Internatia Song Contest
|Internatia Song Contest|
Official logo of Internatia Song Contest since 29th edition
|Country of origin||List of countries|
|Location(s)||List of host cities|
|Running time||3 hours|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original run||4 December 2011 – present|
Internatia Second Chance Contest|
Junior Internatia Song Contest
Outernatia Song Contest
The Internatia Song Contest is a monthly singing competition held among many of the active member countries of the Internatia Broadcasting Union (IBU).
Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. The Contest has been broadcast every edition since its inauguration in 2011. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the Internatia.
- 1 Origins
- 2 Format
- 3 Participants
- 4 Hosting
- 5 Voting systems
- 6 Expansion of the Contest
- 7 Winners
- 8 Records and statistics
- 9 Logo
- 10 Congratulations
- 11 Spin-offs
- 12 See also
- 13 Notes and references
The contest was based on the Eurovision Song Contest. The first Contest was held in the town of Sansails, Spirevo, on 4 December 2011. Eight countries participated — each submitting one song. This was the only Contest in which less than ten songs were performed: since the 2nd edition all Contests have had more than 18 participants. The 1st Contest was won by Territrius.
The format of the Contest has changed over the editions, though the basic tenets have always been thus: participant countries submit songs, which are performed live in a television programme transmitted across the Internatia Network by the IBU simultaneously to all countries. A "country" as a participant is represented by one television broadcaster from that country: typically, but not always, that country's national public broadcasting organisation. The programme is hosted by one of the participant countries, and the transmission is sent from the auditorium in the host city. During this programme, after all the songs have been performed, the countries then proceed to cast votes for the other countries' songs: nations are not allowed to vote for their own song. At the end of the programme, the winner is declared as the song with the most points. The winner receives, simply, the prestige of having won, and the winning country is invited to host the second next edition.
The programme is invariably opened by one or more presenters, welcoming viewers to the show. Most host countries choose to capitalise on the opportunity afforded them by hosting a programme with such a wide-ranging international audience, and it is common to see the presentation interspersed with video footage of scenes from the host nation, as if advertising for tourism. Between the songs and the announcement of the voting, an interval act is performed. These acts can be any form of entertainment imaginable.
As national broadcasters join and leave the IBU feed, the IBU/Internatia logo is displayed.
Eligible participants include Active Members (as opposed to Associate Members) of the IBU. Active members are those who are located in states that fall within the Internatia Broadcasting Area, or are member states of the Council of Internatia.
Active members include broadcasting organisations whose transmissions are made available to at least 98% of households in their own country which are equipped to receive such transmissions. If an IBU Active Member wishes to participate, they must fulfil conditions as laid down by the rules of the Contest.
As of ISC 67, 125 countries have participated at least once. These are listed here alongside the edition in which they made their debut:
The winner of the contest will have the opportunity of hosting the second next edition. If they decline to host, the country who placed 2nd will host. If that nation also declines to host, the line of hosting rights goes to the next country on the list until a suitable host is found (situation like that happened only once, when Kosma hosted ISC 6, despite placing fourth in ISC 4).
Most of the expense of the Contest is covered by commercial sponsors and contributions from the other participating nations. The Contest is considered to be a unique opportunity for promoting the host country as a tourist destination.
Preparations for the event start a matter of days after the host wins in the two previous editions, and confirms to the IBU that they intend to—and have the capacity to—host the event. A host city is chosen—usually the capital—and a suitable concert venue.
The voting systems used in the Contest have changed only once during contest run. Since 2nd edition countries award a set of points from 1 to 8, then 10 and finally 12 to other songs in the competition — with the favourite song being awarded 12 points. Due lower number of participants in 1st edition voting system was different.
|1st||12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1 points||Some countries had jury members and some countries used televote to decide which songs would get points.|
|2nd – present||12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points||Some countries had jury members, some countries used televote and some 50/50 combination of jury and televoting to decide which songs would get points.|
Presentation of votes
After the interval act is over, when all the points have been calculated, the presenter(s) of the show call upon each voting country in turn to invite them to announce the results of their vote. Often the opportunity is taken by each country to show their spokesperson standing in front of a backdrop which includes a famous place in that country.
