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Own Eurovision Song Contest 45
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OESC45
Dates
Quarter-final date 6 August 2016
Semi-final 1 date 13 August 2016
Semi-final 2 date 20 August 2016
Final date 9 October 2016
Host
Venue Ergo Arena
Gdańsk-Sopot, Poland
Presenter(s) Margaret
Paulina Sykut-Jeżyna
Maciej Musiał
Executive supervisor Mihai
Executive producer Dimitris Ioannou
Host broadcaster TVP
Participants
Number of entries 50
Debuting countries None
Returning countries Andorra Andorra
Belarus Belarus
Georgia Georgia
Latvia Latvia
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
Luxembourg Luxembourg
Malta Malta
Monaco Monaco
San Marino San Marino
Slovakia Slovakia
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Withdrawing countries Armenia Armenia
England England
Hungary Hungary
Montenegro Montenegro
Morocco Morocco
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Slovenia Slovenia
Sweden Sweden
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
Wales Wales
Vote
Voting system Each country awardes 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Null points None
Winning song Egypt Egypt
"Black Birds"
Own Eurovision Song Contest
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Own Eurovision Song Contest 45, often referred to as OESC #45, is the 45th edition of Own Eurovision Song Contest. It will take place in Gdańsk-Sopot, Poland at the Ergo Arena, following Poland's victory at the 44th Contest with "Cool Me Down", performed by Margaret.

Fifty countries confirmed their participation in the 45th edition with Andorra, Belarus, Georgia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, Slovakia and the United Kingdom returning in the competition. The United Kingdom returned after it last participated in the second edition, making England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales not eligible to participate.

Unfortunately, Armenia, England, Hungary, Montenegro, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, Sweden, Uzbekistan and Wales withdrew from the Own Eurovision Song Contest. Uzbekistan moved to the Own Asiavision Song Contest and debuted in the 11th edition.

The 45th edition consisted in four shows: one quarter-final, two semifinals and a grand final. The quarter final took place on August 6 2016, while the semifinals took place on August 13 2016 and August 20 2016 respectively. The Grand Final took place on October 9, 2016.

After a tense voting process, Egypt won the contest for the first time, with Nathalie Saba's song "Black Birds". Egypt received a total amount of 166 points, winning by a margin of only 6 points. The runner-up of the 45th edition was Bulgaria, making the country's best place in the competition.

The third place went to MØ's "Final Song" from Denmark, fourth place went to "Conqueror" from the United Kingdom, being their best place in the competition, while the fifth place went to Kinnie Lane from France and the sixth place went to "L'amore merita" from Italy.

From the countries that were automatically qualified in the Grand Final, only Egypt manage to finish in the top 10, making it the fourth time an automatically qualified country wins the competition, the last time this happened was in the Own Eurovision Song Contest 38.

Location

For more details on the host country, see Poland.

Venue

GdanskSopot ErgoArena

The venue of the 45th edition

Ergo Arena (Hala Gdańsk-Sopot) is a multi-purpose indoor arena, that was opened in 2010. The boundary between two cities – Sopot and Gdańsk – runs through the very middle of the hall. The arena has a capacity of 11,409 people, for sports events and up to 15,000, with standing places, for concerts.

On November 26, Lady Gaga performed during The Monster Ball Tour, with Semi Precious Weapons as her opening act, to more than 12,000 people. It was the first big event to take place in the hall.

Sport events, including the 2013 Men's European Volleyball Championship, 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship, as well as a part of the 2016 European Men's Handball Championship were held at the arena.

For Athletics competition a six-lane, banked 200-meter oval is installed on the arena floor. According to an IAAF press release, the athletics track at the ERGO Arena, the venue for the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, was officially opened for the 2014 season on Sunday 16 February and almost 6,000 people came to get a glimpse of the new track. Italian company Mondo made the indoor portable banked track with a Mondo Super X rubberized surface (13.5mm thick). Mondo's portable tracks can be assembled and disassembled in a matter of days. The company's claw locking mechanism locks the modular track frame in place without the use of screws or bolts, guaranteeing constant clamping force and perfect accuracy from panel to panel, and from installation to installation. Mondo's world-renowned Super X surface has been the world's top track for more than 30 years and was used at both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.

