|Own Eurovision Song Contest 52|
|Semi-finals date||2 February 2020|
|Final date||9 March 2020|
|Venue||Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork, Ireland|
|Broadcaster||Raidió Teilifís Éireann|
|Opening act||"Emerald" by Lyra|
|Returning|| Albania |
|Withdrawing|| Austria |
|System||Each country awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs|
|Winner|| Armenia |
"Es u du"
|Own Eurovision Song Contest|
Own Eurovision Song Contest 52, often referred to as OESC #52, is the 52nd edition of Own Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Cork, Ireland, following Lyra’s win in the 51st edition with the song "Emerald". It was the first time Ireland had hosted the contest - 52 editions after the country made its debut. The contest was held at the Páirc Uí Chaoimh, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. The three live shows were hosted by Nadine Coyle.
Forty-seven countries participated in the contest — the highest amount since #46. Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Moldova, Morocco and Slovenia returned to the contest. Meanwhile, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, North Macedonia and Switzerland announced their withdrawal for various reasons.
The winner was Armenia with the song "Es u du" performed by Nune Yesayan, this being country's first victory in the competition. The podium was completed by Russia and Belarus, followed by Montenegro – which tied with their best result from the 49th edition, and Norway, who managed to keep their auto-qualification streak for the second edition in a row. The host nation Ireland finished on 18th place.
Further information on the host country: Ireland
Cork is the second largest city in Ireland. Located in the south-west of Ireland, in the province of Munster, since an extension to the city's boundary in 2019, its population is c.210,000.
The city centre is an island positioned between two channels of the River Lee which meet downstream at the eastern end of the city centre, where the quays and docks along the river lead outwards towards Lough Mahon and Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world.
Originally a monastic settlement, Cork was expanded by Viking invaders around 915. Its charter was granted by Prince John in 1185. Cork city was once fully walled, and the remnants of the old medieval town centre can be found around South and North Main streets. The third largest city by population on the island of Ireland, the city's cognomen of "the rebel city" originates in its support for the Yorkist cause in the Wars of the Roses. Corkonians sometimes refer to the city as "the real capital", a reference to its opposition to the Anglo-Irish Treaty in the Irish Civil War.
Páirc Uí Chaoimh is a Gaelic games stadium in Cork, Ireland. It is the home of Cork GAA. The venue, often referred to simply as The Park, is located in Ballintemple and is built near to the site of the original Cork Athletic Grounds. The stadium opened in 1976 and underwent a significant two-year redevelopment before reopening in 2017.
Primarily used as a venue for Gaelic games, it has been used to host Cork's home league and championship games in both Gaelic football and hurling. The finals of both the Cork hurling and football championships have often been held at the venue. It has also hosted concerts by Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, U2, The Stone Roses, Oasis and Ed Sheeran as well as the annual Siamsa Cois Laoi festival.
Originally designed by Horgan and Lynch, the stadium had an initial capacity of 50,288. This capacity was progressively reduced because of safety regulations and, before the commencement of redevelopment works in 2015, it had a capacity of 32,550. Since the completion of the redevelopment in 2017 the capacity of the venue is 45,000, making it the fourth-largest Gaelic games stadium in Ireland.
Semi-final Allocation Draw
The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 24 January 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. Twenty-one countries participated in the first semi-final, while 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 forty-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||Montenegro||Goga Sekulić feat. Brzo Trči Ljanmi||"Sexy biznismen"||2||102|
|02||Israel||Haim||"Now I’m in It"||3||98|
|05||Moldova||Angel!na||"Take Me Home"||6||79|
|06||Denmark||Mekdes||"Lose a Minute"||13||62|
|07||Slovenia||Gaja Prestor||"To je kar imam"||14||59|
|09||Faroe Islands||Lea Kampmann||"Sail"||7||79|
|10||Morocco||Faouzia||"Tears of Gold"||8||79|
|12||Egypt||TroyBoi feat. Nefera||"On My Own"||18||47|
|16||Lithuania||Moniqué||"Žinau ką turiu"||9||79|
|19||Iceland||David44||"I Feel Better on My Own"||17||48|
|20||Andorra||Paula Rojo||"Lo que nunca fue"||21||29|
|21||United Kingdom||Alice Chater||"Thief"||5||92|
|02||Germany||Sido feat. Johannes Oerding||"Pyramiden"||17||29|
|03||Turkey||Tuğba Yurt||"İnceden inceden"||14||40|
|04||Albania||Elvana Gjata & Ledri Vula feat. John Shahu||"Mike"||19||25|
|05||Romania||Feli||"Când răsare soarele"||8||78|
|06||Italy||Marco Mengoni||"Duemila volte"||3||124|
|08||Kosovo||Besa feat. Elinel||"Mos m'le me ra"||4||110|
|09||Estonia||Frankie Animal||"Pretty Late"||20||17|
|11||Slovakia||Celeste Buckingham||"Time Is Ours"||9||71|
|14||Georgia||Gigi Adamashvili||"Yellow Kites"||16||38|
|15||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Emir Đulović||"Južnije od duše"||18||26|
|18||Malta||Gaia||"Why Should I?"||6||90|
|20||Armenia||Nune Yesayan||"Es u du"||1||148|
Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 47 participating countries eligible to vote.
