Zendari Song Contest 7

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Zendari Song Contest 7
"Wave Your Colours"
Zendari Song Contest 7 Logo.png
Dates
Semi-final(s) 22 July 2018
Final 8 August 2018
Host
Host city Wallica Sarhém, Wallica
Venue Zénith de Sarhém
Presenter(s) Anke Engelke
Cindy Sander
Lizi Pop
Host broadcaster Wallica Radio Wallainie (RW)
Opening act Semi Final 1: Janelle Monáe performing "Make Me Feel"
Semi Final 2: Daya performing "Don't Let Me Down" & "Sit Still, Look Pretty"
Grand Final: Daria Kinzer performing "Celebrate"
Interval act Semi Final 1: Gabriela Gunčíková performing "Zustanů napořád" & "I Stand"
Semi Final 2: Angèle performing "La Loi de Murphy" & "Je veux tes yeux"
Grand Final: Janelle Monáe performing "I Like That", "PYNK" & "Make Me Feel"
Participants
Number of entries 44
Debuting countries  Franova
 Vashia

Returning countries  Cascadia
 Offriano
 The Zarélands

Withdrawing countries  Andoria
 Coco Islands
 Landland
 Orblein
 Rose
Vote
Voting system Each country awards 12, 10, then 8 through 1 points to their 10 favorite songs.
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Zendari Song Contest 7 is the seventh edition of Zendari Song Contest. It will be hosted in Wallica, the winning country from the previous edition. The contest will consist of two semi-finals and a final.

44 countries participated in this edition, with 2 countries competing for the first time, 3 countries returning to the contest and 5 countries withdrawing from Zendari Song Contest.

Location

On the 1st of July 2018, a list of venues interested in hosting the seventh edition of Zendari Song Contest was revealed.

Bidding phase

Seven venues have been announced to have shown interest in hosting the contest. The ZBA announced the conditions under which cities and venues could announce their interest in hosting the contest.

  • The host city has to be near a major airport.
  • The venue must have good connections to public transport.
  • The venue must be available for at least six weeks before the contest and one week after the conclusion of the contest.
  • The venue must not be open-air, but an air-conditioned building with a capacity of at least 10,000 and a minimum ceiling height of 15 metres (49 ft), insulated for sound and light.
  • The green room must be located as close to the arena as possible (or within it), with a capacity of 300.

 dagger   Host venue

Location Name Capacity Notes
Fagneux Centre Waltélécom 8,500 Built 2012. Small concert hall providing basic needs for concerts and festivals.
Montierval Arène Unity 50,000 Built 2008. National football and rugby stadium. A roof would be needed to fit the requirements of the contest.
Rémiges Arena Mutuelle de Rémiges 19,500 Built 1998. Double indoor sports arena, one part used for handball, basketball and futsal, and another part consisting of a rink for ice hockey games.
Saguégny Palais Omnisports de Saguégny 28,000 28,000 Palais Omnisports de Saguégny, Saguégny Built 1981, recently renovated in 2010. Indoor sports arena also used for concerts of numberous worldwide celebrities.
Sarhém Zénith de Sarhém dagger 11,000 Built 2001. Indoor sports arena also used for concerts of numberous worldwide celebrities.
Trémoigne Complexe Sainte-Savine 10,000 Built 1985. Rink used for ice hockey games.
Trerau Walco Arena 45,000 Built 1988. Football and rugby stadium. A roof would be needed to fit the requirements of the contest.

Pots

Pots for the Zendari Song Contest are based off of voting patterns. The pots will be used for semi final allocations for the 7th edition of Zendari Song Contest.

Pot A Pot B Pot C
Pot D Pot E Pot F

Automatic Qualifiers

Although these countries are automatic qualifiers for this edition, each country has still been assigned a pot.

Returning artists

Country Artist Song Previous appearances
 Franova Slimane (featuring Léa Castel) "Abîmée" #3 (for  Cyan)
 Purple Country MakSim "Znaesh Li Ty" #5 (for  Purple Country)
 Sosij Amy Noonan (apart of Karmin) "Acapella" #5 (for  Teardrop Islands apart of Qveen Herby)
 Vashia Within Temptation "Whole World Is Watching" #2 (for  Achalasia)
 Vasseau Charlotte "Fuis" #1 (for  Vasseau)

Participating countries

Semi Final 1

Olkenland, Wallica and Wo Xi were randomly drawn to vote in this semi-final.

A playlist can be found here, and a recap can be found here.

A full scoreboard of the voting can be found here, and the international jury scoreboard can be found here.

