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Own Eurovision Song Contest 50
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Daydream
Oesc50
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 28 July 2018
Semi-final 2 date 4 August 2018
Final date 27 August 2018
Host
Venue Tatneft Arena
Kazan, Russia
Presenter(s) Oleg Miami
Executive supervisor Mihai
Executive producer Adrià
Host broadcaster RTR
Opening act "Uhodi" by Sonya
Interval act "Komanda" by Polina Gagarina, Egor Creed and Dj SMASH
Participants
Number of entries 45
Debuting countries None
Returning countries Egypt Egypt
Hungary Hungary
Kosovo Kosovo
Latvia Latvia
Macedonia Macedonia
Morocco Morocco
Poland Poland
Serbia Serbia
Withdrawing countries Albania Albania
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Estonia Estonia
Malta Malta
Lithuania Lithuania
San Marino San Marino
Ukraine Ukraine
Vote
Voting system Each country awardes 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Null points None
Winning song Poland Poland
"Kaktus"
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Own Eurovision Song Contest 50, often referred to as OESC #50, is the 50th edition of Own Eurovision Song Contest. The edition took place in Kazan, Russia, after they won in the Own Eurovision Song Contest 49, edition held in Turku, Finland.

Forty-five countries have confirmed their participation in the competition. The 50th edition will see Egypt, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Macedonia, Morocco, Poland and Serbia returning in the contest, while Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Malta, Lithuania, San Marino and Ukraine have decided to withdraw.

The 50th edition consisted of three shows, including two semi-finals, which took place on 28 July and 4 August 2018 and a grand final, which took place on 27 August 2018. The motto of this edition is "Daydream".

After a tense voting process, Poland won the contest for the fifth time, with Bovska's song "Kaktus". Last time Poland won was in the Own Eurovision Song Contest 44, edition held in Milan, Italy. Poland received a total amount of 160 points, winning by a margin of only one point. The runner-up of this edition was Turkey. Third place went to Czech Republic, fourth place went to Luxembourg, while the fifth place went to Lebanon and the sixth place went to the Georgia. Turkey and Lebanon received their best place in the competition, since their debut.

From the countries that were automatically qualified in the Grand Final only Czech Republic and Luxembourg managed to place in the top 10. United Kingdom finished in the 14th place, Finland placed 16th, while the host country, Russia finished in the 17th place and Montenegro placed 24th out of 26 countries that were in the Grand Final.

Location

For more details on the host country, see Russia.

Venue

Tatneft Arena is a multi-purpose sports and events venue located in Kazan, Russia. The capacity of the arena is 10,000 and was opened in 2005. It’s one of the biggest and most well-equipped ice palaces in Russia and Europe. The facility was inaugurated during Kazan’s 1,000th anniversary celebrations.

The venue has two fully-featured ice rinks, each having independently operating infrastructure, general use facilities (locker rooms, makeup rooms, judges rooms, etc.), press centre and medical station. The venue also features a variety of dining options including coffee bars, café and restaurant.

In July-August 2015, the Tatneft Arena Ice Palace played host to the Opening/Closing Ceremonies of the 16th FINA World Championships. The Opening Ceremony’s official show, Pilgrim, was staged at the venue on a day-to-day basis during eight days.

Bidding Phase

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Kaliningrad
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Kazan
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Novosibirsk
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Sochi
Locations of the candidate cities.
After Russia's victory in Turku, Finland, the head of the delegation stated that the 50th edition would be held in Russia, but the host city is yet to be decided.

A total of four cities have been selected as the candidates to host the contest: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Novosibirsk and Sochi. Roston-on-Don had declared its interest in hosting the contest, but did not submit a formal bid.

The basic requirements to select a host city are the following:

  • A suitable venue that can accommodate around 10,000 spectators.
  • The Green Room should be located in the arena or as near it as possible.
  • A press centre with a specific size had to be made available at the venue.
  • A good distribution of hotel rooms, at different price categories, able to accommodate at least 2,000 delegates, accredited journalists and spectators.
  • The host city had to be near a major airport.
City Venue Capacity Notes
Kaliningrad Kaliningrad Stadium 45,000 Hosted four games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Kazan Tatneft Arena 10,400 Hosted the annual Türkvizyon Song Contest 2014.
Novosibirsk Ice Sports Palace Sibir 7,400 Used for hockey matches.
Sochi Bolshoy Ice Dome 12,000 Used for concerts and other events.

