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Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 8
To Be Human, To Be One!
Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 8 logo
Dates
Semi-final 1 30 October 2019
Semi-final 2 25 November 2019
Final 1 January 2020
Host
Venue PAOK Sports Arena, Thessaloniki, Greece
Presenter(s) Katerine Duska
Broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT)
Participants
Entries 30
Debuting None
Returning Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Hungary Hungary
Flag of Kosovo Kosovo
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon
Flag of Libya Libya
Flag of Malta Malta
Withdrawing Flag of Algeria Algeria
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Flag of Egypt Egypt
Flag of Spain Spain
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 Lebanon Lebanon
"Almost Lover"


The Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 8 was the eighth edition of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest. The contest took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, following Greece's victory at the seventh edition in Monaco, with the song "To Be Human", performed by MARINA. 30 countries participated in the contest. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya and Malta returned after a one-edition absence. Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, Spain and Tunisia withdrew.

The winner was Lebanon with the song "Almost Lover", performed by Shirin. This was Lebanon's first win. This was also the first time that an Asian country won the contest. Monaco placed 2nd and host country Greece placed 3rd.

Location

Preparations for the eighth edition began on the 8 September 2019, immediately after Greece won the seventh edition in Monaco. The Mediterranean Broadcasting Union (MBU) handed ERT, the Greek 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.
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P.A.O.K. Sports Arena, the host venue of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 8.

On the 11 September 2019, it was confirmed by ERT that 9 cities had submitted bids to host the contest. The hosting broadcaster reviewed the bids presented and on the 13 September 2019 announced that it eliminated those for Athens, Kozani, Lamia, Patras, Rhodes and Xanthi, shortlisting 3 cities - Heraklion, Larissa and Thessaloniki. Athens was specifically eliminated because ERT decided to host the contest in a new city to showcase a different part of Greece. On the 18 September, Thessaloniki was announced as the host city. Below are the 9 cities and their bids:

Key:  †  Host venue  ‡  Shortlisted venues

City Venue Capacity
Athens Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall 15,000
Heraklion Heraklion Indoor Sports Arena5,398
Kozani Lefkovrisi Indoor Hall 5,000
Lamia Chalkiopoulio Sports Hall 5,000
Larissa Larissa Neapolis Indoor Arena6,500
Patras Dimitris Tofalos Arena 5,150
Rhodes Venetokleio Indoor Hall 1,700
Thessaloniki PAOK Sports Arena10,200
Xanthi Xanthi Arena 5,000

About the host city

Thessaloniki, also known as Thessalonica, Saloniki or Salonica, is the second-largest city in Greece, with over 1 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, and the capital of the geographic region of Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace. It is also known in Greek as η Συμπρωτεύουσα (i Symprōtévousa), literally "the co-capital", a reference to its historical status as the Συμβασιλεύουσα (Symvasilévousa) or "co-reigning" city of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, alongside Constantinople.

Thessaloniki is located on the Thermaic Gulf, at the northwest corner of the Aegean Sea. It is bounded on the west by the delta of the Axios/Vardar. The municipality of Thessaloniki, the historical center, had a population of 325,182 in 2011, while the Thessaloniki Urban Area had a population of 824,676 and the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area had 1,030,338 inhabitants in 2011. It is Greece's second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre; it is a major transportation hub for Greece and southeastern Europe, notably through the Port of Thessaloniki. The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general, and is considered to be Greece's cultural capital. Events such as the Thessaloniki International Fair and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival are held annually, while the city also hosts the largest bi-annual meeting of the Greek diaspora. Thessaloniki was the 2014 European Youth Capital.

The city of Thessaloniki was founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon. An important metropolis by the Roman period, Thessaloniki was the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire. It was conquered by the Ottomans in 1430, and remained an important seaport and multi-ethnic metropolis during the nearly five centuries of Turkish rule. It passed from the Ottoman Empire to Greece on 8 November 1912. It is home to numerous notable Byzantine monuments, including the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as several Roman, Ottoman and Sephardic Jewish structures. The city's main university, Aristotle University, is the largest in Greece and the Balkans.

Thessaloniki is a popular tourist destination in Greece. In 2013, National Geographic Magazine included Thessaloniki in its top tourist destinations worldwide, while in 2014 Financial Times FDI magazine (Foreign Direct Investments) declared Thessaloniki as the best mid-sized European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle. Among street photographers, the center of Thessaloniki is also considered the most popular destination for street photography in Greece.

Format

Contest

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

Visual design

The theme for the edition, To Be Human, To Be One!, was unveiled on the 18 September 2019, shortly after the host city announcement.

