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Own Eurovision Song Contest 52
Oesc52
Dates
Semi-finals date 2 February 2020
Final date February 2020
Host
Venue Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork, Ireland
Presenter(s) Nadine Coyle
Broadcaster RTÉ
Opening act "Emerald" by Lyra
Participants
Entries 47
Returning Flag of Albania Albania
Flag of Armenia Armenia
Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Flag of Estonia Estonia
Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
Flag of Iceland Iceland
Flag of Latvia Latvia
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania
Flag of Moldova Moldova
Flag of Morocco Morocco
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia
Withdrawing Flag of Austria Austria
Flag of Belgium Belgium
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Flag of North Macedonia North Macedonia
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Voting
System Each country awardes 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Own Eurovision Song Contest
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Own Eurovision Song Contest 52, often referred to as OESC #52, is the 52nd edition of Own Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Cork, Ireland, following Lyra’s win in the 51st edition with the song "Emerald". It was the first time Ireland had hosted the contest - 52 editions after the country made its debut. The contest was held at the Páirc Uí Chaoimh, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. The three live shows were hosted by Nadine Coyle.

Forty-seven countries participated in the contest — the highest amount since #46. Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Moldova, Morocco and Slovenia returned to the contest. Meanwhile, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, North Macedonia and Switzerland announced their withdrawal for various reasons.

Location

Further information on the host country: Ireland

Host City

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Cork
Location of the host city.
Cork is the second largest city in Ireland. Located in the south-west of Ireland, in the province of Munster, since an extension to the city's boundary in 2019, its population is c.210,000.

The city centre is an island positioned between two channels of the River Lee which meet downstream at the eastern end of the city centre, where the quays and docks along the river lead outwards towards Lough Mahon and Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world.

Originally a monastic settlement, Cork was expanded by Viking invaders around 915. Its charter was granted by Prince John in 1185. Cork city was once fully walled, and the remnants of the old medieval town centre can be found around South and North Main streets. The third largest city by population on the island of Ireland, the city's cognomen of "the rebel city" originates in its support for the Yorkist cause in the Wars of the Roses. Corkonians sometimes refer to the city as "the real capital", a reference to its opposition to the Anglo-Irish Treaty in the Irish Civil War.

Venue

Páirc Uí Chaoimh is a Gaelic games stadium in Cork, Ireland. It is the home of Cork GAA. The venue, often referred to simply as The Park, is located in Ballintemple and is built near to the site of the original Cork Athletic Grounds. The stadium opened in 1976 and underwent a significant two-year redevelopment before reopening in 2017.

Primarily used as a venue for Gaelic games, it has been used to host Cork's home league and championship games in both Gaelic football and hurling. The finals of both the Cork hurling and football championships have often been held at the venue. It has also hosted concerts by Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, U2, The Stone Roses, Oasis and Ed Sheeran as well as the annual Siamsa Cois Laoi festival.

Originally designed by Horgan and Lynch, the stadium had an initial capacity of 50,288. This capacity was progressively reduced because of safety regulations and, before the commencement of redevelopment works in 2015, it had a capacity of 32,550. Since the completion of the redevelopment in 2017 the capacity of the venue is 45,000, making it the fourth-largest Gaelic games stadium in Ireland.

Format

Semi-final Allocation Draw

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 24 January 2020. 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. Twenty-one countries participated in the first semi-final, while twenty countries in the second semi-final. From each semi-final, ten countries joined the "Big 6" in the final, where a total of twenty-six countries participated.

The forty-one 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

Participating countries

Semi-final 1

Twenty-one countries participated in the first semi-final. France, Norway and San Marino also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Goga Sekulić feat. Brzo Trči Ljanmi "Sexy biznismen"
02 Flag of Israel Israel Haim "Now I’m in It"
03 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Samra "Armas"
04 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands A.Rose "Hush Hush"
05 Flag of Moldova Moldova Angel!na "Take Me Home"
06 Flag of Denmark Denmark Mekdes "Lose a Minute"
07 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Gaja Prestor "To je kar imam"
08 Flag of Belarus Belarus Main-de-Gloire "Tonight"
09 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Lea Kampmann "Sail"
10 Flag of Morocco Morocco Faouzia "Tears of Gold"
11 Flag of Serbia Serbia Lira Vega "Duhovi"
12 Flag of Egypt Egypt TroyBoi feat. Nefera "On My Own"
13 Flag of Portugal Portugal Vaarwell "Deep"
14 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Anna Vissi "Iliotropia"
15 Flag of Poland Poland Tęskno "Mapa"
16 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Moniqué "Žinau ką turiu"
17 Flag of Croatia Croatia Severina "Losha"
18 Flag of Latvia Latvia Kashuks "About"
19 Flag of Iceland Iceland David44 "I Feel Better on My Own"
20 Flag of Andorra Andorra Paula Rojo "Lo que nunca fue"
21 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Alice Chater "Thief"