Currently, the votes from 1 to 7 are displayed automatically on screen and the remaining points are read out in ascending order by the spokesperson, culminating with the maximum 12 points. Countries must announce the country names and points in English the scores are repeated by the Contest's presenters in the other language.
The order in which countries would present their votes during Final is decided by host country. Voting order has to create as much suspense as possible when the votes were revealed.
There is no specific rule if country has to use 100% jury, 100% televote or 50/50 combination of jury and televoting.
Regional block voting
According to one study of Internatia voting patterns, certain countries tend to form "clusters" or "cliques" by frequently voting in the same way. Yet another study concludes that as of 10th edition voting blocs has, no occasions to crucially affected the outcome of the Contest.
Another statistical analysis of the results between 6th and 10th edition suggests the occurrence of regional block voting; it is a matter of debate whether it is primarily explained by conscious political alliances or by a tendency for culturally close countries to have similar musical tastes. Historically, Kosma and Tonallán would exchange points at an average of 11.4 points per contest. Several countries can be organised into voting blocks which regularly award each other high points.
Expansion of the Contest
The number of countries participating each edition has steadily grown over time, from eight participants in 1st edition to over 25 in the 7th edition, when twenty-six countries participated in the competition.
Because the Contest is a live television programme, a reasonable time limit must be imposed on the duration of the show. In recent editions the nominal limit has been three hours, with the broadcast occasionally overrunning.
Because 35 countries announced intention to participate in Internatia Song Contest, a qualification round, known as the semi-finals, was introduced for the 8th Contest.
In each of the semi-finals the voting is conducted among those countries which participate in that semi-final in question, a draw is conducted to determine in which semi-final each of countries will participate. In contrast, every participating country in a particular year may vote in the grand final — whether their song qualified from the semi or not.
After the votes have been cast in each semi-final, the countries which received the most votes—and will therefore proceed to the grand final—are announced by name by the presenters. Full voting results are withheld until after the grand final, whereupon they are published by host country.
In ISC 8, 10 countries from each semi qualified to grand final, which joined host country, setting a total number of songs in final to 21. In ISC 9 number of qualified nations were increased to 12 from each semi, increasing a number of finalists to 25. Due to large number of participants - over 50 countries in ISC 15 - the number of qualifiers were increased again, this time to 13 from each semi, making the total amount of 27 countries in the grand final.
There have been 68 contests, with one winner each edition. Forty-five different countries have won the contest. Territrius won the first contest. The countries with the highest number of wins is Kosma and Chruno with four wins. Tashkveny have finally won ISC after 48 participations, an ISC record. Eriod has the most participations in ISC without a win (57).
