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Own USAvision Song Contest 1
OUSC1
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 5 October 2020
Semi-final 2 date 20 October 202
Final date TBA
Host
Venue The Forum, Los Angeles, California
Presenter(s) Dwayne Johnson
Sofía Vergara
Broadcaster ABC7
Participants
Entries 41
Debuting See below
Voting
System Each state awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Own USAvision Song Contest
1

Own USAvision Song Contest 1, often referred to as OUSC1, is the 1st edition of Own USAvision Song Contest. It took place in Los Angeles, California. Organised by the Own Public Broadcasting Service and host broadcaster ABC7, the contest was held at The Forum, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. The three live shows were hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Sofía Vergara.

Forty-one state participated in the first edition. Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts and Nevada were also expected to take part in the contest, but they missed the submission deadline and therefore could not take part. The participating countries competed in two semi-finals.

LocationEdit

Host CityEdit

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Los Angeles
Location of the host city.
Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the largest city in California. With an estimated population of nearly four million people, it is the second-most populous city in the United States (after New York City) and the third-most populous city in North America (after Mexico City and New York City). Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis.

Los Angeles lies in a basin in Southern California, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, with mountains as high as 10,000 feet (3,000 m), and deserts. The city, which covers about 1,210 km2, is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States. The Los Angeles metropolitan area (MSA) is home to 13.1 million people, making it the second-largest metropolitan area in the nation after New York. Greater Los Angeles includes metro Los Angeles as well as the Inland Empire and Ventura County. It is the second-most populous U.S. combined statistical area, also after New York, with a 2015 estimate of 18.7 million people.

Los Angeles has a diverse economy and hosts businesses in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. It also has the busiest container port in the Americas. A global city, it has been ranked 7th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index. The Los Angeles metropolitan area also has a gross metropolitan product of $1.0 trillion (as of 2017), making it the third-largest city by GDP in the world, after the Tokyo and New York City metropolitan areas. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the 2028 Summer Olympics.

VenueEdit

The Forum is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Inglewood, California, United States, adjacent to Los Angeles. Located between West Manchester Boulevard, across Pincay Drive and Kareem Court, it is north of SoFi Stadium and the Hollywood Park Casino. It is about 4.8 km east of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Opening on December 30, 1967, the Forum was an unusual and groundbreaking structure. Architect Charles Luckman's vision was brought to life by engineers Carl Johnson and Svend Nielsen, who were able to engineer the structure so that it had no major support pillars. This had previously been unheard of in an indoor arena the size of the Forum.

FormatEdit

Semi-final Allocation DrawEdit

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating states into their respective semi-finals took place on 2nd September 2020. 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. TBA states participated in each semi-final. From each semi-final, 13 states joined the host in the final, where a total of 27 states participated.

The 40 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 statesEdit

Semi-final 1Edit

Twenty states participated in the first semi-final. California also voted in this semi-final.

Draw State Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Hawaii Hawaii Kaye "UUU"
02 Flag of Minnesota Minnesota The Girl and the Dreamcatcher "Written in the Stars"
03 Flag of North Dakota North Dakota Ghost Bath "Seraphic"
04 Flag of Rhode Island Rhode Island Nova One "Your Girl"
05 Flag of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Brianna Mazzola "Love Game"
06 Flag of Maryland Maryland Shallou "Fading"
07 Flag of Illinois Illinois Emily Blue "Microscope"
08 Flag of South Carolina South Carolina Flume feat. Toro y Moi "The Difference"
09 Flag of New Mexico New Mexico Lauren Martinez "Superman"
10 Flag of Kansas Kansas Chris Mann "Remember Me"
11 Flag of Maine Maine Kalie Shorr "Escape"
12 Flag of Alabama Alabama Elley Duhé "Ain't No Feeling"
13 Flag of Mississippi Mississippi Ruelle "Live Like Legends"
14 Flag of Colorado Colorado Judah Earl feat. Laura Brehm "Dreaming in Color"
15 Flag of Texas Texas Tayla Parx "Dance Alone"
16 Flag of Florida Florida Emily Vaughn "Dead 2 Me"
17 Flag of Arizona Arizona Upsahl "People I Don't Like"
18 Flag of Tennessee Tennessee Diplo feat. Noah Cyrus "On Mine"
19 Flag of Utah Utah Saysha feat. 4iz "Alone"
20 Flag of Montana Montana Mothermary "Give It Up"

Semi-final 2Edit

Twenty states participated in the second semi-final. California also voted in this semi-final.

