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Own Eurovision Song Contest 51
Beyond the Possible
Oesc51
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 26 January 2019
Semi-final 2 date 2 February 2019
Final date 8 February 2019
Host
Venue Arena Gliwice
Gliwice, Poland
Presenter(s) Paulina Sykut-Jezyna
Executive supervisor Mihai
Executive producer Dimitris
Host broadcaster TVP
Opening act "Kaktus" by Bovska
Participants
Number of entries 40
Returning countries Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Cyprus Cyprus
France France
Malta Malta
Portugal Portugal
San Marino San Marino
Withdrawing countries Armenia Armenia
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Czech Republic Czech Republic
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
Hungary Hungary
Iceland Iceland
Latvia Latvia
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
Moldova Moldova
Monaco Monaco
Morocco Morocco
Slovenia Slovenia
Vote
Voting system Each country awardes 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Winning song Ireland Ireland
Emerald
Own Eurovision Song Contest
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Own Eurovision Song Contest 51, often referred to as OESC #51, was the 51st edition of Own Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Gliwice, Poland, following Bovska’s win at the 50th edition in Kazan, Russia with the song “Kaktus”. It was the fifth time that the country hosted the contest, after previously doing so in 13th, 27th, 41st and 45th editions. The contest was held at the Arena Gliwice, and consisted of two semi-finals on 23 January and the final on 30 January 2019. The live shows were hosted by Paulina Sykut-Jezyna.

Forty countries have participated in the competition. The 51st edition saw the return of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Malta, Portugal and San Marino, while Armenia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco and Slovenia have decided to withdraw. Despite originally announced their intention to return, Lithuania and Ukraine decided later to not participate.

After a tense voting process, Ireland won the contest for the first time, with Lyra's song "Emerald". This was Ireland's first win – and first top ten placing in the last 32 editions. The margin from the runner-up was 48 points, this being the 3rd biggest margin ever between the top two countries. The podium was completed by Norway and France, with both of them getting their best result since their victories in the 7th and 38th editions respectively. Of the "Big Six", Turkey placed the highest, getting 11th, while Georgia got its worst result ever in the final, finishing last for the second time.

Location

For more details on the host country, see Poland.

Host city

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Gliwice
Locations of the candidate cities.
Gliwice is a city in Upper Silesia, in southern Poland. The city is located in the Silesian Highlands, on the Kłodnica river (a tributary of the Oder). It lies approximately 25 km West from Katowice, regional capital of the Silesian Voivodeship.

Gliwice is the westernmost city of the Upper Silesian metropolis, a conurbation of 1.9 million people, and is the third-largest city of this area, with 183,392 permanent residents as of 2015. It also lies within the larger Upper Silesian metropolitan area which has a population of about 5.3 million people and spans across most of eastern Upper Silesia, western Lesser Poland and the Moravian-Silesian Region in the Czech Republic. It is one of the major college towns in Poland, thanks to the Silesian University of Technology, which was founded in 1945 by academics of Lwow University of Technology expelled from Soviet Ukraine in 1945-48. Over 20,000 people study in Gliwice. Gliwice is an important industrial center of Poland. Following an economic transformation in the 1990s, Gliwice switched from steelworks and coal mining to automotive and machine industry. The last remaining coal mine in Gliwice was set to close before 2021, however following its good economic results this decision has been postponed.

Founded in the 13th century, Gliwice is one of the oldest settlements in Upper Silesia. Gliwice's medieval old town was severely destroyed by the Red Army in World War II, however has since been rebuilt and underwent a major restoration in recent years. Gliwice's most historical structures include St Bartholomew's church (15th century), Gliwice Castle and city walls (14th century), Armenian Church (originally a hospital, 15th century) and All Saints Old Town Church (15th century). Gliwice is also known for its Radio Tower, where Gleiwitz incident happened shortly before the outbreak of World War II and which is though to be the world’s tallest wooden construction, as well as Weichmann Textile House, one of the first buildings designed by world-renowned architect Erich Mendelsohn.