Bidding Phase

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Poznań
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Locations of the candidate cities.
TVP (Telewizja Polska) announced the conditions under which cities and venues had announced their interest in hosting the 45th contest:
  • The host city must be able to provide a certain number of hotels and hotel rooms to be found in the vicinity of the stadium.
  • The arena must able to offer lodges adjacent to the stadium.
  • A press centre must be available at the stadium that will have a specific size.
  • TVP must 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 must be close to a major airport.

The following cities are interested in hosting the 45th contest

City Venue Capacity Notes
Gdańsk-Sopot Ergo Arena 11,409 Hosts sports events and concerts.
Łódź Atlas Arena 13,805 One of the largest Polish venues.
Poznań Hala Arena 6,200 Primarily used for volleyball, other indoor sports, and concerts. 
Wrocław Centennial Hall 10,000 Hosts exhibitions, concerts and sporting events.
Hala Orbita 3,000 Hosts the home games of Śląsk Wrocław.

Host Cities

Gdańsk is a Polish city on the Baltic coast, the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland's principal seaport and the centre of the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area.

The city lies on the southern edge of Gdańsk Bay (of the Baltic Sea), in a conurbation with the city of Gdynia, spa town of Sopot, and suburban communities, which together form a metropolitan area called the Tricity (Trójmiasto), with a population approaching 1.4 million. Gdańsk itself has a population of 460,427 (December 2012), making it the largest city in the Pomerania region of Northern Poland.

Sopot is a seaside resort town in Eastern Pomerania on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland, with a population of approximately 40,000.

Sopot is a town with powiat (county) status, in Pomeranian Voivodeship. Until 1999 it was part of the Gdańsk Voivodeship. It lies between the larger cities of Gdańsk to the southeast and Gdynia to the northwest. The three cities together make up the metropolitan area of Tri-City.

Sopot is a major health-spa and tourist resort destination. It has the longest wooden pier in Europe, at 515.5 metres, stretching out into the Bay of Gdańsk. The city is also famous for its Sopot International Song Festival, the largest such event in Europe after the Eurovision Song Contest. Among its other attractions is a fountain of bromide spring water, known as the "inhalation mushroom".

Format

Semi-final Allocation Draw

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

The participating countries, excluding the automatic finalists (host Poland 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, Poland will vote in the first semi-final. The countries from the big five will vote as follow: Kosovo with Spain in the first semifinal, while Egypt, Portugal and Romania in the second semifinal.

Participating countries

Quarter-final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Hulda "Every Drop" 5 53
02 Lebanon Lebanon Shiraz "Kif Badak 3ani Tghib" 6 47
03 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Zuzi Zu "Vatra" 7 37
04 Bulgaria Bulgaria Nevena Tsoneva "Naricha se jivot" 1 74
05 Serbia Serbia Milica Pavlović "La Fiesta" 3 60
06 Cyprus Cyprus Loulou feat. Admiral C4C & White Trumpet "La Reina" 4 55
07 Turkey Turkey Murat Boz "Janti" 2 62

Semi-final 1

Twenty countries participated in the first semi-final. Kosovo, Poland and Spain voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Ireland Ireland Kygo feat. Kodaline "Raging" 15 52
02 Estonia Estonia Getter Jaani "Kullaväljade tuul" 18 39
03 Andorra Andorra Miss Caffeina "Mira cómo vuelo" 19 36
04 Turkey Turkey Murat Boz "Janti" 11 69
05 Iceland Iceland Sylvia Erla "Gone" 7 73
06 Ukraine Ukraine Olya Polyakova "O Bozhe, kak bol'no" 12 68
07 Czech Republic Czech Republic Kateřina Marie Tichá "Otazníky" 14 61
08 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Samira "Çarəsizəm" 8 73
09 Israel Israel Nathan Goshen "Thinking About It (Let It Go)" 3 100
10 Macedonia Macedonia Magdalena Ena "Placat i najsilni" 2 110
11 Greece Greece Demy "Some Hearts Are Meant to Fall" 13 67
12 Latvia Latvia Raffaela Wais "Heaven Only Knows" 16 45
13 Germany Germany Sara Hartman "Satellite" 4 92
14 Netherlands Netherlands Karlyn "It's Alright" 17 44
15 Albania Albania Elvana Gjata "Njesoj" 10 71
16 Algeria Algeria Leïla Lanova "Seule (Amour perdu)" 9 71
17 Luxembourg Luxembourg Alice On The Roof "Lucky You" 6 76
18 Belgium Belgium Bazart "Goud" 20 36
19 Georgia Georgia Rati Durglishvili "Crazy" 5 78
20 Denmark Denmark "Final Song" 1 131