Draw State Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Wisconsin Wisconsin Madilyn "Wisconsin"
02 Flag of Michigan Michigan Sufjan Stevens feat. Lowell Brams "The Runaround"
03 Flag of Missouri Missouri Yes You Are "Blacklight"
04 Flag of Oregon Oregon Y La Bamba "Mujeres"
05 Flag of Louisiana Louisiana Big Freedia feat. Lizzo "Karaoke"
06 Flag of Wyoming Wyoming WYO "Moonlight"
07 Flag of District of Columbia District of Columbia Foreign Air "Illusion"
08 Flag of Georgia US Georgia McCall "Right?"
09 Flag of Nebraska Nebraska Qveen Herby "Busta Rhymes"
10 Flag of Arkansas Arkansas Madison Watkins "Curls"
11 Flag of New Jersey New Jersey Mree "In the Kitchen"
12 Flag of New York New York Evan Giia "Westworld"
13 Flag of Connecticut Connecticut Inas X "Bailalo"
14 Flag of Alaska Alaska Anna Graceman "Night Follows"
15 Flag of Washington Washington Robert DeLong feat. K.Flay "Favorite Color is Blue"
16 Flag of North Carolina North Carolina Kelsey Lu "Foreign Car"
17 Flag of South Dakota South Dakota The Spill Canvas "Mercy"
18 Flag of Kentucky Kentucky Tinashe "Rascal (Superstar)"
19 Flag of Ohio Ohio Lauren Eylise "Voodoo (Black Girl Magic)"
20 Flag of Virginia Virginia LunchMoney Lewis feat. Chloe Angelides "Whip It!"

Final Edit

Twenty-seven states participated in the final, with all 41 participating states eligible to vote.

Draw State Artist Song Place Points
Flag of Arizona Arizona Upsahl "People I Don't Like"
Flag of California California Far East Movement feat. Tiffany Young & King Chain "Don't Speak"
Flag of Colorado Colorado Judah Earl feat. Laura Brehm "Dreaming in Color"
Flag of Florida Florida Emily Vaughn "Dead 2 Me"
Flag of Hawaii Hawaii Kaye "UUU"
Flag of Illinois Illinois Emily Blue "Microscope"
Flag of Maryland Maryland Shallou "Fading"
Flag of Minnesota Minnesota The Girl and the Dreamcatcher "Written in the Stars"
Flag of Mississippi Mississippi Ruelle "Live Like Legends"
Flag of New Mexico New Mexico Lauren Martinez "Superman"
Flag of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Brianna Mazzola "Love Game"
Flag of Rhode Island Rhode Island Nova One "Your Girl"
Flag of Texas Texas Tayla Parx "Dance Alone"
Flag of Utah Utah Saysha feat. 4iz "Alone"

Other statesEdit

Eligibility for potential participation in the Own USAvision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active OUPB 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.
  • Flag of Indiana Indiana: Indiana had originally confirmed their participation in the contest. However, the OPBS announced that the delegation had failed to submit a song before the deadline, thus being forced to withdraw.
  • Flag of Iowa Iowa: Iowa had originally confirmed their participation in the contest. However, the OPBS announced that the delegation had failed to submit a song before the deadline, thus being forced to withdraw.
  • Flag of Massachusetts Massachusetts: Massachusetts had originally confirmed their participation in the contest. However, the OPBS announced that the delegation had failed to submit a song before the deadline, thus being forced to withdraw.
  • Flag of Michigan Michigan: On August 27th, it was announced that Sufjan Stevens would represent the state with the song "Mystery of Love". However, Sufjan stated that the Michigander broadcaster never contacted him abou the song, and that Mystery of Love would've been the last song he would've chosen. After some discussions, a national final was announced, and the winner of that national final would be the song he'd sing at the contest.
  • Flag of Nevada Nevada: Nevada had originally confirmed their participation in the contest. However, the OPBS announced that the delegation had failed to submit a song before the deadline, thus being forced to withdraw.
  • Flag of Vanuatu Vanuatu: Despite being an active member of the OABU the island country tempted to take part in the first edition of the contest. "Vanuatu gained independence from UK and UK colonized USA so for Vanuatuan Broadcaster it has sense to participate" stated the HoD. The broadcaster even confirmed their artist, Vanessa Quai.

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