Outernatia Song Contest 9

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Outernatia Song Contest 9
من خلال الحب الأشواك تصبح زهو
Through love, thorns became roses
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Dates
Final date 31 May 2015
Host
Host city Gandhara Rhea, Gandhara
Presenter(s)
Host broadcaster RTG
Opening act "Atlah" performed by Oumayma Taleb and Myriam Fares
Participants
Number of entries 21
Debuting   Fierce
 Kimmystan
 Republica Libera
 Tikata (guest)
 Timivar
 Waticania
Returning   Xara Khanate
Withdrawing   Monteverde
Vote
Voting system 10 favourites are awarded 12, 10, then 8 through 1 points by all participants.
Winning song
Outernatia Song Contest
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The Outernatia Song Contest 9 was the ninth edition of the Outernatia Song Contest. The contest took place in Rhea, Gandhara, following Myriam Fares' win in the 7th edition with the song "Aman". The contest was held on 31 May 2015 at the Minna Theater, and was presented by Rita Hayek and Malek Maktabi.

A record breaking twenty-one countries participated, with six countries making their first appearance, and Xara Khanate returning. Monteverde, however, withdrew with no further statements being given by their national broadcaster TVM.

After a tense voting process, Noxus won the contest for the first time, with Lilit Hovhannisyan's song "De El Mi". Noxus received only one point more than Ponásikwa, the smallest margin between a winning and a second-placed song to date. V became third.

Location[edit]

Locations of the candidate cities. The chosen location, Rhea, is marked in red.

On 31 March 2015, Gandhari public broadcaster RTG announced that it had chosen Rhea as the host city for the contest. The contest was held at the Minna Theater, which hosted several editions of the Gandhari national preselection Nights of Gandhara. It has an overall capacity of approximately 17,000 people.[1]

Bidding phase[edit]

Two other cities, Manas and Kazmi, were also considered as possible host city of the contest. RTG requested proposals from the three cities concerning how they plan to organise the contest. Manas offered to host the contest in the International Convention Center, while Kazmi offered the Javeria Theater as a potential venue for the contest. The bid from Kazmi came together with plans to expand and upgrade the facility and surrounding infrastructure to meet the requirements set by host broadcaster RTG. The bids from Manas and Kazmi, together with the bid from Rhea to host the contest in the Minna Theater, were accepted. RTG ultimately chose the Minna Theater as the venue to stage the contest.

Format[edit]

The rules for the contest were released in April 2015, which detailed that twenty-one countries would participate, making it the largest number of participants to take part in the contest up to this point. The draw for running order was held on 3 May 2015 in Rhea, with Polland opening the show and Auspikitan performing last. There was also a change in the tie-break rules, which would now resolve such a case in favour of the nation that received a higher number of top scores (12 points) rather than taking into account the number of countries that voted for an entry.

Graphic design[edit]

On 31 March 2015, RTG released the logo for the Outernatia Song Contest 9, together with the slogan.[2] The logo features three belly dancers in green, as belly dancing has its origins in the Middle East and plays an important role in the Gandhari culture. The slogan was revealed to be "Through love, thorns became roses" (Arabic: من خلال الحب الأشواك تصبح زهو).

In this contest, the scoreboard and the recap were designed by graphic designers from V. The stage design was created by Mohisa al-Mansouri. The stage used several light and video effects, including a video screen stage floor that could be used to give each entry a unique look.

Tie-break rules[edit]

During the previous editions of the contest the official rules of the Internatia Song Contest were followed. Under these rules, in the event of more than one country scoring the same total number of points, a count is made of the numbers of countries who awarded points to each of the tied countries, and the one who received points from the most countries is declared the winner. This edition, however, different tie-break rules were used. The rules did not include counting the numbers of countries awarding any points to tied countries, but only the amount of maximum points (12 points) each country received was counted. This caused some controversy after the show, because under the rules of the Internatia Song Contest Ponásikwa would have received 10 points instead of 8 points from the International Jury, which means that Ponásikwa would have won. The tie-break rules were approved by the OBU, but it was announced after the show that official rules will be made for upcoming contests in order to prevent the inconsistency of tie-break rules from edition to edition.

Presenters[edit]

The presenters Rita Hayek and Malek Maktabi.

On 1 April 2015, RTG announced that Rita Hayek and Malek Maktabi were the hosts of the contest.[3] Rita Hayek previously presented the first edition of Nights of Gandhara, the Gandhari national preselection for the Outernatia Song Contest 3. Both presenters speak fluently English and French.

National host broadcaster[edit]

During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster RTG and the OBU in late March 2015, the representatives of the core organising team were selected. Hamad al-Jazari, who is the Head of Entertainment at RTG, was announced as the executive producer.

