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Europa Song Contest 6
#Instincts!
ESC 6 Logo
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 10 June 2018
Semi-final 2 date 12 June 2018
Final date TBD June 2018
Host
Venue Dnipro Arena

Dnipro, Ukraine

Presenter(s) Oleksandr Skichko

Volodymyr Ostapchuk

Broadcaster UA:PBC
Opening act Semi-Final 1: The Hardkiss perform their song "Rain".
Semi-Final 2: Ruslana perform her song "Its Magical".
Interval act Semi-Final 1: Eurovision Medley performed by Oleksandr Skichko and Volodymyr Ostapchuk.
Semi-Final 2: O.Torvald perform their song "Time".
Participants
Entries 48
Debuting Flag Of Australia Australia
Returning Flag of Cyprus Cyprus
Flag of Denmark Denmark
Flag of Ireland Ireland
Flag of Latvia Latvia
Flag of Morocco Morocco
Flag of Portugal Portugal
Flag of Romania Romania
Flag of Serbia Serbia
Withdrawing Flag of France France
Flag of Georgia Georgia
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
Flag of Turkey Turkey
Voting
System Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.
Europa Song Contest
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Europa Song Contest 6, often referred to as ESC 6, was the sixth edition of the Europa Song Contest. It was held in Dnipro, Ukraine as it was the host's country chose Dnipro Arena while Oleksandr Skichko and Volodymyr Ostapchuk were selected as the presenter. Fourty-eight countries participated in the fourth edition, all of them being debutants as it was the first edition. In order to participate, the countries had to be firstly approved to be members of the European Broadcasting Union.

TBD was crowned as the winner of the edition with the song "TBD" performed by TBD. The song gathered a total of TBD points, TBD points ahead the runner-up, TBD. TBD finished on third place, while TBD, TBD and the TBD completed the top 6 of the edition.

 Location

Dnipro is Ukraine's fourth largest city, with about one million inhabitants. It is 391 kilometres southeast of the capital Kiev on the Dnieper River, in the south-central part of Ukraine. Dnipro is the administrative centre of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. Administratively, it is incorporated as a city of oblast significance, the centre of Dnipro municipality and extraterritorial administrative centre of Dnipro Raion. Its population is approximately 976,525.

Known as Ekaterinoslav until 1925, the city was formally inaugurated by the Russian Empress Catherine the Great in 1787 as the administrative centre of the newly acquired vast territories of imperial New Russia, including those ceded to Russia by the Ottoman Empire under the Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca. The city was originally envisioned as the Russian Empire's third capital city, after Moscow and Saint Petersburg. A vital industrial centre of Soviet Ukraine, Dniprowas one of the key centres of the nuclear, arms, and space industries of the Soviet Union. In particular, it is home to the Yuzhmash, a major space and ballistic missile design bureau and manufacturer. Because of its military industry, Dnipro was a closed city until the 1990s. On 19 May 2016 the official name of the city was changed to Dnipro.

Dnipro was originally known as Ekaterinoslav, which could be approximately rendered as "the glory of Catherine", presumably with reference to Catherine the Great (technically, the naming might have been in honour of Saint Catherine of Alexandria). It was founded in 1787 (the official founding year was set to 1776 in 1976 in an effort to please the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev) as the administrative centre of Russia's newly re-established Azov Governorate, which in 1783 was merged into a much bigger Ekaterinoslav Viceroyalty; later, from 1796 to 1802, as Novorossiysk, it was the centre of the recreated Novorossiya Governorate, and subsequently, till 1925, of the Ekaterinoslav Governorate.

Dnipro is a powerhouse of Ukraine's business and politics as the native city for many of the country's most important figures. Ukraine's politics are still defined by the legacies of Leonid Kuchma, Pavlo Lazarenko and Yuliya Tymoshenko whose intermingled careers started in Dnipro.

Locations of the candidate cities.

After the Russian February revolution in 1917, Ekaterinoslav became a city within autonomy of Ukrainian People's Republic under Tsentralna Rada government. In November 1917, the Bolsheviks led a rebellion and took power for a short time. The city experienced occupation by German and Austrian-Hungarian armies that were allies of Ukrainian Hetman Pavlo Skoropadskyi and helped him to keep authority in the country.