Semi-final 2

Twenty countries participated in the second semi-final. Egypt, Portugal and Romania voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Lithuania Lithuania Hit "Šiandien gyvenu" 18 41
02 Monaco Monaco Ishtar "A Paris" 13 65
03 Moldova Moldova Carla's Dreams feat. Delia "Cum ne noi" 15 58
04 Malta Malta Lauren Aquilina "Kicks" 14 64
05 Austria Austria GuGabriel "What About Us" 16 57
06 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Gaukhartas "Qazaghym-ay" 10 75
07 United Kingdom United Kingdom Estelle "Conqueror" 1 120
08 Norway Norway Dagny "Backbeat" 3 96
09 Bulgaria Bulgaria Nevena Tsoneva "Naricha se jivot" 2 100
10 San Marino San Marino Nesli "Davanti agli occhi" 19 26
11 Serbia Serbia Milica Pavlović "La Fiesta" 11 66
12 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Tanja La Croix "Time Is Now" 8 77
13 Italy Italy Simonetta, Greta, Verdiana & Roberta "L'amore merita" 4 94
14 Slovakia Slovakia Dominika Mirgová "Vlkodlak" 17 45
15 Croatia Croatia Severina "Sekunde" 6 84
16 Finland Finland Laura Närhi "Supersankari" 9 76
17 Switzerland Switzerland Shana Pearson "Stronger" 12 65
18 Russia Russia Serebro "Otpusti menya" 7 78
19 France France Kinnie Lane "Je te suivrai" 5 90
20 Belarus Belarus Maks Korzh "V temnote" 20 15

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Algeria Algeria Leïla Lanova "Seule (Amour perdu)" 19 91
02 Germany Germany Sara Hartman "Satellite" 20 90
03 Spain Spain India Martínez feat. David Bisbal "Olvidé Respirar" 26 50
04 Poland Poland Natalia Nykiel "Error" 24 65
05 Croatia Croatia Severina "Sekunde" 10 127
06 Israel Israel Nathan Goshen "Thinking About It (Let It Go)" 12 124
07 France France Kinnie Lane "Je te suivrai" 5 151
08 Russia Russia Serebro "Otpusti menya" 14 123
09 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Gaukhartas "Qazaghym-ay" 21 82
10 Italy Italy Simonetta, Greta, Verdiana & Roberta "L'amore merita" 6 139
11 Denmark Denmark "Final Song" 3 160
12 Luxembourg Luxembourg Alice On The Roof "Lucky You" 13 124
13 Portugal Portugal David Carreira feat. Karetus & Plutónio "Não Papo Grupos" 18 98
14 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Samira "Çarəsizəm" 22 72
15 Bulgaria Bulgaria Nevena Tsoneva "Naricha se jivot" 2 160
16 Albania Albania Elvana Gjata "Njesoj" 16 106
17 Iceland Iceland Sylvia Erla "Gone" 11 125
18 United Kingdom United Kingdom Estelle "Conqueror" 4 155
19 Norway Norway Dagny "Backbeat" 7 136
20 Kosovo Kosovo Xhesika Ndoj feat. Kallashi "Shoqe bitch" 15 121
21 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Tanja La Croix "Time Is Now" 23 67
22 Georgia Georgia Rati Durglishvili "Crazy" 17 101
23 Egypt Egypt Nathalie Saba "Black Birds" 1 166
24 Finland Finland Laura Närhi "Supersankari" 9 130
25 Macedonia Macedonia Magdalena Ena "Placat i najsilni" 8 136
26 Romania Romania Inna feat. Eric Turner "Bop Bop" 25 59

Scoreboards

Quarter-final

Voting results Quarter Final
Faroe Islands Lebanon Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Serbia Cyprus Turkey Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg Faroe Islands 10 8 8 8 7 5 7 53 5
Lebanon 7 5 7 7 8 7 6 476
Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 5 5 5 8 4 37 7
Bulgaria 12 12 10 10 12 6 12 74 1
Serbia 10 8 6 6 10 10 10 60 3
Cyprus 8 7 7 10 6 12 5 55 4
Turkey 6 6 12 12 12 6 8 62 2

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4 Bulgaria Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Lebanon, Rest of the World
3 Turkey Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Serbia
1 Cyprus Turkey