Host city

Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. With a population of 1.243.500, it is the sixth most populous city in Russia. Kazan is one of the largest religious, economic, political, scientific, educational, cultural and sports centers in Russia. Kazan lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers in European Russia, about 715 kilometres east from Moscow. The Kazan Kremlin is a World Heritage Site.

The Millennium of Kazan was celebrated in 2005.

In April 2009, the Russian Patent Office granted Kazan the right to brand itself as the "Third Capital" of Russia. In 2009 it was chosen as the "Sports capital of Russia" and it still is referred to as such. In 2011, here was held the European Weightlifting Championships.The city hosted the 2013 Summer Universiade, 2014 World Fencing Championships, the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, and is one of the host cities for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and,for the first time in Russia, the official stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship under the auspices of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Also Kazan has held the World Wushu Championships.In 2018, Kazan became one of the cities where the 2018 FIFA World Cup was held.

In 2015, 2.1 million tourists visited Kazan, a 20% increase in comparison with 2014. 1.5 million tourists visited the Kazan Kremlin in 2015, and one million visited the city's hotel and entertainment complex with an aquapark called "Kazan Riviera".

Format

Semi-final Allocation Draw

The Semi-final Allocation Draw took place on July 16, 2018. The thirty-nine 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 the first semifinal and 20 countries in the second semifinal. Czech Republic, Finland and Montenegro will vote in the first semi-final, while Luxembourg, Russia and the United Kingdom will vote in the second semi-final. All the Big 6 countries were allocated to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.

Results

Semi-final 1

Nineteen countries will participate in the first semi-final. Czech Republic, Finland and Montenegro voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Kosovo Kosovo Mimoza "Big Girls Cry" 13 61
02 Netherlands Netherlands Esther Veen "Undress & Unfold" 7 84
03 Lebanon Lebanon Nina Abdel Malak "Eza hajarta" 9 75
04 Moldova Moldova Angel!na "Mad Mad World" 5 92
05 Ireland Ireland Wild Youth "Lose Control" 14 61
06 Morocco Morocco K'lma "Warda ala warda" 17 38
07 Serbia Serbia Lena Kovačević "Cafe" 16 44
08 Algeria Algeria Mennel "Je pars mais je t'aime" 3 95
09 Switzerland Switzerland Ekat Bork "The World is Dancing" 6 84
10 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Sawdust & Rust "Caroline" 15 45
11 Denmark Denmark Elvira Pitzner "Perfect" 11 67
12 Georgia Georgia Nina Sublatti feat. The Mins "Spiritual" 4 93
13 Egypt Egypt Nathalie Saba "Snow" 10 72
14 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Sima Nasirova "Eshq" 8 76
15 Macedonia Macedonia Lozano "Kilometri" 18 37
16 Norway Norway Röyksopp feat. Robyn "Do It Again" 2 100
17 Poland Poland Bovska "Kaktus" 1 123
18 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Freedo feat. Gabriella Vixen "Keep Your Love on Me" 12 63
19 Slovakia Slovakia Emma Drobna "Remember" 19 24

Semi-final 2

Twenty countries will participate in the second semi-final. Luxembourg, Russia and United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Luina "Hey Yo!" 1 125
02 Turkey Turkey "Nenni" 2 123
03 Monaco Monaco Sasha "Je danse" 15 53
04 Slovenia Slovenia Amaya "Concrete" 13 55
05 Latvia Latvia Dana Sokolova "Razvedi nebo" 19 48
06 Spain Spain Alvaro Soler "La cintura" 17 53
07 Belgium Belgium Blanche "Wrong Turn" 12 60
08 Austria Austria Poptracker feat. ArianA "Hold" 14 54
09 Italy Italy Annalisa "Il mondo prima di te" 6 78
10 Croatia Croatia Zsa Zsa & Vanna "Tragom tvojih tragova" 5 79
11 Greece Greece Katerina Lioliou "Afti ti fora" 9 72
12 Romania Romania Serena "Safari" 3 93
13 Hungary Hungary Wellhello "Senki nem véd meg" 20 32
14 Germany Germany Namika feat. Black M "Je ne parle pas français" 11 64
15 Andorra Andorra Crystal Fighters "Boomin' in Your Jeep" 16 53
16 Armenia Armenia Suzy Meliqyan "Patrast em" 18 51
17 Belarus Belarus Natalia Podolskaya "Ni mnogo ni malo" 7 75
18 Sweden Sweden Dotter "Heatwave" 8 75
19 Iceland Iceland Magnea "Lucky" 10 66
20 Israel Israel Adi Bity "Khairo" 4 83