Venue

Arena Gliwice is a sports and entertainment hall in Gliwice, Poland. It provides 13,752 seats in the main arena and is considered one of the largest entertainment and sports halls in the country. Initially, the object was given the name "Podium Hall", which was later changed into "Hala Gliwice". Currently, this name is used interchangeably with the name "Arena Gliwice".

Format

Semi-final Allocation Draw

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 19 January 2019. The first part of the draw determined in which semi-final the Big Six would have to vote. The second part of the draw decided in which half of the respective semi-finals each country would perform, with the exact running order determined by the producers of the show at a later date. Seventeen countries will participate in both semi-finals, respectively. From each semi-final, ten countries will join the "Big 6" in the final, where a total of twenty-six countries will participate.

The thirty-four semi-finalists were allocated into six pots, based on their geographical place and cultural similarities. Drawing from different pots helps in reducing the chance of so-called neighbour voting and increasing suspense in the semi-finals. Each time a country was drawn from the pot, its semi-final and half of the semi-final was determined.

The six pots were the following:

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

Results

Semi-final 1

Seventeen countries will participate in the first semi-final. Belarus, Georgia and Lebanon will vote in this semifinal.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Slovakia Slovakia Celeste Buckingham "Immature" 15 31
02 Switzerland Switzerland FlexFab feat. The Venopian Solitude "Places" 3 108
03 Israel Israel Steven Wilson feat. Ninet Tayeb "Pariah" 6 88
04 Bulgaria Bulgaria Mihaela Marinova "Ochi v ochi" 11 61
05 United Kingdom United Kingdom Fifi Rong "Future Never Comes" 5 89
06 Cyprus Cyprus Polina Christodoulou "Gia pes mou" 12 55
07 Norway Norway Whales & This Lake "Alphagirls & Alphaboys" 4 99
08 Austria Austria Morgaine "Tochter der Wildnis" 13 52
09 Spain Spain Aitana "Vas a quedarte" 7 86
10 Croatia Croatia Nikolija "Slažem" 10 61
11 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Irah "Showering Layers off My Skin" 2 114
12 Ireland Ireland Lyra "Emerald" 1 117
13 France France Jenifer "Notre idylle" 8 80
14 Portugal Portugal David Carreira feat. Sara Carreira "Gosto de ti" 16 30
15 Romania Romania Xandra "Try" 14 51
16 Algeria Algeria Lolo Zouaï " High Highs to Low Lows" 17 27
17 Kosovo Kosovo Ilira "Get off My D!ck" 9 69

Semi-final 2

Seventeen countries will participate in the second semi-final. Luxembourg, the host country Poland and Turkey will vote in this semifinal.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Malta Malta Monroe "Untouchable" 9 74
02 Finland Finland Phantom "Over" 7 89
03 Italy Italy Raffy "Midnight Sky" 15 38
04 Serbia Serbia Nevena Božović "What I'm Looking For" 2 93
05 Andorra Andorra Lola Indigo & Mala Rodríguez "Mujer bruja" 11 70
06 Netherlands Netherlands Rondé "Calling" 6 89
07 Germany Germany Vanessa Mai feat. Olexesh "Wir 2 immer 1" 8 76
08 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Juzim "Tańdaý" 1 104
09 Sweden Sweden Benjamin Ingrosso "Behave" 16 28
10 Belgium Belgium Loïc Nottet "On Fire" 3 93
11 Montenegro Montenegro Highway "Što dalje" 17 19
12 San Marino San Marino Bianca Atzei "Fire on Ice" 5 91
13 Denmark Denmark Martin Jensen & Olivia Holt "16 Steps" 14 51
14 Macedonia Macedonia Bobi Andonov "Smoke" 12 69
15 Russia Russia Arty "Supposed to Be" 13 67
16 Egypt Egypt Ash "Mosaïque" 10 74
17 Greece Greece Eleni Foureira "Tómame" 4 93

