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Own Eurovision Song Contest 53
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Dates
Semi-finals date 9 May 2020
Final date 1 July 2020
Host
Venue Karen Demirchyan Complex
Presenter(s) Iveta Mukuchyan
Broadcaster Public Television Company of Armenia
Participants
Entries 46
Returning Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium
Flag of Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary
Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg
Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine
Withdrawing Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt
Flag of Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands
Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia
Flag of Israel.svg Israel
Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia
Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania
Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey
Voting
System Each country awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Winner Flag of Finland.svg Finland
"Mayday"
Own Eurovision Song Contest
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Own Eurovision Song Contest 53, often referred to as OESC #53, is the 53rd edition of Own Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Yerevan, Armenia, following Nune Yesayan's win in the 52nd edition with the song "Es u du". It was the first time Armenia had hosted the contest. The contest was held at the Karen Demirchyan Complex, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. The three live shows were hosted by Iveta Mukuchyan.

Forty-six countries took part in the contest. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland and Ukraine returned to the competition, while Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova and Turkey withdrew for various reasons.

The winner was Finland with the song "Mayday" performed by Sini Yasemin. This is country's third victory, the last one being in the 48th edition. The podium was completed by Switzerland, which managed to equal their best result achieved back in the 7th edition, followed by Ukraine and Cyprus, which achieved the best result since their last win. San Marino and Monaco finished on the fifth and sixth places respectively, the latest one also getting tied with their previous best result. The host nation Armenia finished on the 20th place.

Location[]

Further information on the host country: Armenia

Host City[]

Own Eurovision Song Contest 53 is located in Armenia
Yerevan
Location of the host city.

Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia as well as one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. It has been the capital since 1918, the fourteenth in the history of Armenia and the seventh located in or around the Ararat plain. The city also serves as the seat of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese; the largest diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church and one of the oldest dioceses in the world.

With the growth of the Armenian economy, Yerevan has undergone major transformation. Much construction has been done throughout the city since the early 2000s, and retail outlets such as restaurants, shops, and street cafés, which were rare during Soviet times, have multiplied. As of 2011, the population of Yerevan was 1,060,138, just over 35% of the Republic of Armenia's total population. According to the official estimate of 2016, the current population of the city is 1,073,700. Yerevan was named the 2012 World Book Capital by UNESCO. Yerevan is an associate member of Eurocities.

Venue[]

Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex, also known as Demirchyan Arena, Sports & Music Complex, or simply Hamalir (for complex in Armenian), is a large sports and concert complex with 184 stairs leading up Tsitsernakaberd hill which dominates over the western parts of Yerevan, near the Hrazdan River gorge.

The complex has a unique design, an outside view of the whole construction reminds the shape a big bird opening its wings. Its architectural concepts include a turning tribune of 1,008 seats, that can rapidly connect the two big halls to reveal additional seating, a concept for which the architects were awarded the USSR State Prize, the highest of its kind, in 1987. The main arena used for sporting events and concerts has a capacity of 6,000 seats, expandable to 8,800 seats.

Format[]

Semi-final Allocation Draw[]

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 27 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. Twenty 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 forty 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[]

Twenty countries participated in the first semi-final. Armenia, Montenegro and Russia also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco R3hab & Elena Temnikova "Where You Wanna Be" 15 48
02 Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia Weird Fishes "Over and Out" 20 16
03 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary Margaret Island "Valahol" 17 39
04 Flag of Liechtenstein.svg Liechtenstein Priya Ragu "Good Love 2.0" 18 23
05 Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia Trad.Attack! "Pass-pass" 11 67
06 Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Rimon "Hypnotizing" 12 55
07 Flag of Romania.svg Romania Roxen "Escape" 4 100
08 Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia Denniyah "Kingdom" 13 52
09 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Isak Danielson "Silence" 8 83
10 Flag of Malta.svg Malta Luke Chappell "Human" 3 107
11 Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia Lea Sirk "Po svoje" 19 19
12 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia La Lana "So Messed Up" 2 118
13 Flag of Germany.svg Germany Nico Santos "Play with Fire" 5 95
14 Flag of Poland.svg Poland Bovska "Będę przy tobie" 6 92
15 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Lilo "Luce ovunque" 14 50
16 Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Charis Savva "Krifto" 9 82
17 Flag of Finland.svg Finland Sini Yasemin "Mayday" 1 145
18 Flag of Albania.svg Albania Stanaj "The Way I Love Her" 16 41
19 Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg Noémie Wolfs "On the Run" 10 74
20 Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine Alina Pash "Bosorkanya" 7 86

Semi-final 2[]

