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Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 3
Touch The Music!
Mediterraneanvision Song Contest -3 Slogan
Dates
Final 11 June 2018
Host
Venue Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
Presenter(s) Barei
Broadcaster Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE)
Participants
Entries 24
Debuting Flag of Algeria Algeria
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Flag of Israel Israel
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
Flag of Montenegro Montenegro
Flag of Serbia Serbia
Flag of Vatican City Vatican City
Returning Flag of Croatia Croatia
Flag of Morocco Morocco
Withdrawing Flag of Albania Albania
Vote
System Each country's professional jury award 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs. International viewers vote for their songs, and votes are converted to points by proportional representation.
Nul points None
Winner Flag of Malta Malta
"We Are the Soldiers"

The Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 3 was the third edition of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest. The contest took place in Barcelona, Spain, following Spain's victory at the second edition in Athens, Greece, with the song "Good Girls Don't Lie", performed by Ruth Lorenzo. 24 countries participated, including 8 debuting nations: Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Israel, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Serbia and Vatican City. Croatia and Morocco made their return after an absence from the previous edition. Despite initially confirming participation, Albania was forced to withdraw due to the resignation of their head of delegation.

The winner was Malta with the song "We Are the Soldiers", performed by Ira Losco. This was Malta's first win. Romania achieved its best result placing to date - 3rd, while Gibraltar placed 2nd for a second consecutive edition.

Location

The contest took place in Spain, the winning country of the previous edition.

Bidding phase

Locations of the candidate cities: the chosen host city is marked in blue, while the eliminated cities are marked in red.
Palau Sant Jordi.jpg
Palau Sant Jordi, the host venue of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 3.

On the 20 March 2018, a bidding phase began. The hosting broadcaster reviewed the bids presented and on the 23 March 2018, the MBU and RTVE announced that Barcelona had been selected as the host city, overcoming the 4 other bidding cities. Below are the 5 cities and their bids:

Key:  †  Host venue

City Venue Capacity
A Coruña Coliseum da Coruña 11,000
Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi18,000
Madrid Palacio Vistalegre 14,000
Málaga Jose María Martín Carpena Arena 10,000
Vitoria-Gasteiz Fernando Buesa Arena 15,504

About the host city

Barcelona is a city in Spain. It is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second-most populous municipality of Spain. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits, its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the Province of Barcelona and is home to around 4.8 million people, making it the sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Madrid, the Ruhr area and Milan. It is one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range, the tallest peak of which is 512 metres (1,680 feet) high.

Founded as a Roman city, in the Middle Ages Barcelona became the capital of the County of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona continued to be an important city in the Crown of Aragon as an economic and administrative centre of this Crown and the capital of the Principality of Catalonia. Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean is located in Barcelona. The city is known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as world-class conferences and expositions and also many international sport tournaments.

Barcelona is one of the world's leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, sports, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities. It is a major cultural and economic centre in southwestern Europe, 24th in the world (before Zürich, after Frankfurt) and a financial centre. In 2008 it was the fourth most economically powerful city by GDP in the European Union and 35th in the world with GDP amounting to €177 billion. In 2012 Barcelona had a GDP of $170 billion, and it was leading Spain in employment rate at that moment.

In 2009 the city was ranked Europe's third and one of the world's most successful as a city brand. In the same year, the city was ranked Europe's fourth-best city for business and fastest improving European city, with growth improved by 17% per year, and the city has been experiencing strong and renewed growth for the past three years. Since 2011 Barcelona has been a leading smart city in Europe. Barcelona is a transport hub, with the Port of Barcelona being one of Europe's principal seaports and the busiest European passenger port, an international airport, Barcelona–El Prat Airport, which handles over 50 million passengers per year, an extensive motorway network, and a high-speed rail line with a link to France and the rest of Europe.

 Format

Visual design

The theme for the contest, "Touch The Music!", was unveiled on the 12 April 2018 on the contest's Google+ Community.

Contest

The contest consisted of a final on the 11 June 2018.

Running order

The running order was made randomly and the reveal took take place on the 13 April.