Draw Country Language Artist Song Place Points
01  St. Vitus & Roch English, Italian Toy Netta "Toy Netta" 14 53
02  Alotraxia French Marie-Mai "Empire" 2 98
03  Sosij English Karmin "Acapella" 3 96
04  Fokland English Dilara Kazimova "Dream" 12 60
05  Fiorenza English Joseph "SOS (Overboard)" 9 68
06  Qyzylsha Instrumental Lindsey Stirling "The Arena" 17 46
07  Shairia English ORKID "Obvious" 15 52
08  Othar Korean Red Velvet "Cookie Jar" 8 69
09  Diversia English Dumblonde "White Hot Lies" 19 33
10  Nuevo Province English Tove Lo, Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant & Alma "Bitches" 6 75
11  Purple Country Russian MakSim "Znaesh Li Ty" 16 46
12  Cine English Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B "Girls Like You" 18 44
13  Skandinavisk Kingdom English INNA "Nirvana" 4 89
14  Pōuto French Bigflo & Oli "Dommage" 10 64
15  Zerox English BILLY "California High" 13 54
16  Moo English Neon Trees "Feel Good" 7 73
17  Wåri English Stockholm Syndrome "Kalabalik" 11 62
18  Elune Korean Dreamcatcher "You And I" 5 77
19  Franova French Léa Castel & Slimane "Abîmée" 1 117

Semi Final 2

Cyan and Haña were randomly drawn to vote in this semi-final.

A playlist can be found here, and a recap can be found here.

A full scoreboard of the voting can be found here, and the international jury scoreboard can be found here.

Draw Country Language Artist Song Place Points
01  Junker English POWERWOLF "Demons Are A Girl's Best Friend" 3 106
02  Heda Nation English Netsky ft. Beth Ditto "Running Low" 7 70
03  Violía French, English Maude "Looking For Peace" 11 55
04  Xobrania English Sabina Ddumba "Small World" 14 49
05  Sierra English Hannah Jane Lewis "Frozen Frames" 10 56
06  Aquazia English Tkay Maidza "Ghost" 9 59
07  Xaliqtyva English Adna "Living" 6 74
08  Tibiris English Icon For Hire "Make A Move" 8 64
09  Vasseau French Charlotte "Fuis" 1 113
10  Jojo's Reich English Billy Joel "We Didn't Start The Fire" 16 44
11  Offriano Polish Doda "Riotka" 18 42
12  Vashia English Within Temptation ft. Dave Pirner "Whole World Is Watching" 13 51
13  Campre English Bebe Zahara Benet "Jungle Kitty" 12 52
14  Ayolulek Serbian Maya Berović "Nisam Normalna" 5 92
15  Titonüi English Paul Rey "What Good is Love" 2 112
16  Chattahoochee English Nothing More "Go To War" 19 37
17  Cascadia English Sabrina Carpenter "Almost Love" 17 44
18  Yuvia English Janice "Love You Like I Should" 4 98
19  Teardrop Islands English Abra "Pull Up" 15 48
20  The Zarélands English Danny K "Brown Eyes" 20 10

Grand Final

A playlist can be found here, and a recap can be found here.

A temporary scoreboard showcasing each individual votes can be found here. The rest of the world voting scoreboard can be found here.

Draw Country Language Artist Song Place Points
01  Moo English Neon Trees "Feel Good" 16 94
02  Pōuto French Bigflo & Oli "Dommage" 23 63
03  Ayolulek Serbian Maya Berović "Nisam Normalna" 11 104
04  Sierra English Hannah Jane Lewis "Frozen Frames" 21 67
05  Sosij English Karmin "Acapella" 2 145
06  Vasseau French Charlotte "Fuis" 4 124
07  Titonüi English Paul Rey "What Good is Love" 13 98
08 [1]  Wallica French Aöme "Mille Couronnes" 17 88
09  Alotraxia French Marie-Mai "Empire" 8 118
10  Elune Korean Dreamcatcher "You And I" 10 109
11  Wo Xi English Christeene "Butt Muscle" 25 41
12  Cyan French Barbara Opsomer "Ta plus belle insomnie" 5 122
13  Skandinavisk Kingdom English INNA "Nirvana" 9 112
14  Heda Nation English Netsky ft. Beth Ditto "Running Low" 15 94
15  Tibiris English Icon For Hire "Make A Move" 24 61
16  Olkenland English Shura "What's It Gonna Be?" 12 100
17  Franova French Léa Castel & Slimane "Abîmée" 6 120
18  Junker English POWERWOLF "Demons Are A Girl's Best Friend" 1 155
19  Nuevo Province English Tove Lo, Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant & Alma "Bitches" 19 69
20  St. Vitus & Roch English, Italian Toy Netta "Toy Netta" 27 21
21  Aquazia English Tkay Maidza "Ghost" 7 118
22  Jojo's Reich English Billy Joel "We Didn't Start The Fire" 26 40
23  Fiorenza English Joseph "SOS (Overboard)" 18 71
24  Othar Korean Red Velvet "Cookie Jar" 22 66
25  Haña English Bastille "Icarus" 20 68
26  Xaliqtyva English Adna "Living" 14 95
27  Yuvia English Janice "Love You Like I Should" 3 131

