|Own Eurovision Song Contest 55|
|Semi-finals date||25 April 2021|
|Final date||6 May 2021|
|Venue||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Russia|
|Broadcaster||Channel One Russia|
|Returning|| Hungary |
|Withdrawing|| Albania |
|System||Each country awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs|
|Winner|| San Marino |
"Ladro di fiori"
|Own Eurovision Song Contest|
Own Eurovision Song Contest 55, often referred to as OESC #55, is the 55th edition of Own Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Kaliningrad, Russia following Hanna's win in the 54th edition with the song "Trogat zapreshcheno". It was the fourth time Russia had hosted the contest, having previously done so in the sixteenth, forty-seventh and fiftieth editions. Organised by the Own European Broadcasting Union and host broadcaster Channel One Russia, the contest was held at the Kaliningrad Stadium, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. The three live shows were hosted by Anna Pletnyova.
Forty-five countries took part in the contest. Gibraltar made its debut this edition. Hungary, Lithuania and Turkey returned to the competition, while Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Montenegro withdrew for various reasons. The Faroe Islands were initially confirmed for the contest when the list of participants was announced. However, it was announced that they were subsequently unable to participate in the contest due to internal organizational problems.
The winner was San Marino with the song "Ladro di fiori" performed by Blanco. This is the country's second victory, the last one being in the 20th edition which was held in Timișoara, Romania. The podium was completed by the United Kingdom and Israel. Finland, Lithuania and Gibraltar finished on fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively. United Kingdom and Gibraltar managed to achieve their best result. so far, in the contest. The host nation Russia finished on the 13th place.
- 1 Location
- 2 Format
- 3 Participating countries
- 4 Scoreboards
- 5 Other countries
- 6 Incidents
- 7 External links
Further information on the host country: Russia
Kaliningrad, until 1946 Königsberg, is the largest city and the administrative centre of Kaliningrad Oblast, the westernmost Oblast of Russia. The city is situated on the Pregolya River, at the head of the Vistula Lagoon on the Baltic Sea, with a population of 489,359 residents, up to 800,000 residents in the urban agglomeration. Kaliningrad is the second-largest city in the Northwestern Federal District, after Saint Petersburg, the third-largest city in the Baltic region, and the seventh-largest city on the Baltic Sea.
As a major transport hub, with sea and river ports, the city is home to the headquarters of the Baltic Fleet of the Russian Navy, and is one of the largest industrial centres in Russia. It was recognized as the best city in Russia in 2012, 2013 and 2014 according to Kommersant's magazine The Firm's Secret, the best city in Russia for business in 2013 according to Forbes, and was ranked fifth in the Urban Environment Quality Index published by Minstroy in 2019. Kaliningrad has been a major internal migration attraction in Russia over the past two decades, and was one of the host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Kaliningrad Stadium also called Arena Baltika, is a football stadium on Oktyabrsky Island, Kaliningrad, Russia, which hosted four games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It will also host FC Baltika Kaliningrad of the Russian Football National League, replacing Baltika Stadium.
Its project is based on the concept of the Allianz Arena, which hosted matches of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The first match was played on 11 April 2018, a football match between FC Baltika and PFC Krylia Sovetov Samara.
Throughout the 2018 World Cup the stadium had a capacity of 33,973.
Semi-final Allocation Draw
The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 4 April 2021. 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 the first semi-final and nineteen 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||Italy||GLDN & Kevu||"Take Me"||19||20|
|04||Hungary||Rácz Gergő & Orsovai Reni||"A titkod nem leszek"||18||29|
|06||Cyprus||OGE feat. Charis Savva||"Me oplo tin foni sou"||13||58|
|07||North Macedonia||Funk Shui feat. Vera Ljubojna||"Ne vreme"||14||53|
|08||Georgia||Beburi Asatiani feat. Giorgi Pruidze||"Far Away"||7||83|
|09||Denmark||Soleima||"Force of Nature"||10||71|
|11||Andorra||Alba Reche, Cami||"Que bailen"||8||83|
|12||Estonia||Liis Lemsalu & Stefan||"Doomino"||15||48|
|16||Norway||Serlina||"Puste under vann"||11||68|
|01||Czech Republic||Nykki||"Home to You"||14||42|
|02||San Marino||Blanco||"Ladro di fiori"||5||97|
|04||Greece||Xenia Ghali feat. Nate Mitchell||"Love Me Still"||18||26|
|05||Malta||Jolene Samhan||"February 1st"||15||41|
|06||Finland||Robin Packalen feat. Alex Mattson||"Hard to Love"||3||108|
|08||United Kingdom||Claudia Valentina||"4:15"||2||109|
|09||France||Valentin Stuff||"London Dilemme"||19||10|
|12||Serbia||Ivana Krunić & Tea Tairović||"Brat na brata"||11||69|
|14||Switzerland||Mara feat. Sleazy Stereo||"Foufoune"||6||94|
|15||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Ilma Karahmet||"Ne zovi me tugo"||9||83|
|16||Israel||Noa Kirel||"Bling Bling"||1||116|
|17||Moldova||Cream Soda & Hleb||"Plachu na tekhno"||10||72|
|19||Sweden||Sandro Cavazza, Georgia Ku||"Love to Lose"||13||47|
Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 45 participating countries eligible to vote.
