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Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 5
#WeAreTheMediterranean
MSC5
Dates
Semi-final 1 23 October 2018
Semi-final 2 17 November 2018
Final 28 December 2018
Host
Venue Asllan Rusi Sports Palace, Tirana, Albania
Presenter(s) Inis Neziri
Lorela Sejdini
Broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH)
Participants
Entries 32
Debuting None
Returning None
Withdrawing Flag of Austria Austria
Flag of Jordan Jordan
Flag of Libya Libya
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia
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 Kosovo Kosovo
"Ku Vajti"

The Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 5 was the fifth edition of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest. The contest took place in Tirana, Albania, following Albania's victory at the fourth edition in Ta' Qali, Malta, with the song "Piedestal", performed by Inis Neziri. 32 countries participated. Austria, Jordan, Libya and Tunisia withdrew.

The winner was Kosovo with the song "Ku Vajti", performed by Elvana Gjata. This was Kosovo's first win. Syria placed 2nd and Italy placed 3rd.

Location

The contest took place in Albania, 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.
Asllan Rusi Sports Palace.jpg
Asllan Rusi Sports Palace, the host venue of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 5.

On the 20 September 2018, a bidding phase began. A day later on the 21 September 2018, the MBU and RTSH announced that Tirana had been selected as the host city with the Asllan Rusi Sports Palace as the venue, overcoming the bids from Elbasan and Korçë. Below are the 3 cities and their bids:

Key:  †  Host venue

City Venue Capacity
Elbasan Tomorr Sinani Sports Palace 2,200
Korçë Tamara Nikolla Sports Palace 2,400
Tirana Asllan Rusi Sports Palace4,000
Palace of Congresses 2,100

About the host city

Tirana is the capital and most populous city of Albania. The city is also the capital of the surrounding county of Tirana, one of 12 constituent counties of the country. By air, it is 501 kilometres (311 miles) north of Athens, 613 kilometres (381 miles) southeast of Rome, 153 kilometres (95 miles) southwest of Skopje and 131 kilometres (81 miles) south of Podgorica.

Tirana was founded as a city in 1614, but the region that today corresponds to the city territory has been continuously inhabited since the Bronze Age. As most of Albania, the area was populated by several Illyrian tribes but had no importance within Illyria. Indeed, it was annexed by Rome and became an integral part of the Roman Empire following the Illyrian Wars. The heritage of that period is still evident and represented by the Mosaics of Tirana. Further later in the 5th and 6th century, a Paleo Christian basilica was built around this site.

When the Roman Empire divided into east and west, its successor the Byzantine Empire took control and included the construction of the Petrelë Castle, under the reign of Justinian I. Until the 20th century, the city did not attain much significance, when the Congress of Lushnjë proclaimed it as the country's capital, after the country's declaration of independence in 1912.

Tirana is located in the centre of the country surrounded by mountains and hills, with Dajt on the east and a slight valley opening on the northwest, overlooking the Adriatic Sea in the distance. Due to its location within the Tirana plain and the close proximity to the Adriatic Sea, the city is influenced by a Mediterranean seasonal climate. It is among the wettest and sunniest cities in Europe, with 2,544 hours of sun per year.

Being a primate city, Tirana is considered the economic and cultural hub of Albania, due to its significant location and importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education, service, research and healthcare. All of the country's largest companies, media and scientific institutions have their headquarters in the city. Tirana is also the seat of power of the Government of Albania, the residences for work of the President and Prime Minister of Albania.

 Format

Contest

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

Visual design

The theme for the contest, "#WeAreTheMediterranean", was unveiled on the 22 September 2018 on the contest's Google+ Community.

Presenters

Inis Neziri and Lorela Sejdini were chosen to be the presenters of the contest on the 19 September 2018, just after Albania won the previous edition.

Running order

The running order for the semi-finals was made randomly and the reveal took place on the 10 October 2018 on the contest's Google+ Community. The Grand Final running order was also made randomly, and it was revealed after semi-final 2.

Participating Countries

MSC 5 Semi-Finals.svg
  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)
Elvana Gjata Flag of Kosovo Kosovo #1
INNA Flag of Romania Romania #3 (with Dannic)
Mona Haydar Flag of Syria Syria #1
#3 (with Jackie Cruz)
Opitz Barbi Flag of Hungary Hungary #4 (with Herceg & Missh)

