Milan
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Rome
Locations of the candidate cities.
RAI announced the conditions under which cities and venues had announced their interest in hosting the 44th contest:
  • The host city had to provide a certain number of hotels and hotel rooms to be found in the vicinity of the stadium.
  • The arena had to be able to offer lodges adjacent to the stadium.
  • A press centre had to be available at the stadium that will have a specific size.
  • RAI had to have access to the host venue at least 4–6 weeks before the broadcasts, in order to build the stage, rigging lights and all the technology.
  • The host city had to be close to a major airport.

The following cities are interested in hosting the 44th contest

City Venue Capacity Notes
Milan Forum Milan 12 500 Is primarily used for ice hockey, basketball, and tennis. It also hosts live concerts.
Naples Pala Argento 8 000 It was the home arena of the Partenope Napoli basketball team of the Lega Basket Serie A.
Rome Pala Lottomatica 11 200 Hosted the 1960 Olympic basketball tournaments.

Host city

The host of the 44th edition was decided to be Milan. This will be the first time the contest will take place in Italy. Milan is the second-most populous city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy. The city proper has a population of about 1.3 million, while its urban area (the 5th-largest in the EU) comprises an estimated 5 million people (former Provinces of Milan and Monza-Brianza, with other Comuni included in the former Province of Varese). Greater Milan is a polycentric area of 7 to 10 million people, stretching over the provinces of Milan, Bergamo, Como, Lecco, Lodi, Monza and Brianza, Pavia, Varese and Novara. The Milan metropolitan region is part of the so-called Blue Banana, the area of Europe with the highest population and industrial density. In terms of GDP, Milan has the third largest economy among EU cities (after London and Paris) and the largest among European non-capital cities.

Milan is the main industrial, commercial, and financial centre of Italy and a leading global city. Its business district hosts the Borsa Italiana (Italy's main stock exchange) and the headquarters of the largest national banks and companies. The city is a major world fashion and design capital. Milan's museums, theatres and landmarks (including the Milan Cathedral, the fifth-largest cathedral in the world, and Santa Maria delle Grazie, decorated with Leonardo da Vinci paintings such as The Last Supper, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) attract over 8 million visitors annually. The city hosts numerous cultural institutions and universities, with 185,000 enrolled students in 2011, i.e. 11 percent of the national total. The city is also well known for several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, the largest of its kind in the world, and is the host for the second time of a Universal Exposition, the Expo 2015. Milan is home to two of the world's major football teams, A.C. Milan and Inter Milan.

Format

Semi-final Allocation Draw

The semifinal allocation draw took place on April 15, 2016.

The participating countries, excluding the automatic finalists (host Italy and the Big Five), and the quarter-finalists, will be split into six pots, based on voting patterns from the previous ten editions. The pots were calculated and are as follows:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

From these pots, 20 countries each were allocated to compete in the first semifinal and 20 in the second semifinal. The host country, Italy will vote in the first semi-final. The countries from the big five will vote as follow: Czech Republic with Ukraine in the first semifinal, while Kazakhstan, Kosovo and Norway in the second semifinal.

Participating countries

Quarter-final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Croatia Croatia Tina Vukov "Na rubu" 4 52
02 Ireland Ireland Markus Feehily "Sanctuary" 6 42
03 Armenia Armenia Mariam Araqelyan "We Run Out Of Love" 3 54
04 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Emin feat. Ani Lorak "Zovi menya" 5 44
05 Netherlands Netherlands Jochen Miller feat. Simone Nijssen "Slow Down" 2 56
06 Algeria Algeria Sindy "S'envoler" 1 58

Semi-final 1

Twenty countries participated in the first semi-final. Czech Republic, Italy and Ukraine voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Spain Spain Alvaro Soler "Sofia" 4 85
02 England England Little Mix feat. Jason Derulo "Secret Love Song" 2 98
03 Iceland Iceland Glowie "Party" 11 68
04 Turkey Turkey Aynur Aydın "Bi Dakika" 17 50
05 Sweden Sweden Hilda "Smashing Hearts" 16 53
06 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Magdalena Bogić "Nije kraj" 18 37
07 Hungary Hungary Odett "Stardust" 8 74
08 Poland Poland Margaret "Cool Me Down" 1 160
09 Moldova Moldova Nicoleta Nucă "Inima mea" 6 76
10 Albania Albania Besa feat. Ansi "Kameleon" 3 89
11 Denmark Denmark Brandon Beal feat. Lukas Graham "Golden" 12 68
12 Serbia Serbia Altiyan Childs "Headlines" 19 36
13 Lithuania Lithuania Evelina Young "Can't Wake Up" 7 74
14 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Jasur Gaipov "Ming afsus" 15 54
15 Cyprus Cyprus Tribe Solar "My Supernova" 20 22
16 France France Jain "Come" 10 72
17 Germany Germany Beyond The Black "In the Shadows" 9 74
18 Netherlands Netherlands Jochen Miller feat. Simone Nijssen "Slow Down" 5 80
19 Israel Israel Dana Lapidot "Mistovev Baolam" 14 56
20 Algeria Algeria Sindy "S'envoler" 13 66

