Youro Song Contest 26

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Youro Song Contest 26
It Takes Both Sides

to Build a Bridge

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Dates
Semi-final date 18 August 2018
Final date 31 August 2018
Host
Host city Fire Island Gasoline, Fire Island
Chibcha Republic El Dorado, Chibcha Republic
Presenter(s) Paulina Vega
Niketa Thompsons
Wincent Weiss
Rafael Novoa
Kimchi Chic
Venue Movistar Arena (Semi-Finals)
X-Plosion Arena (Final)
Host broadcaster Fire Island Fire Island Television (FTV)
Chibcha Republic Chibcha Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Participants
Number of entries 41
Debuting   Ddinas-Y-Cathod Bach Ddrwg
 Iozenia
 Sithonia
 Trolska
Returning   Alvinia
 Josem
 Lazanistan
 Graustark
Withdrawing   Cowland
 Enzowood
 Ikana
 Kashykia
 Limania
 Macedonian Kingdom
 Musiclandia
 Orange Island
 The Kaju's
 Southern Slavonia
 Uvolf
 Vallésta
Vote
Voting system 10 favourites are awarded 12, 10, then 8 through 1 points by all participants.
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The Youro Song Contest 26 will be the twenty-sixth edition of the Youro Song Contest. The contest will be the first edition to be hosted in two separate countries. After the dramatic tie-break in the previous edition, the broadcasters from Fire Island and Chibcha Republic made an agreement that both countries will be hosting this edition together. The semi-finals will take place in El Doradao, Chibcha Republic while the final will take place in Gasoline, Fire Island.

Fire Island won the previous edition with the song An Wunder performed by Wincent Weiss, making them the second country to win and host the contest three times. That was also the first time a winner was decided by using the tie-break rule.

A total of 41 countries are competing in this, where Ddinas-Y-Cathod Bach Ddrwg, Iozenia, Sithonia and Trolska made their debut in the contest. Alvinia, Josem, Graustark and Lazanistan returned to the contest while several countries are taking a break from the contest.

Hosting Information[edit | edit source]

Host City and Venue[edit | edit source]

El Dorado and Gasoline, the host cities of YSC 26

On 1 August, FTV announced that they will host the event along with the broadcaster from Chibcha Republic. The semi-finals will take place in El Doradao, Chibcha Republic while the final will take place in Gasoline, Fire Island.


There will be used two venues in this edition. The Movistar Arena in El Dorado will be hosting the semi-finals, while the X-Plosion Arena in Gasoline will be hosting the final.

The venues

Hosts[edit | edit source]

Paulina Vega & Niketa Thompsons, and Wincent Weiss

On 1 August, FTV announced that Paulina Vega & Niketa Thompsons will be hosting the two semi-finals along with Wincent Weiss who will serve as the green room host.

Rafael Novoa & Kimchi Chic

While Rafael Novoa & Kimchi Chic will be hosting the final along with Wincent Weiss in the green room like in the semi-finals.

Paulina Vega is known for winning Miss Youro 2014, now she is model and a famous actress in her home country. Rafael Novoa is an actor and a rich businessman.

Wincent Weiss is both a singer and a model and rose to fame through a local talent show despite not making it to the live shows. In case someone needs a bit of music, Wincent will be there with his guitar and his voice. He is also known for winning the Youro Song Contest 25, and is also the reason why the final is taking place in Fire Island.

Nikeata Thompson is a successful star and stage choreographer. Her youth was marked as a successful athlete in hurdle running with the results of National Champion. Currently, Nikeata appears in this season of "Fire Island's Next Topmodel by Heidi Klum“. She works as a catwalk coach in team diversity for Michael Michalsky.


Kim Chi is the stage name of Sang-Young Shin (신상영), a famous drag performer. She is a 7' tall, live-action anime character and high-fashion model. Kim is a cultural hybrid with a preternatural understanding of style and conceptual fashion. Kim never fails to surprise and delight with her larger than life looks and her high standard of work.

