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Own Eurovision Song Contest 49
Uniqueness
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Dates
Semi-final 1 date 10 February 2018
Semi-final 2 date 17 February 2018
Final date 4 March 2018
Host
Venue Gatorade Center
Turku, Finland
Presenter(s) Jaana Pelkonen
Samu Haber
Executive supervisor Mihai
Executive producer Michal
Host broadcaster YLE
Opening act "Nadaa" by Diandra
Participants
Number of entries 44
Debuting countries None
Returning countries Albania Albania
Belarus Belarus
Georgia Georgia
Iceland Iceland
Malta Malta
Montenegro Montenegro
Withdrawing countries Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cyprus Cyprus
Egypt Egypt
France France
Hungary Hungary
Kosovo Kosovo
Latvia Latvia
Morocco Morocco
Poland Poland
Serbia Serbia
Vote
Voting system Each country awardes 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Null points None
Winning song Russia Russia
"Uhodi"
Own Eurovision Song Contest
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Own Eurovision Song Contest 49, often referred to as OESC #49, was the 49th edition of Own Eurovision Song Contest. The competition took place in Turku, Finland, following country's victory at the 48th contest with the song "Nadaa", performed by Diandra.

Forty-four countries have confirmed their participation in the competition. The 49th edition saw Armenia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Hungary, Lebanon, Serbia, Sweden and Switzerland returning in the competition, while Austria, Belarus, Georgia, Iceland, Macedonia, Malta and Portugal decided to withdraw.

The 49th edition consisted of three shows, including two semi-finals which took place on 10 and 17 February 2018 and a grand final, which took place on 4 March 2018, the motto of this edition being "Uniqueness".

After a tense voting process, Russia won the contest for the second time, with Sonya's song "Uhodi". Last time Finland won was in the Own Eurovision Song Contest 46, edition held in Cairo, Egypt. Russia received a total amount of 199 points, winning by a margin of 39 points. The runner-up of this edition was Czech Republic. Third place went to Luxembourg, fourth place went to Montenegro, while the fifth place went to the host country Finland and the sixth place went to the United Kingdom. Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Montenegro received their best place in the competition, since their debut.

From the countries that were automatically qualified in the Grand Final only the host country Finland finished in the top 10. Israel finished in the 12th place, Ukraine placed 13th, while San Marino finished in the 15th place, Moldova finished 18th and Sweden placed 21st out of 26 countries that were in the Grand Final.

Location

For more details on the host country, see Finland.

Venue

Gatorade Center (formerly HK Areena, Elysée Arena, Typhoon and Turkuhalli) is an arena in Turku, Finland. It is primarily used for ice hockey, but it is also frequently used to host concerts and other events. HK Arena was the main venue for the 1991 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships and one of the venues in 1997 and 2003.

Gatorade Center opened in 1990 and holds 11,820 people. A record 12,041 attendance has been registered in 1991.

Bidding Phase

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Espoo
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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi
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Tampere
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Turku
Locations of the candidate cities.

YLE announced the conditions under which cities and venues had announced their interest in hosting the 49th 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.
  • YLE 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 were interested in hosting the 49th edition:

City Venue Capacity
Espoo Espoo Metro Areena 8,582
Helsinki Hartwall Arena 12,000-15,000
Rovaniemi Lappi Areena 5,500
Tampere Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre 10,800
Turku Gatorade Center 11,820

This was the second time in the history of the Own Eurovision Song Contest when the competition was held in Finland. Last time the country hosted the Own Eurovision Song Contest 35.

Host City

Turku is a city on the southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of the Aura River, in the region of Southwest Finland. Turku, as a town, was settled during the 13th century and founded most likely at the end of the 13th century, making it the oldest city in Finland. It quickly became the most important city in Finland, a status it retained for hundreds of years. After Finland became part of the Russian Empire (1809) and the capital of the Grand Duchy of Finland was moved to Helsinki (1812), Turku continued to be the most populous city in Finland until the end of the 1840s, and it remains a regional capital and an important business and cultural center.

