|Own Americavision Song Contest 5|
|Semi-finals date||15 March 2019|
|Final date||27 March 2019|
|Venue||Truman Bodden Sports Complex |
George Town, Cayman Islands
|Debuting||British Virgin Islands|
|Returning|| Bahamas |
|Withdrawing|| Aruba |
|System||Each country awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs|
|Winner|| El Salvador |
|Own Americavision Song Contest|
Own Americavision Song Contest 5, often referred to as OAmSC #5, is the 5th edition of Own Americavision Song Contest. The contest took place in George Town, Cayman Islands, following the country's victory in the 4th edition with the song "Pretty Head", performed by Transviolet. The contest was held at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. This is the first time that the country hosted the contest.
Thirty-three countries participated in the fifth edition. The contest saw the return of Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Greenland, Peru and Uruguay. British Virgin Islands also made their debut appearance this edition. Unfortunately, Aruba, Brazil, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Mexico and Saint Lucia have withdrawn from the competition. Despite originally confirming, Cuba was forced to withdraw due to not submitting an entry before the deadline.
The winner was El Salvador with the song "Wild Heart" performed by Sabi. This was country's first ever top five placement, also the first Central American country to win the competition. Canada placed second for the second time in their participation, and the podium was completed by Argentina, which achieved their best result. Guatemala and Suriname, who placed fourth and fifth respectively also achieved their best result, alongside Saint Kitts and Nevis, Curaçao and Bermuda who placed inside the top 10. Nicaragua achieved their first qualification and placed sixteenth overall. For the first time since the introduction of the semi-finals, Uruguay and Venezuela failed to qualify for the final.
Location[edit | edit source]
For more details on the host country, see Cayman Islands.
Host City[edit | edit source]
George Town is a city situated on Grand Cayman island of the Cayman Islands. It serves as the capital of the Cayman Islands, in the British West Indies. As of 2007, the city had a population of 28,836, making it the second largest city (by population) of all the British Overseas Territories. George Town is the heart of the Cayman Islands financial services industry (there are close to 600 Bank and Trust companies in the Cayman Islands). The Caymanian government offices are located in the city. According to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network in 2016, George Town is classed as a 'gamma + city'.
Venue[edit | edit source]
Truman Bodden Sports Complex is a multi-use complex in George Town, Cayman Islands. It is named after Truman Bodden. The complex is separated into an outdoor, 6 lane 25 metre swimming pool, full purpose track and field and basketball/netball courts. The field surrounded by the track is used for football matches as well as other field sports.
The track stadium holds 3,000 people comfortably.
In 2008 construction commenced on a 10 lane 50 metre pool, completed with its own stadium that holds hold 2,000 people. The stadium also includes changing rooms and restrooms for both athletes and spectators. There is also a multimedia centre built as use for offices, conference rooms and a full gym. The centre was built where the existing offices and changing room are located.
Format[edit | edit source]
Semi-final Allocation Draw[edit | edit source]
The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 14 February 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. Thirteen countries will participate in in the first semi-final and fourteen in the second semi-final. From each semi-final, ten countries will join the "Big 6" in the final, where a total of twenty-six countries will participate.
The twenty-seven 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[edit | edit source]
Semi-final 1[edit | edit source]
|01||Puerto Rico||Sofia Reyes feat. Jason Derulo & De La Ghetto||"1, 2, 3"||3||88|
|02||Uruguay||Alfonsina||"Juego con fuego"||12||59|
|03||British Virgin Islands||Luna feat. Iyaz||"Run This Town"||5||82|
|04||Peru||Renata Flores||"Mirando la misma luna"||7||80|
|05||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Problem Child||"Love de Road"||13||15|
|07||Curaçao||Trobi feat. Junglebae||"In the Studio"||6||80|
|08||United States Virgin Islands||Vanessa Daou||"Trouble Comes"||10||73|
|09||Argentina||Evaluna Montaner||"Me liberé"||1||109|
|11||Costa Rica||Fátima Pinto||"Tic Tic Tac"||2||97|
|12||Saint Kitts and Nevis||Corinne Bailey Rae||"The Skies Will Break"||4||86|
|13||Dominican Republic||Juan Magan feat. Luciana||"Baila conmigo"||11||68|
Semi-final 2[edit | edit source]
|01||Bolivia||Michelle Andrade||"Hasta la vista"||7||85|
|02||El Salvador||Sabi||"Wild Heart"||1||124|
|07||Bermuda||Chelsea Amber||"Someone's Precious Girl"||6||86|
|08||Paraguay||Fabu||"Call My Name"||11||57|
|09||Antigua and Barbuda||Au/Ra||"Outlaws"||5||90|
|10||Barbados||Naomi Pilgrim||"Sink Like a Stone"||3||94|
|11||Venezuela||Mariana Vega||"La marea"||12||47|
|12||Dominica||Kojo Funds feat. Raye||"Check"||13||26|
Final[edit | edit source]
Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 33 participating countries eligible to vote.
|01||Argentina||Evaluna Montaner||"Me liberé"||3||105|
|02||Antigua and Barbuda||Au/Ra||"Outlaws"||21||48|
|05||Barbados||Naomi Pilgrim||"Sink Like a Stone"||6||88|
|07||Costa Rica||Fátima Pinto||"Tic Tic Tac"||18||63|
|10||Saint Kitts and Nevis||Corinne Bailey Rae||"The Skies Will Break"||7||87|
|11||Guatemala||School of Seven Bells||"Ablaze"||4||98|
|12||United States||Jack River||"Fault Line"||13||74|
|13||British Virgin Islands||Luna feat. Iyaz||"Run This Town"||19||61|
|14||Colombia||Morat||"Cuando nadie ve"||24||38|
|15||Bermuda||Chelsea Amber||"Someone's Precious Girl"||9||84|
|16||El Salvador||Sabi||"Wild Heart"||1||122|
|17||Peru||Renata Flores||"Mirando la misma luna"||14||74|
|20||Bolivia||Michelle Andrade||"Hasta la vista"||10||79|
|23||Canada||Cœur de pirate||"Combustible"||2||116|
|24||Curaçao||Trobi feat. Junglebae||"In the Studio"||8||86|
|25||United States Virgin Islands||Vanessa Daou||"Trouble Comes"||25||35|
|26||Puerto Rico||Sofia Reyes feat. Jason Derulo & De La Ghetto||"1, 2, 3"||12||77|
Other countries[edit | edit source]
Eligibility for potential participation in the Own Americavision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active OABA 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.
- Aruba: It was confirmed that the country would not participate in the 5th edition.
- Belize: It was announced that the country won't be returning to the contest.
- Brazil: The broadcaster missed the deadline for confirmations, thus being forced to withdraw.
- Cuba: Despite initially confirming, the country failed to present their entry within the deadline.
- French Guiana: It was announced that the country will be withdrawing.
- Guadeloupe: It was confirmed that the country would not participate in the 5th edition.
- Haiti: It was confirmed that the country would not return in the 5th edition.
- Honduras: It was announced that the country will not return.
- Jamaica: It was confirmed that the country would not participate in the 5th edition.
- Mexico: The broadcaster withdrew after the previous head of the delegation resigned.
- Panama: Panama will not return due lack of interest among the artists and lack of funding. Participation in the future isn't ruled out.
- Saint Lucia: It was confirmed that the country would not participate in the 5th edition.
- Trinidad and Tobago: The country will not return due to lack of time.