Participating countries

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous edition(s)
Hadise Flag of Turkey Turkey #2
Mona Haydar (with Jackie Cruz) Flag of Syria Syria #1

Participants

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Syria Syria Mona Haydar feat. Jackie Cruz "Dog" 17 97
02 Flag of San Marino San Marino Valentina Monetta &
Joshua de Cadenex
"A Kiss" 12 111
03 Flag of Croatia Croatia Colonia "Feniks" 11 120
04 Flag of Algeria Algeria Zaho feat. MHD "Laissez-les kouma" 16 100
05 Flag of Romania Romania Dannic feat. INNA "Stay" 3 171
06 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City Joan Thiele "Armenia" 20 81
07 Flag of Turkey Turkey Hadise "Farkımız Var" 13 109
08 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar Ellie Goulding "Burn" 2 172
09 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Danijel Alibabić "Baš Mi Je Dobro" 8 130
10 Flag of Italy Italy Giusy Ferreri "Partiti adesso" 9 129
11 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Nicole Saravakou "Se Erotevomai" 15 105
12 Flag of Spain Spain Edurne "Painkiller" 4 169
13 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikolina Kovač "1001" 18 95
14 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Poli Genova "Mr. President" 19 89
15 Flag of France France David Guetta feat. Zara Larsson "This One's for You" 5 167
16 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Lumi B feat. Dhurata Dora "Simpatia" 24 13
17 Flag of Israel Israel The Young Professionals
feat. Anna F.
"All Of It But Me" 10 129
18 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Wayfloe feat. Rhea Raj "Feel Again" 7 145
19 Flag of Greece Greece Christina Xirokosta
feat. Midenistis
"Des Kathara" 21 76
20 Flag of Portugal Portugal Raquel Guerra "Sonhos roubados" 22 48
21 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Oonagh "Aulë und Yavanna" 6 165
22 Flag of Malta Malta Ira Losco "We Are the Soldiers" 1 215
23 Flag of Morocco Morocco Sofia Karlberg "Bad Omen" 14 106
24 Flag of Serbia Serbia Severina feat. Jala Brat "Otrove" 23 42

Scoreboard

Split jury-online voting results
Place Jury Points Online voting Points
1 Flag of Malta Malta 113 Flag of Malta Malta 102
2 Flag of France France 91 Flag of Spain Spain 92
3 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 87 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 90
4 Flag of Romania Romania 86 Flag of Romania Romania 85
5 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 82 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 78
6 Flag of Spain Spain 77 Flag of France France 76
7 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 72 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia 75
8 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia 70 Flag of Italy Italy 74
9 Flag of Israel Israel 65 Flag of Croatia Croatia 67
10 Flag of Turkey Turkey 62 Flag of Israel Israel 64
11 Flag of Morocco Morocco 60 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 58
12 Flag of San Marino San Marino 55 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 57
13 Flag of Italy Italy 55 Flag of San Marino San Marino 56
14 Flag of Croatia Croatia 53 Flag of Syria Syria 56
15 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 50 Flag of Algeria Algeria 52
16 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 48 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City 50
17 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 48 Flag of Turkey Turkey 47
18 Flag of Algeria Algeria 48 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 47
19 Flag of Greece Greece 43 Flag of Morocco Morocco 46
20 Flag of Syria Syria 41 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 39
21 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City 31 Flag of Greece Greece 33
22 Flag of Serbia Serbia 24 Flag of Portugal Portugal 24
23 Flag of Portugal Portugal 24 Flag of Serbia Serbia 18
24 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 7 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 6
jury results
Total score
Online voting
Syria
San Marino
Croatia
Algeria
Romania
Vatican City
Turkey
Gibraltar
Montenegro
Italy
Cyprus
Spain
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
France
Kosovo
Israel
FYR Macedonia
Greece
Portugal
Liechtenstein
Malta
Morocco
Serbia
Contestants
Syria 97 56 4 7 5 1 5 5 3 4 6 1
San Marino 111 56 3 4 10 10 1 8 4 12 3
Croatia 120 67 1 8 8 3 4 8 1 7 4 3 6
Algeria 100 52 2 6 3 7 3 4 7 8 8
Romania 171 85 10 8 7 6 6 6 7 7 2 8 4 7 8
Vatican City 81 50 1 6 10 2 2 8 2
Turkey 109 47 10 1 2 2 8 4 8 10 12 2 3
Gibraltar 172 90 12 12 12 8 12 6 1 7 8 2 2
Montenegro 130 58 12 3 5 10 6 12 4 3 5 12
Italy 129 74 4 2 3 12 4 6 2 5 3 6 5 3
Cyprus 105 57 12 10 6 2 2 1 3 12
Spain 169 92 7 6 2 1 1 12 5 3 5 6 12 5 4 8
Bosnia and Herzegovina 95 47 10 4 10 4 6 4 10
Bulgaria 89 39 7 8 2 6 6 6 10 5
France 167 76 8 3 10 5 1 8 8 7 10 8 10 2 7 4
Kosovo 13 6 3 3 1
Israel 129 64 3 5 12 10 3 4 6 10 12
FYR Macedonia 145 75 8 6 7 5 6 1 7 7 7 3 6 7
Greece 76 33 7 4 7 3 7 12 1 2
Portugal 48 24 5 2 7 3 1 4 1 1
Liechtenstein 165 78 4 12 10 7 4 2 10 5 10 2 10 10 1
Malta 215 102 6 5 5 8 12 8 2 8 12 1 10 2 10 12 12
Morocco 106 46 5 6 2 4 1 5 12 3 7 5 5 5
Serbia 42 18 1 1 5 12 4 1

