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Own Eurovision Song Contest 53
Oesc53
Dates
Semi-finals date 9 May 2020
Final date 1 July 2020
Host
Venue Karen Demirchyan Complex
Presenter(s) Iveta Mukuchyan
Broadcaster Public Television Company of Armenia
Participants
Entries 46
Returning Flag of Austria Austria
Flag of Belgium Belgium
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic
Flag of Hungary Hungary
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Flag of Monaco Monaco
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
Withdrawing Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Egypt Egypt
Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
Flag of Georgia Georgia
Flag of Israel Israel
Flag of Latvia Latvia
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania
Flag of Moldova Moldova
Flag of Turkey Turkey
Voting
System Each country awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Winner Flag of Finland Finland
"Mayday"
Own Eurovision Song Contest
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Own Eurovision Song Contest 53, often referred to as OESC #53, is the 53rd edition of Own Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Yerevan, Armenia, following Nune Yesayan's win in the 52nd edition with the song "Es u du". It was the first time Armenia had hosted the contest. The contest was held at the Karen Demirchyan Complex, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. The three live shows were hosted by Iveta Mukuchyan.

Forty-six countries took part in the contest. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland and Ukraine returned to the competition, while Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova and Turkey withdrew for various reasons.

The winner was Finland with the song "Mayday" performed by Sini Yasemin. This is country's third victory, the last one being in the 48th edition. The podium was completed by Switzerland, which managed to tie their best result achieved back in the 7th edition, followed by Ukraine and Cyprus, which achieved the best result since their last win. San Marino and Monaco finished on the fifth and sixth places respectively, the latest one also getting tied with their previous best result. The host nation Armenia finished on the 20th place.

LocationEdit

Further information on the host country: Armenia

Host CityEdit

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Yerevan
Location of the host city.
Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia as well as one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. It has been the capital since 1918, the fourteenth in the history of Armenia and the seventh located in or around the Ararat plain. The city also serves as the seat of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese; the largest diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church and one of the oldest dioceses in the world.

With the growth of the Armenian economy, Yerevan has undergone major transformation. Much construction has been done throughout the city since the early 2000s, and retail outlets such as restaurants, shops, and street cafés, which were rare during Soviet times, have multiplied. As of 2011, the population of Yerevan was 1,060,138, just over 35% of the Republic of Armenia's total population. According to the official estimate of 2016, the current population of the city is 1,073,700. Yerevan was named the 2012 World Book Capital by UNESCO. Yerevan is an associate member of Eurocities.

VenueEdit

Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex, also known as Demirchyan Arena, Sports & Music Complex, or simply Hamalir (for complex in Armenian), is a large sports and concert complex with 184 stairs leading up Tsitsernakaberd hill which dominates over the western parts of Yerevan, near the Hrazdan River gorge.

The complex has a unique design, an outside view of the whole construction reminds the shape a big bird opening its wings. Its architectural concepts include a turning tribune of 1,008 seats, that can rapidly connect the two big halls to reveal additional seating, a concept for which the architects were awarded the USSR State Prize, the highest of its kind, in 1987. The main arena used for sporting events and concerts has a capacity of 6,000 seats, expandable to 8,800 seats.

FormatEdit

Semi-final Allocation DrawEdit

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 27 April 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 countries participated in each 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 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 countriesEdit

Semi-final 1Edit

Twenty countries participated in the first semi-final. Armenia, Montenegro and Russia also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Morocco Morocco R3hab & Elena Temnikova "Where You Wanna Be" 15 48
02 Flag of Serbia Serbia Weird Fishes "Over and Out" 20 16
03 Flag of Hungary Hungary Margaret Island "Valahol" 17 39
04 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Priya Ragu "Good Love 2.0" 18 23
05 Flag of Estonia Estonia Trad.Attack! "Pass-pass" 11 67
06 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Rimon "Hypnotizing" 12 55
07 Flag of Romania Romania Roxen "Escape" 4 100
08 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Denniyah "Kingdom" 13 52
09 Flag of Sweden Sweden Isak Danielson "Silence" 8 83
10 Flag of Malta Malta Luke Chappell "Human" 3 107
11 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Lea Sirk "Po svoje" 19 19
12 Flag of Croatia Croatia La Lana "So Messed Up" 2 118
13 Flag of Germany Germany Nico Santos "Play with Fire" 5 95
14 Flag of Poland Poland Bovska "Będę przy tobie" 6 92
15 Flag of Italy Italy Lilo "Luce ovunque" 14 50
16 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Charis Savva "Krifto" 9 82
17 Flag of Finland Finland Sini Yasemin "Mayday" 1 145
18 Flag of Albania Albania Stanaj "The Way I Love Her" 16 41
19 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Noémie Wolfs "On the Run" 10 74
20 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Alina Pash "Bosorkanya" 7 86

