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Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 10
as it's in our nature.
MSC 10 Theme Art
Dates
Semi-final 1 TBA 2020
Semi-final 2 TBA 2020
Final TBA 2020
Host
Venue Syrian Expo Center, Damascus, Syria
Presenter(s) Dania Hallak
Mona Haydar
Broadcaster Organisme de la Radio-Télévision Arabe Syrienne (ORTAS)
Participants
Entries 33
Debuting Flag of Palestine Palestine
Returning Flag of Andorra Andorra
Flag of Croatia Croatia
Withdrawing Flag of Egypt Egypt
Flag of Iraq Iraq
Flag of Jordan Jordan
Flag of Moldova Moldova
Flag of Montenegro Montenegro
Flag of Vatican City Vatican City
Vote
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.

Location

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.

Bidding phase

Locations of the candidate cities: the chosen host city is marked in blue. The shortlisted cities are marked in green, while the eliminated cities are marked in red.
Syrian Expo Center.jpg
Syrian Expo Center, the host venue of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 10.

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

City Venue Capacity
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.

Format

Contest

The contest will consist of 2 semi-finals and a final.

Visual design

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.

Presenter(s)

Dania Hallak and Mona Haydar were announced as the presenters on the 3 August 2020.

Running order

The running orders will be created by the producers.

Participating countries

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  Countries in the first semi-final
  Countries voting in the first semi-final
  Countries in the second semi-final
  Countries voting in the second semi-final

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous edition(s)
Anna Zak Flag of Israel Israel #4
Elvana Gjata Flag of Kosovo Kosovo #1
#5 (winner)
#9 (with Flori)
Elenoir Flag of Italy Italy #9 (for San Marino with Xanti & Tim Bell)

Semi-final 1

Algeria, Portugal and Syria will also vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
First half
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Padé & Görkem Sala feat. Basia Janyga "Stop the Time"
Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar Jake Scott "Tuesdays"
Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Elvana Gjata "Xheloz"
Flag of Palestine Palestine Lina Makoul "3 Sneen"
Flag of Romania Romania Olivia Addams "Dumb"
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Joker Out "Vem Da Greš"
Second half
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Ilma Karahmet "Neko Nije"
Flag of France France Amel Bent & Imen Es "Jusqu'au bout"
Flag of Hungary Hungary
Flag of Malta Malta Faouzia "Secrets"
Flag of Spain Spain ROSALÍA & Travis Scott "TKN"
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia MARIS "Moon Child"
Flag of Turkey Turkey Simge "Öpücem"

Semi-final 2

Israel, Libya and San Marino will also vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
First half
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Eva Parmakova "Lipstick"
Flag of Croatia Croatia Eni "Do Ludila"
Flag of Italy Italy Elenoir "This War"
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein VVAVES "5 Of Your Exes"
Flag of Monaco Monaco Louane "Donne-moi ton cœur"
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Anna Aaron "White Lady"
Second half
Flag of Albania Albania Dua Lipa feat. Blackpink "Kiss and Make Up"
Flag of Andorra Andorra Beret "Aún me amas"
Flag of Austria Austria Flip Capella, Otray & Vinze feat. Ashley Jana "Going Crazy"
Flag of Greece Greece Mike feat. Elena Tsagkrinou "Pare Me Agkalia"
Flag of Morocco Morocco Aminux "Ana Dialek"
Flag of North Macedonia North Macedonia Matej Foltz, Duper "Smeneta"
Flag of Serbia Serbia Edita "Slobodno Me Rani"

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
Flag of Algeria Algeria Camélia Jordana "Facile"
Flag of Israel Israel Anna Zak "Call It Out"
Flag of Libya Libya Jeren Halnazrowa "Ine Bary"
Flag of Portugal Portugal Pongo "Uwa"
Flag of San Marino San Marino The Ella Sisters "Cars"
14 Flag of Syria Syria Livia Blanc "Mr Hyde"

Other countries

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:

Non-MBU members

  • Flag of Vatican City 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.
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