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Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 4
#Unity
MSC 4 Theme
Dates
Semi-final 1 12 July 2018
Semi-final 2 28 July 2018
Final 19 September 2018
Host
Venue Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre, Ta' Qali, Malta
Presenter(s) Moira Delia
Broadcaster Public Broadcasting Services (PBS)
Participants
Entries 36
Debuting Flag of Andorra Andorra
Flag of Austria Austria
Flag of Egypt Egypt
Flag of Hungary Hungary
Flag of Jordan Jordan
Flag of Libya Libya
Flag of Monaco Monaco
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia
Returning Flag of Albania Albania
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon
Withdrawing None
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 Albania Albania
"Piedestal"

The Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 4 was the fourth edition of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest. The contest took place in Ta' Qali, Malta, following Malta's victory at the third edition in Barcelona, Spain, with the song "We Are the Soldiers", performed by Ira Losco. All 36 countries that were eligible to take part at the time participated. This edition was the first to include semi-finals.

The winner was Albania with the song "Piedestal", performed by Inis Neziri. This was Albania's first win. Serbia placed 2nd and Andorra placed 3rd.

Location

The contest took place in Malta, 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.
Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre.jpg
Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre, the host venue of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 4.

On the 12 June 2018, a bidding phase began. A day later on the 13 June 2018, the MBU and PBS announced that Ta' Qali had been selected as the host city, overcoming the bids from Marsa and Valletta. Below are the 3 cities and their bids:

Key:  †  Host venue

City Venue Capacity
Marsa Malta Shipbuilding 4,500
Ta' Qali Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre13,000
Valletta Mediterranean Conference Centre 1,400

About the host city

Ta' Qali is a wide-open space in the limits of Attard in central Malta, which contains the national football stadium, Ta' Qali National Park, a crafts village, and a national vegetable market which is locally known as the Pitkalija.

Shortly before World War II, the area was used to build a military aerodrome and a station for the Royal Air Force(RAF), which the British called RAF Ta Kali; Maltese place names were often corrupted in this fashion. RAF Ta Kali was operational throughout the war and continued to be used as an RAF airfield until the mid-1950s. Latterly, U.K.-based squadrons visited Ta Kali as part of their annual proficiency training.

Since the departure of the RAF, the location has been transformed into a recreational area. The area is small in scale but considered by some in Malta as an ideal place to go for a picnic and spend weekend afternoons. The National Park also includes an amphitheatre. A number of international concerts were staged at the park, including artists as diverse as Status Quo, Deep Purple, Fish, Iron Maiden, Demis Roussos, Alannah Myles, Bonnie Tyler and many others. International artists such as Riccardo Fogli have also planted their own trees in the Park.

The newly built U.S. Embassy stands across from the Ta'Qali National Park. In July 2011 the embassy relocated to Ta'Qali from Floriana where it stood for nearly fifty years.

Ta' Qali National Park Ta' Qali still fulfils part of its former role as an airfield but the only aircraft that take off from the greatly diminished landing strip are scale models, whose owners make part of a club located in Ta' Qali. Today, many of the military huts and buildings have been converted into workshops where Maltese craftsmen produce their handiwork, and the Ta' Qali Crafts Village has become an important tourist attraction. There is also the Malta Aviation Museum where one can find different types of aircraft related to Maltese aviation history. Before being converted to a recreational park the airstrip was used in the first car races ever held by the Maltese; nowadays the Sport Muturi has its off-road tracks where the annual motorsport championship is held.

 Format

Contest

The contest consisted of 2 semi-finals and a final.

Visual design

The theme for the contest, "#Unity", was unveiled on the 13 June 2018 on the contest's Google+ Community.

Presenter

Moira Delia was chosen to be the presenter of the contest on the 13 June 2018.

Running order

The running order for the semi-finals was made randomly and the reveal took place on the 1 July 2018. The Grand Final running order was also made randomly, and it was revealed right after the second semi-final.

