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Own Eurovision Song Contest 51
Beyond the Possible
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Dates
Semi-final 1 date 26 January 2019
Semi-final 2 date 2 February 2019
Final date 8 February 2019
Host
Venue Arena Gliwice
Gliwice, Poland
Presenter(s) Paulina Sykut-Jezyna
Broadcaster TVP
Opening act "Kaktus" by Bovska
Participants
Entries 40
Returning Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria
Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus
Flag of France.svg France
Flag of Malta.svg Malta
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino
Withdrawing Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan
Flag of Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
Flag of Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary
Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland
Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia
Flag of Liechtenstein.svg Liechtenstein
Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova
Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco
Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco
Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Voting
System Each country awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Winner Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
Emerald
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Own Eurovision Song Contest 51, often referred to as OESC #51, was the 51st edition of Own Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Gliwice, Poland, following Bovska’s win at the 50th edition in Kazan, Russia with the song “Kaktus”. It was the fifth time that the country hosted the contest, after previously doing so in 13th, 27th, 41st and 45th editions. The contest was held at the Arena Gliwice, and consisted of two semi-finals on 23 January and the final on 30 January 2019. The live shows were hosted by Paulina Sykut-Jezyna.

Forty countries have participated in the competition. The 51st edition saw the return of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Malta, Portugal and San Marino, while Armenia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco and Slovenia have decided to withdraw. Despite originally announced their intention to return, Lithuania and Ukraine decided later to not participate.

After a tense voting process, Ireland won the contest for the first time, with Lyra's song "Emerald". This was Ireland's first win – and first top ten placing in the last 32 editions. The margin from the runner-up was 48 points, this being the 3rd biggest margin ever between the top two countries. The podium was completed by Norway and France, with both of them getting their best result since their victories in the 7th and 38th editions respectively. Of the "Big Six", Turkey placed the highest, getting 11th, while Georgia got its worst result ever in the final, finishing last for the second time.

Location

Further information on the host country: Poland

Host city

Own Eurovision Song Contest 51 is located in Poland
Gliwice
Location of the host city.

Gliwice is a city in Upper Silesia, in southern Poland. The city is located in the Silesian Highlands, on the Kłodnica river (a tributary of the Oder). It lies approximately 25 km West from Katowice, regional capital of the Silesian Voivodeship.

Gliwice is the westernmost city of the Upper Silesian metropolis, a conurbation of 1.9 million people, and is the third-largest city of this area, with 183,392 permanent residents as of 2015. It also lies within the larger Upper Silesian metropolitan area which has a population of about 5.3 million people and spans across most of eastern Upper Silesia, western Lesser Poland and the Moravian-Silesian Region in the Czech Republic. It is one of the major college towns in Poland, thanks to the Silesian University of Technology, which was founded in 1945 by academics of Lwow University of Technology expelled from Soviet Ukraine in 1945-48. Over 20,000 people study in Gliwice. Gliwice is an important industrial center of Poland. Following an economic transformation in the 1990s, Gliwice switched from steelworks and coal mining to automotive and machine industry. The last remaining coal mine in Gliwice was set to close before 2021, however following its good economic results this decision has been postponed.

Founded in the 13th century, Gliwice is one of the oldest settlements in Upper Silesia. Gliwice's medieval old town was severely destroyed by the Red Army in World War II, however has since been rebuilt and underwent a major restoration in recent years. Gliwice's most historical structures include St Bartholomew's church (15th century), Gliwice Castle and city walls (14th century), Armenian Church (originally a hospital, 15th century) and All Saints Old Town Church (15th century). Gliwice is also known for its Radio Tower, where Gleiwitz incident happened shortly before the outbreak of World War II and which is though to be the world’s tallest wooden construction, as well as Weichmann Textile House, one of the first buildings designed by world-renowned architect Erich Mendelsohn.

