|Own Asiavision Song Contest 21|
|Semi-finals date||5 October 2019|
|Final date||12 October 2019|
|Venue||Ali Mohsen Al-Muraisi Stadium |
|Debuting|| New Caledonia |
|Returning|| Kyrgyzstan |
Papua New Guinea
|Withdrawing|| Hong Kong |
|System||Each country awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs|
|Winner|| South Korea |
|Own Asiavision Song Contest|
Own Asiavision Song Contest 21, often referred to as OASC #21, is the 21st edition of Own Asiavision Song Contest. The contest took place in Sana'a, Yemen, following the country's victory in the 20th edition with the song "Mudbira", performed by A-WA. The contest was held at the Ali Mohsen Al-Muraisi Stadium, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. This is the first time that the country hosted the contest.
Thirty-seven countries participated in the contest, with New Caledonia and Vanuatu making their debut appearance. The contest saw the return of Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Tajikistan and Tonga, while Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Pakistan and Qatar have withdrawn from the competition.
The winner was declared South Korea, who won the contest for the third time, with the song "Adios" performed by Everglow. South Korea became the first country to win the contest three times and so far holds the record of most victories. The second place went to French Polynesia, who managed to beat their best result from previous edition, alongside Samoa who ended up on sixth place and Kuwait on sixteenth place. The podium was completed by Fiji, followed by Vietnam and Thailand on fourth and fifth places respectively. Out of the "Big Six" countries, two managed to keep their auto-qualification streak by ending up in the top 6: French Polynesia and Vietnam. The host nation Yemen finished on the 24th place. This edition also marked the first appearance of Vanuatu in the final, while Kyrgyzstan failed to qualify for the first time.
Further information on the host country: Yemen
Sana'a, also spelled Sanaa or Sana, is the largest city in Yemen and the centre of Sana'a Governorate. The city is not part of the Governorate, but forms the separate administrative district of "Amanat Al-Asemah". Under the Yemeni constitution, Sana'a is the capital of the country, although the seat of the internationally recognised government moved to Aden in the aftermath of the September 21 Revolution. Aden was declared as the temporary capital by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in March 2015.
Sana'a is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. At an elevation of 2,300 metres (7,500 ft), it is also one of the highest capital cities in the world, and is next to the Sarawat Mountains of Jabal An-Nabi Shu'ayb and Jabal Tiyal, considered to be the highest mountains in the country and amongst the highest in the region. Sana'a has a population of approximately 3,937,500 (2012), making it Yemen's largest city.
The Old City of Sana'a, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a distinctive architectural character, most notably expressed in its multi-storey buildings decorated with geometric patterns. In the conflict that raged in 2015, bombs hit UNESCO sites in the old city. Located here is the Al Saleh Mosque, the largest in the city.
The Ali Mohsen al-Muraisi Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Sana'a, Yemen. It is currently used mostly for football matches and serves as the home stadium of Al-Ahli; the stadium holds 25,000 people.
Semi-final Allocation Draw
The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 27 September 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. Sixteen countries will participate in the first semi-final, while fifteen countries 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 thirty-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|
|01||Nepal||Nepsek & Srisa||"Eklopan"||7||81|
|02||United Arab Emirates||Shébani||"In the Fire"||1||107|
|03||Kyrgyzstan||Nurlan Nasip & Asel Kadyrbekova||"Yrdalyp butpoyt mahabat"||16||3|
|04||Samoa||Sol3 Mio||"I See Fire"||2||106|
|06||Australia||Lastlings||"I've Got You"||5||89|
|09||Jordan||Aziz Maraka||"Mafi mennik"||15||45|
|11||Bahrain||Frank Turner||"Sister Rosetta"||13||53|
|13||Kuwait||Tamara Qaddoumi||"Flowers Will Rot"||10||73|
|16||Mongolia||Uka feat. Kairu||"Inner Peace"||9||76|
|01||Saudi Arabia||Omar Basaad feat. Karra||"Why Do We Run"||9||70|
|02||Palestine||Roisin El Cherif||"Half a Life"||13||42|
|03||Turkmenistan||Maro feat. Habib||"Suw sep lampa"||7||77|
|08||New Caledonia||Marcus Gad feat. Tamal||"River"||15||34|
|10||Macau||Winnie Fai||"Zi yu ti"||10||65|
|11||Papua New Guinea||Mal Meninga Kuri||"Ambai ya"||12||53|
|13||Oman||Amy Syed||"You Go to My Head"||14||36|
|15||China||Vava feat. Ty. & Nina Wang||"My New Swag"||6||81|
Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 37 participating countries eligible to vote.
|02||Samoa||Sol3 Mio||"I See Fire"||6||106|
|04||Australia||Lastlings||"I've Got You"||15||75|
|05||Kuwait||Tamara Qaddoumi||"Flowers Will Rot"||16||74|
|06||Macau||Winnie Fai||"Zi yu ti"||26||32|
|07||Vietnam||Toc Tien||"Big Girls Don't Cry"||4||109|
|12||Yemen||Jessica D. feat. Glance||"Get Down"||24||46|
|15||Singapore||Chantelle Lee feat. Twin Lee||"Your Love"||25||39|
|18||Nepal||Nepsek & Srisa||"Eklopan"||17||73|
|19||China||Vava feat. Ty. & Nina Wang||"My New Swag"||21||63|
|20||Saudi Arabia||Omar Basaad feat. Karra||"Why Do We Run"||11||90|
|22||Turkmenistan||Maro feat. Habib||"Suw sep lampa"||22||58|
|23||Mongolia||Uka feat. Kairu||"Inner Peace"||23||54|
|25||United Arab Emirates||Shébani||"In the Fire"||20||64|
|26||French Polynesia||Jordan Fisher||"All About Us"||2||120|
Eligibility for potential participation in the Own Asiavision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active OABU 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.
- Bangladesh: Bangladesh decided to not return due to lack of motivation from the broadcaster to look for potential entries.
- Bhutan: It was confirmed that the country would not return in the 21st edition.
- Cambodia: It was confirmed that the country would not return in the 21st edition.
- East Timor: It was confirmed that the country would not return in the 21st edition.
- Hong Kong: RTHK announced a one edition break and that a return in the 22nd edition was not ruled out.
- Indonesia: The broadcaster missed the deadline for confirmations, thus being forced to withdraw.
- Iran: Iran decided to take a break without giving out more information.
- Maldives: It was confirmed that the country would not return in the 21st edition.
- Myanmar: The broadcaster missed the deadline for confirmations, thus being forced to withdraw.
- New Zealand: The broadcaster announced one more edition break due to the departure of the old delegation of the country.
- Niue: Broadcasting Corporation of Niue attempted to gain OABU membership and participate in this edition. A Niuean entry was selected to compete in the contest – Tommy Nee and "Feel" would have been the country's first entry. The entry was rejected from competing as the broadcaster cannot obtain OABU membership due to the island being a constituent territory of New Zealand.
- North Korea: KCTV declared North Korean participation highly unlikely after hosting the Second Winners Edition held in the capital Pyongyang. Also news broke out that the long-time Head of Delegation, had stepped down from his former position.
- Pakistan: Pakistan withdraws for edition #21. A final decision regarding the future of the current HoD will be made before edition #22.
- Qatar: The head of the delegation announced country's withdrawal for this edition.
- Solomon Islands: It was confirmed that the country would not return in the 21st edition.
- Sri Lanka: The broadcaster failed to give any information about their participation.
- Taiwan: The broadcaster failed to give any information about their participation.