The first fortified town in what is now Dnipro was probably built in the mid-16th century according to archeological findings.

City Venue Capacity Notes
Dnipro Dnipro Arena 9,500 Proposal included the complete reconstruction of the Meteor Stadium and Sports Complex Meteor, which would have been completed by March 2017. Withdrew after the host city announcement being postponed for a fourth time.
Kiev Palace of Sports 10,000 Hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009. May have conflicted with contest preparations as the venue will host part of the 2017 IIHF World Championship Division I ice hockey tournament between 22–28 April 2017.
Odessa Chornomorets Stadium 34,000 Proposal included plans for reconstruction of the venue and options for providing a covered roof.

Logo and theme

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The official logo of the sixth edition of the contest.
The official logo of the sixth edition of the contest.

The sixth edition logo of the Europa Song Contest was previously designed by George Rospier the main producer of Europa Song Contest. The main idea was to transmit something shocking, intense and energetic due to the some issues that the contest was suffering in the last edition. Overcoming those issues between all the producers and participants, led to this magnificient logo and everything is possible if you want to the #Instincts!, which that's where the a note the Support Banners was made them by the Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC.

 Format

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on 26 May 2018 in Kiev. The big 7 countries were then drawn to determine in which semi-final each would country vote. The rest of the fourty-one countries were divided into six pots, based on their geographical place. Each time a country was drawn from the pot, its semi-final and half of the semi-final was determined.

The six pots were the following:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Running order

The running order of the semi-finals and the final of the edition was by producers appointed by both the EBU and the host broadcaster UA:PBC.

Sneak peeks and betting odds

There were six sneak peeks with up to eight countries in each sneak peek. The countries were divided into the sneak peeks according to the order of the songs announcement with the songs that were announced first being in the first sneak peek.

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
     Country voting in both semi-finals (Australia)
Fourty-eight countries participated in the edition. Eight countries returned to the contest: CyprusDenmarkIrelandLatvia, Morocco, Portugal, Romania and Serbia returned to the contest after their one-edition absences. Australia also made their debut appearance in this edition.

Five countries, however, announced their withdrawal from the contest: France, Georgia, Lebanon, Slovakia and Turkey.

Returning artists

KeshYOU was internally selected to represent Kazakhstan for the second time; they previously represented the country in the second edition and took the 8th place with 101 points. Ira Losco was internally selected to represent Malta for the second time; she previously represent the country in the second edition and took the 2nd place with 128 points. Fernando Daniel was internally selected to represent Portugal for the second time; he previously represent the country in the fourth edition and took the 2nd place with 313 points. Tamta was internally selected to represent Cyprus for the first time; she previously represented Greece in the first edition and took the 2nd place with 123 points also she was the presenter for the fourth edition in Thessaloniki, Greece. Faun was internally selected to represent Liechtenstein for the second time; they previously represent the country in the fourth edition but failed to qualify and took the 11th place with 108 points.

Results

Semi-Final 1

Twenty countries participate in the first semi-final. Australia, Finland, Hungary and Italy also voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Trick or Threat ft. Elis Mraz "Reason"
02 Flag of Romania Romania Brianna "Lost in Istanbul"
03 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan KeshYOU "Nege?"
04 Flag of Croatia Croatia Severina ft. Leon "Hazarder"
05 Flag of Serbia Serbia Indigo "Utopija"
06 Flag of Armenia Armenia Daron Malakian "Lives"
07 Flag of San Marino San Marino Gaia "Fotogramas"
08 Flag of Germany Germany Lena "Home"
09 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Ida Corr "The Morning After"
10 Flag of Andorra Andorra HRVY ft. Malu Trevejo "Hasta Luego"
11 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Kali "Sreden Prast"
12 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Austinn "Just For You"
13 Flag of Denmark Denmark Fallulah "Perfect Tense"
14 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Who See "Naselje"
15 Flag of Malta Malta Ira Losco "One In A Million"
16 Flag of Belgium Belgium Natalia "Conqueror"
17 Flag of Monaco Monaco Souf "Mea Culpa"
18 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Paula "How The Hell You Can Fight It?"
19 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Vanillaz & R3wire ft. MZKA "Supermoon"
20 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Janieck "Does It Matter"