Participants

Semi-final 1

Albania, Greece, and Serbia also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Morocco Morocco Loreen "Hate the Way I Love You" 10 123
02 Flag of Hungary Hungary Opitz Barbi "Végem" 9 124
03 Flag of Israel Israel Daniel Yafe "Im Zu Ahava" 5 160
04 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Lozano "Jako Jako" 13 65
05 Flag of Croatia Croatia Domenica "Vidi Se Iz Aviona" 11 111
06 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Beyond the Black "Million Lightyears" 8 129
07 Flag of San Marino San Marino Chanty "Ritornerai" 1 218
08 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Yoana "Issa Game" 12 104
09 Flag of Spain Spain Anael "Glow" 7 141
10 Flag of Malta Malta Brooke Borg "Heart of Gold" 3 167
11 Flag of Syria Syria Mona Haydar "Barbarian" 6 151
12 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City Alessia Cara "Growing Pains" 2 201
13 Flag of France France Paradis "Toi Et Moi" 4 162

Semi-final 2

Andorra, Egypt, and Portugal also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Monaco Monaco Jain "Alright" 7 142
02 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Brigitte Yaghi "Alby W Omry" 12 76
03 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Šako Polumenta & Lexington "Stranac" 9 111
04 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Elvana Gjata "Ku Vajti" 2 214
05 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Ines Erbus "Ti i ja" 8 114
06 Flag of Turkey Turkey Eves Karydas "There For You" 5 166
07 Flag of Romania Romania INNA "No Help" 4 185
08 Flag of Algeria Algeria Balti feat. Hamouda "Ya Lili" 10 106
09 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Eleni Foureira "Caramela" 3 187
10 Flag of Italy Italy LP "Lost on You" 1 264
11 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Rykka "Movies" 6 153
12 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Maya Sar feat. Marijan Brkic Brk "O Meni Nikom Ne Pričaj" 13 60
13 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar Aura Dione "I Will Love You Monday (365)" 11 78

Finalists

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Greece Greece Demy "Too Late" 11 157
02 Flag of Malta Malta Brooke Borg "Heart of Gold" 5 192
03 Flag of Hungary Hungary Opitz Barbi "Végem" 23 51
04 Flag of Serbia Serbia Andreana Čekić & Emir Đulović "Cipele" 12 155
05 Flag of Portugal Portugal April Ivy "Be Ok" 9 171
06 Flag of Algeria Algeria Balti feat. Hamouda "Ya Lili" 25 15
07 Flag of Syria Syria Mona Haydar "Barbarian" 2 305
08 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Šako Polumenta & Lexington "Stranac" 17 105
09 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Ines Erbus "Ti i ja" 18 99
10 Flag of Spain Spain Anael "Glow" 16 108
11 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Beyond the Black "Million Lightyears" 8 178
12 Flag of Israel Israel Daniel Yafe "Im Zu Ahava" 20 89
13 Flag of Andorra Andorra Reyko "Hierba Mala" 19 96
14 Flag of Albania Albania Enca "Rendez-vous" 13 141
15 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Elvana Gjata "Ku Vajti" 1 331
16 Flag of Egypt Egypt Mekahal "Saheer Layaly" 26 8
17 Flag of Turkey Turkey Eves Karydas "There For You" 14 134
18 Flag of Romania Romania INNA "No Help" 10 168
19 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City Alessia Cara "Growing Pains" 6 190
20 Flag of Morocco Morocco Loreen "Hate the Way I Love You" 21 88
21 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Rykka "Movies" 22 86
22 Flag of Italy Italy LP "Lost on You" 3 266
23 Flag of Monaco Monaco Jain "Alright" 7 182
24 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Eleni Foureira "Caramela" 24 49
25 Flag of France France Paradis "Toi Et Moi" 15 132
26 Flag of San Marino San Marino Chanty "Ritornerai" 4 216

Scoreboard

Semi-final 1

Split jury-online voting results
Place Jury Points Online Voting Points
1 Flag of San Marino San Marino 105 Flag of San Marino San Marino 113
2 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City 97 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City 104
3 Flag of Malta Malta 86 Flag of France France 88
4 Flag of Israel Israel 82 Flag of Malta Malta 81
5 Flag of Spain Spain 76 Flag of Israel Israel 78
6 Flag of Syria Syria 75 Flag of Syria Syria 76
7 Flag of France France 74 Flag of Croatia Croatia 73
8 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 69 Flag of Hungary Hungary 72
9 Flag of Morocco Morocco 65 Flag of Spain Spain 65
10 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 63 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 60
11 Flag of Hungary Hungary 52 Flag of Morocco Morocco 58
12 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia 46 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 41
13 Flag of Croatia Croatia 38 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia 19

Semi-final 2

Split jury-online voting results
Place Jury Points Online Voting Points
1 Flag of Italy Italy 130 Flag of Italy Italy 134
2 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 111 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 106
3 Flag of Turkey Turkey 97 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 103
4 Flag of Romania Romania 95 Flag of Romania Romania 90
5 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 81 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 73
6 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 80 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 70
7 Flag of Monaco Monaco 77 Flag of Turkey Turkey 69
8 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 66 Flag of Monaco Monaco 65
9 Flag of Algeria Algeria 54 Flag of Algeria Algeria 52
10 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 41 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 51
11 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 40 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 48
12 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 31 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 38
13 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 25 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 29