Participants[edit]

Six countries made their debut this edition, the highest number of debutants since the first edition. Returning to the contest was Xara Khanate, who did not compete the previous edition. Monteverde withdrew from the contest. The deadline to apply to participate was on 2 May 2015.[4]

Invitation of Tikata[edit]

On 2 April 2015, RTG announced that it had invited Tikata to take part in the contest, represented by A+ channel, an Associate Member of the OBU.[5] Although Tikata is officially not eligible to enter, as only Outernatian countries can take part, the OBU accepted the participation of Tikata as a one-off event in honour of the strong ties between Tikata and Outernatia.[6] Since this contest, the OSC host can use a wild card to invite a country not eligible to take part.

Results[edit]

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01  Polland Ich Troje "Dokąd idziesz Polsko" 18 31
02  Zeme Kūku MIKA "Last Party" 8 77
03  Waticania We Are the In Crowd "Reflections" 7 77
04  Xara Khanate Gülşen "Bangır Bangır" 5 82
05  RC Laranjeiras Denise Rosenthal "Fiesta" 19 30
06  Ponásikwa Evermore "Follow The Sun" 2 95
07  Gandhara (host) Samira Said "Mazal" 16 35
08  Victoria Margaux Avril "L'Air De Rien" 4 86
09  Kimmystan Carina Dahl "If That's The Only Way" 12 62
10  Noxus Lilit Hovhannisyan "De El Mi" 1 96
11  Republica Libera Tove Styrke "White Light Moment" 13 50
12  Tikata Woodkid "The Great Escape" 15 42
13  V Vaults "Vultures" 3 91
14  Timivar Yvonne Catterfeld "Pendel" 11 68
15  Dulcet Ebullience Maia Hirasawa "Lights Are Out" 9 74
16  Gebze Safiye "Come Come" 21 19
17  Thorway Melissa Horn "Du är nog den" 6 80
18  Lettuce Galymzhan Zholdasbaj "Kök Zhötel" 17 33
19 Rascia Rascia Ana Stanić "Nostalgija" 20 25
20  Fierce Indiana "Heart On Fire" 14 50
21  Auspikitan Halsey "Hurricane" 10 73

Scoreboard[edit]

Results
OSCTotal.png OSCPolland.png OSCZeme Kuku.png OSCWaticania.png OSCXaraKhanate.png OSCRC Laranjeiras.png OSCPonásikwa.png OSCGandhara.png OSCVictoria.png OSCKimmystan.png OSCNoxus.png OSCRepublica Libera.png OSCTikata.png OSCV.png OSCTimivar.png OSCDulcet Ebullience.png OSCGebze.png OSCThorway.png OSCLettuce.png OSCRascia.png OSCFierce.png OSCAuspikitan.png OSCIJ.png
OSCContestants.png
Polland 31 8 4 2 10 5 1 1
Zeme Kūku 77 2 5 12 7 5 7 6 12 7 2 6 6
Waticania 77 1 12 5 10 10 6 3 2 3 1 12 12
Xara Khanate 82 3 5 12 7 7 8 10 12 7 1 10
RC Laranjeiras 30 6 3 8 2 3 2 4 2
Ponásikwa 95 12 4 12 8 4 7 8 10 1 7 10 3 1 8
Gandhara 35 2 5 12 1 3 8 4
Victoria 86 4 4 2 4 10 8 10 3 5 7 5 8 5 8 3
Kimmystan 62 7 5 12 8 12 1 10 2 3 2
Noxus 96 5 1 12 3 8 4 5 2 6 8 10 12 10 8 2
Republica Libera 50 8 3 5 10 4 6 2 12
Tikata 42 10 2 4 7 4 7 7 1
V 91 7 3 1 3 6 6 5 6 12 10 6 8 3 10 5
Timivar 68 8 6 8 10 3 1 4 6 12 4 6
Dulcet Ebullience 74 10 7 4 6 4 5 12 5 3 4 7 7
Gebze 19 2 4 1 10 2
Thorway 80 7 3 6 12 4 6 12 0 7 12 7 4
Lettuce 33 10 2 7 6 2 3 2 1
Rascia 25 7 1 1 3 1 5 3 4
Fierce 50 1 6 2 12 8 5 6 5 5
Auspikitan 73 6 10 2 8 1 3 1 1 5 8 8 4 6 10

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
3 Thorway Dulcet Ebullience, Rascia, Victoria
Waticania Auspikitan, International Jury, Zeme Kūku
2 Kimmystan Gandhara, Tikata
Noxus Thorway, Xara Khanate
Ponásikwa Polland, Waticania
Xara Khanate Gebze, Ponásikwa
Zeme Kūku RC Laranjeiras, Republica Libera
1 Dulcet Ebullience V
Fierce Kimmystan
Gandhara Noxus
Republica Libera Fierce
Timivar Lettuce
V Timivar

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rhea chosen as the host city for OSC 9". 31 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. ^ "Official Outernatia Song Contest 9 logo revealed". 31 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. ^ "RTG announces hosts of the contest". 1 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. ^ "Deadline to apply for Outernatia Song Contest 9 revealed". 30 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. ^ "RTG invites Tikata to take part in OSC". 2 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. ^ "OBU accepts Tikata's participation". 3 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>