Final

Twenty-six countries will participate in the final, with all 40 participating countries eligible to vote.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Kosovo Kosovo Ilira "Get off My D!ck" 12 95
02 Georgia Georgia The BearFox "Eyes Closed" 26 17
03 Belgium Belgium Loïc Nottet "On Fire" 4 117
04 Ireland Ireland Lyra "Emerald" 1 178
05 Spain Spain Aitana "Vas a quedarte" 9 100
06 Malta Malta Monroe "Untouchable" 25 37
07 Poland Poland Fjors "Painter" 23 56
08 France France Jenifer "Notre idylle" 3 118
09 Luxembourg Luxembourg Whispering Sons "Alone" 22 57
10 United Kingdom United Kingdom Fifi Rong "Future Never Comes" 8 100
11 Finland Finland Phantom "Over" 19 79
12 Croatia Croatia Nikolija "Slažem" 24 56
13 Switzerland Switzerland FlexFab feat. The Venopian Solitude "Places" 15 88
14 Germany Germany Vanessa Mai feat. Olexesh "Wir 2 immer 1" 14 88
15 Norway Norway Whales & This Lake "Alphagirls & Alphaboys" 2 130
16 Lebanon Lebanon Maritta Hallani "Akher marra" 13 91
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Irah "Showering Layers off My Skin" 20 78
18 San Marino San Marino Bianca Atzei "Fire on Ice" 6 105
19 Netherlands Netherlands Rondé "Calling" 10 99
20 Greece Greece Eleni Foureira "Tómame" 5 111
21 Egypt Egypt Ash "Mosaïque" 21 75
22 Serbia Serbia Nevena Božović "What I'm Looking For" 16 87
23 Belarus Belarus Shuma feat. Yashar Gasanov "Kumachki" 18 80
24 Turkey Turkey Lyan feat. Serel "One Thing" 11 96
25 Israel Israel Steven Wilson feat. Ninet Tayeb "Pariah" 17 82
26 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Juzim "Tańdaý" 7 100

Scoreboards

First Semifinal

Voting results Semi-Final 1
Slovakia Switzerland Israel Bulgaria United Kingdom Cyprus Norway Austria Spain Croatia Bosnia and Herzegovina Ireland France Portugal Romania Algeria Kosovo Belarus Georgia Lebanon Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg Slovakia 3 2 5 5 5 4 4 2 1 3115
Switzerland 5 7 2 4 12 1 7 5 10 8 7 6 5 2 8 12 7 108 3
Israel 6 10 7 3 6 12 1 1 6 10 3 8 5 4 6 88 6
Bulgaria 8 3 4 8 6 8 8 12 2 2 61 11
United Kingdom 12 88 7 2 8 1 12 1 8 8 7 6 1 89 5
Cyprus 1 3 1 1 10 12 2 7 2 4 5 3 4 55 12
Norway 7 3 12 1 12 1 10 2 12 7 12 8 12 99 4
Austria 5 8 10 2 4 3 2 10 7 1 52 13
Spain 12 1 12 12 10 4 7 2 8 10 3 5 86 7
Croatia 10 4 6 6 2 12 6 6 6 3 61 10
Bosnia&Herzegovina 8 6 5 8 8 10 3 6 3 3 10 5 6 10 3 10 10 114 2
Ireland 4 6 4 10 7 10 3 6 10 7 7 7 12 12 5 7 117 1
France 5 7 5 4 3 12 3 12 4 6 4 2 5 8 80 8
Portugal 2 2 5 5 7 5 1 3 30 16
Romania 3 1 12 48 34 46 2 1 3 51 14
Algeria 4 2 1 2 2 1 5 1 4 1 4 27 17
Kosovo 7 10 6 5 7 6 8 10 10 69 9