Format[edit | edit source]

  • All competing countries submit an entry chosen either internally by the broadcaster or through a national selection. The entry has to follow the rules given by the YBU. The council have the right to decline the entry if they feel that the entry chosen do not fulfil the rules of the contest.
  • An entry can not have been competing in a previous edition of YSC or YTC. (click on the links to see the former entries)
  • The contest will consist of a grand final, and in the case when there are more participants than can reasonably compete in one show, semi-finals will be introduced. The winning country will host the next edition and therefore be pre-qualified to the final as the hosts. In those cases where a country decline to host the contest, they can become pre-qualified as the winning country along with the host of that respective edition.
  • The number of competing countries will decide the number of semi-finals, automatic finalists and qualifiers from each semi-final according to the rules of the contest.
  • There are no limits to how many times an artist can participate in the contest. But there are limitations when it comes to how often an artist can participate in the contest.
    • If an artist has participated once, it must wait at least 2 rounds before it can return to the competition. This means that if the artist participated in YSC 24 it cannot participate in this edition.
    • If an artist has participated more than once, it must wait at least 4 rounds before it can return to the competition. This means that if the artist participated in YSC 22, it cannot participate before in YSC 27.


Youro Council[edit | edit source]

Country Role
 Arcorar Supervisors
 Uff Da
 Alvinia Council Member
 Asgardia
 Bartistan
 Dacla
 Esdonia

Youro Council is a novelty in Youro Song Contest since the 10th edition. It consists of 7 members and their job is to make sure that all submitted entries to the contest follow the rules set by the YBU. If an entry is considered non-valid by any member, then the council will democratically vote and therefore decide if a country should change their entry.

The council consist of the two supervisors and the four council members. The council members are members elected by the YBU and since YSC 17, they have a permanent seat on the council. As of YSC 22, Dacla joined the council as a permanent member.


Semi-final allocation draw[edit | edit source]

The participating countries have been split into six pots based on their voting similarity at previous editions of the contest. The voting similarity and pots are calculated by the URTV (Radio & TV Uvolf) and YBU.

The finalists,  Chibcha Republic (Pot 1),  Coco Islands (Pot 3),  Fire Island (Pot 2),  Uff Da (Pot 1) and  Volbaria (Pot 4) were exempt from the draw due to being automatically qualified to the final.


The following pots are updated after the 25th edition:


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

Voting[edit | edit source]

  • All competing countries are obliged to vote in their own semi-final. Failing to do so will result in a disqualification of the entry and risk to lose their spot in the final. The finalists have to vote in at least one semi-final determined by the YBU.
  • Countries are allowed to vote in the semi-finals they are not competing in, but then as a part of the International Jury. The highest ranked not-qualifying country (a country that would not qualify in the regular voting) in the IJ-voting will qualify.
  • All competing countries are obliged to vote in the final.
  • Failing to vote in the semi-final or the final will result in a strike. The amount of strikes determine the punishment given by the YBU. Strikes received in the semi-final will be deleted if the country votes in the final.


Returning Artists[edit | edit source]

The following artists are returning to the contest after previously competed in one of the earlier editions:

Artist Country Previous edition The previous country represented Previous result
Beth Ditto (with Netsky)  Vovaltik YSC 20  Shotländ 20th
Bouchra  Alvinia YSC 12  Coco Islands 3rd
Elena Gheorghe (with Danny Mazo)  Saint-Milo YSC 15 (with DJ Valdi)  Folklandia 25th
Jelena Tomašević  Folklandia YSC 19  Southern Slavonia 8th (SF)
Ministarke (with Kija)  Uff Da YSC 14  Alvinia 26th
 Ddinas-Y-Cathod Bach Ddrwg YSC 1  Vijamar 4th
Nightwish  Sotora YSC 23  Mărium 11th
Nina Kraljić  Sithonia YSC 9  Arcorar 1st
Skylar Grey  Volbaria YSC 15 (with Macklemore)  Campre 15th (SF)

Participating countries[edit | edit source]

Semi-Final 1[edit | edit source]

The competing semi-finalist and finalists are to vote in this semi-final.

