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Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 9
Be Passionate
Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 9 logo
Dates
Semi-final 1 28 April 2020
Semi-final 2 30 April 2020
Final 20 July 2020
Host
Venue Indoor Olympic Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon
Presenter(s) Nelly Makdessy
Maya Diab
Wissam Sabbagh
Broadcaster Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI)
Opening act
  • Semi-Final 1: "Almost Lover" performed by Shirin
  • Semi-Final 2: "Love Like Chemicals" performed by Shirin
  • Final: Flag parade introducing the 26 finalist countries
Interval act
Participants
Entries 36
Debuting None
Returning Flag of Algeria Algeria
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Flag of Egypt Egypt
Flag of Jordan Jordan
Flag of North Macedonia North Macedonia
Flag of Spain Spain
Flag of Syria Syria
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia
Withdrawing Flag of Andorra Andorra
Flag of Croatia Croatia
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 Syria Syria
"Human Nature"

The Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 9 was the ninth edition of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest. The contest took place in Beirut, Lebanon, following Lebanon's victory at the eighth edition in Thessaloniki, Greece, with the song "Almost Lover", performed by Shirin. 36 countries participated in the contest. Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, Spain and Tunisia returned after a one-edition absence and Jordan, North Macedonia and Syria after a two-edition absence. Andorra and Croatia withdrew.

The winner was Syria with the song "Human Nature", performed by ALITA. This was Syria's first win. Algeria placed 2nd and Libya placed 3rd.

Location

The contest took place in Lebanon, the winning country of the eighth edition.

Bidding phase

The location of the host city is marked in blue.
Aerial view of Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium and Indoor Olympic Stadium.jpg
Left: Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium,
Right: Indoor Olympic Stadium, the host venue of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 9.

Shortly after Lebanon's victory in the eighth edition, host broadcaster LBCI announced that the Indoor Olympic Stadium in Beirut would be the host venue of the Mediterraneanvision Song Contest 9. Below are details about the chosen host venue:

Key:  †  Host venue

City Venue Capacity
Beirut Indoor Olympic Stadium † 3,300

About the host city

Beirut (Arabic: بيروت; French: Beyrouth) is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. No recent population census has been conducted, but 2007 estimates ranged from slightly more than 1 million to 2.2 million as part of Greater Beirut, which makes it the third-largest city in the Levant region and the fifteenth-largest in the Arab world. Located on a peninsula at the midpoint of Lebanon's Mediterranean coast, Beirut is an important regional seaport.

It is one of the oldest cities in the world, having been inhabited for more than 5,000 years. The first historical mention of Beirut is found in the Amarna letters from the New Kingdom of Egypt, which date to the 15th century BC.

Beirut is Lebanon's seat of government and plays a central role in the Lebanese economy, with most banks and corporations based in its Central District, Badaro, Rue Verdun, Hamra, Ryad el Soloh street, and Achrafieh. Following the destructive Lebanese Civil War, Beirut's cultural landscape underwent major reconstruction. Identified and graded for accountancy, advertising, banking, finance and law, Beirut is ranked as a Beta World City by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

Format

Contest

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

Visual design

The theme for the edition, Be Passionate, was unveiled on the 2 January 2020.

Presenter(s)

Nelly Makdessy, Maya Diab and Wissam Sabbagh were announced as the presenters on the 2 January 2020.

Running order

The running orders were 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)
Deejay Telio (with Blaya) Flag of Portugal Portugal #7 (with David Carreira & Nego do Borel)
Elvana Gjata (with Flori) Flag of Kosovo Kosovo #1
#5 (winner)

Semi-final 1

Greece, Iraq and Malta also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Moldova Moldova Vanotek "Love Is Gone" 6 168
02 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Elvana Gjata feat. Flori "Kuq E Zi Je Ti" 14 58
03 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Amar Gile "Nek To Budem Ja" 15 17
04 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia Nawel Ben Kraïem "Majnoun" 8 152
05 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Andrea "Soledad" 3 180
06 Flag of France France Jenifer feat. Kylie Minogue "On oublie le reste" 9 147
07 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus REC "Afto Pou Zoume" 4 168
08 Flag of Hungary Hungary Arany Timi "Hurrikán" 1 246
09 Flag of Jordan Jordan Hala Al Turk "Mamnoo Ellames" 12 88
10 Flag of Israel Israel Adel "Margish li levad" 7 162
11 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City Mahmood "Barrio" 11 136
12 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Ariane "Sweatshirt" 5 168
13 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Lo & Leduc "Online" 13 62
14 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Jardier "In the Garden" 10 137
15 Flag of Romania Romania Lucia "Catastrophe" 2 199

