| Own USAvision Song Contest 1|
|Semi-final 1 date||5 October 2020|
|Semi-final 2 date||20 October 202|
|Venue||The Forum, Los Angeles, California|
|Presenter(s)|| Dwayne Johnson |
|System||Each state awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs|
|Own USAvision Song Contest|
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.
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.
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.
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|
Twenty states participated in the first semi-final. California also voted in this semi-final.
|02||Minnesota||The Girl and the Dreamcatcher||"Written in the Stars"|
|03||North Dakota||Ghost Bath||"Seraphic"|
|04||Rhode Island||Nova One||"Your Girl"|
|05||Pennsylvania||Brianna Mazzola||"Love Game"|
|08||South Carolina||Flume feat. Toro y Moi||"The Difference"|
|09||New Mexico||Lauren Martinez||"Superman"|
|10||Kansas||Chris Mann||"Remember Me"|
|12||Alabama||Elley Duhé||"Ain't No Feeling"|
|13||Mississippi||Ruelle||"Live Like Legends"|
|14||Colorado||Judah Earl feat. Laura Brehm||"Dreaming in Color"|
|15||Texas||Tayla Parx||"Dance Alone"|
|16||Florida||Emily Vaughn||"Dead 2 Me"|
|17||Arizona||Upsahl||"People I Don't Like"|
|18||Tennessee||Diplo feat. Noah Cyrus||"On Mine"|
|19||Utah||Saysha feat. 4iz||"Alone"|
|20||Montana||Mothermary||"Give It Up"|
Twenty states participated in the second semi-final. California also voted in this semi-final.
|02||Michigan||Sufjan Stevens feat. Lowell Brams||"The Runaround"|
|03||Missouri||Yes You Are||"Blacklight"|
|04||Oregon||Y La Bamba||"Mujeres"|
|05||Louisiana||Big Freedia feat. Lizzo||"Karaoke"|
|07||District of Columbia||Foreign Air||"Illusion"|
|09||Nebraska||Qveen Herby||"Busta Rhymes"|
|11||New Jersey||Mree||"In the Kitchen"|
|12||New York||Evan Giia||"Westworld"|
|14||Alaska||Anna Graceman||"Night Follows"|
|15||Washington||Robert DeLong feat. K.Flay||"Favorite Color is Blue"|
|16||North Carolina||Kelsey Lu||"Foreign Car"|
|17||South Dakota||The Spill Canvas||"Mercy"|
|19||Ohio||Lauren Eylise||"Voodoo (Black Girl Magic)"|
|20||Virginia||LunchMoney Lewis feat. Chloe Angelides||"Whip It!"|
Twenty-seven states participated in the final, with all 41 participating states eligible to vote.
|Arizona||Upsahl||"People I Don't Like"|
|California||Far East Movement feat. Tiffany Young & King Chain||"Don't Speak"|
|Colorado||Judah Earl feat. Laura Brehm||"Dreaming in Color"|
|Florida||Emily Vaughn||"Dead 2 Me"|
|Minnesota||The Girl and the Dreamcatcher||"Written in the Stars"|
|Mississippi||Ruelle||"Live Like Legends"|
|New Mexico||Lauren Martinez||"Superman"|
|Pennsylvania||Brianna Mazzola||"Love Game"|
|Rhode Island||Nova One||"Your Girl"|
|Texas||Tayla Parx||"Dance Alone"|
|Utah||Saysha feat. 4iz||"Alone"|
Other statesEditEligibility 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.