Semi-final 2

Twenty countries participated in the first semi-final. Greece, Ireland and Kazakhstan also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 4Magic "Vselena"
02 Flag of Germany Germany Sido feat. Johannes Oerding "Pyramiden"
03 Flag of Turkey Turkey Tuğba Yurt "İnceden inceden"
04 Flag of Albania Albania Elvana Gjata & Ledri Vula feat. John Shahu "Mike"
05 Flag of Romania Romania Feli "Când răsare soarele"
06 Flag of Italy Italy Marco Mengoni "Duemila volte"
07 Flag of Spain Spain María Isabel "Flamenkita"
08 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Besa feat. Elinel "Mos m'le me ra"
09 Flag of Estonia Estonia Frankie Animal "Pretty Late"
10 Flag of Sweden Sweden Svea "Selfish"
11 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Celeste Buckingham "Time Is Ours"
12 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Cari Cari "Anaana"
13 Flag of Russia Russia Klava Koka "Zaya"
14 Flag of Georgia Georgia Gigi Adamashvili "Yellow Kites"
15 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Emir Đulović "Južnije od duše"
16 Flag of Algeria Algeria Cameleon "Kilini"
17 Flag of Finland Finland Feelswithcaps "Coexist"
18 Flag of Malta Malta Gaia "Why Should I?"
19 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Khansa "Khabberni keef"
20 Flag of Armenia Armenia Nune Yesayan "Es u du"

Final

Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 47 participating countries eligible to vote.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Morocco Morocco Faouzia "Tears of Gold"
02 Flag of Moldova Moldova Angel!na "Take Me Home"
03 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Alice Chater "Thief"
04 Flag of San Marino San Marino Unsecret feat Krigarè "Vendetta"
05 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 4Magic "Vselena"
06 Flag of Italy Italy Marco Mengoni "Duemila volte"
07 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Goga Sekulić feat. Brzo Trči Ljanmi "Sexy biznismen"
08 Flag of Greece Greece Christiana Sioka "Vrohi"
09 Flag of Russia Russia Klava Koka "Zaya"
10 Flag of Portugal Portugal Vaarwell "Deep"
11 Flag of Israel Israel Haim "Now I’m in It"
12 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Celeste Buckingham "Time Is Ours"
13 Flag of Finland Finland Feelswithcaps "Coexist"
14 Flag of Spain Spain María Isabel "Flamenkita"
15 Flag of Armenia Armenia Nune Yesayan "Es u du"
16 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Lea Kampmann "Sail"
17 Flag of Belarus Belarus Main-de-Gloire "Tonight"
18 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Aidana Medenova "Mazalama"
19 Flag of Malta Malta Gaia "Why Should I?"
20 Flag of Ireland Ireland Áine feat. Courage "Blood Diamonds"
21 Flag of Norway Norway Skaar "Five Times"
22 Flag of Poland Poland Tęskno "Mapa"
23 Flag of France France Arcadian "Petit à petit"
24 Flag of Romania Romania Feli "Când răsare soarele"
25 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Moniqué "Žinau ką turiu"
26 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Besa feat. Elinel "Mos m'le me ra"

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.
  • Flag of Austria Austria: Austria had originally confirmed their participation in the contest. However, the OEBU announced that ORF had failed to submit a song before the deadline, thus being forced to withdraw.
  • Flag of Belgium Belgium: Despite confirming their preliminary participation in the contest, as part of Big 6, the Belgian broadcaster failed to present their entry and was assumed as withdrawn.
  • Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic: The country withdrew due to a restructuring of the broadcaster, including the changing of the nation's Head of Delegation. A comeback next edition was not ruled out.
  • Flag of Hungary Hungary: It was confirmed that the broadcaster had not signed up to compete in the contest.
  • Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg: RTL announced that Luxembourg would not participate in the contest, due to the financial and organisational strain of a potential participation on the channel, especially with a small financial budget.
  • Flag of Monaco Monaco: Monégasque broadcaster confirmed that they will withdraw citing a lack of interest from singers.
  • Flag of North Macedonia North Macedonia: Despite showing interest in participation in the contest, Macedonian Radio Television announced that they will withdrawing from the contest because of financial difficulties.
  • Flag of Switzerland Switzerland: SRG SSR failed to confirm their participation in time and was forced to withdraw.
  • Flag of Ukraine Ukraine: Ukrainian broadcaster announced that it would not participate in the contest due to a lack of interest from the head of the delegation.

See also

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