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)
Annalisa Flag of Vatican City Vatican City #1 (for San Marino with Benji & Fede)
Kida Flag of Kosovo Kosovo #2
Severina (with Leon) Flag of Serbia Serbia #3 (with Jala Brat)
Zaho Flag of Algeria Algeria #3 (with MHD)

Participants

Semi-final 1

Malta, Romania, and Spain also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Maya Berović feat. Buba Corelli & Jala Brat "Mala lomi" 13 68
02 Flag of Israel Israel Anna Zak "Bang Bang" 12 87
03 Flag of Italy Italy Urban Strangers "Runaway" 10 117
04 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Eleftheria Eleftheriou "Nychtes Kaftes" 3 195
05 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Elena Risteska "Tequila & Lemon" 7 142
06 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Sergej Četković feat. Jana Sustersić "Bar Da Odeš" 14 67
07 Flag of Greece Greece Kelly Kelekidou "Sti Thessaloniki" 2 208
08 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Annella "Perfume" 8 138
09 Flag of Libya Libya Sultan & Shepard feat. Nadia Ali & IRO "Almost Home" 11 116
10 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia Mark Kelly & Soraya Ksontini "Under The Jasmine Tree" 9 131
11 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Kida "Bileta" 6 167
12 Flag of Syria Syria Safiya "One Blood (Qui coule dans mes veines)" 15 59
13 Flag of Andorra Andorra Yall feat. Gabriela Richardson "Hundred Miles" 1 237
14 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City Annalisa "Bye Bye" 5 173
15 Flag of Egypt Egypt Xenia Ghali "Under These Lights" 4 183

Semi-final 2

France, Gibraltar, and Liechtenstein also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Portugal Portugal Luciana Abreu feat. Dj Maci "Pula Pula" 3 198
02 Flag of Serbia Serbia Severina feat. Leon "Hazarder" 2 251
03 Flag of Morocco Morocco Saad Lamjarred "Ya Allah" 15 34
04 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Lea Sirk "Back to Being Me" 8 139
05 Flag of San Marino San Marino IROL "Decollo" 10 96
06 Flag of Hungary Hungary Herceg, Opitz Barbi & Missh "La La La" 11 85
07 Flag of Monaco Monaco Stéphanie "Winds of Chance" 13 56
08 Flag of Turkey Turkey Edis "Olmamış mı?" 6 172
09 Flag of Jordan Jordan Ferras "Coming Back Around" 14 39
10 Flag of Croatia Croatia Petra Kovačević "Nije Katastrofa" 7 162
11 Flag of Albania Albania Inis Neziri "Piedestal" 1 277
12 Flag of Austria Austria Zoë "Danse avec moi" 4 197
13 Flag of Algeria Algeria Zaho "Bonne nouvelle" 12 73
14 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 4Magic "Together (Vecherai, Rado)" 5 197
15 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Nina Abdel Malak "Eza Hajarta" 9 112

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Annella "Perfume" 9 192
02 Flag of Malta Malta Amber "What They Say" 21 90
03 Flag of Albania Albania Inis Neziri "Piedestal" 1 400
04 Flag of France France Mennel "Je pars mais je t'aime" 14 139
05 Flag of Romania Romania Havana & Ioana Ignat "Vivere" 7 232
06 Flag of Croatia Croatia Petra Kovačević "Nije Katastrofa" 23 58
07 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Nina Abdel Malak "Eza Hajarta" 19 107
08 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Elena Risteska "Tequila & Lemon" 11 176
09 Flag of Austria Austria Zoë "Danse avec moi" 8 205
10 Flag of Serbia Serbia Severina feat. Leon "Hazarder" 2 316
11 Flag of Andorra Andorra Yall feat. Gabriela Richardson "Hundred Miles" 3 284
12 Flag of Greece Greece Kelly Kelekidou "Sti Thessaloniki" 6 234
13 Flag of Egypt Egypt Xenia Ghali "Under These Lights" 4 282
14 Flag of Spain Spain Barei "Wildest Horses" 12 161
15 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City Annalisa "Bye Bye" 15 127
16 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Glasperlenspiel feat. Summer Cem "Royals & Kings" 25 20
17 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar Cher Lloyd "Sirens" 16 125
18 Flag of Italy Italy Urban Strangers "Runaway" 22 82
19 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 4Magic "Together (Vecherai, Rado)" 24 53
20 Flag of San Marino San Marino IROL "Decollo" 26 3
21 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Eleftheria Eleftheriou "Nychtes Kaftes" 10 179
22 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia Mark Kelly & Soraya Ksontini "Under The Jasmine Tree" 18 110
23 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Kida "Bileta" 20 92
24 Flag of Portugal Portugal Luciana Abreu feat. Dj Maci "Pula Pula" 5 235
25 Flag of Turkey Turkey Edis "Olmamış mı?" 13 154
26 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Lea Sirk "Back to Being Me" 17 120