Semi-final 1

Voting results Semi-Final 1
Ireland Estonia Andorra Turkey Iceland Ukraine Czech Republic Azerbaijan Israel Macedonia Greece Latvia Germany Netherlands Albania Algeria Luxembourg Belgium Georgia Denmark Kosovo Poland Spain Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg Ireland 8 1 2 2 2 4 1 7 10 10 1 4 52 15
Estonia 7 3 1 4 6 5 2 1 3 7 39 18
Andorra 8 3 1 7 2 3 6 6 36 19
Turkey 3 10 12 2 10 10 2 4 3 8 5 69 11
Iceland 6 12 12 4 8 1 3 8 4 12 1 2 73 7
Ukraine 1 5 5 8 4 8 3 10 1 10 7 6 68 12
Czech Republic 5 5 10 4 8 12 6 1 10 61 14
Azerbaijan 10 1 12 5 7 5 12 7 1 2 5 6 73 8
Israel 12 7 7 10 3 8 10 7 6 12 5 2 56 100 3
Macedonia 2 4 1 7 6 10 6 1 8 10 7 12 6 10 2 8 10 110 2
Greece 7 4 7 2 6 2 4 5 2 8 12 8 67 13
Latvia 3 6 1 4 6 1 7 6 8 2 1 4516
Germany 4 2 8 2 76 3 2 68 5 7 4 3 7 6 4 4 4 92 4
Netherlands 6 6 5 2 4 8 3 5 5 44 17
Albania 48 4 1 12 10 8 2 7 12 3 71 10
Algeria 6 8 8 3 3 3 10 6 4 10 3 7 71 9
Luxembourg 1 5 10 10 7 37 1 55 1 5 4 7 2 3 76 6
Belgium 2 4 12 6 3 4 5 36 20
Georgia 10 10 2 10 8 1 12 58 3 8 1 78 5
Denmark 5 5 3 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 7 3 12 12131 1

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
9 Denmark Algeria, Belgium, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Rest of the World, Ukraine
3 Iceland Andorra, Denmark, Estonia
2 Albania Kosovo, Macedonia
Azerbaijan Greece, Turkey
Israel Albania, Ireland
1 Belgium Czech Republic
Czech Republic Luxembourg
Georgia Germany
Greece Spain
Macedonia Georgia
Turkey Azerbaijan

Semi-final 2

Voting results Semi-Final 2
Lithuania Monaco Moldova Malta Austria Kazakhstan United Kingdom Norway Bulgaria San Marino Serbia Liechtenstein Italy Slovakia Croatia Finland Switzerland Russia France Belarus Egypt Portugal Romania Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg Lithuania 2 5 2 3 7 8 7 2 1 4 41 18
Monaco 2 10 10 3 4 4 4 10 10 8 65 13
Moldova 7 3 1 2 2 3 3 10 4 7 4 12 58 15
Malta 3 4 4 1 6 8 8 6 5 5 10 4 64 14
Austria 3 6 4 8 6 10 12 8 57 16
Kazakhstan 10 12 1 2 5 7 8 6 5 10 1 1 7 75 10
United Kingdom 2 12 7 8 3 12 7 7 2 12 5 6 7 2 8 7 7 6 120 1
Norway 4 7 12 10 4 10 1 12 2 6 4 4 10 8 2 96 3
Bulgaria 4 8 10 3 7 12 5 3 7 10 3 2 5 12 4 32 100 2
San Marino 2 1 4 6 4 3 4 1 1 26 19
Serbia 8 1 87 3 10 1 5 2 5 12 1 3 66 11
Liechtenstein 6 6 4 5 5 8 3 7 12 3 6 12 77 8
Italy 1 7 4 5 2 6 8 12 10 3 8 10 3 4 6 5 94 4
Slovakia 12 122 2 6 6 2 3 45 17
Croatia 3 6 1 12 1012 28 1 12 2 3 2 10 84 6
Finland 5 12 10 4 7 12 7 7 12 76 9
Switzerland 12 10 3 1 7 6 1 7 10 8 65 12
Russia 6 1 5 7 6 6 10 8 1 6 8 8 6 78 7
France 10 8 8 5 81 5 5 3 5 45 6 5 12 90 5
Belarus 5 11 2 1 5 15 20

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
3 Croatia Serbia, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Finland Austria, Croatia, Egypt
United Kingdom Moldova, Norway, Slovakia
2 Bulgaria Belarus, San Marino
Norway Italy, Malta
Slovakia Bulgaria, Kazakhstan
1 Austria Finland
France Portugal
Italy Liechtenstein
Kazakhstan Monaco
Liechtenstein Russia
Moldova Romania
Serbia France
Switzerland Lithuania