Venue

Arena Gliwice is a sports and entertainment hall in Gliwice, Poland. It provides 13,752 seats in the main arena and is considered one of the largest entertainment and sports halls in the country. Initially, the object was given the name "Podium Hall", which was later changed into "Hala Gliwice". Currently, this name is used interchangeably with the name "Arena Gliwice".

Format

Semi-final Allocation Draw

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 19 January 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. Seventeen countries will participate in both semi-finals, respectively. 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-four 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

Results

Semi-final 1

Seventeen countries will participate in the first semi-final. Belarus, Georgia and Lebanon will vote in this semifinal.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia Celeste Buckingham "Immature" 15 31
02 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland FlexFab feat. The Venopian Solitude "Places" 3 108
03 Flag of Israel.svg Israel Steven Wilson feat. Ninet Tayeb "Pariah" 6 88
04 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria Mihaela Marinova "Ochi v ochi" 11 61
05 Flag of United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Fifi Rong "Future Never Comes" 5 89
06 Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Polina Christodoulou "Gia pes mou" 12 55
07 Flag of Norway.svg Norway Whales & This Lake "Alphagirls & Alphaboys" 4 99
08 Flag of Austria.svg Austria Morgaine "Tochter der Wildnis" 13 52
09 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Aitana "Vas a quedarte" 7 86
10 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Nikolija "Slažem" 10 61
11 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina Irah "Showering Layers off My Skin" 2 114
12 Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Lyra "Emerald" 1 117
13 Flag of France.svg France Jenifer "Notre idylle" 8 80
14 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal David Carreira feat. Sara Carreira "Gosto de ti" 16 30
15 Flag of Romania.svg Romania Xandra "Try" 14 51
16 Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria Lolo Zouaï "High Highs to Low Lows" 17 27
17 Flag of Kosovo.svg Kosovo Ilira "Get off My D!ck" 9 69

Semi-final 2

Seventeen countries will participate in the second semi-final. Luxembourg, the host country Poland and Turkey will vote in this semifinal.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Malta.svg Malta Monroe "Untouchable" 9 74
02 Flag of Finland.svg Finland Phantom "Over" 7 89
03 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Raffy "Midnight Sky" 15 38
04 Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia Nevena Božović "What I'm Looking For" 2 93
05 Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra Lola Indigo & Mala Rodríguez "Mujer bruja" 11 70
06 Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Rondé "Calling" 6 89
07 Flag of Germany.svg Germany Vanessa Mai feat. Olexesh "Wir 2 immer 1" 8 76
08 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan Juzim "Tańdaý" 1 104
09 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Benjamin Ingrosso "Behave" 16 28
10 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Loïc Nottet "On Fire" 3 93
11 Flag of Montenegro.svg Montenegro Highway "Što dalje" 17 19
12 Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino Bianca Atzei "Fire on Ice" 5 91
13 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Martin Jensen & Olivia Holt "16 Steps" 14 51
14 Macedonia.png Macedonia Bobi Andonov "Smoke" 12 69
15 Flag of Russia.svg Russia Arty "Supposed to Be" 13 67
16 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Ash "Mosaïque" 10 74
17 Flag of Greece.svg Greece Eleni Foureira "Tómame" 4 93