|1st||Territrius||Katzenjammer||"Hey, Ho (On the Devil's Back)"||44||4||Spirevo||4 December 2011||Sansails||8|
|2nd||Sunetti||Nina Zilli||"Per Le Strade"||93||7||HKJIADH||18 September 2012||Zinzolin||24|
|3rd||Sibinia||Alan Dawa Dolma||"Kuon No Kawa"||101||9||HKJIADH||13 October 2012||Aquaticia||23|
|4th||Sibinia||NOX||"Szeretem"||104||17||Tashkveny||4 November 2012||Affetto||21|
|5th||San Monique||Of Monsters & Men||"Little Talks"||120||18||Sunetti||26 November 2012||Meijar||19|
|6th||Symphony Isles||Magazin||"Sijamski blizanci"||87||8||San Monique||16 December 2012||Luna||23|
|7th||Saint Eva & Lepland||Kristína||"Life is a Game"||128||24||Sibinia||16 January 2013||Lördsberg||26|
|8th||Bitland||The Bird and the Bee||"Love Letter to Japan"||177||42||Symphony Isles||14 February 2013[N 1]||Violetta||35|
|9th||Marvelia||Two Steps From Hell||"Archangel"||133||3||Yazminia||23 March 2013||Woodchester||43|
|10th||Novatlantida||Luar Na Lubre||"Romeiro Ao Lonxe"||155||13||Dulcet Ebullience||15 May 2013||Pixopolis[N 2]||47|
|11th||Harlequenia||The Romanovs||"White Flag"||117||4||Spirevo||31 May 2013||Amor||43|
|12th||Luzze||Bebe Black||"Never Forget"||153||6||Carpathia||1 July 2013||Platonia||49|
|13th||Tikata||Dulce Pontes||"Canção do Mar"||162||1||Kosma||3 August 2013||Siegeslinde||47|
|14th||Anselmsuusonia||Jetta||"Start A Riot"||168||12||Chruno||1 September 2013||Lovendalen||49|
|15th||Yazminia||Czesław Śpiewa||"Pożegnanie małego wojownika"||166||12||Chruno||30 September 2013||Tramandi||55|
|16th||Kosma||Jenni Vartiainen||"Junat ja naiset"||162||22||Alexandria||31 October 2013||Pensa||49|
|17th||Pebbleland||The Storm||"Lost in the Fire"||228||39||Chruno||30 November 2013||Liechgrado||52|
|18th||Kaledonii||The Piano Guys ft. Shweta Subram||"Khushnuma"||163||8||Irdminia||30 December 2013||Astrée||52|
|19th||Monteverde||Katy Carr||"Mała Little Flower"||190||21||Grolskira||1 February 2014||Rosetown||50|
|20th||Beige||Katy B||"Crying For No Reason"||201||43||Dvipantara||1 March 2014||Śānti||54|
|21st||Alexandria||Yiruma||"River Flows In You"||175||1||Yazminia||30 March 2014||Stettino||52|
|22nd||Territrius||Soweto Gospel Choir||"Baba Yetu"||190||16||Sunetti||3 May 2014||Tuscan City||53|
|23rd||Leshia||KeshYou||"Rizamyn"||153||10||Keohretcha||1 June 2014||Dalistra||50|
|24th||Chruno||First Aid Kit||"My Silver Lining"||205||28||Yutuland||29 June 2014||Aquaticia||52|
|25th||Pen Island||The Pierces||"Kings"||172||9||Tjärsklanjska||30 July 2014||Leshkent||54|
|26th||Chruno||The Saturdays||"All Fired Up"||171||9||Bubblique||28 August 2014||Yottobán||53|
|27th||Kosma||Loituma||"Ievan polkka"||181||8||Yazminia||2 October 2014||Lumturi||55|
|28th||Bubblique||Laïs||"'t Smidje"||163||1||Alteus||30 October 2014||Costalis[N 3]||54|
|29th||DPR Jindalea||Corlea Botha||"Wie Ek Is"||175||1||Chruno||1 December 2014||Pallas||55|
|30th||Luzze||Jennifer Lawrence||"The Hanging Tree"||156||3||Nicolas' Neighbour||1 January 2015||Bulle||54|
|31st||Zephyrus||Giorgia||"E' L'Amore Che Conta"||144||2||Edoriada||3 February 2015||Sanggumdang||51|
|32nd||Lacrea||Elin Bell||"Over and Out"||192||32||Alteus||1 March 2015||Ljuvdam||52|
|33rd||Tikata||Kovacs||"My Love"||136||0||Grolskira||29 March 2015||Dramaskus||53|
|34th||Tonallán||Elle King||"Ex's & Oh's"||196||12||Ova Anova||29 April 2015||Ción||55|