Semi-final 2

Twenty-one countries participate in the second semi-final. AustraliaPoland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom also voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Latvia Latvia Markus Riva "Never Let You Go"
02 Flag of Iceland Iceland iLL Blu ft. Glowie "Tribalist"
03 Flag of Ireland Ireland Rea Garvey "Hometown"
04 Flag of Belarus Belarus Rita Dakota "Kto"
05 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Faun "Aufbruch"
06 Flag Of Greece Greece Melina Makri "Thirio"
07 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Rialda ft. Goca Tržan "Bežimeni"
08 Flag of Morocco Morocco Malca "Shalom"
09 Flag of Portugal Portugal Fernando Daniel "Nada Mais"
10 Flag of Israel Israel Idan Raichel ft. TripL "Ve'eem Tavo'ee Elay"
11 Flag of Russia Russia Valeriya "Lyubov I Bol"
12 Flag of Sweden Sweden Dotter "Rebellion"
13 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Ryn Weaver "OctaHate"
14 Flag of Estonia Estonia Maian "Say it First"
15 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Efendi "Dans Ediyorum"
16 Flag of Moldova Moldova Alina Eremia ft. Mark Stam "Doar Noi"
17 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Generdyn ft. FJØRA "Bridges"
18 Flag of Albania Albania Andrea ft. Sergio "Heart Beating Hard"
19 Flag of Norway Norway Dagny "That Feeling When"
20 Flag of Spain Spain Ana Mena ft. CNCO "Ahora Lloras Tú"
21 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Tamta "Arxes Kalokairiou"

Final

Twenty-seven countries participated in the final, with all forty eight participating countries eligible to vote.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of San Marino San Marino Gaia "Fotogramas"
02 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Janieck "Does It Matter"
03 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine O.Torvald "Nashilyudyvsyudy"
04 Flag of Hungary Hungary Dimitri "Heaven"
05 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Calum Scott "What I Miss Most"
06 Flag of Iceland Iceland iLL Blu ft. Glowie "Tribalist"
07 Flag of Andorra Andorra HRVY ft. Malu Trevejo "Hasta Luego"
08 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Generdyn ft. FJØRA "Bridges"
09 Flag of Poland Poland C-BooL "Wonderland"
10 Flag Of Greece Greece Melina Makri "Thirio"
11 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Paula "How The Hell You Can Fight It?"
12 Flag of Croatia Croatia Severina ft. Leon "Hazarder"
13 Flag of Moldova Moldova Alina Eremia ft. Mark Stam "Doar Noi'
14 Flag of Sweden Sweden Dotter "Rebellion"
15 Flag of Romania Romania Brianna "Lost in Istanbul"
16 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Trick or Threat ft. Elis Mraz "Reason"
17 Flag of Germany Germany Lena "Home"
18 Flag of Latvia Latvia Markus Riva "Never Let You Go"
19 Flag Of Australia Australia Delta Goodrem "The River"
20 Flag of Israel Israel Idan Raichel ft. TripL "Ve'eem Tavo'ee Elay"
21 Flag of Denmark Denmark Fallulah "Perfect Tense"
22 Flag of Finland Finland Venior "Wildflower"
23 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Ryn Weaver "OctaHate"
24 Flag of Norway Norway Dagny "That Feeling When"
25 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Vanillaz ft. R3wire & MZKA "Supermoon"
26 Flag of Belarus Belarus Rita Dakota "Kto"
27 Flag of Italy Italy Betta Lemme "Bambola"

Other countries

Further information: List of countries in the Europa Song Contest

Countries that are active members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are also eligible to participate in the Europa Song Contest. As in every edition, an invitation to all the members have been sent in order to confirm whether they will participate or not. The following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below.