Twenty countries participated in the second semi-final. Belarus, Norway and United Kingdom also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Putzgrilla & Favela Lacroix "Quem manda aqui" 10 81
02 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan Nurbolat Abdullin "Sen meni tynda" 18 25
03 Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Nilusi "À des vies de toi" 1 124
04 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Kadebostany feat. Célia "Take It Away from Me" 4 102
05 Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Postcards "Fossilized" 2 110
06 Flag of France.svg France Disiz La Peste "Hiroshima" 19 23
07 Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria Randall feat. Davis Mallory "Sun and Moon" 15 43
08 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan Rilaya "Ozünə inan" 16 38
09 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Tessa Dixson "Beautiful Pain" 6 95
10 Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland Áslaug "Take from Me" 8 88
11 Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino Luca Vasta "Old Italian Songs" 3 102
12 Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra Miriam Rodriguez "Invisible" 20 17
13 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria Yanna "Pazi tishina" 9 86
14 Flag of Spain.svg Spain La Oreja de Van Gogh "Abrázame" 11 70
15 Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Greywind "Desolate" 7 94
16 Flag of Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Adéla "Nech to bejt" 13 55
17 Flag of Greece.svg Greece Crystallia "Me gusta" 5 98
18 Flag of Austria.svg Austria Lisa Pac "Cool" 14 49
19 Flag of Kosovo.svg Kosovo Yll Limani feat. 2po2 "Dritat" 17 36
20 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Kill J "Addicted" 12 56

Final[]

Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 46 participating countries eligible to vote.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Charis Savva "Krifto" 4 152
02 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Isak Danielson "Silence" 14 103
03 Flag of Montenegro.svg Montenegro Boban Rajović & Ante M "Faktor iznenadjenja" 25 33
04 Flag of Greece.svg Greece Crystallia "Me gusta" 12 108
05 Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Greywind "Desolate" 15 99
06 Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino Luca Vasta "Old Italian Songs" 5 146
07 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Kadebostany feat. Célia "Take It Away from Me" 2 182
08 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria Yanna "Pazi tishina" 23 55
09 Flag of Germany.svg Germany Nico Santos "Play with Fire" 10 116
10 Flag of Romania.svg Romania Roxen "Escape" 17 87
11 Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia Arc North feat. Krista Marina "Meant to Be" 20 73
12 Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg Noémie Wolfs "On the Run" 18 85
13 Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus Platon & Joolay "Over" 22 58
14 Flag of Poland.svg Poland Bovska "Będę przy tobie" 7 128
15 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Tessa Dixson "Beautiful Pain" 11 108
16 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Putzgrilla & Favela Lacroix "Quem manda aqui" 9 122
17 Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Postcards "Fossilized" 13 104
18 Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Nilusi "À des vies de toi" 6 134
19 Flag of Russia.svg Russia Zivert "Beverly Hills" 21 65
20 Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland Áslaug "Take from Me" 24 50
21 Flag of Malta.svg Malta Luke Chappell "Human" 16 98
22 Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine Alina Pash "Bosorkanya" 3 159
23 Flag of Finland.svg Finland Sini Yasemin "Mayday" 1 188
24 Flag of Norway.svg Norway Gåte "Huldra" 19 81
25 Flag of United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Salt Ashes "Counting Crosses" 26 12
26 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia La Lana "So Messed Up" 8 122

Scoreboards[]

First Semifinal[]

Voting results Semi-Final 1
Morocco.png Serbia.png Hungary.png Liechtenstein.png Estonia.png Netherlands.png Romania.png Slovakia.png Sweden.png Malta.png Slovenia.png Croatia.png Germany.png Poland.png Italy.png Cyprus.png Finland.png Albania.png Luxembourg.png Ukraine.png Armenia.png Montenegro.png Russia.png Flag of Earth.png Points Place
Contestants Morocco 12 5 6 6 3 2 2 5 3 2 2 48 15
Serbia 1 6 1 1 7 16 20
Hungary 4 2 6 5 5 1 10 1 5 39 17
Liechtenstein 1 4 2 4 7 5 23 18
Estonia 5 8 2 2 3 3 10 3 8 3 10 10 67 11
Netherlands 4 2 2 10 4 12 6 8 7 55 12
Romania 7 1 10 1 2 12 5 10 8 5 3 12 12 12 100 4
Slovakia 3 6 4 12 1 6 2 10 1 7 52 13
Sweden 8 7 12 12 7 6 4 3 6 10 2 6 83 8
Malta 12 3 6 10 3 10 1 8 5 5 4 6 8 4 8 7 7 107 3
Slovenia 4 3 5 1 6 19 19
Croatia 2 6 7 7 8 8 8 5 3 4 3 8 12 12 2 8 12 2 1 118 2
Germany 10 2 1 10 3 7 12 1 7 8 3 12 1 5 8 5 95 5
Poland 3 10 5 7 8 2 8 10 12 7 5 10 1 1 3 92 6
Italy 3 6 7 1 7 3 2 2 6 4 6 3 50 14
Cyprus 8 1 5 4 10 7 12 8 7 4 4 4 8 82 9
Finland 6 12 6 10 5 4 2 12 7 1 5 7 12 10 10 2 12 10 3 5 4 145 1
Albania 5 2 12 4 1 6 4 1 6 41 16
Luxembourg 4 5 8 1 4 12 8 7 6 7 2 10 74 10
Ukraine 8 3 12 10 3 7 4 8 10 4 5 6 6 86 7