|01||Russia||Little Big||"Sex Machine"||13||99|
|02||Georgia||Beburi Asatiani feat. Giorgi Pruidze||"Far Away"||18||88|
|06||Portugal||Pedro & Magugu||"Too Much"||24||50|
|07||San Marino||Blanco||"Ladro di fiori"||1||179|
|08||Switzerland||Mara feat. Sleazy Stereo||"Foufoune"||14||99|
|09||Armenia||Anita Avetisyan||"Du erazelu es"||25||42|
|12||Denmark||Soleima||"Force of Nature"||23||56|
|13||United Kingdom||Claudia Valentina||"4:15"||2||173|
|14||Andorra||Alba Reche, Cami||"Que bailen"||19||87|
|16||Moldova||Cream Soda & Hleb||"Plachu na tekhno"||7||123|
|17||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Ilma Karahmet||"Ne zovi me tugo"||11||107|
|18||Israel||Noa Kirel||"Bling Bling"||3||163|
|20||Finland||Robin Packalen feat. Alex Mattson||"Hard to Love"||4||154|
|25||Belarus||Iowa||"Voz'mi na radost' iz moikh ladoney"||20||80|
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|
|3||Germany||Cyprus, Denmark, The Netherlands|
|Ireland||Lebanon, Spain, Turkey|
|Spain||Belarus, Georgia, Monaco|
|Turkey||Gibraltar, North Macedonia, Slovakia|
|North Macedonia||Hungary, Norway|
|Lebanon||Rest of the World|
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|
|5||Finland||Armenia, Israel, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden|
|4||Israel||Luxembourg, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland|
|3||Luxembourg||Finland, Rest of the World, Ukraine|
|United Kingdom||Kosovo, Malta, Moldova|
|2||Poland||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic|
|1||Bosnia and Herzegovina||France|
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|
|6||Finland||Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden|
|4||Israel||Greece, Hungary, Poland, San Marino|
|Lithuania||Andorra, Austria, Finland, Portugal|
|3||Ireland||Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom|
|Poland||Israel, Lebanon, Monaco|
|San Marino||Ireland, Norway, Slovakia|
|United Kingdom||Malta, Moldova, Switzerland|
|2||Belarus||Estonia, North Macedonia|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||France, Gibraltar|
|Germany||Cyprus, The Netherlands|
|Luxembourg||Czech Republic, Rest of the World|
|Georgia||Boasnia and Herzegovina|
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 has been sent in order to confirm whether they will participate or not. The following list of countries declined to state their reasons as shown below.
- Albania: The head of delegation announced the country's withdrawal for one edition, stating that they plan to return next edition.
- Azerbaijan: The head of the Azerbaijan broadcaster İTV announced that they were subsequently unable to participate in the contest due to social and political crises in the aftermath of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.
- Belgium: The delegation responsible for country's participation in the contest didn't respond to the invitation that was sent by the OEBU, thus not being present in the final list of participants.
- Bulgaria: The head of delegation announced the country's withdrawal for one edition, stating that they will certainly return next edition.
- Faroe Islands: The Faroe Islands were initially confirmed for the contest when the list of participants was announced by the OEBU. "Einsemi" by Ingi Poulsen, Danny & The Veetos was announced as the Faroese entry for the contest. However, KVF confirmed that they were subsequently unable to participate in the contest due to internal organizational problems. A comeback in the next edition was not ruled out.
- Iceland: The head of the delegation announced that Iceland will withdraw from the current edition.
- Latvia: The broadcaster didn't respond to the invitation that was sent by the OEBU, thus not being present in the final list of participants.
- Liechtenstein: The broadcaster announced that they were taking a one edition break.
- Mali: The broadcaster purposefully sent a request to participate in the 55th edition of the Own Eurovision Song Contest, claiming that Mali was a European country and therefore should participate. The OEBU Council replied, stating that 'Mali is not in Europe'. However, the broadcaster went ahead and selected Inas X to represent the country with her song "Bailalo".
- Montenegro: Despite the appointment of a new delegation, RTCG announced their withdrawal from the Own Eurovision Song Contest 55 due to budget cuts. However, a possible return for the 56th edition has not been ruled out.
- Scotland: The Independent Movement of Scotland stated that Scotland has enough autonomy to take part in the contest, as well as their friends from Gibraltar. The spokesperson of the movement stated that they will boycott OESC if the council doesn't allow them to be part of the show.
During the results presentation, the Israeli entry was replaced with “Bailalo” by Inas X. According to some rumors, the incident happened because the singer, who already represented Connecticut in the first edition of Own USAvision Song Contest tried to interrupt the show to promote her song once again and to show Europe that her song was unfairly eliminated in the semi-final. However the Russian broadcaster later confirmed that this was necessary due to some copyrights issues that didn’t allow the actual entry to be played.