Presenter(s)

On the 4 October 2019, ERT announced that Katerine Duska had been selected to host the three shows.

Running order

The running orders for the semi-finals were revealed on the 7 October 2019.

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)
Jadranka Barjaktarović Flag of Montenegro Montenegro #7
Mergui Flag of Israel Israel #7

Participants

Semi-final 1

San Marino, Serbia and Switzerland also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Austria Austria KTEE "Rich" 11 82
02 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City Le Deva "Shangai" 12 74
03 Flag of Croatia Croatia Luka Nižetić feat. Tapo & Raya "Brutalero" 6 142
04 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Shirin "Almost Lover" 1 251
05 Flag of Malta Malta Petra Jarrar "Dancing Without You" 3 199
06 Flag of Israel Israel Mergui "Hakol Shakuff" 7 127
07 Flag of Iraq Iraq Helly Luv "Risk It All" 2 245
08 Flag of Italy Italy Dolcenera "100 Mila Watt" 10 83
09 Flag of Moldova Moldova Vera Turcanu "Umbrele" 8 107
10 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar Tori Amos "Wednesday" 5 144
11 Flag of Andorra Andorra Leea "Around You" 4 198
12 Flag of Morocco Morocco Samira Said "Elly Benna" 9 88

Semi-final 2

Cyprus, Greece and Romania also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Jadranka Barjaktarović "Za Oči Boje Dunava" 7 142
02 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Dino Merlin "Dobro veče, tugo" 12 53
03 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Ardian Bujupi & Xhensila "Cika Cika" 10 110
04 Flag of Turkey Turkey Gökhan Türkmen "Taş" 11 62
05 Flag of Hungary Hungary Dallos Bogi "Az én időm" 6 149
06 Flag of Albania Albania Stanaj "Love Me" 3 182
07 Flag of Portugal Portugal Fernando Daniel "Tal Como Sou" 8 141
08 Flag of Libya Libya Afrojack & Jewelz & Sparks feat. Emmalyn "Switch" 5 157
09 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Femme Schmidt "Surround Me With Your Love" 9 129
10 Flag of France France Octavio Mai "Mon désir" 1 246
11 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia BQL "Peru" 4 174
12 Flag of Monaco Monaco Møme feat. Merryn Jeann "Aloha" 2 195

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of France France Octavio Mai "Mon désir" 7 178
02 Flag of San Marino San Marino UNSECRET feat. Krigarè "Vendetta" 15 96
03 Flag of Italy Italy Dolcenera "100 Mila Watt" 20 84
04 Flag of Malta Malta Petra Jarrar "Dancing Without You" 5 203
05 Flag of Croatia Croatia Luka Nižetić feat. Tapo & Raya "Brutalero" 13 109
06 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Ardian Bujupi & Xhensila "Cika Cika" 23 58
07 Flag of Greece Greece Dorina "You & I" 3 255
08 Flag of Serbia Serbia Monika Ivkić & Tea Tairović "Samo Moj" 22 61
09 Flag of Portugal Portugal Fernando Daniel "Tal Como Sou" 19 88
10 Flag of Albania Albania Stanaj "Love Me" 10 157
11 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Shirin "Almost Lover" 1 377
12 Flag of Monaco Monaco Møme feat. Merryn Jeann "Aloha" 2 258
13 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar Tori Amos "Wednesday" 21 76
14 Flag of Moldova Moldova Vera Turcanu "Umbrele" 12 111
15 Flag of Libya Libya Afrojack & Jewelz & Sparks
feat. Emmalyn
"Switch" 6 184
16 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus CAYO feat. Eirini "Dreamin'" 16 95
17 Flag of Iraq Iraq Helly Luv "Risk It All" 4 212
18 Flag of Andorra Andorra Leea "Around You" 8 167
19 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia BQL "Peru" 18 89
20 Flag of Israel Israel Mergui "Hakol Shakuff" 17 90
21 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Loredana "Genick" 26 31
22 Flag of Hungary Hungary Dallos Bogi "Az én időm" 24 44
23 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Femme Schmidt "Surround Me With Your Love" 25 42
24 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Jadranka Barjaktarović "Za Oči Boje Dunava" 11 135
25 Flag of Morocco Morocco Samira Said "Elly Benna" 14 108
26 Flag of Romania Romania Monoir feat. Brianna "Shadows" 9 166