Scoreboard

Semi-final 1

Split jury-online voting results
Place Jury Points Online voting Points
1 Flag of Andorra Andorra 108 Flag of Andorra Andorra 129
2 Flag of Egypt Egypt 105 Flag of Greece Greece 121
3 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 98 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 112
4 Flag of Greece Greece 87 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City 104
5 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 83 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia 95
6 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 78 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 86
7 Flag of Italy Italy 74 Flag of Egypt Egypt 78
8 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City 69 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 69
9 Flag of Libya Libya 64 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 60
10 Flag of Israel Israel 52 Flag of Libya Libya 52
11 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Flag of Italy Italy 43
12 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 50 Flag of Israel Israel 35
13 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia 47 Flag of Syria Syria 26
14 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 45 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 17
15 Flag of Syria Syria 33 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 17
Jury results
Total score
Online voting
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Israel
Italy
Cyprus
FYR Macedonia
Montenegro
Greece
Switzerland
Libya
Tunisia
Kosovo
Syria
Andorra
Vatican City
Egypt
Malta
Romania
Spain
Contestants
Bosnia and Herzegovina 68 17 10 4 1 3 12 1 10 3 1 5 1
Israel 87 35 8 4 3 1 10 2 1 12 8 1 2
Italy 117 43 2 4 10 6 10 1 7 3 3 12 6 2 7 1
Cyprus 195 112 12 6 1 6 1 4 5 5 8 4 12 12 7
FYR Macedonia 142 95 2 4 5 2 5 8 7 2 10 2
Montenegro 67 17 4 1 12 4 6 7 3 7 6
Greece 208 121 10 7 7 3 3 2 3 7 4 10 3 2 8 10 8
Switzerland 138 60 3 5 5 6 10 10 3 4 8 5 3 6 5 5
Libya 116 52 6 2 3 12 7 1 6 10 6 1 5 5
Tunisia 131 86 4 5 12 2 12 10
Kosovo 167 69 7 8 7 6 5 2 7 6 12 6 1 12 7 3 3 6
Syria 59 26 8 5 5 2 4 8 1
Andorra 237 129 12 2 12 8 8 10 12 2 10 6 10 4 12
Vatican City 173 104 5 3 1 2 12 7 8 8 2 8 6 4 3
Egypt 183 78 1 10 6 8 8 7 4 12 5 4 10 7 7 4 8 4