Jury 12 points

N. Contestant Voting nation
4 Gibraltar France, FYR Macedonia, San Marino, Spain
Malta Israel, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein
3 Montenegro Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia
2 Cyprus Malta, Syria
Israel Morocco, Turkey
Spain Gibraltar, Portugal
1 Greece Cyprus
Italy Vatican City
Liechtenstein Algeria
Morocco Bulgaria
San Marino Kosovo
Serbia Montenegro
Turkey Greece

Other countries

  • Flag of Albania Albania - The Albanian broadcaster, RTSH had originally confirmed their participation for the third edition, but they subsequently withdrew on the 8 April 2018 due to the resignation of their head of delegation.
  • Flag of Lebanon Lebanon - On the 30 March 2018, TBCI confirmed that Lebanon would not be making a return to the contest. They gave no reasons as to why they didn't return.

Spokespersons

The spokespersons announced the 12-point score from their respective country's national jury in the following order:

  1. Flag of Syria Syria - Maher Zain
    (Represented Syria at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 2)
  2. Flag of San Marino San Marino - Irol MC
    (Later represented San Marino at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 4)
  3. Flag of Croatia Croatia - Nina Kraljić
    (Represented Croatia at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 1)
  4. Flag of Algeria Algeria - Khaled
  5. Flag of Romania Romania - Paula Seling
  6. Flag of Vatican City Vatican City - Cristina Scuccia
  7. Flag of Turkey Turkey - Ferman Akgül
  8. Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar - Amy Macdonald
    (Represented Gibraltar at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 2)
  9. Flag of Montenegro Montenegro - Vanja Radovanovic
  10. Flag of Italy Italy - Ermal Meta
  11. Flag of Cyprus Cyprus - Eleni Foureira
    (Co-presenter of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 2)
  12. Flag of Spain Spain - Brequette
    (Represented Spain at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 1)
  1. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina - Maya Sar
  2. Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria - Sofi Marinova
  3. Flag of France France - Willy William 
    (Runner-up in Destination: Mediterraneé, the French national selection)
  4. Flag of Kosovo Kosovo - Nora Istrefi
  5. Flag of Israel Israel - Ofer Nachshon
  6. Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia - Bojan Trajkovski and Marija Ivanovska
  7. Flag of Greece Greece - Demy
    (Co-presenter of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 2)
  8. Flag of Portugal Portugal - Leonor Andrade
    (Represented Portugal at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 1 and 2)
  9. Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein - Sandra Schleret
  10. Flag of Malta Malta - Moira Delia
    (Later confirmed as presenter of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 4)
  11. Flag of Morocco Morocco - Samira Said
  12. Flag of Serbia Serbia - Željko Joksimović

Incidents

Colour issue during jury voting

Up until Bosnia and Herzegovina voted, the colour being broadcast went off. It was later revealed that this was due to a fault in the camera software. After Spain voted, the problem was resolved.

Cypriot audio

During the Cypriot vote, there was an issue with the sound. It was later revealed that this was due to a broken microphone used by the spokesperson, Eleni Foureira.

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