|35th||Lost Islands||Nightwish||"Amaranth"||178||5||Alteus||1 June 2015||Madakia||53|
|36th||Caprika||Bitter:Sweet||"Dirty Laundry"||158||3||Irdminia||30 June 2015||Tlahuilco||54|
|37th||Alteus||Bryan Rice ft. Julie||"Curtain Call"||194||21||Dulcet Ebullience||31 July 2015||Esonáth||55|
|38th||Dulcet Ebullience||Jessica Mauboy||"Never Be The Same"||191||31||Porielana||30 August 2015||Ithist||54|
|39th||Grolskira||Kwabs||"Walk"||172||1||Porielana||28 September 2015||Ithist||55|
|40th||Nicolas' Neighbour||Delta Rae||"Chasing Twisters"||165||1||Alma Livre||2 November 2015||Capucarnaisa||55|
|41st||Noxus||Adele||"Hello"||209||34||Irdminia||29 November 2015||Nolvena||54|
|42nd||Luzze||Vesala||"Tequila"||221||48||Dvipantara||29 December 2015||Baus-Ia||54|
|43rd||Leshia||Billie||"Give Me the Knife"||165||15||Territrius||31 January 2016||Ankhesenamun||52|
|44th||Kimmystan||Alan Walker||"Faded"||204||20||Grolskira||29 February 2016||Lovendalen||54|
|45th||Kaministiquia||Timoteij||"Het"||210||53||Ova Anova||31 March 2016||Kinzeropolis||54|
|46th||Bitland||Rei Kondoh||"Ōkamiden"||237||56||Land of Jhe Freeh||28 April 2016||Hagelin||55|
|47th||Pebbleland||Francesca Michielin||"L'amore esiste"||199||30||Sunetti||31 May 2016||Ojibwe Creek||55|
|48th||H Kim Jong Il's AD Hangug||ONUKA||"19 86"||189||7||Sunetti||1 July 2016||New Pixopolis||55|
|49th||Hanzyuki||Walking on Cars||"Speeding Cars"||174||20||Ova Anova||1 August 2016||Lavender Coast||54|
|50th||Auspikitan||Dotter||"Creatures of the Sun"||163||12||Sunetti||3 September 2016||Kijŏng-dong||54|
|51st||Chruno||王詩安 Diana Wang||"Home"||198||4||Raingate||2 October 2016||Zula||53|
|52nd||Sunetti||Léa Castel||"Abîmée"||168||11||Alteus||30 October 2016||Suacaerus||55|
|53rd||Tashkveny||Barbara Opsomer||"Je sors ce soir"||212||45||Nicolas' Neighbour||1 December 2016||Batanýa||53|
|54th||Sunetti||Hans Zimmer||"Time"||198||20||Ova Anova||31 December 2016||Ora||55|
|55th||Gandhara||Doğukan Manço ft. Funda||"Yüzleşme"||170||21||Men̈́sa||29 January 2017||Invertulloch||52|
|56th||Kosma||Jenni Vartiainen||"Turvasana"||166||1||Tonallán||3 March 2017||Umia||55|
|57th||Kosma||Ward Thomas||"Carry You Home"||164||7||Lacrea||1 April 2017||Rhea||54|
|58th||Leshia||Leah||"Met Jou Klere Aan"||164||4||Kimmystan||29 April 2017||Loran Island||55|
|59th||Kaministiquia||Sagi Abitbul||"Mariko"||190||7||Lacrea||2 June 2017||Luna||55|
|60th||Ova Anova||Margaret||"What You Do"||152||2||Pönö||29 June 2017||Leshkent||54|
|61st||Porielana||Norda & Mika De Ville ft. Joanna Jones||"Gypsy" (Catch Me If You Can)"||192||24||Trešlend||31 July 2017||Ojibwe Creek||54|
|62nd||Bubblique||Oonagh||"Aulë und Yavanna"||198||21||Nicolas' Neighbour||1 September 2017||Nakatonka||54|
|63rd||Lacrea||ARCHIS||"Let Me Love"||173||14||Valdron||30 September 2017||Soldini||54|
|64th||Kimmystan||The Wandering Hearts||"Devil"||193||24||Pönö||29 October 2017||Burbuja||55|
|65th||Noxus||Jeremy Soule||"Dragonborn"||163||8||Dulcet Ebullience||2 December 2017||Ción||55|
|66th||Tikata||Sigma ft. Birdy||"Find Me"||181||17||Ova Anova||30 December 2017||Hyggenes||54|
|67th||Chruno||Betta Lemme||"Bambola"||178||8||Haven||1 February 2018||Zaun||54|
|68th||Rata Sum||SUNMI||"Heroine"||185||14||Ova Anova||1 March 2018||Surme||55|
Records and statistics
- Max number of participants : 55
- Max number of votes : 165
- Max number of disqualified countries: 6