Semi-final 2

Lebanon, Libya and Monaco also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Portugal Portugal Blaya feat. Deejay Telio "Eu Avisei" 6 161
02 Flag of Turkey Turkey & NOES "Lonely" 14 33
03 Flag of Austria Austria Yasmo & die Klangkantine "Zwei" 13 60
04 Flag of North Macedonia North Macedonia Princess Donatsu "Bitola" 12 70
05 Flag of Syria Syria ALITA "Human Nature" 2 226
06 Flag of Egypt Egypt Sherine "Nassay" 9 141
07 Flag of Algeria Algeria Raja Meziane "Weswes" 5 179
08 Flag of Italy Italy Shari "Stella" 3 215
09 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Aleksandra Bucevac feat. Cvija "Kad nestane svijet" 11 113
10 Flag of San Marino San Marino Xanti, Tim Bell, Elenoir "Queen Of Love" 1 273
11 Flag of Albania Albania Genta Ismajli "Zjarr" 4 185
12 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar Neptunica feat. Emy Perez "That Saturday" 7 159
13 Flag of Spain Spain Aitana, Cali y El Dandee "+" 8 144
14 Flag of Morocco Morocco Ismo feat. Biwai, Yoni, Riffi,
Mr. Crazy & DJ Nassi
"Mabrouk 3lina" 15 14
15 Flag of Serbia Serbia Teodora "Linija" 10 115

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Spain Spain Aitana, Cali y El Dandee "+" 20 84
02 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Jardier "In the Garden" 22 63
03 Flag of Libya Libya Lxandra "Dip My Heart in Confetti" 3 257
04 Flag of Hungary Hungary Arany Timi "Hurrikán" 8 220
05 Flag of Malta Malta M.O "Ex At The Party" 26 15
06 Flag of Syria Syria ALITA "Human Nature" 1 470
07 Flag of San Marino San Marino Xanti, Tim Bell, Elenoir "Queen Of Love" 5 253
08 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Ariane "Sweatshirt" 18 92
09 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Andrea "Soledad" 14 153
10 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar Neptunica feat. Emy Perez "That Saturday" 15 129
11 Flag of Italy Italy Shari "Stella" 12 164
12 Flag of Iraq Iraq Rahma Riad "Bosa" 23 53
13 Flag of Serbia Serbia Teodora "Linija" 21 65
14 Flag of Israel Israel Adel "Margish li levad" 4 254
15 Flag of Moldova Moldova Vanotek "Love Is Gone" 17 93
16 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Lynn Hayek "Running Through My Mind" 24 46
17 Flag of Greece Greece Tamta "Sex With Your Ex" 19 89
18 Flag of Monaco Monaco Indila "Parle à ta tête" 7 230
19 Flag of Portugal Portugal Blaya feat. Deejay Telio "Eu Avisei" 6 233
20 Flag of Egypt Egypt Sherine "Nassay" 13 163
21 Flag of Romania Romania Lucia "Catastrophe" 9 218
22 Flag of Albania Albania Genta Ismajli "Zjarr" 11 171
23 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia Nawel Ben Kraïem "Majnoun" 16 126
24 Flag of France France Jenifer feat. Kylie Minogue "On oublie le reste" 25 41
25 Flag of Algeria Algeria Raja Meziane "Weswes" 2 282
26 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus REC "Afto Pou Zoume" 10 212

Scoreboard

Semi-final 1

Split jury-online voting results
Place Jury Points Online Voting Points
1 Flag of Hungary Hungary 118 Flag of Hungary Hungary 128
2 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 101 Flag of Romania Romania 102
3 Flag of Romania Romania 97 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 98
4 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City 94 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 84
5 Flag of Moldova Moldova 87 Flag of Israel Israel 82
6 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 84 Flag of Moldova Moldova 81
7 Flag of Israel Israel 80 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 79
8 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 75 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 77
9 Flag of France France 73 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 76
10 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 70 Flag of France France 74
11 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 61 Flag of Jordan Jordan 64
12 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 39 Flag of Vatican City Vatican City 42
13 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 24 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 38
14 Flag of Jordan Jordan 24 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 19
15 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 17 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 0

Semi-final 2

Split jury-online voting results
Place Jury Points Online Voting Points
1 Flag of Syria Syria 130 Flag of San Marino San Marino 146
2 Flag of San Marino San Marino 127 Flag of Italy Italy 117
3 Flag of Italy Italy 98 Flag of Albania Albania 98
4 Flag of Algeria Algeria 92 Flag of Syria Syria 96
5 Flag of Albania Albania 87 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 91
6 Flag of Spain Spain 83 Flag of Portugal Portugal 89
7 Flag of Portugal Portugal 72 Flag of Algeria Algeria 87
8 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 68 Flag of Egypt Egypt 79
9 Flag of Egypt Egypt 62 Flag of Serbia Serbia 62
10 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 54 Flag of Spain Spain 61
11 Flag of Serbia Serbia 53 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 59
12 Flag of Austria Austria 36 Flag of North Macedonia North Macedonia 35
13 Flag of North Macedonia North Macedonia 35 Flag of Austria Austria 24
14 Flag of Turkey Turkey 33 Flag of Turkey Turkey 0
15 Flag of Morocco Morocco 14 Flag of Morocco Morocco 0