Final

Voting results Grand Final
Algeria Germany Spain Poland Croatia Israel France Russia Kazakhstan Italy Denmark Luxembourg Portugal Azerbaijan Bulgaria Albania Iceland United Kingdom Norway Kosovo Liechtenstein Georgia Egypt Finland Macedonia Romania Ireland Estonia Andorra Turkey Ukraine Czech Republic Greece Latvia Netherlands Belgium Lithuania Monaco Moldova Malta Austria San Marino Serbia Slovakia Switzerland Belarus Faroe Islands Lebanon Bosnia and Herzegovina Cyprus Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg Algeria 1 8 2 12 12 12 7 3 2 12 8 1 6 2 3 91 19
Germany 12 6 2 10 10 7 5 3 2 110 6 7 1 7 190 20
Spain 4 4 7 12 12 4 7 5026
Poland 6 4 4 7 6 1 3 1 64 1 5 35 1 3 5 65 24
Croatia 8 10 8 3 1 4 5 3 8 7 2 8 6 4 8 3 1 4 8 10 1 10 1 4 127 10
Israel 1 10 2 5 2 1 1 6 10 12 6 5 10 10 1 10 2 8 8 3 2 4 4 1 124 12
France 2 4 7 5 8 12 4 1 6 6 12 2 12 10 6 4 7 5 3 10 2 34 4 5 7 151 5
Russia 6 4 1 5 12 6 6 2 4 3 8 10 65 2 12 2 4 5 1 8 8 3 123 14
Kazakhstan 1 5 6 12 5 6 7 8 8 10 5 1 4 4 82 21
Italy 10 1 1 7 8 2 10 7 8 1 10 1 5 4 2 5 3 1 4 1 4 3 2 6 6 5 12 2 6 2 1396
Denmark 5 5 8 12 8 3 12 7 5 1 3 12 6 3 10 12 8 8 2 7 1 10 12 160 3
Luxembourg 8 4 8 1 7 2 4 1 7 2 8 5 7 7 121 6 2 1010 12 124 12
Portugal 7 12 2 7 5 810 10 8 1 3 5 5 63 6 98 18
Azerbaijan 3 7 3 12 2 7 7 1 1 12 4 6 7 72 22
Bulgaria 6 3 3 2 6 4 4 7 4 2 6 5 6 12 6 7 10 6 6 7 7 7 7 3 2 2 12 53 160 2
Albania 8 5 1 8 2 4 7 2 5 12 4 5 3 7 5 1 5 12 10 10616
Iceland 7 12 10 8 10 12 3 1 4 10 8 2 4 4 2 6 5 64 8 8 12511
UK 8 2 5 7 2 8 8 107 1 5 1 12 6 10 6 10 7 3 12 8 10 7 155 4
Norway 6 3 10 2 7 5 3 8 10 4 7 54 12 8 2 610 1 8 3 2 10 1367
Kosovo 6 1 10 3 10 4 1 3 5 1 103 12 1 3 8 4 2 2 3 12 7 8 2 121 15
Liechtenstein 3 4 5 4 3 3 2 4 3 3 54 10 6 8 6723
Georgia 12 12 6 6 7 2 3 6 7 8 8 7 6 3 3 5 101 17
Egypt 4 3 12 12 5 6 5 210 10 7 8 2 112 105 4 8 12 5 12 7 4 166 1
Finland 7 10 2 12 6 10 4 4 12 6 58 2 1 6 1010 6 1 8 130 9
Macedonia 3 12 10 3 6 12 8 10 3 4 10 12 12 3 7 7 12 2 136 8
Romania 5 5 12 7 5 8 5 12 59 25
The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by appearance in the semi-finals and then by the quarter-final.

