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Own Americavision Song Contest 8
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Dates
Semi-finals date 2 March 2020
Final date 18 March 2020
Host
Venue Coliseo de la Ciudad Deportiva, Havana, Cuba
Presenter(s) Camila Cabello
Broadcaster Instituto Cubano de Radio y Televisión
Participants
Entries 38
Debuting Flag of Guam.svg Guam
Returning Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
Flag of British Virgin Islands.svg British Virgin Islands
Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia
Flag of Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic
Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica
Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg Saint Kitts and Nevis
Flag of Suriname.svg Suriname
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago
Withdrawing Flag of Aruba.svg Aruba
Flag of Panama.svg Panama
Flag of Saint Lucia.svg Saint Lucia
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay
Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela
Voting
System Each country awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Winner Flag of United States.svg United States
"Oblivion"
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Own Americavision Song Contest 8, often referred to as OAmSC #8, is the 8th edition of Own Americavision Song Contest. It took place in Havana, Cuba, following Mayra Verónica’s win in the 7th edition with the song "Mama Mia". It was the first time Cuba had hosted the contest. The contest was held at the Coliseo de la Ciudad Deportiva, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. The three live shows were hosted by Camila Cabello.

Thirty-eight countries participated in the contest — one less than the record number of 39 set at the third edition. Guam made their debut this edition. Bolivia, British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago returned to the contest. Meanwhile, Aruba, Panama, Saint Lucia, Uruguay and Venezuela withdrew for various reasons.

The winner was United States with the song "Oblivion" performed by Zayde Wølf & Neoni. This is country's second victory and it became the first country to win the contest twice. The podium was completed by Argentina and Paraguay, which achieved their best result. Costa Rica finished on the 4th place, tied with their previous best placement. From the top 10, the countries of Jamaica, Guam and Honduras also scored their best placement in the history of the contest, alongside Peru and British Virgin Islands on 12th and 18th places respectively. The host nation, Cuba finished on the 20th place. This edition also marked the first non-qualification of Antigua and Barbuda, Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago.

Location[]

Further information on the host country: Cuba

Host City[]

Own Americavision Song Contest 8 is located in Cuba
Havana
Location of the host city.

Havana is the capital city, largest city, province, major port, and leading commercial center of Cuba. The city has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, and it spans a total of 781.58 km2 – making it the largest city by area, the most populous city, and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean region.

Contemporary Havana can essentially be described as three cities in one: Old Havana, Vedado and the newer suburban districts. The city extends mostly westward and southward from the bay, which is entered through a narrow inlet and which divides into three main harbors: Mari melena, Guanabacoa and Antares. The sluggish Almendares River traverses the city from south to north, entering the Straits of Florida a few miles west of the bay.

The city attracts over a million tourists annually; the Official Census for Havana reports that in 2010 the city was visited by 1,176,627 international tourists, a 20% increase from 2005. Old Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. The city is also noted for its history, culture, architecture and monuments. As typical of Cuba, Havana experiences a tropical climate.

Venue[]

Coliseo de la Ciudad Deportiva is an indoor sporting arena located in Havana, Cuba. The capacity of the arena is 15,000 spectators and opened in 1957. The arena is part of the Ciudad Deportiva complex. It is used to host indoor sporting events and hosts the Cuba men's national volleyball team.

On March 1, 2016, The Rolling Stones announced they'd be playing a free concert at the arena on March 25, the first open air concert by a British rock band in the country's history.

In 1974, the Coliseo hosted the World Amateur Boxing Championships. In 1984 it hosted the boxing component of the Friendship Games, which was hosted in boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics. The Ciudad Deportiva complex also hosted the competitions in men's volleyball and water polo during the Friendship Games. The complex was also used to host events during the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana.

Format[]

Semi-final Allocation Draw[]

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 24 February 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. Sixteen 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 thirty-two 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[]

Sixteen countries participated in the first semi-final. Cuba, Puerto Rico and United States also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Gloria Trevi feat. Shy Carter "Habla Blah Blah" 14 37
02 Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica Celeste "Stop This Flame" 3 125
03 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Mia Paz & Pranz "Mala reputación" 2 130
04 Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Clarice Falcão "Minha cabeça" 8 64
05 Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Ada Reina "Chocolate y miel" 4 112
06 Flag of Martinique.svg Martinique Charlotte Adigéry "Okashi" 11 53
07 Flag of Antigua and Barbuda.svg Antigua and Barbuda Deva "Summer Jam" 13 45
08 Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Abi Ocia "Offering" 6 97
09 Flag of French Guiana.svg French Guiana Bad Joke "Swollen" 15 14
10 Flag of United States Virgin Islands.svg United States Virgin Islands Allegra Miles "Change the World" 16 12
11 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago Prince Pronto & Blakgold "Hello Carnival" 12 52
12 Flag of Guam.svg Guam Pia Mia "Touch" 5 100
13 Flag of Bermuda.svg Bermuda Heather Nova "The Wounds We Bled" 10 56
14 Flag of British Virgin Islands.svg British Virgin Islands Melanie Amaro "Fuel My Fire" 9 56
15 Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay Anna Chase "Quiero gritar" 1 130
16 Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Elin Oskal "The Way You Make Me Feel" 7 77