Semi-final 2

Twenty countries participated in the second semi-final. Kazakhstan, Kosovo and Norway will vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Belgium Belgium Laura Tesoro "Outta Here" 12 66
02 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Keldan "Hevur tú í Jesu sárum funnið frið" 19 31
03 Egypt Egypt Lara Scandar "See the Beauty" 6 85
04 Montenegro Montenegro Ana Milenković "Budalo" 9 74
05 Austria Austria Anna F. "Unbelievable" 15 46
06 Armenia Armenia Mariam Araqelyan "We Run Out Of Love" 3 105
07 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Janet Devlin "Suantraí Meisciuil" 4 96
08 Bulgaria Bulgaria Grafa "Drama Queen" 16 45
09 Greece Greece Eleni Foureira "Den Sou Xrostao Agapi" 11 69
10 Estonia Estonia Cartoon feat. Kristel Aaslaid "Immortality" 7 75
11 Morocco Morocco Hatim Idar "36" 17 35
12 Romania Romania Florena "Behind the Shadows" 5 93
13 Finland Finland Mikael Saari "On It Goes" 10 73
14 Slovenia Slovenia Raiven "Črno bel" 14 49
15 Switzerland Switzerland Mr. Da-Nos "Why Did You Leave" 8 75
16 Wales Wales Golden Fable "Breathe In" 18 32
17 Portugal Portugal April "Be Ok" 1 177
18 Lebanon Lebanon Naji Osta "Heik" 20 3
19 Russia Russia Vintage feat. M.E.G. & N.E.R.A.K. "Ya veryu v lyubov'" 2 111
20 Macedonia Macedonia Thea "Mozesh li bez mene" 13 52

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Janet Devlin "Suantraí Meisciuil" 15 103
02 England England Little Mix feat. Jason Derulo "Secret Love Song" 14 107
03 Norway Norway Tungevaag & Raaban "Parade" 26 55
04 Poland Poland Margaret "Cool Me Down" 1 246
05 Moldova Moldova Nicoleta Nucă "Inima mea" 23 73
06 Armenia Armenia Mariam Araqelyan "We Run Out Of Love" 16 96
07 Switzerland Switzerland Mr. Da-Nos "Why Did You Leave" 25 63
08 Portugal Portugal April "Be Ok" 2 215
09 Finland Finland Mikael Saari "On It Goes" 18 83
10 Estonia Estonia Cartoon feat. Kristel Aaslaid "Immortality" 17 91
11 Italy Italy Laura Marano "Boombox" 9 117
12 Netherlands Netherlands Jochen Miller feat. Simone Nijssen "Slow Down" 24 70
13 Spain Spain Alvaro Soler "Sofia" 4 151
14 Kosovo Kosovo Dua Lipa "Last Dance" 3 154
15 France France Jain "Come" 8 123
16 Czech Republic Czech Republic N.O.H.A. "Tu Café" 13 108
17 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Danel Alpieva "Ayala" 21 78
18 Albania Albania Besa feat. Ansi "Kameleon" 7 125
19 Egypt Egypt Lara Scandar "See the Beauty" 5 144
20 Lithuania Lithuania Evelina Young "Can't Wake Up" 12 108
21 Montenegro Montenegro Ana Milenković "Budalo" 19 81
22 Hungary Hungary Odett "Stardust" 22 74
23 Romania Romania Florena "Behind the Shadows" 6 129
24 Russia Russia Vintage feat. M.E.G. & N.E.R.A.K. "Ya veryu v lyubov'" 10 113
25 Ukraine Ukraine Alekseev "P'yanoye solntse" 20 80
26 Germany Germany Beyond The Black "In the Shadows" 11 113

Scoreboards

Quarter-final

Voting results Quarter Final
Croatia Ireland Armenia Azerbaijan Netherlands Algeria Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg Croatia 12 12 10 7 6 5 52 4
Ireland 6 10 6 6 8 6 42 6
Armenia 7 10 7 12 10 8 543
Azerbaijan 10 6 6 8 7 7 44 5
Netherlands 8 7 7 12 12 10 56 2
Algeria 12 8 8 8 10 12 58 1