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 Finland.svg Finland Poland, Serbia, Sweden, Ukraine
Flag of Romania.svg Romania Armenia, Rest of the World, Russia, Slovakia
3 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Cyprus, Finland, Montenegro
2 Flag of Germany.svg Germany Albania, Croatia
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Estonia, Netherlands
1 Flag of Albania.svg Albania Romania
Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Italy
Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg Malta
Flag of Malta.svg Malta Morocco
Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco Hungary
Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Luxembourg
Flag of Poland.svg Poland Germany
Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia Slovenia
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine Liechtenstein

Second Semifinal[]

Voting results Semi-Final 2
Portugal.png Kazakhstan.png Monaco.png Switzerland.png Lebanon.png France.png Algeria.png Azerbaijan.png Belgium.png Iceland.png San Marino.png Andorra.png Bulgaria.png Spain.png Ireland.png Czech Republic.png Greece.png Austria.png Kosovo.png Denmark.png Belarus.png Norway.png United Kingdom.png Flag of Earth.png Points Place
Contestants Portugal 8 5 5 1 3 10 5 7 4 5 7 2 7 12 81 10
Kazakhstan 2 6 3 8 1 3 2 25 18
Monaco 6 5 7 8 8 5 7 3 6 4 3 7 7 8 8 12 10 4 1 5 124 1
Switzerland 2 7 12 12 4 8 10 2 1 8 12 10 10 4 102 4
Lebanon 12 12 2 8 8 6 2 6 10 10 4 12 12 6 110 2
France 10 1 4 1 7 23 19
Algeria 10 3 3 2 6 7 4 1 6 1 43 15
Azerbaijan 12 8 1 10 7 38 16
Belgium 8 8 10 3 1 5 2 12 8 6 6 10 5 4 3 1 3 95 6
Iceland 3 6 1 7 4 8 5 5 6 10 8 3 12 5 3 2 88 8
San Marino 4 10 7 2 6 2 7 10 12 1 5 3 8 6 5 4 10 102 3
Andorra 2 12 1 2 17 20
Bulgaria 7 7 6 4 4 7 7 3 5 4 5 2 6 8 3 8 86 9
Spain 2 6 12 4 12 12 2 4 8 7 1 70 11
Ireland 10 8 6 10 10 6 8 1 12 7 1 4 6 5 94 7
CzechRepublic 4 4 2 10 2 4 5 6 7 6 5 55 13
Greece 12 12 3 3 5 7 10 5 10 2 10 12 7 98 5
Austria 2 1 5 12 4 3 2 3 4 2 3 2 6 49 14
Kosovo 5 6 1 1 1 3 3 1 4 8 3 36 17
Denmark 1 12 5 1 10 7 12 8 56 12

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
4 Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Belarus, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland
3 Flag of Greece.svg Greece Kazakhstan, Portugal, United Kingdom
Flag of Spain.svg Spain Andorra, Azerbaijan, Iceland
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Algeria, Denmark, Lebanon
2 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark France, Spain
1 Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra Greece
Flag of Austria.svg Austria Belgium
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan San Marino
Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Bulgaria
Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland Austria
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Czech Republic
Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Kosovo
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Rest of the World
Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino Ireland

Grand Final[]