Final

Twenty-six countries will participate in the final, with all 40 participating countries eligible to vote.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Kosovo.svg Kosovo Ilira "Get off My D!ck" 12 95
02 Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia The BearFox "Eyes Closed" 26 17
03 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Loïc Nottet "On Fire" 4 117
04 Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Lyra "Emerald" 1 178
05 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Aitana "Vas a quedarte" 9 100
06 Flag of Malta.svg Malta Monroe "Untouchable" 25 37
07 Flag of Poland.svg Poland Fjors "Painter" 23 56
08 Flag of France.svg France Jenifer "Notre idylle" 3 118
09 Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg Whispering Sons "Alone" 22 57
10 Flag of United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Fifi Rong "Future Never Comes" 8 100
11 Flag of Finland.svg Finland Phantom "Over" 19 79
12 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Nikolija "Slažem" 24 56
13 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland FlexFab feat. The Venopian Solitude "Places" 15 88
14 Flag of Germany.svg Germany Vanessa Mai feat. Olexesh "Wir 2 immer 1" 14 88
15 Flag of Norway.svg Norway Whales & This Lake "Alphagirls & Alphaboys" 2 130
16 Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Maritta Hallani "Akher marra" 13 91
17 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina Irah "Showering Layers off My Skin" 20 78
18 Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino Bianca Atzei "Fire on Ice" 6 105
19 Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Rondé "Calling" 10 99
20 Flag of Greece.svg Greece Eleni Foureira "Tómame" 5 111
21 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Ash "Mosaïque" 21 75
22 Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia Nevena Božović "What I'm Looking For" 16 87
23 Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus Shuma feat. Yashar Gasanov "Kumachki" 18 80
24 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Lyan feat. Serel "One Thing" 11 96
25 Flag of Israel.svg Israel Steven Wilson feat. Ninet Tayeb "Pariah" 17 82
26 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan Juzim "Tańdaý" 7 100

Scoreboards

First Semifinal

Voting results Semi-Final 1
Slovakia.png Switzerland.png Israel.png Bulgaria.png United Kingdom.png Cyprus.png Norway.png Austria.png Spain.png Croatia.png Bosnia and Herzegovina.png Ireland.png France.png Portugal.png Romania.png Algeria.png Kosovo.png Belarus.png Georgia.png Lebanon.png Flag of Earth.png Points Place
Contestants Slovakia 3 2 5 5 5 4 4 2 1 31 15
Switzerland 5 7 2 4 12 1 7 5 10 8 7 6 5 2 8 12 7 108 3
Israel 6 10 7 3 6 12 1 1 6 10 3 8 5 4 6 88 6
Bulgaria 8 3 4 8 6 8 8 12 2 2 61 11
United Kingdom 12 8 8 7 2 8 1 12 1 8 8 7 6 1 89 5
Cyprus 1 3 1 1 10 12 2 7 2 4 5 3 4 55 12
Norway 7 3 12 1 12 1 10 2 12 7 12 8 12 99 4
Austria 5 8 10 2 4 3 2 10 7 1 52 13
Spain 12 1 12 12 10 4 7 2 8 10 3 5 86 7
Croatia 10 4 6 6 2 12 6 6 6 3 61 10
Bosnia&Herzegovina 8 6 5 8 8 10 3 6 3 3 10 5 6 10 3 10 10 114 2
Ireland 4 6 4 10 7 10 3 6 10 7 7 7 12 12 5 7 117 1
France 5 7 5 4 3 12 3 12 4 6 4 2 5 8 80 8
Portugal 2 2 5 5 7 5 1 3 30 16
Romania 3 1 12 4 8 3 4 4 6 2 1 3 51 14
Algeria 4 2 1 2 2 1 5 1 4 1 4 27 17
Kosovo 7 10 6 5 7 6 8 10 10 69 9


12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's vote in the first semi-final:

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4 Flag of Norway.svg Norway Algeria, Croatia, Rest of the World, United Kingdom
3 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Bulgaria, Israel, Slovakia
2 Flag of France.svg France Belgium, Ireland
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Belarus, Kosovo
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Lebanon, Norway
Flag of United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Portugal, Switzerland
1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria France
Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Spain
Flag of Israel.svg Israel Austria
Flag of Romania.svg Romania Cyprus

