|Own Americavision Song Contest|
The general logo of OAmSC. The host country appears in the heart.
|Also known as||OAmSC|
|Country of origin||List of countries|
Hosted by previous winner |
List of host cities
|Running time||About 1 month|
|Original run||19 May 2017 – present|
|Status||Confirmations for OAmSC #12 have opened|
|Number of countries||53|
|Number of songs||375|
The Own Americavision Song Contest, often shortened to OAmSC is a song contest on Youtube held, primarily, among the member countries of the Own American Broadcasting Association since May 2017. The competition is based upon the existing Eurovision Song Contest held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1956. The current and official executive supervisor is Mihai Ghetiu.
Each country's head of delegation gets to select an entry for each edition either by internal or national selection. Then the countries get to vote for each show (semi-final or final) to determine the qualifiers and the winner of the edition.
The first ever Own Americavision Song Contest started on 19th May 2017. It was held in the capital city of Peru which also was the first ever country to host the Own Americavision Song Contest. Thirty-seven nations took part in the first edition each submitting one entry to the contest. Each country awarded 12 points to their favorite, 10 points to their second favourite and then 8 points to 1 point for the rest.
The first contest was won by Antigua and Barbuda.
Any full member of the Own American Broadcasting Association is allowed to send a song for the Own Americavision Song Contest. Each full member has got a certain broadcaster that is responsible for the choice of the artists and songs the country is sending for each edition.
Forty-eight countries have participated at least once. These are listed here alongside the edition in which they made their debut:
|Edn.||Country making its debut|
|#02||Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Guadeloupe|
|#03||United States Virgin Islands|
|#05||British Virgin Islands|
|#09||American Samoa, Montserrat|
|#10||Northern Mariana Islands, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Sint Maarten|
The contest's format has changed over the editions; the contest has two semi-finals and a final. The top ten scored countries from each semi-final advanced to the final. In the first edition, due to big number of participants there were thirteen qualifiers from each semi-final. For the next editions, the top 6 from each edition will be a part of the big 6.
Since the very first edition the winning country of each edition is automatically chosen to be the host of the next edition. As the host broadcaster, the heads of delegation can decide how and when they want to host the competition, present the logo, make a theme song and other things. However if a broadcaster cannot afford to host the competition, the runner-up or the council will help out. The show would still be hosted in the winning country.
Since the introductions of the semi-finals in the first edition the six highest-placed countries in the grand final were guaranteed a place in the following edition's grand final, without having to qualify. The remaining countries had to enter the semi-final.
Members of the Big 6 through the editions have been several countries. Currently, United States holds the record of being in the Big 6 four times. The best place for a Big 6 member was the first place, achieved by Cayman Islands in the Own Americavision Song Contest 4 fourth edition with their first place.
There are several rules of the contest in order to enter. Main rule of the contest is that the country has to officially join the Own American Broadcasting Association with a certain broadcaster before applying to enter the contest. Regarding the broadcaster, any broadcaster can be accepted by the OABU. The head of delegation of the certain country must be at the position for at least three editions. If the head of delegation is not satisfied with the country, one can swap the countries with other users. There are also rules regarding the entries, such as that Wikipedia:Eurovision Song Contest songs are not allowed to compete in the contest or that the singer must be over the age of 16.
The voting system used in the contest has been in place since the beginning, and is a positional voting system. Each country awards one set of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs. In case of the country not being able to deliver the voting, back-up juries were used to replace it.
Presentation of votes
Since the first edition, all the participating countries have been voting in the final, including the countries that failed to qualify from the semi-finals.
Since the first edition, the results were announced from last to first places, with the current announced entry being played.
Nul points and ties
So far there has been no entry that received no points from any country.
There have been several ties during the contest. In case of a tie between two or more countries, the country that received points from the most countries wins the tie. However, if the countries received points from the same number of countries, the number of 12 points is counted and if they are still tied it goes on until the tie breaks. The first notable and controversial tie in the contest was the one between Brazil and United States Virgin Islands in the ninth edition where Brazil came 10th and United States Virgin Islands 11th in semi-final making only the first to qualify.
The contest has so far 9 different winning countries. United States holds the record for the highest number of wins, having won the contest twice. Cuba's winning entry currently holds the record for the highest scoring winner and for the biggest margin between the winner and the runner-up.
Own Americavision Song Contest Winners Edition 1
Own Americavision Song Contest Winners Edition 1 is an event edition organised to determine the Own Americavision Song Contest's most popular entrant in the last ten edition, respectively Own Americavision Song Contest 1 to Own Americavision Song Contest 10.