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Croatia Croatia Zsa Zsa & Vanna "Tragom tvojih tragova" 23 74
02 Luxembourg Luxembourg Alice on the Roof "Malade" 4 128
03 Finland Finland Cyan Kicks "Gasoline" 16 94
04 United Kingdom United Kingdom Sophie "Ponyboy" 14 97
05 Israel Israel Adi Bity "Khairo" 18 93
06 Algeria Algeria Mennel "Je pars mais je t'aime" 15 94
07 Russia Russia Ezi "Redemption" 17 94
08 Montenegro Montenegro Morana "Čas onaj kad se rodih" 24 73
09 Romania Romania Serena "Safari" 21 80
10 Czech Republic Czech Republic Vesna feat. Terezie Kovalová "Světlonoš" 3 133
11 Switzerland Switzerland Ekat Bork "The World is Dancing" 19 91
12 Poland Poland Bovska "Kaktus" 1 160
13 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Sima Nasirova "Eshq" 10 105
14 Iceland Iceland Magnea "Lucky" 20 89
15 Greece Greece Katerina Lioliou "Afti ti fora" 26 48
16 Egypt Egypt Nathalie Saba "Snow" 22 77
17 Netherlands Netherlands Esther Veen "Undress & Unfold" 25 62
18 Belarus Belarus Natalia Podolskaya "Ni mnogo ni malo" 7 110
19 Moldova Moldova Angel!na "Mad Mad World" 11 100
20 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Luina "Hey Yo!" 9 107
21 Norway Norway Röyksopp feat. Robyn "Do It Again" 8 107
22 Georgia Georgia Nina Sublatti feat. The Mins "Spiritual" 6 114
23 Lebanon Lebanon Nina Abdel Malak "Eza hajarta" 5 123
24 Sweden Sweden Dotter "Heatwave" 12 99
25 Turkey Turkey "Nenni" 2 159
26 Italy Italy Annalisa "Il mondo prima di te" 13 99

Scoreboards

Semifinal 1

Voting results Semi-Final 1
Kosovo Netherlands Lebanon Moldova Ireland Morocco Serbia Algeria Switzerland Faroe Islands Denmark Georgia Egypt Azerbaijan Macedonia Norway Poland Liechtenstein Slovakia Czech Republic Finland Montenegro Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg Kosovo 6 4 10 1 2 3 10 10 2 2 1 10 61 13
Netherlands 7 8 4 10 6 2 4 12 5 8 7 4 7 84 7
Lebanon 2 3 5 6 10 6 12 3 10 6 12 75 9
Moldova 12 12 3 2 6 10 1 1 3 10 12 6 5 5 4 92 5
Ireland 10 7 3 4 5 2 8 8 4 5 5 61 14
Morocco 1 8 5 1 8 10 2 3 38 17
Serbia 4 8 1 4 4 8 2 1 1 4 6 1 44 16
Algeria 8 7 5 7 1 10 12 3 7 10 1 10 7 7 95 3
Switzerland 5 6 5 3 12 3 6 6 8 10 7 2 8 3 84 6
Faroe Islands 1 10 10 2 4 1 1 12 4 45 15
Denmark 1 2 12 8 5 8 7 5 7 12 67 11
Georgia 2 10 5 5 8 5 3 4 5 2 12 6 5 7 12 2 93 4
Egypt 3 2 12 1 6 7 6 1 7 8 4 1 8 6 72 10
Azerbaijan 4 3 8 10 3 10 8 1 2 36 3 4 3 8 76 8
Macedonia 2 6 12 4 8 5 37 18
Norway 5 6 7 8 7 7 1 12 10 2 5 12 6 12 100 2
Poland 4 8 1 12 7 12 12 12 5 3 7 12 4 3 5 6 10 123 1
Liechtenstein 3 6 7 7 4 7 3 4 10 2 8 2 63 12
Slovakia 6 4 2 2 6 3 1 24 19