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
2 Algeria Croatia, Rest of the World
Croatia Armenia, Ireland
Netherlands Algeria, Azerbaijan
1 Armenia Netherlands

Semi-final 1

Voting results Semi-Final 1
Spain England Iceland Turkey Sweden Bosnia and Herzegovina Hungary Poland Moldova Albania Denmark Serbia Lithuania Uzbekistan Cyprus France Germany Netherlands Israel Algeria Czech Republic Italy Ukraine Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg Spain 3 2 5 6 12 6 1 2 1 7 7 12 1 12 8 85 4
England 10 12 12 8 12 10 5 4 10 10 5 98 2
Iceland 10 8 5 10 8 5 6 3 3 3 7 68 11
Turkey 7 6 10 2 10 6 4 5 50 17
Sweden 7 7 10 4 3 3 1 2 2 10 1 3 53 16
Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 6 1 1 10 4 4 3 37 18
Hungary 2 1 7 8 5 6 5 8 4 2 7 7 7 5 74 8
Poland 12 12 8 12 12 7 12 10 12 10 12 12 6 4 7 12 160 1
Moldova 6 1 7 5 12 8 8 6 8 2 310 76 6
Albania 4 3 610 1 8 2 7 8 7 5 8 4 5 3 8 89 3
Denmark 12 6 7 8 2 3 7 10 6 7 68 12
Serbia 10 4 6 6 3 1 6 36 19
Lithuania 5 4 3 4 8 8 2 5 6 10 1 2 12 4 74 7
Uzbekistan 5 3 125 5 5 12 6 1 54 15
Cyprus 3 3 1 1 1 4 7 2 22 20
France 8 22 12 4 2 2 4 4 4 6 3 5 12 1 1 72 10
Germany 1 10 10 13 1 5 5 12 10 10 2 4 74 9
Netherlands 4 2 1 6 7 58 3 7 7 1 2 8 5 8 6 80 5
Israel 2 76 4 63 12 4 2 8 2 56 14
Algeria 5 4 3 102 7 1 3 10 8 6 4 3 66 13

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
9 Poland England, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Serbia, Sweden, Uzbekistan, Rest of the World
3 England Cyprus, Moldova, Poland
2 France Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic
Spain Algeria, Italy
Uzbekistan Israel, Turkey
1 Denmark Spain
Germany Netherlands
Israel Lithuania
Lithuania Ukraine
Moldova Denmark

Semi-final 2

Voting results Semi-Final 2
Belgium Faroe Islands Egypt Montenegro Austria Armenia Northern Ireland Bulgaria Greece Estonia Morocco Romania Finland Slovenia Switzerland Wales Portugal Lebanon Russia Macedonia Kazakhstan Kosovo Norway Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg Belgium 4 1 4 5 4 1 10 10 5 5 7 7 3 66 12
Faroe Islands 1 3 5 12 10 31 19
Egypt 3 4 7 10 7 1 3 8 8 4 1 10 1 2 12 4 85 6
Montenegro 6 7 8 8 10 2 2 7 6 3 10 5 74 9
Austria 10 6 4 3 5 7 6 5 46 15
Armenia 3 6 3 3 5 2 12 6 6 4 3 5 4 7 10 10 6 10 105 3
Northern Ireland 2 12 6 12 1 1 5 10 10 8 6 6 10 8 7 1 96 4
Bulgaria 7 4 5 3 4 8 7 3 4 45 16
Greece 2 8 2 1 1 5 12 2 2 12 10 4 8 69 11
Estonia 5 6 6 34 6 1 2 6 2 7 4 4 127 75 7
Morocco 8 2 8 4 12 1 35 17
Romania 12 3 8 10 4 5 7 5 8 3 12 6 5 3 2 93 5
Finland 4 8 6 1 8 1 8 12 2 8 6 1 8 73 10
Slovenia 1 5 2 3 6 3 3 5 12 3 6 49 14
Switzerland 6 7 4 12 512 12 2 1 5 5 2 2 75 8
Wales 7 5 10 7 3 32 18
Portugal 12 10 8 10 12 12 810 10 10 10 12 4 8 12 2 7 8 12 177 1
Lebanon 1 2 3 20
Russia 10 12 12 3 74 7 8 7 2 67 1 78 1 4 1 4 111 2
Macedonia 5 7 5 36 2 1 12 2 6 3 52 13