Semi-final 2Edit

Twenty countries participated in the second semi-final. Belarus, Norway and United Kingdom also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Portugal Portugal Putzgrilla & Favela Lacroix "Quem manda aqui" 10 81
02 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Nurbolat Abdullin "Sen meni tynda" 18 25
03 Flag of Monaco Monaco Nilusi "À des vies de toi" 1 124
04 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Kadebostany feat. Célia "Take It Away from Me" 4 102
05 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Postcards "Fossilized" 2 110
06 Flag of France France Disiz La Peste "Hiroshima" 19 23
07 Flag of Algeria Algeria Randall feat. Davis Mallory "Sun and Moon" 15 43
08 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Rilaya "Ozünə inan" 16 38
09 Flag of Belgium Belgium Tessa Dixson "Beautiful Pain" 6 95
10 Flag of Iceland Iceland Áslaug "Take from Me" 8 88
11 Flag of San Marino San Marino Luca Vasta "Old Italian Songs" 3 102
12 Flag of Andorra Andorra Miriam Rodriguez "Invisible" 20 17
13 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Yanna "Pazi tishina" 9 86
14 Flag of Spain Spain La Oreja de Van Gogh "Abrázame" 11 70
15 Flag of Ireland Ireland Greywind "Desolate" 7 94
16 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Adéla "Nech to bejt" 13 55
17 Flag of Greece Greece Crystallia "Me gusta" 5 98
18 Flag of Austria Austria Lisa Pac "Cool" 14 49
19 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Yll Limani feat. 2po2 "Dritat" 17 36
20 Flag of Denmark Denmark Kill J "Addicted" 12 56

FinalEdit

Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 46 participating countries eligible to vote.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Charis Savva "Krifto" 4 152
02 Flag of Sweden Sweden Isak Danielson "Silence" 14 103
03 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Boban Rajović & Ante M "Faktor iznenadjenja" 25 33
04 Flag of Greece Greece Crystallia "Me gusta" 12 108
05 Flag of Ireland Ireland Greywind "Desolate" 15 99
06 Flag of San Marino San Marino Luca Vasta "Old Italian Songs" 5 146
07 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Kadebostany feat. Célia "Take It Away from Me" 2 182
08 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Yanna "Pazi tishina" 23 55
09 Flag of Germany Germany Nico Santos "Play with Fire" 10 116
10 Flag of Romania Romania Roxen "Escape" 17 87
11 Flag of Armenia Armenia Arc North feat. Krista Marina "Meant to Be" 20 73
12 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Noémie Wolfs "On the Run" 18 85
13 Flag of Belarus Belarus Platon & Joolay "Over" 22 58
14 Flag of Poland Poland Bovska "Będę przy tobie" 7 128
15 Flag of Belgium Belgium Tessa Dixson "Beautiful Pain" 11 108
16 Flag of Portugal Portugal Putzgrilla & Favela Lacroix "Quem manda aqui" 9 122
17 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Postcards "Fossilized" 13 104
18 Flag of Monaco Monaco Nilusi "À des vies de toi" 6 134
19 Flag of Russia Russia Zivert "Beverly Hills" 21 65
20 Flag of Iceland Iceland Áslaug "Take from Me" 24 50
21 Flag of Malta Malta Luke Chappell "Human" 16 98
22 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Alina Pash "Bosorkanya" 3 159
23 Flag of Finland Finland Sini Yasemin "Mayday" 1 188
24 Flag of Norway Norway Gåte "Huldra" 19 81
25 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Salt Ashes "Counting Crosses" 26 12
26 Flag of Croatia Croatia La Lana "So Messed Up" 8 122

Other countriesEdit

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.
  • Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina: BHRT announced that Bosnia and Herzegovina would not participate in the contest due to their inability to secure stable funding and sponsorship for participation.
  • Flag of Egypt Egypt: ERTU announced that the members of the delegation were moving onto other projects and that they were withdrawing from the current edition. It was then later revealed that ERTU had left the OEBU and would not return to the contest as they had joined the OAUB and would debut in the Own Africavision Song Contest 2.
  • Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands: Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the delegation decided not to attend this edition.
  • Flag of Georgia Georgia: The country confirmed their participation but later decided to withdraw due to lack of suitable songs.
  • Flag of Israel Israel: Despite originally confirming their intention to participate, the broadcaster failed to send an entry for confirmation and was disqualified.
  • Flag of Latvia Latvia: It was announced that the Latvian head of delegation stepped down from his post in order to pursue other projects.
  • Flag of Lithuania Lithuania: Despite originally confirming their intention to participate, the broadcaster failed to send an entry for confirmation and was disqualified.
  • Flag of Moldova Moldova: TRM announced that Moldova would withdraw from the contest due to a possible change in the delegation.
  • Flag of North Macedonia North Macedonia: MRT failed to confirm or withdraw from the edition on time and were fined by the council.
  • Flag of Turkey Turkey: Despite originally confirming their intention to participate, the broadcaster failed to send an entry for confirmation and was disqualified.

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