|Own Asiavision Song Contest 23|
|Semi-finals date||7 April 2020|
|Final date||14 April 2020|
|Venue||Milliy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|Broadcaster||National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan|
|Returning|| Bhutan |
Papua New Guinea
|Withdrawing|| East Timor |
|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 23, often referred to as OASC #23, is the 23rd edition of Own Asiavision Song Contest. It took place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, following Munisa Rizaeva's win in the 22nd edition with the song "Bir nima de". It was the first time Uzbekistan had hosted the contest. The contest was held at the Milliy Stadium, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. The three live shows were hosted by Rayhon.
Forty-five countries took part in the contest, equalling the record of the 23rd edition. Tuvalu made their debut this edition. Bhutan, Myanmar, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan returned, while East Timor, French Polynesia, Iraq, Pakistan, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu withdrew for various reasons.
The winner was South Korea with the song "Scream" performed by Dreamcatcher. This is country's fourth victory, the last one being in the 21st edition. The podium was completed by Sri Lanka and India. Samoa managed to beat their best result, placing fourth, this being the first time that the country is in top 5. Kuwait and Oman also achieved their best result to date, placing 14th and 20th respectively. Australia and Saudi Arabia rounded out the top six for the second edition in a row. New Caledonia, despite not qualifying for the final, also achieved their best result, finishing 11th in the semi-final. The host nation Uzbekistan finished on the 17th place. For the first time since the introduction of the semi-finals, Tajikistan failed to qualify for the final.
Further information on the host country: Uzbekistan
Tashkent is the capital and largest city of Uzbekistan, as well as the most populated city in ex-Soviet Central Asia with a population in 2018 of 2,485,900. It is located in the north-east of the country close to the border with Kazakhstan.
Before Islam influence started in the 8th century AD, Tashkent was influenced by the Sogdian and Turkic cultures in its early history. After its destruction by Genghis Khan in 1219, the city was rebuilt and profited from the Silk Road. From 18th to 19th century, the city became an independent city-state, before being re-conquered by the Khanate of Kokand. In 1865, it fell to the Russian Empire, and became the capital of Russian Turkestan. In Soviet times, Tashkent witnessed major growth and demographic changes due to forced deportations from throughout the Soviet Union. Much of the city was destroyed in the 1966 Tashkent earthquake, though it was rebuilt afterwards as a model Soviet city. It was the fourth-largest city of the Soviet Union at the time, after Moscow, Leningrad and Kiev.
Today, as the capital of an independent Uzbekistan, Tashkent retains a multi-ethnic population, with ethnic Uzbeks as the majority. In 2009, the city celebrated its 2,200 years of written history.
The Milliy Stadium is a football stadium in the city of Tashkent — the capital of Uzbekistan. Located in Chilanzar District of Tashkent, on Bunyodkor Avenue. It seats 34,000 spectators, thus becoming the second largest stadium in Uzbekistan after the Pakhtakor Stadium, which seats 35,000 spectators. It is the home arena of the FC Bunyodkor and Uzbekistan national football team.
From its opening in September 2012 until June 2018, the stadium was called "Bunyodkor Stadium". In June 2018, the stadium was renamed "Milliy", which translated from the Uzbek language means "National", that is, "National Stadium".