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
6 Portugal Armenia, Belgium, Macedonia Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Rest of the World
3 Switzerland Bulgaria, Morocco, Romania
2 Greece Estonia, Wales
Romania Faroe Islands, Russia
Russia Egypt, Montenegro
1 Armenia Greece
Egypt Kosovo
Estonia Norway
Faroe Islands Slovenia
Finland Portugal
Macedonia Finland
Morocco Lebanon
Northern Ireland Austria
Slovenia Kazakhstan

Final

Voting results Grand Final
Northern Ireland England Norway Poland Moldova Armenia Switzerland Portugal Finland Estonia Italy Netherlands Spain Kosovo France Czech Republic Kazakhstan Albania Egypt Lithuania Montenegro Hungary Romania Russia Ukraine Germany Iceland Turkey Sweden Bosnia and Herzegovina Denmark Serbia Uzbekistan Cyprus Israel Algeria Belgium Faroe Islands Austria Bulgaria Greece Morocco Slovenia Wales Lebanon Macedonia Croatia Ireland Azerbaijan Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg N.Ireland 2 8 4 1 12 3 4 10 2 10 12 1 1 1 6 4 412 6103 15
England 7 12 12 7 7 10 4 6 8 5 12 5 5 7 107 14
Norway 10 5 4 1 7 1 5 1 7 10 4 55 26
Poland 10 8 12 5 12 10 1 8 12 12 1 3 7 2 10 8 10 6 7 12 10 7 10 8 6 812 10 8 8 3246 1
Moldova 6 5 4 8 6 2 6 12 3 2 3 1 5 5 5 73 23
Armenia 3 2 2 3 2 7 5 5 6 7 26 3 3 2 1 33 1 3 10 5 5 7 9616
Switzerland 4 3 8 6 2 5 3 5 1 8 4 5 3 6 63 25
Portugal 1 7 7 10 1 6 3 78 2 10 4 12 10 5 2 3 8 1 10 7 7 12 12 812 6 32 4 1 8 2 7 7 215 2
Finland 5 1 2 12 2 10 6 12 1 7 4 4 3 8 6 83 18
Estonia 2 10 2 7 7 2 2 3 3 5 6 8 7 12 12 1 2 91 17
Italy 4 4 6 3 3 5 4 7 4 8 10 12 1 6 8 1 4 7 10 10 1179
Netherlands 6 3 7 7 5 3 6 10 4 2 5 6 3 3 70 24
Spain 3 12 7 4 1 8 5 8 8 6 10 1 4 4 10 6 10 2 8 10 66 12 151 4
Kosovo 4 5 1 12 10 2 12 12 2 2 8 12 7 12 1 5 4 6 12 6 41 3 5 1 5 1543
France 8 6 8 6 5 4 6 6 2 12 5 2 7 4 88 7 4 12 2 1123 8
Czech Republic 8 6 12 6 12 2 12 12 10 5 12 10 1 108 12
Kazakhstan 7 3 73 1 7 8 6 2 7 6 46 2 3 2 4 78 21
Albania 1 4 5 8 7 6 10 1 5 10 3 4 8 10 5 4 6 2 4 7 3 12125 7
Egypt 6 3 1 10 12 8 7 1 1 4 6 3 83 8 12 3 2 10 12 7 12 2 12 144 5
Lithuania 8 2 1 4 2 2 5 6 12 3 12 24 5 7 1 1 2 7 7 105 108 13
Montenegro 10 4 12 8 4 3 6 4 1 12 8 3 6 81 19
Hungary 2 1 10 6 4 1 10 4 8 5 10 5 5 2 1 74 22
Romania 12 3 3 3 4 10 55 4 3 3 6 12 5 8 2 5 8 6 8 10 4 129 6
Russia 5 6 5 4 5 7 10 7 1 1 4 10 7 8 2 7 8 3 10 3 11311
Ukraine 7 6 3 1 1 1 8 7 27 6 8 10 5 4 4 80 20
Germany 8 10 12 8 10 10 3 2 5 5 10 2 7 1 12 8113 10
The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by appearance in the semi-finals and last by the quarter-final.