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5 Denmark Belgium, Bulgaria, Israel, Rest of the World, Romania
Egypt Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta
Macedonia Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia
4 Algeria Finland, Moldova, Norway, United Kingdom
3 France Georgia, Ireland, Portugal
2 Albania Macedonia, Serbia
Azerbaijan Iceland, Monaco
Bulgaria Estonia, Lebanon
Finland Croatia, Egypt
Georgia Germany, Spain
Kosovo Austria, Liechtenstein
Luxembourg Cyprus, Netherlands
Romania Belarus, Kazakhstan
Russia Denmark, Ukraine
Spain Andorra, San Marino
United Kingdom Slovakia, Turkey
1 Germany Algeria
Iceland Poland
Israel Albania
Italy Switzerland
Kazakhstan Azerbaijan
Norway Greece
Portugal France

International broadcast and voting

Voting and spokespersons

  1. Liechtenstein Claudia Schanza
  2. Algeria Sofia Boutella
  3. Latvia Mikus Lasmanis
  4. Finland Santa Claus
  5. Luxembourg Élise Crombez
  6. Macedonia Thea
  7. Romania Florena
  8. United Kingdom David Beckham
  9. Switzerland Müslüm
  10. Turkey Furkan Palalı
  11. Denmark Christopher Nissen
  12. Portugal Sara Sampaio
  13. Kosovo Dua Lipa
  14. Bulgaria Zhana Bergendorff
  15. Spain Saúl Craviotto
  16. Albania Eneda Tarifa
  17. Austria Zoë
  18. France Baptiste Giabiconi
  19. Serbia Novak Djokovic
  20. Ireland Nicky Byrne
  21. Belgium Joy Anna Thielemans
  22. Slovakia Celeste Buckingham
  23. Russia Sergey Lazarev
  24. Czech Republic Lenny
  25. Ukraine Igor Kolomiyets
  26. Andorra Anna Simon
  27. Poland Lanberry
  28. San Marino Valentina Monetta
  29. Israel Sasha Roiz
  30. Estonia Kerli
  31. Kazakhstan Makpal Isabekova
  32. Faroe Islands Eivør
  33. Monaco Yann Barthès
  34. Bosnia and Herzegovina Pamela Ramljak
  35. Norway Alan Walker
  36. Germany Jamie Lee
  37. Lebanon Nancy Ajram
  38. Belarus Alena Karpovich
  39. Italy Mariano Di Vaio
  40. Croatia Franka Batelić
  41. Lithuania Evelina Young
  42. Malta Ben Camille
  43. Iceland Alda
  44. Cyprus Ivi Adamou
  45. Azerbaijan Leyla Aliyeva
  46. Egypt Hanan Tork
  47. Georgia Tamta
  48. Moldova Nicoleta Nuca
  49. Netherlands Erica Terpstra
  50. Greece Malou
  51. Flag of Earth Clarita de Quiroz

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.

Active Members

  • Armenia Armenia: ARMTV announced on 6th July that the country would withdraw from the competition due to lack of time and interest. The head of delegation made it clear that they won't return until a new HoD will be chosen.
  • Hungary Hungary: The country did not confirm within deadline, therefore it was forced to withdraw.
  • Montenegro Montenegro: Despite originally confirming the participation with Sergej Ćetković, the broadcaster later withdrew due to the resignation of their head of delegation.
  • Morocco Morocco: After the change of their head of delegation, the country decided to withdraw due to some financial problems.
  • Slovenia Slovenia: There were rumors about country's possible withdrawal, but since an official announcement was not made before deadline it had to withdraw.
  • Sweden Sweden: Having to participate in the quarter final, the country announced hesitation to do that. Unfortunately it did not made any official annoucement whether it would compete or not within deadline and it was forced to withdraw.


Inactive Members

  • England England: On 15 June 2016 it was rumoured that the United Kingdom will return in the competition, meaning that England will withdraw. However, on 21 June 2016, it was announced that the UK returned to the contest, meaning that England withdrew.
  • Northern Ireland Northern Ireland: On 15 June 2016 it was rumoured that the United Kingdom will return in the competition, meaning that Northern Ireland will withdraw. However, on 21 June 2016, it was announced that the UK returned to the contest, meaning that Northern Ireland withdrew.
  • Scotland Scotland: On 15 June 2016 it was rumoured that the United Kingdom will return in the competition, meaning that Scotland will withdraw. However, on 21 June 2016, it was announced that the UK returned to the contest, meaning that Scotland withdrew.
  • Wales Wales: On 15 June 2016 it was rumoured that the United Kingdom will return in the competition, meaning that Wales will withdraw. However, on 21 June 2016, it was announced that the UK returned to the contest, meaning that Wales withdrew.
  • Uzbekistan Uzbekistan: On 15 June 2016 it was announced that Uzbekistan would leave the OEBU, because of financial difficulties. Later on was revealed that the country had already activated their membership at the OABU.

See also

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