|Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 10|
|as it's in our nature.|
|Semi-final 1||TBA 2020|
|Semi-final 2||TBA 2020|
|Venue||Syrian Expo Center, Damascus, Syria|
|Broadcaster||Organisme de la Radio-Télévision Arabe Syrienne (ORTAS)|
|System||Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to 10 songs: the first - from a professional jury, the second - from viewers.|
The Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 10 will be the tenth edition of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest. The contest will take place in Damascus, Syria, following Syria's victory at the ninth edition in Beirut, Lebanon, with the song "Human Nature", performed by ALITA. Thirty-three countries will participate in the contest. Andorra and Croatia will return after a one-edition absence. Vatican City withdrew after the country's broadcaster officially terminated their MBU membership. Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Moldova and Montenegro withdrew without citing any reasons.
Preparations for the tenth edition began on the 20 July 2020, immediately after Syria won the ninth edition in Beirut, Lebanon. The Mediterranean Broadcasting Union (MBU) handed ORTAS, the Syrian participating broadcaster, a stack of documents and a USB drive with tools to begin the work needed to host the next edition.
On the 23 July 2020, it was confirmed by ORTAS that 5 cities were being considered to potentially host the contest. Due to the ongoing Syrian civil war, the MBU and the hosting broadcaster worked closely together to ensure the safety of the contest. On the 24 July 2020, it was confirmed that the bids from Damascus and Latakia had been shortlisted, the decision being made with the safety of the contest in mind. On the 26 July 2020, the MBU and ORTAS came to the mutual decision that Damascus would be the most suitable host city. Below are the 5 cities and their bids:
Key:Host venue Shortlisted venues
|Aleppo||Al-Assad Sports Arena||5,000|
|Al-Hamadaniah Sports Arena||7,964|
|Damascus||Abbasiyyin Stadium ‡||30,000|
|Syrian Expo Center †||–|
|Homs||Bassel al-Assad Stadium||25,000|
|Latakia||Latakia Sports City Stadium ‡||45,000|
|Tartus||Bassel al-Assad Stadium||8,000|
|Tartus Municipal Stadium||1,300|
About the host city
Damascus (Arabic: دمشق, romanized: Dimašq, French: Damas) is the capital of Syria; it is also the country's largest city, following the decline in population of Aleppo due to the battle for the city. It is colloquially known in Syria as aš-Šām (الشام) and titled the "City of Jasmine" (مدينة الياسمين Madīnat al-Yāsmīn). Damascus is a major cultural center of the Levant and the Arab world. The city has an estimated population of 1,711,000 as of 2009.
Located in south-western Syria, Damascus is the center of a large metropolitan area of 2.7 million people (2004). Geographically embedded on the eastern foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range 80 kilometres (50 mi) inland from the eastern shore of the Mediterranean on a plateau 680 metres (2,230 ft) above sea level, Damascus experiences a dry climate because of the rain shadow effect. The Barada River flows through Damascus.
First settled in the second millennium BC, it was chosen as the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate from 661 to 750. After the victory of the Abbasid dynasty, the seat of Islamic power was moved to Baghdad. Damascus saw a political decline throughout the Abbasid era, only to regain significant importance in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods. Today, it is the seat of the central government and all of the government ministries. As of September 2019, 8 years since the start of the Syrian Civil War, Damascus has been named the world's least livable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The contest will consist of 2 semi-finals and a final.
The theme for the edition, as it's in our nature, was unveiled on the 27 July 2020. The theme art consists of a glowing star, symbolising the rebirth of Syria following the Syrian civil war.
The running orders will be created by the producers.
|Elvana Gjata||Kosovo|| #1|
#9 (with Flori)
|Elenoir||Italy||#9 (for San Marino with Xanti & Tim Bell)|
|Cyprus||Padé & Görkem Sala feat. Basia Janyga||"Stop the Time"|
|Palestine||Lina Makoul||"3 Sneen"|
|Slovenia||Joker Out||"Vem Da Greš"|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Ilma Karahmet||"Neko Nije"|
|France||Amel Bent & Imen Es||"Jusqu'au bout"|
|Spain||ROSALÍA & Travis Scott||"TKN"|
|Liechtenstein||VVAVES||"5 Of Your Exes"|
|Monaco||Louane||"Donne-moi ton cœur"|
|Switzerland||Anna Aaron||"White Lady"|
|Albania||Dua Lipa feat. Blackpink||"Kiss and Make Up"|
|Andorra||Beret||"Aún me amas"|
|Austria||Flip Capella, Otray & Vinze feat. Ashley Jana||"Going Crazy"|
|Greece||Mike feat. Elena Tsagkrinou||"Pare Me Agkalia"|
|North Macedonia||Matej Foltz, Duper||"Smeneta"|
|Serbia||Edita||"Slobodno Me Rani"|
|Israel||Anna Zak||"Call It Out"|
|Libya||Jeren Halnazrowa||"Ine Bary"|
|San Marino||The Ella Sisters||"Cars"|
|14||Syria||Livia Blanc||"Mr Hyde"|
Eligibility for potential participation in the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active MBU membership that will be able to broadcast the contest. The MBU had issued an invitation of participation in the contest to all active members.
Active MBU members
The following countries and broadcasters confirmed their non-participation without offering further explanation:
- Vatican City - On the 5 April 2020, Vatican broadcaster Vatican Radio officially terminated their MBU membership which put the country's future participation in doubt. On the 16 May 2020, it was announced that the country would no longer participate in the contest.