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
6 Kosovo Albania, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey
Poland Armenia, France, Kosovo, Macedonia, Norway, Uzbekistan
5 Czech Republic Austria, Denmark, Egypt, Netherlands, Serbia
4 Egypt Belgium, Greece, Lebanon, Spain
Portugal Algeria, Faroe Islands, Israel, Montenegro
3 England Cyprus, Moldova, Poland
Northern Ireland Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Ireland
2 Estonia Croatia, Morocco
Finland Germany, Portugal
France Lithuania, Slovenia
Germany Finland, Wales
Lithuania Sweden, Ukraine
Montenegro Bulgaria, Kazakhstan
Romania Northern Ireland, Russia
Spain Azerbaijan, England
1 Albania Rest of the World
Italy Iceland
Moldova Romania

International broadcast and voting

Voting and spokespersons

  1. Germany Barbara Schöneberger
  2. Lithuania Ugnė Galadauskaitė
  3. Moldova Lidia Isac
  4. Turkey Burak Çelik
  5. Austria Money Boy
  6. Israel Adi Ulmansky
  7. Greece Dimitris Alexandrou
  8. Cyprus Nearchos & Charis 
  9. Denmark Ida Corr
  10. Spain Cristina Castaño
  11. Switzerland Cécile Bähler
  12. Armenia Iveta Mukuchyan
  13. Estonia Stig Rästa
  14. Bulgaria Evgeniya Radilova
  15. Russia Dmitry Shepelev
  16. Ireland Ronan Keating
  17. Portugal Vitória Guerra
  18. Bosnia and Herzegovina Goran Bregović
  19. Azerbaijan Dilara Kazimova
  20. Lebanon Rita Hayek
  21. Wales Catherine Zeta-Jones
  22. Faroe Islands Eivør Pálsdóttir
  23. Finland Mikko Leppilampi
  24. Poland Michał Szpak
  25. Montenegro Dado Polumenta
  26. Sweden Gina Dirawi
  27. Belgium Emma Bale
  28. Albania Elhaida Dani
  29. Czech Republic Gabriela Gunčíková
  30. Serbia Vukasin
  31. Morocco Saad Lamjarred
  32. France Amir Haddad
  33. Ukraine Verka Serduchka
  34. Netherlands Manuel Broekman
  35. Norway Astrid S
  36. England Joe & Jake
  37. Hungary Freddie
  38. Kazakhstan Regina Vandysheva
  39. Kosovo Era Istrefi
  40. Macedonia Daniel Kajmakoski
  41. Iceland Greta Salóme
  42. Italy Chiara Grispo
  43. Egypt Donia Samir Ghanem
  44. Romania Lariss
  45. Algeria Kenza Farah
  46. Slovenia Marjetka Vovk
  47. Northern Ireland Nadine Coyle
  48. Croatia Severina
  49. Uzbekistan Rayhon
  50. Flag of Earth Rest of the World

Other countries

Eligibility for potential participation in the Own Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active OEBU membership that would be able to broadcast the contest. As in every edition, an invitation to all the members have been sent in order to confirm whether they will participate or not. The following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below.

  • Belarus Belarus: The country withdrew due to their bad result in the last edition and to avoid the quarter-final.
  • Georgia Georgia: Although the country was supposed to perform in the first semi-final, it was later eliminated for not submitting entry before deadline.
  • Latvia Latvia: LTV have stated they have no interested in returning to the contest. A return to 45th edition is highly, likely with a new format.
  • Malta Malta: The country withdraws due to change in the management. A return will more likely happen next edition.
  • Scotland Scotland: The country dramatically withdraws due to lack of interest.
  • Slovakia Slovakia: The country confirmed it participation in the quarter-final, but was later eliminated for not submitting entry before deadline.

Other Awards

Marcel Bezençon Awards

Marcel Bezençon Awards were given for the first time in the Own Eurovision Song Contest 19. The participants had to vote in several categories for the favorites. Some of the categories were: best non qualifier, best female singer, best male singer and best video clip.

Web Award Winner
Rank Country Song Performer(s) Result Final Result
1 Portugal Portugal "Be Ok" April 7,8% 2nd, 215 points
2 Kosovo Kosovo "Last Dance" Dua Lipa 7,8% 3rd, 154 points
3 Montenegro Montenegro "Budalo" Ana Milenković 7,8% 19th, 81 points
4 Romania Romania "Behind the Shadows" Florena 6,8% 6th, 129 points
5 Spain Spain "Sofia" Alvaro Soler 5,8% 4th, 151 points
Best Non-Finalist
Rank Country Song Performer(s) Result Semi-final Result
1 Algeria Algeria "S'envoler" Sindy 8,7% 13th, 66 points
2 Greece Greece "Den Sou Xrostao Agapi" Eleni Foureira 7,1% 11th, 69 points
3 Iceland Iceland "Party" Glowie 6,3% 11th, 68 points
4 Bulgaria Bulgaria "Drama Queen" Grafa 6,3% 16th, 45 points
5 Turkey Turkey "Bi Dakika" Aynur Aydın 5,5% 17th, 50 points

See also

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