Active EBU Members

  • Flag of Austria Austria: On 24 May 2018 ORF announce that they won't return.
  • Flag of France France: M6 announce on 12 May 2018 that the country won't take part in the sixth edition.
  • Flag of Georgia Georgia: GPB announced that Georgia would not be competing in the sixth edition due to internal conflicts within the broadcaster.
  • Flag of Lebanon Lebanon: After their non-qualification in the fifth edition, Télé Liban decide to withdraw from the contest. A return in the contest is possible.
  • Flag of Slovakia Slovakia: Jednotka announce that the country will take one edition break but they will return in the seventh edition.
  • Flag of Turkey Turkey: TRT announce on 26 May 2018 that Turkey will withdraw after their bad result in the previous edition.

EBU non-members

  • Flag of Algeria Algeria: In late May 2018, the country made an attempt on participating. However, the application is still to be accepted or declined.
  • Flag of Kosovo Kosovo: Kosovar media reported that RTK was hopeful that they would debut in the 6th Europa Song Contest in Ukraine. In an article published by RTK the Director of Television at the Kosovar broadcaster stated that he had received the support of national broadcasters across the Balkans to participate in the competition. However, both Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia had opposed such participation. The EBU then sent a letter to RTK explaining that Kosovo cannot participate in the ESC, because it is not a UN member and it is not a fully recognised state.

International broadcasts and voting

Voting and spokespersons

  1. Flag of Australia Troye Sivan
  2. Flag of Lithuania Donny Montell
  3. Flag of Andorra Aitana
  4. Flag of Armenia Iveta Mukuchyan
    (Armenian representative in the third edition)
  5. Flag of Belarus Maimuna
  6. Flag of Azerbaijan Samra
  7. Flag of Belgium Loïc Nottet
  8. Flag of Iceland Sylvia Erla
  9. Flag of San Marino IROL
  10. Flag of Norway Julie Bergan
    (Norwegian representative in the fourth edition)
  11. Flag of Cyprus Giorgos Papadopoulos
  12. Flag of Albania Arilena Ara
  13. Flag of Croatia Tajči
  14. Flag of Serbia Miljana Kulić
  15. Flag of Romania Inna
    (Romanian representative in the first edition)
  16. Flag of Malta Gianluca Bezzina

  1. Flag of Estonia Elina Nechayeva
  2. Flag of United Kingdom Harry Styles
    (English representative in the second edition)
  3. Flag of Luxembourg Krick
  4. Flag of Finland Antti Tuisku
  5. Flag of Latvia Aminata
    (Latvian representative in the fourth edition)
  6. Flag of Kazakhstan Dimash Kudaibergen
  7. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Maya Berović
  8. Flag of Montenegro Slavko Kalezić
  9. Flag of Hungary Barbara Palvin
  10. Flag of Spain Amaia
  11. Flag of Germany Matthias Schweighöfer
  12. Flag of Italy Claudia Andreatti
  13. Flag of Israel Gal Gadot
  14. Flag of Poland Margaret
    (Polish representative in the fifth edition)
  15. Flag of Faroe Islands Heiðrik
  16. Flag of Russia Lena Katina

  1. Flag of Bulgaria Tsvetelina Yaneva
    (Bulgarian representative in the fifth edition)
  2. Flag of Portugal Mariza
  3. Flag of Moldova Irina Rimes
  4. Flag of FYR Macedonia Jana Burčeska
  5. Flag of Switzerland Tina Tuner
  6. Flag of Morocco Amina Allam
  7. Flag of Liechtenstein Balbina
    (Liechtensteiner representative in the fourth edition)
  8. Flag of Greece Zeta Makripoulia
  9. Flag of Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw
    (Host of the third edition, Swedish representative in the first edition)
  10. Flag of Ireland Nicky Byrne
  11. Flag of Slovenia Ines Erbus
  12. Flag of Czech Republic Tomas Skoloudik
  13. Flag of Monaco Vincent Niclo
  14. Flag of Netherlands
  15. Flag of Denmark
  16. Flag of Ukraine Mariya Yaremchuk
    (Ukrainian representative in the fourth edition)

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