Because of its long history, it has been the site of many important events, and has extensively influenced Finnish history. Along with Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, Turku was designated the European Capital of Culture for 2011. In 1996, it was declared the official Christmas City of Finland.

Due to its location, Turku is a notable commercial and passenger seaport with over three million passengers traveling through the Port of Turku each year to Stockholm and Mariehamn.

As of 31 December 2016, the population of Turku was 187,564, making it the sixth largest city in Finland. There were 318,168 inhabitants living in the Turku sub-region, ranking it as the third largest urban area in Finland after the Greater Helsinki area and Tampere sub-region. The city is officially bilingual as 5.2 percent of its population identify Swedish as a mother-tongue.

Format

Semi-final Allocation Draw

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 29 January 2018, at Gatorade Center in Turku, Finland. The thirty-eighth semi-finalists had been allocated into six pots, based on historical voting patterns. Drawing from different pots helps to reduce the chance of so-called "bloc voting" and increase suspense in the semi-finals.

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

From these pots, 19 countries were allocated to compete in each semifinal. Israel, Sweden and Ukraine voted in the first semi-final, while Finland, Moldova and San Marino voted in the second semi-final.

Results

Semi-final 1

Nineteen countries participated in the first semi-final. Israel, Sweden and Ukraine voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Austria Austria Victoria S "One In a Million" 16 34
02 Czech Republic Czech Republic Melis "Holding Hands" 4 98
03 Lithuania Lithuania Radistai DJs & Beatrich "Good Things" 17 28
04 Belarus Belarus Naviband "Biažy" 8 78
05 Albania Albania Çiljeta "Hajmali" 19 18
06 Luxembourg Luxembourg Angèle "La loi de Murphy" 1 129
07 Netherlands Netherlands Lady Dandelion "Starry Eyes" 3 105
08 Andorra Andorra Pablo Alborán "No vaya a ser" 18 22
09 Italy Italy Yombe "SDIMS" 15 52
10 Algeria Algeria Lynda "L'amour ne suffit pas" 9 74
11 Georgia Georgia Sophie Villy "Heart to Heart" 10 74
12 Montenegro Montenegro Jadranka Barjaktarović "Kad ljubav zaplače" 5 94
13 Iceland Iceland Kælan Mikla "Kalt" 7 83
14 Croatia Croatia Eni "Pepeo i prah" 14 54
15 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Elvina "Bakı" 13 55
16 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Yöhna "Na Na Na" 6 89
17 Monaco Monaco Tess "Love Gun" 2 105
18 Malta Malta Oxygyn "Bubblewrap" 11 73
19 Switzerland Switzerland Seven Day Sleep "Red Lipstick Murders" 12 69

Semi-final 2

Nineteen countries participated in the second semi-final. Finland, Moldova and San Marino voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Armenia Armenia Mariam Araqelyan "Kyanqis yerazanq" 15 50
02 Germany Germany Lea "Dach" 8 67
03 Slovakia Slovakia Kristina "Sympatie" 17 38
04 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Moldir Auelbekova "Tugan el" 4 98
05 Belgium Belgium Jasper Steverlinck "Here's to Love" 16 39
06 Lebanon Lebanon Nicole Saba "Soura Selfie" 14 52
07 Spain Spain Ruth Lorenzo "Good Girls Don't Lie" 5 98
08 Norway Norway Aurora "Winter Bird" 6 70
09 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Palastic & Lea Santee "Talkin'" 10 66
10 Romania Romania Ligia Hojda "Fire Gun" 7 68
11 Estonia Estonia Liis Lemsalu "Sinuga koos" 12 56
12 Bulgaria Bulgaria Hayes & Y "Always so Simple, Always so Cold" 11 63
13 Turkey Turkey Edis "Çok çok" 13 54
14 Slovenia Slovenia Blubird "Fresh" 18 37
15 Russia Russia Sonya "Uhodi" 1 152
16 Denmark Denmark Liga feat. Amina "Venter på dig" 9 66
17 Greece Greece Naya "Prosopiko mou thema" 19 27
18 Ireland Ireland Heathers "Midnight Train" 2 125
19 United Kingdom United Kingdom Tanya Lacey "Now That You're Gone" 3 108