Semi-final 2

Split jury-online voting results
Place Jury Points Online voting Points
1 Flag of Albania Albania 121 Flag of Albania Albania 156
2 Flag of Serbia Serbia 117 Flag of Serbia Serbia 134
3 Flag of Austria Austria 101 Flag of Portugal Portugal 125
4 Flag of Turkey Turkey 87 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 115
5 Flag of Croatia Croatia 85 Flag of Austria Austria 96
6 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 82 Flag of Turkey Turkey 85
7 Flag of Portugal Portugal 73 Flag of Croatia Croatia 77
8 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 71 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 68
9 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 58 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 54
10 Flag of San Marino San Marino 50 Flag of San Marino San Marino 46
11 Flag of Hungary Hungary 48 Flag of Hungary Hungary 37
12 Flag of Algeria Algeria 46 Flag of Algeria Algeria 27
13 Flag of Monaco Monaco 40 Flag of Monaco Monaco 16
14 Flag of Morocco Morocco 33 Flag of Jordan Jordan 7
15 Flag of Jordan Jordan 32 Flag of Morocco Morocco 1
Jury results
Total score
Online voting
Portugal
Serbia
Morocco
Slovenia
San Marino
Hungary
Monaco
Turkey
Jordan
Croatia
Albania
Austria
Algeria
Bulgaria
Lebanon
France
Gibraltar
Liechtenstein
Contestants
Portugal 198 125 4 10 6 6 3 4 7 8 1 3 2 4 7 8
Serbia 251 134 12 7 10 10 3 10 6 10 10 5 10 12 10 2
Morocco 34 1 5 7 5 3 1 6 6
Slovenia 139 68 5 3 8 7 8 12 3 4 10 1 2 7 1
San Marino 96 46 3 2 4 4 6 2 1 6 3 12 1 2 4
Hungary 85 37 4 1 3 2 5 8 5 5 4 6 5
Monaco 56 16 6 3 12 6 2 1 5 5
Turkey 172 85 6 4 2 2 12 1 6 4 7 10 7 7 4 3 12
Jordan 39 7 5 5 1 2 2 2 12 3
Croatia 162 77 8 12 1 5 1 4 12 1 12 8 3 3 3 5 7
Albania 277 156 10 7 10 7 7 8 10 12 6 12 10 10 12
Austria 197 96 7 6 8 8 12 5 1 8 3 12 4 8 8 1 10
Algeria 73 27 12 1 1 7 2 3 8 6 6
Bulgaria 197 115 2 10 2 12 4 8 5 7 5 7 8 6 2 4
Lebanon 112 54 1 8 3 10 6 4 2 4 7 5 8

Final

Split jury-online voting results
Place Jury Points Online voting Points
1 Flag of Albania Albania 218 Flag of Albania Albania 182
2 Flag of Serbia Serbia 146 Flag of Serbia Serbia 170
3 Flag of Egypt Egypt 137 Flag of Andorra Andorra 149
4 Flag of Andorra Andorra 135 Flag of Egypt Egypt 145
5 Flag of Romania Romania 132 Flag of Portugal Portugal 127
6 Flag of Greece Greece 112 Flag of Greece Greece 122
7 Flag of Portugal Portugal 108 Flag of Romania Romania 100
8 Flag of Austria Austria 106 Flag of Austria Austria 99
9 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 95 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 97
10 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 93 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia 89
11 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia 87 Flag of Turkey Turkey 88
12 Flag of Spain Spain 85 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 86
13 Flag of France France 74 Flag of Spain Spain 76
14 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City 67 Flag of France France 65
15 Flag of Turkey Turkey 66 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 62
16 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 63 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City 60
17 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 61 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 59
18 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 56 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 57
19 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 53 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 54
20 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 50 Flag of Italy Italy 51
21 Flag of Malta Malta 42 Flag of Malta Malta 48
22 Flag of Croatia Croatia 39 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 39
23 Flag of Italy Italy 31 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 34
24 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 19 Flag of Croatia Croatia 19
25 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 11 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 9
26 Flag of San Marino San Marino 2 Flag of San Marino San Marino 1
Jury results
Total score
Online voting
Switzerland
Malta
Albania
France
Romania
Croatia
Lebanon
FYR Macedonia
Austria
Serbia
Andorra
Greece
Egypt
Spain
Vatican City
Liechtenstein
Gibraltar
Italy
Bulgaria
San Marino
Cyprus
Tunisia
Kosovo
Portugal
Turkey
Slovenia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Israel
Montenegro
Libya
Syria
Morocco
Hungary
Monaco
Jordan
Algeria
Contestants
Switzerland 192 97 4 7 3 7 8 6 3 1 2 3 8 7 6 8 10 6 4 2
Malta 90 48 4 12 2 1 2 4 1 1 2 1 1 3 3 5
Albania 400 182 8 12 10 7 12 8 4 8 1 12 10 10 10 12 12 1 3 10 8 12 8 10 6 2 2 7 3 10
France 139 65 6 4 3 6 6 3 8 10 3 5 4 8 5 3
Romania 232 100 5 5 5 12 12 10 4 12 12 8 12 5 4 12 12 2
Croatia 58 19 3 3 1 7 4 2 7 2 3 6 1
Lebanon 107 57 6 10 7 6 3 6 8 4
FYR Macedonia 176 89 7 7 3 8 12 2 8 1 7 3 12 4 8 5
Austria 205 99 12 1 5 7 3 4 6 7 2 7 4 5 4 7 5 5 2 12 8
Serbia 316 170 12 8 6 10 12 7 8 5 8 7 8 12 10 10 8 12 1 2
Andorra 284 149 10 2 1 8 6 10 10 12 8 8 7 10 10 3 7 2 3 8 10
Greece 234 122 6 7 5 1 10 8 1 5 6 6 10 12 8 6 5 5 7 4
Egypt 282 145 2 6 2 10 7 12 5 4 6 7 12 7 10 12 4 6 12 1 12
Spain 161 76 1 5 12 8 2 3 5 8 5 4 6 2 4 10 4 6
Vatican City 127 60 8 6 3 5 2 5 5 3 10 3 10 7
Liechtenstein 20 9 1 4 4 2
Gibraltar 125 62 2 5 5 8 6 7 1 12 6 5 6
Italy 82 51 1 3 1 3 7 12 1 3
Bulgaria 53 34 2 2 4 4 7
San Marino 3 1 1 1
Cyprus 179 86 7 12 6 4 2 4 10 4 2 4 4 7 4 1 5 10 7
Tunisia 110 54 8 6 1 7 6 3 5 2 10 8
Kosovo 92 39 10 2 10 10 10 4 6 1
Portugal 235 127 4 5 3 8 5 4 2 6 5 7 2 5 6 7 1 6 2 3 6 3 12 6
Turkey 154 88 3 4 4 3 2 2 5 12 5 2 1 10 1 3 8 1
Slovenia 120 59 10 1 3 2 3 1 1 5 12 1 7 7 8
The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by appearance in the semi-finals.