Second Semifinal

Voting results Semi-Final 2
Malta.png Finland.png Italy.png Serbia.png Andorra.png Netherlands.png Germany.png Kazakhstan.png Sweden.png Belgium.png Montenegro.png San Marino.png Denmark.png Macedonia.png Russia.png Egypt.png Greece.png Luxembourg.png Poland.png Turkey.png Flag of Earth.png Points Place
Contestants Malta 3 7 5 3 8 4 6 2 5 8 1 5 6 7 4 74 9
Finland 12 6 12 3 6 6 8 4 12 10 10 89 7
Italy 6 5 8 2 7 1 4 5 38 15
Serbia 7 4 1 8 6 5 1 1 12 1 3 4 10 8 10 1 5 6 93 2
Andorra 6 8 8 8 2 12 8 4 8 1 5 70 11
Netherlands 1 12 1 10 5 10 5 4 10 8 3 5 3 12 89 6
Germany 10 2 6 4 4 10 7 3 8 1 2 7 12 76 8
Kazakhstan 12 5 4 2 2 10 4 5 3 6 7 5 6 2 10 4 10 7 104 1
Sweden 2 6 6 7 7 28 16
Belgium 4 7 8 5 1 1 12 1 6 12 10 12 8 5 1 93 3
Montenegro 12 5 2 19 17
San Marino 6 2 3 10 6 12 4 4 12 7 4 12 4 3 2 91 5
Denmark 8 1 10 4 7 2 3 2 1 5 3 3 2 51 14
Macedonia 3 10 5 2 7 7 7 3 2 7 2 8 6 69 12
Russia 5 12 3 4 3 10 6 10 2 2 8 1 1 67 13
Egypt 8 10 7 1 12 5 7 7 3 6 8 74 10
Greece 3 8 12 12 10 2 10 7 3 1 6 12 4 3 93 4

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's vote in the second semi-final:

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
3 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Luxembourg, Montenegro, Russia
Flag of Finland.svg Finland Egypt, Netherlands, Serbia
Flag of Greece.svg Greece Andorra, Kazakhstan, Poland
Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino Greece, Macedonia, Sweden
2 Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Finland, Rest of the World
1 Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra Denmark
Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Germany
Flag of Germany.svg Germany Turkey
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan Malta
Flag of Montenegro.svg Montenegro San Marino
Flag of Russia.svg Russia Italy
Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia Belgium

Grand Final

Voting results Grand Final
Kosovo.png Georgia.png Belgium.png Ireland.png Spain.png Malta.png Poland.png France.png Luxembourg.png United Kingdom.png Finland.png Croatia.png Switzerland.png Germany.png Norway.png Lebanon.png Bosnia and Herzegovina.png San Marino.png Netherlands.png Greece.png Egypt.png Serbia.png Belarus.png Turkey.png Israel.png Kazakhstan.png Slovakia.png Bulgaria.png Cyprus.png Austria.png Portugal.png Romania.png Algeria.png Italy.png Andorra.png Sweden.png Montenegro.png Denmark.png Macedonia.png Russia.png Points Place
Contestants Kosovo 6 2 1 7 12 7 7 1 4 10 2 7 10 6 10 3 95 12
Georgia 2 3 5 7 17 26
Belgium 7 3 10 4 6 5 5 4 5 2 7 12 2 5 10 7 8 5 2 8 117 4
Ireland 3 5 4 2 5 7 6 8 2 6 7 5 5 12 10 12 10 6 5 10 6 10 12 7 3 5 5 178 1
Spain 1 8 4 8 1 12 2 8 12 12 8 4 10 10 100 9
Malta 12 1 7 6 5 3 3 37 25
Poland 5 10 7 7 1 8 4 3 2 1 8 56 23
France 8 4 2 3 5 10 8 12 8 10 3 3 8 7 6 1 4 10 1 5 118 3
Luxembourg 5 6 7 3 3 8 5 3 10 4 3 57 22
UnitedKingdom 10 8 2 3 1 12 7 7 8 7 3 1 7 6 5 7 5 1 100 8
Finland 2 10 3 5 10 4 3 3 10 12 7 1 4 3 2 79 19
Croatia 8 1 12 2 6 3 5 6 12 1 56 24
Switzerland 2 5 12 12 5 4 12 6 3 1 3 5 4 7 7 88 15
Germany 1 1 7 6 1 2 1 8 5 7 6 3 1 12 5 7 7 8 88 14
Norway 3 12 6 12 7 3 12 10 5 6 8 2 8 4 2 8 10 12 130 2
Lebanon 6 8 2 4 10 8 10 5 12 1 3 8 4 10 91 13
BosniaandHerzegovina 10 3 10 7 8 6 10 6 10 6 2 78 20
SanMarino 7 2 3 4 2 1 1 10 8 4 8 4 8 4 2 12 12 1 8 4 105 6
Netherlands 12 8 5 12 1 2 6 6 6 12 4 6 1 4 2 1 4 7 99 10
Greece 3 8 2 2 4 2 3 6 6 2 10 10 5 7 6 3 4 2 8 8 7 3 111 5
Egypt 6 7 2 6 8 12 12 3 12 6 1 75 21
Serbia 4 5 12 1 6 10 10 5 1 8 4 1 6 12 2 87 16
Belarus 12 1 1 1 10 6 10 7 3 2 8 2 6 6 5 80 18
Turkey 7 5 10 4 4 5 1 3 2 1 5 12 12 5 2 2 10 6 96 11
Israel 4 4 4 4 3 7 4 4 4 7 12 12 1 12 82 17
Kazakhstan 4 8 1 12 1 8 5 7 2 10 10 3 8 6 3 2 4 6 100 7
The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by appearance in the semi-finals.