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
5 Poland Poland Algeria, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Switzerland
3 Moldova Moldova Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Netherlands
Norway Norway Faroe Islands, Montenegro, Poland
2 Denmark Denmark Lebanon, Slovakia
Georgia Georgia Finland, Norway
Lebanon Lebanon Liechtenste, Rest of the World
1 Algeria Algeria Georgia
Egypt Egypt Ireland
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Czech Republic
Macedonia Macedonia Denmark
Netherlands Netherlands Egypt
Switzerland Switzerland Morocco

Semifinal 2

Voting results Semi-Final 2
Kazakhstan Turkey Monaco Slovenia Latvia Spain Belgium Austria Italy Croatia Greece Romania Hungary Germany Andorra Armenia Belarus Sweden Iceland Israel Luxembourg Russia United Kingdom Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg Kazakhstan 6 8 12 10 7 3 5 12 3 10 3 8 7 4 10 5 7 1 4 1251
Turkey 10 10 8 6 1 4 12 2 8 6 12 5 3 4 12 10 10 123 2
Monaco 2 7 3 7 4 12 1 5 6 6 53 15
Slovenia 4 7 6 6 7 3 8 1 7 6 55 13
Latvia 3 10 2 2 5 6 6 2 12 48 19
Spain 1 2 5 8 10 4 5 8 10 53 17
Belgium 3 4 8 3 4 2 10 12 8 6 60 12
Austria 5 6 1 5 5 8 6 3 7 3 5 5414
Italy 1 3 1 2 12 2 6 4 8 12 12 1 5 7 2 78 6
Croatia 6 4 7 10 12 12 8 10 8 2 795
Greece 12 8 3 6 7 1 7 2 7 12 7 729
Romania 8 2 7 12 2 1 8 8 5 10 1 4 7 3 2 4 8 1 933
Hungary 8 5 12 3 1 1 2 32 20
Germany 7 1 5 4 10 7 1 5 6 2 6 1 4 5 6411
Andorra 2 10 4 6 6 6 4 3 12 53 16
Armenia 6 7 6 8 7 2 1 4 1 5 1 3 51 18
Belarus 5 2 12 10 12 7 10 2 3 2 7 3 75 7
Sweden 4 10 5 1 10 12 4 8 12 3 6 75 8
Iceland 12 8 4 2 10 8 10 4 8 66 10
Israel 12 4 3 4 5 3 10 5 1 5 3 10 7 2 3 1 5 83 4

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
3 Italy Italy Armenia, Austria, Sweden
Turkey Turkey Andorra, Greece, Luxembourg
2 Belarus Belarus Belgium, Italy
Croatia Croatia Belarus, Germany
Greece Greece Turkey, United Kingdom
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Croatia, Slovenia
Sweden Sweden Hungary, Israel
1 Andorra Andorra Russia
Belgium Belgium Iceland
Hungary Hungary Spain
Iceland Iceland Monaco
Israel Israel Kazakhstan
Latvia Latvia Rest of the World
Monaco Monaco Romania
Romania Romania Latvia