Finalists

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 San Marino San Marino Giulia Luzi "Paracadute" 15 97
02 Monaco Monaco Tess "Love Gun" 20 65
03 Czech Republic Czech Republic Melis "Holding Hands" 2 160
04 Russia Russia Sonya "Uhodi" 1 199
05 Romania Romania Ligia Hojda "Fire Gun" 25 39
06 United Kingdom United Kingdom Tanya Lacey "Now That You're Gone" 6 133
07 Israel Israel Hats feat. Diana Golbi "Fire" 12 107
08 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Yöhna "Na Na Na" 23 53
09 Finland Finland Titta "Polttomerkki" 5 140
10 Netherlands Netherlands Lady Dandelion "Starry Eyes" 16 87
11 Moldova Moldova Infected Rain "Mold" 18 72
12 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Palastic & Lea Santee "Talkin'" 24 51
13 Norway Norway Aurora "Winter Bird" 10 115
14 Algeria Algeria Lynda "L'amour ne suffit pas" 17 73
15 Montenegro Montenegro Jadranka Barjaktarović "Kad ljubav zaplače" 4 146
16 Sweden Sweden Isa "Let It Kill You" 21 63
17 Georgia Georgia Sophie Villy "Heart to Heart" 19 72
18 Ireland Ireland Heathers "Midnight Train" 11 108
19 Belarus Belarus Naviband "Biažy" 9 127
20 Germany Germany Lea "Dach" 22 54
21 Iceland Iceland Kælan Mikla "Kalt" 7 133
22 Ukraine Ukraine Alyosha "Kalina" 13 101
23 Denmark Denmark Liga feat. Amina "Venter på dig" 26 33
24 Luxembourg Luxembourg Angèle "La loi de Murphy" 3 152
25 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Moldir Auelbekova "Tugan el" 8 131
26 Spain Spain Ruth Lorenzo "Good Girls Don't Lie" 14 99

Scoreboards

Semifinal 1

Voting results Semi-Final 1
Austria Czech Republic Lithuania Belarus Albania Luxembourg Netherlands Andorra Italy Algeria Georgia Montenegro Iceland Croatia Azerbaijan Faroe Islands Monaco Malta Switzerland Israel Sweden Ukraine Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg Austria 12 3 3 2 2 1 10 1 34 16
Czech Republic 4 12 10 6 8 7 12 1 5 3 5 12 2 8 3 98 4
Lithuania 2 2 2 2 4 4 2 10 28 17
Belarus 1 7 7 1 4 1 10 4 10 4 8 1 8 12 78 8
Albania 2 1 2 2 3 8 18 19
Luxembourg 105 6 5 12 10 12 3 6 7 6 6 2 7 2 12 10 8 129 1
Netherlands 7 7 4 6 3 4 8 5 10 12 6 12 12 1 4 1 3 105 3
Andorra 3 2 10 7 22 18
Italy 2 8 12 4 5 6 6 7 2 52 15
Algeria 10 4 8 8 12 5 1 8 5 2 2 3 5 1 74 9
Georgia 5 3 3 6 8 3 10 1 4 10 8 3 10 74 10
Montenegro 12 6 8 5 8 6 7 4 12 12 6 8 94 5
Iceland 8 12 10 4 1 5 12 3 6 10 12 83 7
Croatia 12 5 10 6 7 5 5 4 54 14
Azerbaijan 4 3 74 7 4 7 6 7 6 55 13
Faroe Islands 1 7 10 4 6 101 1 4 23 8 3 10 8 10 1 89 6
Monaco 6 12 15 6 7 2 8 17 38 5 4 7 12 6 5 1052
Malta 8 5 1 27 5 4 5 12 3 7 6 3 5 73 11
Switzerland 6 3 7 13 2 8 10 10 5 7 1 2 4 69 12

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's vote in the first semi-final:

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
3 Czech Republic Czech Republic Iceland, Israel, Luxembourg
Iceland Iceland Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine
Luxembourg Luxembourg Algeria, Andorra, Switzerland
Montenegro Montenegro Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands
Netherlands Netherlands Malta, Monaco, Montenegro
2 Monaco Monaco Lithuania, Sweden
1 Algeria Algeria Italy
Austria Austria Albania
Belarus Belarus Rest of the World
Croatia Croatia Austria
Italy Italy Netherlands
Malta Malta Croatia

Semifinal 2

Voting results Semi-Final 2
Armenia Germany Slovakia Kazakhstan Belgium Lebanon Spain Norway Liechtenstein Romania Estonia Bulgaria Turkey Slovenia Russia Denmark Greece Ireland United Kingdom Finland Moldova San Marino Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg Armenia 3 12 7 2 4 8 2 12 50 15
Germany 5 1 8 3 5 3 6 7 8 3 2 6 2 4 4 67 8
Slovakia 12 3 5 1 6 2 3 6 38 17
Kazakhstan 8 1 6 8 4 7 10 12 2 10 3 4 7 3 1 3 8 1 98 4
Belgium 2 8 6 10 1 12 39 16
Lebanon 7 12 12 1 3 12 5 52 14
Spain 6 6 7 12 10 3 5 5 4 1 7 4 10 8 10 98 5
Norway 7 2 4 3 8 4 12 5 1 3 2 7 6 6 70 6
Liechtenstein 4 1 5 6 7 2 3 12 5 5 7 6 3 6610
Romania 1 74 1 6 6 3 5 7 6 4 8 5 2 3 68 7
Estonia 10 5 6 1 10 2 1 4 1 4 5 7 56 12
Bulgaria 4 3 8 2 7 6 6 7 10 10 63 11
Turkey 4 10 7 4 8 1 8 1 3 8 54 13
Slovenia 5 5 7 1 10 4 5 37 18
Russia 12 8 128 12 5 4 12 10 10 7 10 10 12 1 4 8 7 152 1
Denmark 3 102 4 61 8 7 1 6 1 5 12 66 9
Greece 2 2 8 5 4 1 5 2719
Ireland 2 6 102 10 12 212 2 8 6 712 12 2 10 2 8 125 2
United Kingdom 10 3 8 3 5 7 10 4 10 12 6 58 12 3 2 108 3

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's vote in the second semi-final:

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5 Russia Russia Armenia, Ireland, Lebanon, Romania, Slovakia
4 Ireland Ireland Estonia, Greece, Norway, United Kingdom
3 Lebanon Lebanon Denmark, Liechtenstein, Spain
2 Armenia Armenia Finland, Kazakhstan
United Kingdom United Kingdom Moldova, Russia
1 Belgium Belgium Rest of the World
Denmark Denmark San Marino
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Turkey
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Slovenia
Norway Norway Bulgaria
Slovakia Slovakia Germany
Spain Spain Belgium