Final

Split jury-online voting results
Place Jury Points Online Voting Points
1 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 169 Flag of Syria Syria 173
2 Flag of Italy Italy 139 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 162
3 Flag of Syria Syria 132 Flag of Italy Italy 127
4 Flag of San Marino San Marino 108 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 109
5 Flag of Malta Malta 101 Flag of San Marino San Marino 108
6 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City 98 Flag of Monaco Monaco 102
7 Flag of Greece Greece 92 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City 92
8 Flag of Romania Romania 91 Flag of Malta Malta 91
9 Flag of Portugal Portugal 85 Flag of Portugal Portugal 86
10 Flag of Monaco Monaco 80 Flag of Serbia Serbia 79
11 Flag of Serbia Serbia 76 Flag of Romania Romania 77
12 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 69 Flag of Albania Albania 73
13 Flag of Albania Albania 68 Flag of France France 72
14 Flag of Turkey Turkey 64 Flag of Turkey Turkey 70
15 Flag of France France 60 Flag of Greece Greece 65
16 Flag of Spain Spain 58 Flag of Andorra Andorra 60
17 Flag of Hungary Hungary 49 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 57
18 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 48 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 53
19 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 46 Flag of Spain Spain 50
20 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 43 Flag of Israel Israel 50
21 Flag of Morocco Morocco 42 Flag of Morocco Morocco 46
22 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 41 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 45
23 Flag of Israel Israel 39 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 6
24 Flag of Andorra Andorra 36 Flag of Hungary Hungary 2
25 Flag of Algeria Algeria 14 Flag of Algeria Algeria 1
26 Flag of Egypt Egypt 8 Flag of Egypt Egypt 0

Other countries

Flag of Austria Austria - The Austrian broadcaster, ORF, gave no reasons as to why they did not participate.

Flag of Jordan Jordan - Despite initially confirming participation, JRTV announced on the 25 September 2018 that they had made no decision regarding whether they would participate or not. Jordan was not on the final list of participants released by the MBU on the 28 September 2018.

Flag of Libya Libya - Despite initially confirming participation, LNC announced on the 25 September 2018 that they had not decided whether they would be in Tirana or not. Libya was not on the final list of participants released by the MBU on the 28 September 2018.

Flag of Tunisia Tunisia - The Tunisian broadcaster, RTTT, confirmed on the 28 September 2018 that they would not participate due to financial issues.

Spokespersons

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

  1. Flag of Malta Malta - Ira Losco
    (Winner of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 3 for Malta)
  2. Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria - Mihaela Fileva
  3. Flag of Montenegro Montenegro - Nina Petković
  4. Flag of Monaco Monaco - Lea Castel
  5. Flag of Spain Spain - Barei
    (Host of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 3, represented Spain at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 4)
  6. Flag of Lebanon Lebanon - Yasmine Hamdan
    (Represented Lebanon at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 1)
  7. Flag of Turkey Turkey - Sertab Erener
  8. Flag of Andorra Andorra - Alvaro Soler
  9. Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia - Kaliopi
  10. Flag of Hungary Hungary - Freddie
  11. Flag of Vatican City Vatican City - Betta Lemme
  12. Flag of Portugal Portugal - Luísa Sobral
  13. Flag of San Marino San Marino - Valentina Monetta
    (Represented San Marino along with Joshua de Cadenex at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 3)
  14. Flag of Algeria Algeria - Zaho
    (Represented Algeria at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 3 and 4)
  15. Flag of Kosovo Kosovo - Mimoza
  16. Flag of Greece Greece - Helena Paparizou
    (Winner of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 1 for Greece, represented Cyprus at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 2)
  1. Flag of Slovenia Slovenia - Lea Sirk
    (Represented Slovenia at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 4)
  2. Flag of Israel Israel - Netta Barzilai
  3. Flag of Switzerland Switzerland - Kat Graham
  4. Flag of Romania Romania - Serena
  5. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina - Maya Berović
    (Represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 4)
  6. Flag of Syria Syria - Safiya
    (Represented Syria at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 4)
  7. Flag of Italy Italy - Marco Mengoni
  8. Flag of Egypt Egypt - Xenia Ghali
    (Represented Egypt at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 4)
  9. Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar - Amy Macdonald
    (Represented Gibraltar at the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 2)
  10. Flag of Serbia Serbia - Miljana Kulić
  11. Flag of Cyprus Cyprus - Maria Elena Kyriakou
  12. Flag of France France - Alma
  13. Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein - Thomas Muller
  14. Flag of Croatia Croatia - Franka Batelić
  15. Flag of Morocco Morocco - Faouzia
  16. Flag of Albania Albania - Kejsi Tola
    (Runner-up in Kënge Shqiptarë, the Albanian national selection)
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