Semi-final 2[]

Sixteen countries participated in the second semi-final. Ecuador, El Salvador and Haiti also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Greenland.svg Greenland Shaya "Feel My Love" 5 91
02 Flag of Peru.svg Peru Renata Flores "Qam hina" 9 76
03 Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg Saint Kitts and Nevis Labrinth "Something's Got to Give" 6 90
04 Flag of Cayman Islands.svg Cayman Islands Natula "Iceland" 7 89
05 Flag of Guadeloupe.svg Guadeloupe Kim Cesarion "I Love This Life" 3 97
06 Flag of Curacao.svg Curaçao Kris Berry "Hope" 12 51
07 Flag of Suriname.svg Suriname Lauwtje feat. Famke Louise & Poke "Boing Boing" 11 63
08 Flag of Guyana.svg Guyana Lanya Matthews "Where Are They Now" 4 91
09 Flag of Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic Rosalía & Ozuna "Yo x ti, tu x mi" 13 44
10 Flag of Grenada.svg Grenada LyricL feat. Ray Estaire "Reason" 15 37
11 Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia Avionica & Andrea Echeverri "Ojos de miel" 14 38
12 Flag of Barbados.svg Barbados Jodie Connor feat. Wiley "Now or Never" 8 82
13 Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Banoffee feat. Empress Of "Tennis Fan" 2 105
14 Flag of Canada.svg Canada Riit "Qaumajuapik" 10 70
15 Flag of Dominica.svg Dominica Carlyn XP "24/7" 16 16
16 Flag of Chile.svg Chile M-22 feat. Medina "First Time" 1 120

Final[]

Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 38 participating countries eligible to vote.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Guadeloupe.svg Guadeloupe Kim Cesarion "I Love This Life" 21 49
02 Flag of British Virgin Islands.svg British Virgin Islands Melanie Amaro "Fuel My Fire" 18 61
03 Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti Ayiiti "Manman" 22 43
04 Flag of Peru.svg Peru Renata Flores "Qam hina" 12 94
05 Flag of Chile.svg Chile M-22 feat. Medina "First Time" 11 96
06 Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Elin Oskal "The Way You Make Me Feel" 10 100
07 Flag of Greenland.svg Greenland Shaya "Feel My Love" 5 125
08 Flag of United States.svg United States Zayde Wølf & Neoni "Oblivion" 1 187
09 Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Lauren "Look at Me Now" 20 51
10 Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Abi Ocia "Offering" 6 113
11 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Mia Paz & Pranz "Mala reputación" 4 128
12 Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Clarice Falcão "Minha cabeça" 15 63
13 Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay Anna Chase "Quiero gritar" 3 134
14 Flag of Canada.svg Canada Riit "Qaumajuapik" 16 62
15 Flag of Guam.svg Guam Pia Mia "Touch" 8 103
16 Flag of Ecuador2.svg Ecuador LaTorre "Temporal" 13 83
17 Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg Saint Kitts and Nevis Labrinth "Something's Got to Give" 17 62
18 Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador Jordan Fisher & Angie K "Happily Ever After" 26 30
19 Flag of Cayman Islands.svg Cayman Islands Natula "Iceland" 14 71
20 Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Banoffee feat. Empress Of "Tennis Fan" 9 102
21 Flag of Bermuda.svg Bermuda Heather Nova "The Wounds We Bled" 25 37
22 Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Ada Reina "Chocolate y miel" 2 169
23 Flag of Guyana.svg Guyana Lanya Matthews "Where Are They Now" 24 38
24 Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica Celeste "Stop This Flame" 7 104
25 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico Jennifer Lopez "Hypnotico" 19 57
26 Flag of Barbados.svg Barbados Jodie Connor feat. Wiley "Now or Never" 23 42

Other countries[]

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.

  • Flag of Anguilla.svg Anguilla: The broadcaster announced that it would not participate in the contest due to a lack of singers.
  • Flag of Aruba.svg Aruba: Aruba had originally confirmed their participation in the contest. However, the OABA announced that the delegation had failed to submit a song before the deadline, thus being forced to withdraw.
  • Flag of Bahamas.svg Bahamas: Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas announced that Bahamas would not return due to a possible change in the delegation.
  • Flag of Belize.svg Belize: Despite showing interest in returning in the contest, Great Belize Television announced that they will stay away for one more edition as there was not enough time left to select an entry.
  • Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala: Radio y Televisión de Guatemala failed to confirm or withdraw from the edition on time and were fined by the council.
  • Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaragua: It was confirmed that the broadcaster had not signed up to compete in the contest.
  • Flag of Panama.svg Panama: Despite confirming their participation in the contest, the Panamanian broadcaster decided to withdraw without a given reason.
  • Flag of Saint Lucia.svg Saint Lucia: The Lucian broadcaster announced its withdrawal due to a change in their delegation.
  • Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay: Televisión Nacional Uruguay failed to confirm their participation in time and was forced to withdraw.
  • Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela: Corporación Venezolana de Televisión announced that they would not participate in the contest, due to financial reasons. A return was speculated in the next edition.

See also[]