Final

Split jury-online voting results
Place Jury Points Online Voting Points
1 Flag of Syria Syria 205 Flag of Syria Syria 265
2 Flag of Algeria Algeria 136 Flag of Monaco Monaco 153
3 Flag of Libya Libya 118 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 148
4 Flag of San Marino San Marino 116 Flag of Israel Israel 147
5 Flag of Romania Romania 111 Flag of Algeria Algeria 146
6 Flag of Israel Israel 107 Flag of Hungary Hungary 140
7 Flag of Albania Albania 99 Flag of Libya Libya 139
8 Flag of Portugal Portugal 99 Flag of San Marino San Marino 137
9 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 99 Flag of Portugal Portugal 134
10 Flag of Egypt Egypt 95 Flag of Romania Romania 107
11 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 81 Flag of Italy Italy 93
12 Flag of Hungary Hungary 80 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 81
13 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 80 Flag of Albania Albania 72
14 Flag of Monaco Monaco 77 Flag of Egypt Egypt 68
15 Flag of Moldova Moldova 73 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 54
16 Flag of Italy Italy 71 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 45
17 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 64 Flag of Greece Greece 38
18 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 59 Flag of Spain Spain 33
19 Flag of Spain Spain 51 Flag of France France 24
20 Flag of Iraq Iraq 51 Flag of Moldova Moldova 20
21 Flag of Greece Greece 51 Flag of Serbia Serbia 19
22 Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 48 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 12
23 Flag of Serbia Serbia 46 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 7
24 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 39 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 4
25 Flag of France France 17 Flag of Iraq Iraq 2
26 Flag of Malta Malta 15 Flag of Malta Malta 0

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

  • Flag of Andorra Andorra - RTVA gave no reasons as to why they withdrew.
  • Flag of Croatia Croatia - Despite initially confirming their participation, HRT confirmed their withdrawal on the 25 January 2020 without citing any reasons.

Non-MBU members

  • Flag of Palestine Palestine - On the 28 December 2019, the MBU announced plans to admit Palestinian broadcaster PBC as a full member starting from the 10th edition, thus not allowing Palestine to be able to debut in the 9th edition, but paving the way for the country's possible debut in the future. PBC's membership application has faced heavy criticism from Israel, having refused to accept their application. A final vote regarding their membership was held during the 9th edition and it was decided that Palestine would become an effective MBU member starting from the 10th edition.

Spokespersons

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

  1. Flag of Greece Greece - Katerine Duska
    (Presenter of the 8th edition)
  2. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina - Ilma Karahmet
    (Bosnian representative in #10)
  3. Flag of Portugal Portugal - Filomena Cautela
  4. Flag of Hungary Hungary - Reni Tolvai
  5. Flag of Cyprus Cyprus - Sandro
  6. Flag of Slovenia Slovenia - Raiven
  7. Flag of Libya Libya - Nadia Ali
    (Libyan representative in #4 with Sultan & Shepard & IRO)
  8. Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein - Lindsey Kevitch
  9. Flag of Monaco Monaco - Louane
    (Monégasque representative in #10)
  10. Flag of Spain Spain - Blas Cantó
  11. Flag of Romania Romania - wrs
  12. Flag of Albania Albania - Arilena Ara
  13. Flag of Morocco Morocco - Faouzia
    (Maltese representative in #10)
  14. Flag of France France - Tom Leeb
  15. Flag of Turkey Turkey - Funda Arar
  16. Flag of Jordan Jordan - Benny the Arabian Oryx
  17. Flag of Montenegro Montenegro - Slavko Kalezić
  18. Flag of San Marino San Marino - Gemma Collins
  19. Flag of North Macedonia North Macedonia - Kaliopi
  1. Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria - Victoria Georgieva
  2. Flag of Israel Israel - Yael Grobglas
  3. Flag of Kosovo Kosovo - Kida
    (Kosovar representative in #2 and #4)
  4. Flag of Moldova Moldova - Diana Rotaru
  5. Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar - Dr. Jean
    (Gibraltarian representative in #7)
  6. Flag of Vatican City Vatican City - Elodie
  7. Flag of Egypt Egypt - Nathalie Saba
    (Egyptian representative in #6 and #7)
  8. Flag of Serbia Serbia - Miljana Kulić
  9. Flag of Italy Italy - Marco Mengoni
  10. Flag of Switzerland Switzerland - Stefanie Heinzmann
    (Swiss representative in #7)
  11. Flag of Austria Austria - Nathan Trent
  12. Flag of Algeria Algeria - Lolo Zouaï
    (Monégasque representative in #7)
  13. Flag of Tunisia Tunisia - Enji Maaroufi
    (Would have been the Tunisian representative in #9)
  14. Flag of Syria Syria - Liv Young
  15. Flag of Iraq Iraq - Helly Luv
    (Iraqi representative in #8)
  16. Flag of Malta Malta - Ella Eyre
  17. Flag of Lebanon Lebanon - Haifa Wehbe
    (Would have been the Lebanese representative in #7)
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