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
4 Norway Norway Algeria, Croatia, Rest of the World, United Kingdom
3 Spain Spain Bulgaria, Israel, Slovakia
2 France France Belgium, Ireland
Ireland Ireland Belarus, Kosovo
Switzerland Switzerland Lebanon, Norway
United Kingdom United Kingdom Portugal, Switzerland
1 Bulgaria Bulgaria France
Croatia Croatia Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cyprus Cyprus Spain
Israel Israel Austria
Romania Romania Cyprus

Second Semifinal

Voting results Semi-Final 2
Malta Finland Italy Serbia Andorra Netherlands Germany Kazakhstan Sweden Belgium Montenegro San Marino Denmark Macedonia Russia Egypt Greece Luxembourg Poland Turkey Flag of Earth Points Place
ESCConJ.svg Malta 3 7 5 3 8 4 6 2 5 8 1 5 6 7 4 74 9
Finland 12 6 12 3 6 6 8 4 12 10 10 89 7
Italy 6 5 8 2 7 1 4 5 38 15
Serbia 7 4 1 8 6 5 1 1 12 1 3 4 10 8 10 1 5 6 93 2
Andorra 6 8 8 8 2 12 8 4 8 1 5 70 11
Netherlands 112 1 10 5 10 5 4 10 8 3 5 3 12 89 6
Germany 10 2 6 4 4 10 7 3 8 1 2 7 12 76 8
Kazakhstan 12 5 4 2 2 10 4 5 3 6 7 5 6 2 10 4 10 7 104 1
Sweden 2 6 6 7 7 28 16
Belgium 4 7 8 5 1 1 12 1 6 12 10 12 8 5 1 93 3
Montenegro 12 5 2 19 17
San Marino 6 2 3 10 6 12 4 4 12 7 4 12 4 3 2 91 5
Denmark 8 1 10 4 7 2 3 2 1 5 3 3 2 51 14
Macedonia 3 10 5 27 7 7 3 2 7 2 8 6 69 12
Russia 5 12 3 4 310 610 22 8 1 1 67 13
Egypt 8 10 7 1 125 77 3 6 8 74 10
Greece 3 8 12 12 10 2 10 731 6 12 4 3 93 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

Grand Final

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

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.

  • Albania Albania: Albania withdraws and will not be returning under its current Head of Delegation
  • Armenia Armenia: It was confirmed that the country would not participate in the 51st edition.
  • Azerbaijan Azerbaijan: It was confirmed that the country would not participate in the 51st edition.
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic: Despite being directly qualified for the final, the broadcaster missed the deadline for confirmations, thus being forced to withdraw.
  • Estonia Estonia: Estonia didn’t return this edition due to internal issues within the broadcaster.
  • Faroe Islands Faroe Islands: It was confirmed that the country would withdraw in the 51st edition.
  • Hungary Hungary: The broadcaster failed to submit and present their entry within the given deadline and therefore was forced to withdraw from the edition.
  • Iceland Iceland: The Icelandic broadcaster (RÚV) just announced Iceland's withdrawal from the current edition citing financial crisis and budget restrictions as factors that influenced this decision, a return in the following edition is "more than likely".
  • Latvia Latvia: It was confirmed that the country would not participate in the 51st edition.
  • Liechtenstein Liechtenstein: It was confirmed that the country would withdraw in the 51st edition.
  • Lithuania Lithuania: The country had originally confirmed their participation but later withdrew due to unknown circumstances.
  • Moldova Moldova: In spite of the good result achieved by Angel!na last edition, Moldova has announced that they will be withdrawing from the contest for an edition break, as they re-assess their participation with the current delegation team.
  • Monaco Monaco: Monaco will withdraw due to a low interest with the contest. A return in the 52nd edition could happen.
  • Morocco Morocco: The broadcaster confirmed its break from the contest.
  • Slovenia Slovenia: It was confirmed that the country would withdraw in the 51st edition.
  • Ukraine Ukraine: The nation withdrew, citing a lack interest for the contest at the moment.

See also

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