Spokespersons

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

  1. Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria - Poli Genova
    (Represented Bulgaria at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 3)
  2. Flag of Greece Greece - Helena Paparizou
    (Winner of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 1 for Greece, represented Cyprus at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 2)
  3. Flag of Switzerland Switzerland - ZiBBZ
  4. Flag of Israel Israel - Tal
  5. Flag of France France - Amir
  6. Flag of Hungary Hungary - Tolvai Reni
  7. Flag of Tunisia Tunisia - Latifa
  8. Flag of Egypt Egypt - Enta Saab
  9. Flag of Turkey Turkey - Hadise
    (Represented Turkey at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 2 and 3)
  10. Flag of Andorra Andorra - Marta Roure
  11. Flag of Kosovo Kosovo - Nora Istrefi
  12. Flag of Syria Syria - Maher Zain
    (Represented Syria at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 2)
  13. Flag of Cyprus Cyprus - Maria Elena Kyriakou
  14. Flag of Morocco Morocco - Faouzia
  15. Flag of Albania Albania - Orgesa Zaimi
    (Runner-up in Kënge Shqiptarë, the Albanian national selection)
  16. Flag of San Marino San Marino - Valentina Monetta
    (Represented San Marino at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 3)
  17. Flag of Algeria Algeria - Khaled
  18. Flag of Croatia Croatia - Franka Batelić
  1. Flag of Lebanon Lebanon - Yasmine Hamdan
    (Represented Lebanon at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 1)
  2. Flag of Spain Spain - Álvaro Soler
  3. Flag of Libya Libya - Sofyan el Gidi
  4. Flag of Montenegro Montenegro - Slavko Kalezić
  5. Flag of Vatican City Vatican City - Francesca Michelin
  6. Flag of Austria Austria - Cesár Sampson
  7. Flag of Serbia Serbia - Seka Aleksić
  8. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina - Deen
  9. Flag of Portugal Portugal - Suzy
  10. Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein - Oonagh
    (Represented Liechtenstein at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 3)
  11. Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia - Jana Burčeska
  12. Flag of Malta Malta - Christabelle
  13. Flag of Jordan Jordan - Gigi Hadid
  14. Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar - Ellie Goulding
    (Represented Gibraltar at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 3)
  15. Flag of Romania Romania - Alexandra Stan
    (Represented Romania at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 2)
  16. Flag of Italy Italy - Emma Marrone
  17. Flag of Slovenia Slovenia - Tinkara Kovač
  18. Flag of Monaco Monaco - Séverine
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