Voting results Grand Final
Cyprus.png Sweden.png Montenegro.png Greece.png Ireland.png San Marino.png Switzerland.png Bulgaria.png Germany.png Romania.png Armenia.png Luxembourg.png Belarus.png Poland.png Belgium.png Portugal.png Lebanon.png Monaco.png Russia.png Iceland.png Malta.png Ukraine.png Finland.png Norway.png United Kingdom.png Croatia.png Morocco.png Serbia.png Hungary.png Liechtenstein.png Estonia.png Netherlands.png Slovakia.png Slovenia.png Italy.png Albania.png Kazakhstan.png France.png Algeria.png Azerbaijan.png Andorra.png Spain.png Czech Republic.png Austria.png Kosovo.png Denmark.png Points Place
Contestants Cyprus 12 3 1 5 12 7 7 2 7 10 5 1 5 1 12 12 5 2 7 6 12 8 10 152 4
Sweden 8 10 1 8 1 8 2 2 6 6 8 12 5 10 2 4 10 103 14
Montenegro 4 1 5 5 8 10 33 25
Greece 1 3 3 5 5 12 10 3 3 2 6 3 4 12 12 12 12 108 12
Ireland 2 6 2 10 4 1 12 8 4 4 3 4 2 4 12 1 12 8 99 15
SanMarino 10 4 7 3 12 5 6 3 3 7 4 7 12 7 7 12 7 5 3 4 2 8 7 1 146 5
Switzerland 7 8 4 1 12 8 5 2 4 12 10 7 12 7 8 5 5 12 5 8 3 8 8 7 2 2 10 182 2
Bulgaria 4 3 7 3 5 2 3 4 5 8 8 3 55 23
Germany 1 6 6 6 6 3 1 12 12 3 8 12 1 8 7 12 2 10 116 10
Romania 6 10 12 1 1 2 1 3 8 10 5 4 10 1 2 6 5 87 17
Armenia 8 10 5 10 1 7 7 10 6 3 6 73 20
Luxembourg 7 10 5 1 12 3 2 1 6 6 1 1 3 5 10 7 5 85 18
Belarus 2 2 5 2 6 4 8 1 2 8 4 7 6 1 58 22
Poland 3 8 4 8 12 10 3 5 4 10 10 4 7 6 1 7 2 6 10 1 7 128 7
Belgium 10 12 2 6 7 6 4 2 6 7 4 8 7 6 3 4 8 5 1 108 11
Portugal 6 5 5 5 4 12 1 8 3 8 3 1 7 7 4 6 3 8 4 8 8 6 122 9
Lebanon 8 12 7 2 10 7 1 1 8 7 10 10 2 3 12 4 104 13
Monaco 12 3 2 4 2 3 5 1 3 2 6 7 7 4 3 2 12 4 8 10 5 1 4 5 2 2 7 8 134 6
Russia 1 2 7 6 4 12 4 6 5 5 1 6 3 3 65 21
Iceland 4 1 5 6 2 1 2 10 4 12 3 50 24
Malta 10 7 3 10 4 6 3 8 3 2 2 10 8 3 7 1 5 1 5 98 16
Ukraine 5 4 3 10 8 7 10 10 10 2 12 2 1 10 1 10 12 12 12 5 5 6 2 159 3
Finland 7 10 6 7 5 6 3 6 6 5 8 1 6 8 12 12 10 10 4 4 2 10 7 4 10 7 12 188 1
Norway 1 8 10 1 7 5 12 6 6 5 2 7 1 6 4 81 19
UnitedKingdom 6 6 12 26
Croatia 12 8 12 2 ' 4 2 2 8 8 4 10 6 4 8 3 5 5 3 6 3 3 4 122 8
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
5 Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Azerbaijan, Italy, San Marino, Slovakia, Sweden
Flag of Greece.svg Greece Andorra, France, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, United Kingdom
4 Flag of Germany.svg Germany Albania, Norway, Morocco, Russia
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Iceland
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine Estonia, Hungary, Lebanon, Liechtenstein
3 Flag of Finland.svg Finland Denmark, Serbia, Ukraine
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Algeria, Czech Republic, Poland
Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino Finland, Ireland, Portugal
2 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Cyprus, Montenegro
Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Austria, Switzerland
Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Greece, Slovenia
1 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Bulgaria
Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland Czech Republic
Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg Malta
Flag of Norway.svg Norway Monaco
Flag of Poland.svg Poland Luxembourg
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Romania
Flag of Romania.svg Romania Armenia
Flag of Russia.svg Russia Belarus
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Netherlands

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. The following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below.

  • Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina: BHRT announced that Bosnia and Herzegovina would not participate in the contest due to their inability to secure stable funding and sponsorship for participation.
  • Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt: ERTU announced that the members of the delegation were moving onto other projects and that they were withdrawing from the current edition. It was then later revealed that ERTU had left the OEBU and would not return to the contest as they had joined the OAUB and would debut in the Own Africavision Song Contest 2.
  • Flag of Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands: Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the delegation decided not to attend this edition.
  • Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia: The country confirmed their participation but later decided to withdraw due to lack of suitable songs.
  • Flag of Israel.svg Israel: Despite originally confirming their intention to participate, the broadcaster failed to send an entry for confirmation and was disqualified.
  • Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia: It was announced that the Latvian head of delegation stepped down from his post in order to pursue other projects.
  • Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania: Despite originally confirming their intention to participate, the broadcaster failed to send an entry for confirmation and was disqualified.
  • Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova: TRM announced that Moldova would withdraw from the contest due to a possible change in the delegation.
  • Flag of North Macedonia.svg North Macedonia: MRT failed to confirm or withdraw from the edition on time and were fined by the council.
  • Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey: Despite originally confirming their intention to participate, the broadcaster failed to send an entry for confirmation and was disqualified.

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