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's vote in the Grand Final:

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4 Flag of Norway.svg Norway Georgia, Malta, Russia, United Kingdom
3 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Germany, San Marino, Switzerland
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia
Flag of Israel.svg Israel Andorra, Austria, Cyprus
Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Belgium, Finland, Turkey
Flag of Spain.svg Spain Israel, Lebanon, Slovakia
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Luxembourg, Norway, Poland
2 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark
Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino Montenegro, Sweden
Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia Ireland, Macedonia
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Italy, Romania
1 Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus Kosovo
Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Bulgaria
Flag of Finland.svg Finland Egypt
Flag of France.svg France Greece
Flag of Germany.svg Germany Algeria
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan France
Flag of Kosovo.svg Kosovo Belarus
Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Kazakhstan
Flag of Malta.svg Malta Spain
Flag of United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Croatia

Other countries

Eligibility for potential participation in the Own Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active OEBU 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 Albania.svg Albania: Albania withdraws and will not be returning under its current Head of Delegation
  • Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia: It was confirmed that the country would not participate in the 51st edition.
  • Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan: It was confirmed that the country would not participate in the 51st edition.
  • Flag of Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic: Despite being directly qualified for the final, the broadcaster missed the deadline for confirmations, thus being forced to withdraw.
  • Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia: Estonia didn’t return this edition due to internal issues within the broadcaster.
  • Flag of Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands: It was confirmed that the country would withdraw in the 51st edition.
  • Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary: The broadcaster failed to submit and present their entry within the given deadline and therefore was forced to withdraw from the edition.
  • Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland: The Icelandic broadcaster (RÚV) just announced Iceland's withdrawal from the current edition citing financial crisis and budget restrictions as factors that influenced this decision, a return in the following edition is "more than likely".
  • Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia: It was confirmed that the country would not participate in the 51st edition.
  • Flag of Liechtenstein.svg Liechtenstein: It was confirmed that the country would withdraw in the 51st edition.
  • Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania: The country had originally confirmed their participation but later withdrew due to unknown circumstances.
  • Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova: In spite of the good result achieved by Angel!na last edition, Moldova has announced that they will be withdrawing from the contest for an edition break, as they re-assess their participation with the current delegation team.
  • Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco: Monaco will withdraw due to a low interest with the contest. A return in the 52nd edition could happen.
  • Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco: The broadcaster confirmed its break from the contest.
  • Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia: It was confirmed that the country would withdraw in the 51st edition.
  • Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine: The nation withdrew, citing a lack interest for the contest at the moment.

See also