Grand Final

Voting results Grand Final
Croatia Luxembourg Finland United Kingdom Israel Algeria Russia Montenegro Romania Czech Republic Switzerland Poland Azerbaijan Iceland Greece Egypt Netherlands Belarus Moldova Kazakhstan Norway Georgia Lebanon Sweden Turkey Italy Kosovo Ireland Morocco Serbia Faroe Islands Denmark Macedonia Liechtenstein Slovakia Monaco Slovenia Latvia Spain Belgium Austria Hungary Germany Andorra Armenia Points Place
ESCConJ.svg Croatia 12 12 6 7 2 3 8 1 5 4 212 7423
Luxembourg 7 6 2 7 12 4 1 2 7 10 3 4 12 6 8 8 12 10 7 128 4
Finland 8 5 5 3 2 3 5 3 12 3 6 7 4 5 10 7 6 9416
UnitedKingdom 4 8 5 3 2 4 6 8 3 8 12 10 7 7 3 4 3 9714
Israel 6 3 10 10 8 5 1 12 7 2 1 1 6 10 1 10 93 18
Algeria 1 4 8 6 5 5 4 1 1 3 4 3 2 5 8 2 5 1 6 8 12 94 15
Russia 6 6 10 7 6 6 6 7 1 5 3 4 6 5 12 4 9417
Montenegro 8 10 4 2 4 12 1 10 6 12 4 73 24
Romania 3 4 4 2 5 2 8 3 4 10 5 5 6 10 2 7 80 21
Czech Republic 2 10 3 2 10 10 12 46 8 3 10 10 5 3 53 4 3 2 8 10 133 3
Switzerland 5 3 12 10 2 12 1 6 8 71 1 2 5 8 1 3 4 91 19
Poland 5 6 10 12 7 12 6 8 210 12 7 3 7 10 6 2 12 110 8 4 1 160 1
Azerbaijan 10 6 7 5 102 5 10 7 1 6 6 8 1 7 6 5 2 1 105 10
Iceland 8 3 8 12 8 1 4 10 4 1 3 8 6 3 10 89 20
Greece 7 1 2 12 1 2 7 8 3 5 4826
Egypt 8 7 5 1 8 12 2 2 2 4 4 6 1 5 6 4 7722
Netherlands 3 4 1 4 1 3 6 7 8 3 8 7 4 3 6225
Belarus 2 7 8 7 6 1 73 5 8 5 10 5 3 7 2 5 12 7 1107
Moldova 7 4 2 3 2 12 7 2 10 4 62 2 6 10 2 6 10 3 10011
Kazakhstan 10 2 1 1 8 4 10 1 10 12 4 1 3 5 1212 7 1 3 1079
Norway 4 3 5 7 1 7 12 2 7 2 12 8 1 7 7 4 8 4 3 1 2 1078
Georgia 12 6 6 2 6 10 5 4 7 12 12 5 1 26 10 8 114 6
Lebanon 1 10 1 2 4 1 8 5 6 12 412 107 123 7 10 8 123 5
Sweden 5 10 4 8 8 5 4 3 6 5 10 3 12 6 2 2 6 9922
Turkey 12 12 7 12 1 5 8 3 7 3 1 5 6 4 4 12 10 4 2 5 12 75 12 1592
Italy 1 5 8 12 7 8 10 7 12 8 8 5 8 99 13
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
6 Turkey Turkey Andorra, Belgium, Croatia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, United Kingdom
4 Poland Poland Algeria, Moldova, Serbia, Switzerland
3 Croatia Croatia Germany, Israel, Russia
Georgia Georgia Belarus, Finland, Norway
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Latvia, Slovenia, Turkey
Lebanon Lebanon Italy, Liechtenstein, Sweden
Luxembourg Luxembourg Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro
2 Italy Italy Denmark, Greece
Montenegro Montenegro Georgia, Monaco
Norway Norway Kazakhstan, Poland
Switzerland Switzerland Czech Republic, Iceland
1 Algeria Algeria Armenia
Belarus Belarus Austria
Czech Republic Czech Republic Azerbaijan
Egypt Egypt Ireland
Finland Finland Egypt
Greece Greece Faroe Islands
Iceland Iceland Netherlands
Israel Israel Lebanon
Moldova Moldova Romania
Russia Russia Spain
Sweden Sweden Slovakia
United Kingdom United Kingdom Morocco

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.

  • Albania Albania: On 22 June 2018, the albanian broadcaster announced its withdrawal.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina: On 22 June 2018 the broadcaster announced that Bosnia and Herzegovina will not return in the competition.
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria: On 19 June 2018 the broadcaster BNR announced its withdrawal.
  • Cyprus Cyprus: On 19 June 2018 It was announced by the broadcaster RIK that Cyprus will not return to the competition.
  • Estonia Estonia : On 4 March 2018 the broadcaster ERR announced its withdrawal.
  • France France: On 22 June 2018 the french broadcaster announced that France will not return in the competition.
  • Lithuania Lithuania: On 22 June 2018 the broadcaster LRT announced its withdrawal.
  • Malta Malta : On 4 March 2018 the broadcaster PBS announced its withdrawal.
  • Portugal Portugal: On 12 July 2018 the portuguese broadcaster announced it will not participate in the 50th edition.
  • San Marino San Marino : On 4 March 2018 the broadcaster SMTV announced its withdrawal.
  • Ukraine Ukraine : On 2 July 2018 the ukrainian broadcaster announced its withdrawal due to economic issues, a return in the next edition is very likely.

Controversies

Slovenia's representative

Though Slovenia have selected via a National Selection their entry "Arabia" by Joker, it was announced on June 13, 2018, that Joker has withdrew from the contest and another representative will be selected internal.

UK's representative

Though UK announced that they have selected Meadowlark, it was announced on June 14, 2018, that the band has withdrew from the competition. Another representative was selected.

See also