Scoreboard

Semi-final 1

Split jury-online voting results
Place Jury Points Online Voting Points
1 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 121 Flag of Iraq Iraq 145
2 Flag of Iraq Iraq 100 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 130
3 Flag of Malta Malta 79 Flag of Malta Malta 120
4 Flag of Andorra Andorra 78 Flag of Andorra Andorra 120
5 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City 72 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 89
6 Flag of Israel Israel 68 Flag of Croatia Croatia 75
7 Flag of Croatia Croatia 67 Flag of Israel Israel 59
8 Flag of Moldova Moldova 67 Flag of Moldova Moldova 40
9 Flag of Morocco Morocco 65 Flag of Austria Austria 34
10 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 55 Flag of Italy Italy 33
11 Flag of Italy Italy 50 Flag of Morocco Morocco 23
12 Flag of Austria Austria 48 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City 2

Semi-final 2

Split jury-online voting results
Place Jury Points Online Voting Points
1 Flag of France France 120 Flag of France France 126
2 Flag of Monaco Monaco 103 Flag of Monaco Monaco 92
3 Flag of Albania Albania 92 Flag of Albania Albania 90
4 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 84 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 90
5 Flag of Hungary Hungary 69 Flag of Libya Libya 90
6 Flag of Libya Libya 67 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 82
7 Flag of Portugal Portugal 66 Flag of Hungary Hungary 80
8 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 66 Flag of Portugal Portugal 75
9 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 62 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 67
10 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 60 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 44
11 Flag of Turkey Turkey 47 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 19
12 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 34 Flag of Turkey Turkey 15

Final

Split jury-online voting results
Place Jury Points Online Voting Points
1 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 170 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 207
2 Flag of Monaco Monaco 112 Flag of Greece Greece 150
3 Flag of Greece Greece 105 Flag of Monaco Monaco 146
4 Flag of Iraq Iraq 103 Flag of Andorra Andorra 116
5 Flag of Malta Malta 97 Flag of Iraq Iraq 109
6 Flag of Libya Libya 92 Flag of Malta Malta 106
7 Flag of Moldova Moldova 91 Flag of Libya Libya 92
8 Flag of France France 88 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 92
9 Flag of Romania Romania 80 Flag of France France 90
10 Flag of Albania Albania 78 Flag of Romania Romania 86
11 Flag of Croatia Croatia 76 Flag of Albania Albania 79
12 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 62 Flag of Morocco Morocco 62
13 Flag of Italy Italy 59 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 60
14 Flag of Portugal Portugal 58 Flag of Israel Israel 52
15 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 53 Flag of San Marino San Marino 44
16 Flag of San Marino San Marino 52 Flag of Croatia Croatia 33
17 Flag of Andorra Andorra 51 Flag of Portugal Portugal 30
18 Flag of Morocco Morocco 46 Flag of Serbia Serbia 29
19 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 43 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 27
20 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 40 Flag of Italy Italy 25
21 Flag of Israel Israel 38 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 23
22 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 35 Flag of Moldova Moldova 20
23 Flag of Serbia Serbia 32 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 18
24 Flag of Hungary Hungary 30 Flag of Hungary Hungary 14
25 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 29 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 13
26 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 20 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 11

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 has issued an invitation of participation in the contest to all active members.

Active MBU members

  • Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria - Bulgarian broadcaster BNT confirmed the country's withdrawal on the 4 October 2019 citing the broadcaster's financial difficulties as the reason.
  • Flag of Jordan Jordan - Jordanian broadcaster JRTV confirmed on the 3 October 2019 that it would not take part in the 8th edition. When questioned about their non-participation on the 3 November 2019, JRTV made a comment stating "we currently are not interested in participating, however, a return in a future edition has not been ruled out".
  • Flag of North Macedonia North Macedonia - Despite initially confirming participation, on the 1 October 2019 the Macedonian broadcaster MRT confirmed that they would not be making a return to the 8th edition due to "a management decision".
  • Flag of Spain Spain - Despite initially confirming participation, on the 29 September 2019 the Spanish broadcaster RTVE confirmed that due to some sudden scheduling issues, the country's participation was now in doubt. On the 4 October 2019, the broadcaster officially announced the country's withdrawal.
  • Flag of Tunisia Tunisia - Despite initially confirming participation, on the 1 October 2019 the Tunisian broadcaster RTTT confirmed that due to the unexpected resignation of their head of delegation, their participation was now in doubt. Tunisia was not on the final list of participants released by the MBU on the 5 October 2019.

The following countries confirmed their non-participation without offering any further explanation:

Non-MBU members

  • Flag of Palestine Palestine - In August 2019, Palestinian broadcaster PBC stated that they are still pushing to become an MBU member. If they are granted membership, it could pave their way to the country making their debut. A final decision is expected to be made after the eighth edition, making it unlikely that they could debut this edition. Palestine was not on the final list of participants released by the MBU on the 5 October 2019.
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