- Max number of points in final: 237
- Max number of points in semi: 155
- Max number of votes in final: 35
- Max number of votes in semi: 21
- Max number of disqualifications: 6
- Best vote (for a finalist country): 10
- Best vote (for a non finalist country or other): 10
- Worst vote (for a finalist country): 2
- Worst vote (for a non finalist country or other): 2
- Max number of 12 points in final: 9
- Max number of 12 points in semi: 5
- ... 13 countries...
- Biggest gain of points from semi to final: +140
- Biggest loss of points from semi to final: -49
Since its inception, Internatia Song Contest has changed logo many times:
|1st – 2nd||No official logo|
|3rd – 7th||Big star with caption: Internatia Song Contest|
|8th – 11th||Big star with caption "Internatia Song Contest", encircled by square flags of all nations that participated in ISC.|
|12th – 28th||Abbreviation "ISC" in center, encircled by round flags of all nations that participated in ISC.|
|since 29th||The current generic logo was introduced for the 29th Internatia Song Contest in Kosma, to create a consistent visual identity. The host country's flag appears in the first "a" of the generic logo. Each edition of the contest, the host country creates a sub-theme which is usually accompanied and expressed with a sub-logo and slogan.|
To celebrate every 25th edition of the contest, a Congratulations contest occurs. 57 countries took part in the first one with songs from the previous editions of ISC and the winner was Pen Island with The Pierces ("Kings").
|25th||Pen Island||The Pierces||"Kings"||169||27||Monteverde||August-October 2014||Cepanka - Cepánka||57|
|50th||Alteus||Yogscast||"Diggy Diggy Hole"||218||9||H Kim Jong Il's AD Hangug||July-August 2016||Śānthi and Kāra - Vespiario||45|
- Internatia Second Chance Contest (2013 – present), a contest dedicated to non-winning NF songs of Internatia Song Contest.
- Junior Internatia Song Contest (2014 – present), a contest dedicated for Internatian artists aged 16 and under.
- Internatia Song Contest –1 (2014 - present), a contest dedicated to retro entries released mainly before 1990.
- Internatia Theme Contest (2017 - present), a contest dedicated to a changing theme in each edition.
- Internatia Classical Music Contest (2015 – 2016), a contest dedicated to classical music.
- Hipsternatia Song Contest (2016) , a contest dedicated for songs whose most viewed Youtube videos have less than 1 million views.
- List of sovereign states in Internatia
- List of host cities of the Internatia Song Contest
- List of the top ranking countries in the Internatia Song Contest
- List of countries in the Internatia Song Contest
- Controversies in the Internatia Song Contest
Notes and references
- Since 8th edition, contest has included two televised semi-finals.
- Final results show was held in Esonáth, Lost Islands.
- The 28th edition was co-hosted by Bubblique with semi-final 1 being held in Burbuja, Bubblique.
- This song was partially sung in Polish.
- This song is trilingual: the first two verses are in French, the chorus is in Italian and the last verse is English.
- This song was partially sung in a fictional language called Quenya.
- This song was sung in a fictional language called Dragon.
- The first verse of the song is a Sanskrit prayer.
- This song contains a few words in English.