Semi-final Allocation Draw
The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 1 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. Nineteen countries participated in the first semi-final and twenty countries in the second 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-nine 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||Philippines||Wengie & Inigo Pascual||"Mr. Nice Guy"||14||60|
|03||Nepal||Tika||"Live and You Learn"||5||96|
|05||Kyrgyzstan||Niyaz Abdyrazakov||"Suygon kyzym atasynyn erke kyzy"||19||13|
|06||Afghanistan||Mozhdah feat. Absolute||"Hat idak bi idi"||9||84|
|07||Vietnam||Hoang Thuy Linh||"Banh troi nuoc"||10||84|
|09||Bhutan||Kinley Rigzin Dorji & Sonam Max Choki||"Drangpoi sem"||17||24|
|10||Taiwan||Astro Bunny||"Zai ming wei weilai de bolang li"||7||92|
|11||Mongolia||Enguun||"I'm in Love"||6||94|
|12||Jordan||Jadal||"I'm in Love with Wala Bint"||18||15|
|13||United Arab Emirates||Esther Eden||"Blue Case"||4||101|
|14||Tuvalu||Chrisjes & Tuumai Vaimoso||"Fia vaai"||12||66|
|17||Tajikistan||Noziya Karomatullo||"Dar intizori"||11||69|
|19||Fiji||Brooke Fraser||"Magical Machine"||2||103|
|01||Sri Lanka||Vidya Vox feat. Arjun||"Diamonds"||2||135|
|02||Papua New Guinea||Kaiit||"Miss Shiney"||18||33|
|04||New Zealand||Thomston||"Acid Rain"||7||78|
|05||North Korea||Moranbong Band||"Let's Go to Mount Pektu"||20||25|
|07||Samoa||Alex Aiono||"Big Mistake"||3||123|
|12||Kuwait||Ghaneema||"You Got Me"||9||61|
|13||Thailand||TaitosmitH||"Dang gub kieow"||8||76|
|14||New Caledonia||Patricia Ségui||"Le voleur"||11||55|
|15||Myanmar||Rose Quartz||"3, 2, 1!"||6||95|
|16||Oman||Emaan & Vibeztheprod||"Voices"||10||56|
|19||Cambodia||Sam & The Unbreakables||"You're the One"||15||39|
Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 45 participating countries eligible to vote.
|01||Samoa||Alex Aiono||"Big Mistake"||4||162|
|02||Vietnam||Hoang Thuy Linh||"Banh troi nuoc"||7||130|
|03||Taiwan||Astro Bunny||"Zai ming wei weilai de bolang li"||15||82|
|04||Thailand||TaitosmitH||"Dang gub kieow"||24||56|
|06||Oman||Emaan & Vibeztheprod||"Voices"||20||69|
|08||Saudi Arabia||Zay||"Cry in a Benz"||6||131|
|11||Myanmar||Rose Quartz||"3, 2, 1!"||9||110|
|12||Kuwait||Ghaneema||"You Got Me"||14||86|
|13||Sri Lanka||Vidya Vox feat. Arjun||"Diamonds"||2||188|
|14||New Zealand||Thomston||"Acid Rain"||13||90|
|15||Uzbekistan||Javohir Sodiqov||"Gapirma ko'p"||17||72|
|16||United Arab Emirates||Esther Eden||"Blue Case"||21||69|
|17||Mongolia||Enguun||"I'm in Love"||23||67|
|18||Fiji||Brooke Fraser||"Magical Machine"||22||67|
|21||Indonesia||Bleu Clair, Irsan & Devarra||"Phone Call"||11||97|
|23||Afghanistan||Mozhdah feat. Absolute||"Hat idak bi idi"||19||70|
|24||Hong Kong||Serrini||"Lady Grey"||26||16|
|25||Nepal||Tika||"Live and You Learn"||10||100|
|26||Laos||Alexandra Bounxouei feat. Aleqs||"I Believe"||25||37|
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: Despite showing interest in returning in the contest, Bangladesh Television (BTV) announced that they would not return to the contest.
- East Timor: Radio-Televisão Timor Leste (RTTL) announced that the members of the delegation were moving onto other projects, and announced that they were withdrawing from the contest.
- French Polynesia: Tahiti Nui Television (TNTV) failed to confirm their participation within deadline and was forced to withdraw.
- Iraq: Iraqi Media Network (IMN) announced the withdrawal of the country from the contest, because of the controversy surrounding their head of the delegation and the council.
- Maldives: It was confirmed that the broadcaster had not signed up to compete in the contest.
- Pakistan: Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) announced that the country would not return due to a possible change in the delegation.
- Solomon Islands: Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) announced they would not return to the contest
- Tonga: Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) failed to confirm or withdraw from the edition on time and were fined by the council.
- Vanuatu: Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) failed to sign up to compete in the contest within the deadline, thus was fined and forced to withdraw.