Grand Final

Voting results Grand Final
San Marino Monaco Czech Republic Russia Romania United Kingdom Israel Faroe Islands Finland Netherlands Moldova Liechtenstein Norway Algeria Montenegro Sweden Georgia Ireland Belarus Germany Iceland Ukraine Denmark Luxembourg Kazakhstan Spain Austria Lithuania Albania Andorra Italy Croatia Azerbaijan Malta Switzerland Armenia Slovakia Belgium Lebanon Estonia Bulgaria Turkey Slovenia Greece Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg San Marino 12 8 3 6 3 2 3 12 1 4 10512 4 7 5 9715
Monaco 2 5 3 2 8 4 5 8 6 1 1 7 5 3 1 4 65 20
CzechRepublic 8 8 2 2 12 5 12 2 7 1 8 4 10 7 12 10 5 4 5 5 6 4 10 2 3 6 160 2
Russia 6 12 6 7 7 2 4 8 8 12 8 3 8 5 10 7 8 12 8 1 12 12 10 4 8 4 2 5 199 1
Romania 10 6 7 2 3 5 2 3 1 39 25
UnitedKingdom 8 8 8 1 5 4 5 7 2 10 1 1 10 4 112 7 3 8 8 1 5 8 6 133 6
Israel 6 10 12 15 8 8 5 6 6 4 1 4 12 1 2 1 1 7 7107 12
FaroeIslands 3 4 4 2 7 3 2 1 6 7 8 1 5 53 23
Finland 7 4 5 10 1 12 10 7 12 10 10 10 4 8 3 1 10 4 2 1 5 1 3140 5
Netherlands 10 4 3 8 3 7 12 2 1 12 5 8 12 8716
Moldova 5 6 2 3 1 10 12 6 67 2 1 4 7 72 18
Liechtenstein 2 6 1 3 3 2 2 6 3 2 7 2 12 5124
Norway 10 7 2 6 8 8 1 12 1 3 3 7 8 10 12 6 5 2 4 115 10
Algeria 3 6 10 4 4 7 6 6 12 3 12 73 17
Montenegro 1 4 12 3 7 4 7 5 6 6 8 12 2 7 6 3 10 12 10 7 10 4 1464
Sweden 4 6 8 5 1 2 5 3 5 4 5 3 6 3 3 6321
Georgia 7 6 4 104 4 1 1 8 8 6 3 10 7219
Ireland 12 1 12 10 7 12 4 32 2 5 2 4 6 2 2 3 8 3 8 108 11
Belarus 1 7 5 12 10 6 36 10 8 5 7 3 8 7 10 7 6 5 1 1279
Germany 5 10 2 12 6 1 2 2 7 5 2 5422
Iceland 12 5 1 12 10 5 12 12 5 8 12 7 12 12 8 133 7
Ukraine 10 10 3 6 3 7 4 5 5 6 4 3 4 4 6 10 12 10113
Denmark 1 1 4 5 4 2 6 2 2 6 33 26
Luxembourg 3 3 10 1 7 6 12 1 7 6 4 7 410 8 7 12 6 4 6 8 10 10 152 3
Kazakhstan 4 2 12 7 1 2 10 5 53 8 1 3 10 10 2 7 8 6 612 7 131 8
Spain 5 5 3 7 4 10 8 2 3 5 10 8 10 3 1 8 7 9914
The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by appearance in the semi-finals.

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's vote in the Grand Final:

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
7 Iceland Iceland Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Moldova, San Marino, Spain
5 Russia Russia Armenia, Croatia, Ireland, Romania, Slovakia
3 Czech Republic Czech Republic Iceland, Israel, Netherlands
Ireland Ireland Monaco, Norway, United Kingdom
Montenegro Montenegro Azerbaijan, Denmark, Liechtenstein
Netherlands Netherlands Luxembourg, Malta, Rest of the World
San Marino San Marino Austria, Belgium, Russia
2 Algeria Algeria Italy, Lebanon
Finland Finland Sweden, Ukraine
Israel Israel Faroe Islands, Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Czech Republic, Turkey
Luxembourg Luxembourg Algeria, Andorra
Norway Norway Montenegro, Switzerland
1 Belarus Belarus Finland
Germany Germany Lithuania
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Slovenia
Moldova Moldova Germany
Ukraine Ukraine Greece
United Kingdom United Kingdom Albania

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.

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina: The country is taking a break for one edition.
  • Cyprus Cyprus: The broadcaster announced its withdrawal and didn't reveal any news about a possible comeback yet.
  • Egypt Egypt: The broadcaster announced its withdrawal.
  • France France: The broadcaster announced its withdrawal.
  • Hungary Hungary: The broadcaster announced its withdrawal.
  • Kosovo Kosovo: The broadcaster announced its withdrawal.
  • Latvia Latvia: The broadcaster announced its withdrawal.
  • Macedonia Macedonia: The broadcaster announced its withdrawal.
  • Morocco Morocco: The broadcaster announced its withdrawal.
  • Poland Poland: The broadcaster announced its withdrawal.
  • Portugal Portugal: The broadcaster announced its withdrawal.
  • Serbia Serbia: The broadcaster announced its withdrawal.

See also