The deadline to vote is 18 August @ 22:00 CEST! The top 10 + IJ favourite (the country that got the highest score of the not-qualifying countries in the IJ-voting) will qualify to the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
1  Folklandia Jelena Tomašević Dobro Jutro Ljubavi Serbian
2  Lazanistan Violet Days feat. morgxn Somber English
3  Julbrendsen Isles Andy Beats feat. Yndia Loren Take Your Time English
4  Iozenia Twice Dance the Night Away Korean
5  Blendison FELIX SANDMAN IMPRINT English
6  Graustark Alice Chater Heartbreak Hotel English
7  Platonia Elohim Half Love English
8  Esdonia Femme Schmidt Surround Me With Your Love English
9  Utona Timomatic Parachute English
10  Sarque OX Hidden English
11  Hastwyn Naughty Boy ft. Emeli Sandé Wonder English
12  Vovaltik Netsky ft. Beth Ditto Running Low English
13  Renaoland Cazzi Opeia & Jin X Jin Batman and Robin English
14  Riikvania Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs KSHMR OPA Greek
15  Alvinia Bouchra Deja Vu French
16  Sotora Nightwish The Islander English
17  Koxeweij J-AX & Fedez Italiana Italian
18  Kosma Franziska Wiese Ich Tanz Im Regen German

Semi-Final 2[edit | edit source]

The competing semi-finalist and finalists are to vote in this semi-final.

The deadline to vote is 18 August @ 22:00 CEST! The top 10 + IJ favourite (the country that got the highest score of the not-qualifying countries in the IJ-voting) will qualify to the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
1  Josem Why Don't We Hooked English
2  Rockland Airbourne It's All for Rock N' Roll English
3  Trolska Dalida Salma Ya Salama Arabic, Spanish
4  Limnoupolitana THE HARDKISS Free Me English
5  Arcorar Acid Arab feat. A-WA Gul l’Abi Arabic
6  Saint-Milo Elena Gheorghe feat. Danny Mazo Señor Loco English, Spanish
7  Vaguelone Bay Vera Brezhneva Ty Moy Chelovek Russian
8  Teardrop Islands Eirini Papadopoulou Epiviono Greek
9  Elliria VERIDIA Still Breathing English
10  Mexerica Lauv I Like Me Better English
11  Phytopia Samantha Kush Jam Albanian
12  Presivea Republic Chungha Love You Korean
13  Sithonia Nina Kraljić Lay You Down English
14  Vivland Faydee Crazy English
15  Dacla Sara Jo Lava Serbian
16  Ddinas-Y-Cathod Bach Ddrwg Nights With You English
17  Hellheim H.E.A.T Living on the Run English
18  Bartistan Erke Esmahan Kazakh Jigit Kazakh

Final[edit | edit source]

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
 Chibcha Republic Anitta Medicina Spanish
 Coco Islands Tugba Yurt Inceden Inceden Turkish
 Fire Island Lea Rue River English
 Uff Da Kija ft. Ministarke Ne Vracam Na Staro Serbian
 Volbaria Skylar Grey Coming Home English

Other countries[edit | edit source]

  •  Asgardia said they intended to return to the contest. However, no entry was submitted.

Withdrawing countries[edit | edit source]

  •  Cowland announced during the final of the previous edition that they do not intend to compete in this edition. They also failed to vote in the final of the previous edition, making them not eligible to compete anyway.
  •  Enzowood failed to vote in the final of the previous edition, making them not eligible to compete in this edition.
  •  Ikana announced on 5 August that they will not be competing in this edition. However, they will return to the YSC 27.
  •  Kashykia failed to vote in the final of the previous edition, making them not eligible to compete in this edition.
  •  Limania announced during the final of the previous edition that they do not intend to compete in this edition. They will return to the contest after a short break.
  •  Macedonian Kingdom failed to vote in the final of the previous edition, making them not eligible to compete in this edition.
  •  Musiclandia announced on 5 August that they will not be competing in this edition. However, a return to the contest has not been ruled out.
  •  Orange Island failed to vote in the final of the previous edition, making them not eligible to compete in this edition.
  •  The Kaju's failed to vote in the final of the previous edition, making them not eligible to compete in this edition.
  •  Southern Slavonia will not be competing in this edition. However, a small part of the country, Trolska will be competing instead.
  •  Vallésta failed to vote in the final of the previous edition, making them not eligible to compete in this edition.
  •  Uvolf announced during the final of the previous edition that they do not intend to compete in this edition, and might not return in the future.

See also[edit | edit source]