|01||Morocco||Faouzia||"Tears of Gold"||7||140|
|02||Moldova||Angel!na||"Take Me Home"||22||59|
|03||United Kingdom||Alice Chater||"Thief"||6||145|
|04||San Marino||Unsecret feat Krigarè||"Vendetta"||24||46|
|06||Italy||Marco Mengoni||"Duemila volte"||10||134|
|07||Montenegro||Goga Sekulić feat. Brzo Trči Ljanmi||"Sexy biznismen"||4||170|
|11||Israel||Haim||"Now I’m in It"||16||73|
|12||Slovakia||Celeste Buckingham||"Time Is Ours"||23||58|
|15||Armenia||Nune Yesayan||"Es u du"||1||233|
|16||Faroe Islands||Lea Kampmann||"Sail"||15||79|
|19||Malta||Gaia||"Why Should I?"||12||92|
|20||Ireland||Áine feat. Courage||"Blood Diamonds"||18||68|
|23||France||Arcadian||"Petit à petit"||21||65|
|24||Romania||Feli||"Când răsare soarele"||17||71|
|25||Lithuania||Moniqué||"Žinau ką turiu"||26||40|
|26||Kosovo||Besa feat. Elinel||"Mos m'le me ra"||8||139|
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||Montenegro||Cyprus, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Netherlands|
|3||Israel||Egypt, Lithuania, San Marino|
|2||Belarus||Rest of the World, United Kingdom|
|Faroe Islands||Norway, Poland|
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|
|4||Armenia||Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden|
|3||Finland||Algeria, Bulgaria, Lebanon|
|Russia||Germany, Kazakhstan, Rest of the World|
|1||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Armenia|
|Germany||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
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|
|9||Armenia||Belarus, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovakia|
|4||Belarus||Algeria, Croatia, Ireland, Israel|
|Finland||Bulgaria, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein|
|Montenegro||Armenia, Faroe Islands, Netherlands, Spain|
|Russia||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Kazakhstan, Morocco|
|3||Moldova||Andorra, France, San Marino|
|Norway||Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Malta|
|2||Faroe Islands||Norway, Poland|
|United Kingdom||Iceland, Romania|
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.
- Austria: Austria had originally confirmed their participation in the contest. However, the OEBU announced that ORF had failed to submit a song before the deadline, thus being forced to withdraw.
- Belgium: Despite confirming their preliminary participation in the contest, as part of Big 6, the Belgian broadcaster failed to present their entry and was assumed as withdrawn.
- Czech Republic: The country withdrew due to a restructuring of the broadcaster, including the changing of the nation's Head of Delegation. A comeback next edition was not ruled out.
- Hungary: It was confirmed that the broadcaster had not signed up to compete in the contest.
- Luxembourg: RTL announced that Luxembourg would not participate in the contest, due to the financial and organisational strain of a potential participation on the channel, especially with a small financial budget.
- Monaco: Monégasque broadcaster confirmed that they will withdraw citing a lack of interest from singers.
- North Macedonia: Despite showing interest in participation in the contest, Macedonian Radio Television announced that they will withdrawing from the contest because of financial difficulties.
- Switzerland: SRG SSR failed to confirm their participation in time and was forced to withdraw.
- Ukraine: Ukrainian broadcaster announced that it would not participate in the contest due to a lack of interest from the head of the delegation.