* Note 1 - As the hosts of the contest, Wallica were randomly drawn to perform 8th.

Incidents

Rigging claims

During the grand final, a screenshot of a private conversation between the Titonian and Junker delegations were leaked, where the Titonian delegation could be seen discussing the votes of the international jurors. The screenshot was written in Swedish, but was roughly translated to "Jojo's Reich is missing three points to qualify over Xobrania, if you can get the Zerox delegation to change their points to boost Jojo's Reich, they'll go to the final, unless someone votes last minute". This caused a massive uproar, and a massive amount of people started questioning the authenticity of the contest.

The Titonian delegation later issued an apology letter, where they stated that the messages "were authentic, but were taken out of context, however we can totally understand why people are interpreting the messages the way that they are".

"Those were words told by us. However, it's important to note that the entire management team has access to the international jury scoreboard, and can easily look at it and change their points if they wish. We did not mean to rig the contest, and if we did, why would we ask the Junker delegation to change the Zerox delegations' points? Cine was an international juror too, we could've easily asked them to change their points. Eitherway, we could go on for several hours about how they're wrong and we're right, but none of us are right in this situation. We shouldn't have messaged them to begin with, and they shouldn't have changed Zerox's points. That basically means that we made it happen, and we can't do anything other than to apologize to all affected parties, and to implement some changes." ~ The Titonian delegation

The upcoming edition saw a few changes, including no discussion of votes being allowed to anyone, as well as the scoreboards being closely monitored to ensure that no rigging was taking place. The affected country, Xobrania, was also offered an automatic qualifier spot in the upcoming edition, which they accepted.

Needless to say, this event caused massive uproar and a massive amount of withdrawals in the following edition.

International broadcasts and voting

The contest was broadcasted in over 50 countries.

Spokespersons

Other countries

Eligibility for potential participation in Zendari Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with an active ZBA membership that is be able to broadcast the contest. All countries with an active ZBA membership have been given an invitation to join this edition.

Active ZBA countries

  •  Andoria - The Tribal Council of Mainland Technology Official Broadcasting Unit announced on the 29th of June 2018, that they would withdraw from the contest for a while, as they wish to make room for other television programs to be aired. It is assumed that they will return in the future.
  •  Coco Islands - On the 23rd of June 2018, after a scandal involving their head of delegation, Coco Islands (along with Rose) was banned from entering the contest, after breaking the rules of the contest.
  •  Landland - Landland's participation in the seventh edition was unclear, since there were no announcements from LandTV regarding their participation. On the 2nd of July 2018, it was revealed that they were not on the final list of participants.
  •  Orblein - The future participation of Orblein was unclear for a long period of time. Several sources were claiming that Orb Broadcasting Service were contemplating taking a break from the contest, but no official statement had been given as of then. On the 23rd of June 2018, OBS announced their withdrawal from Zendari Song Contest. No reason for the withdrawal was given.
  •  Rose - On the 23rd of June 2018, after a scandal involving their head of delegation, Rose (along with Coco Islands) was banned from entering the contest, after breaking the rules of the contest.

Inactive ZBA countries

  •  Draydal - Despite applying to be apart of the contest (but failing to join, due to the current edition being full), Draydal submitted votes for the semi-finals, as an international juror.
  •  Ikana - Elsendanto Ikano have expressed their interest in returning to Zendari Song Contest, but there are several issues that are hindering their return. An official statement was never published, and as a result, they were not on the final list of participanting countries.
  •  Kydziya - KDZ:TELEBACHENYA broadcasted Zendari Song Contest for the first time this edition. Kydziya submitted votes for the semi-finals, as an international juror. They also submitted votes for the grand final, as part of the Rest of the World jurors.
  •  Rhosỳna - Despite applying to be apart of the contest (but failing to join, due to the current edition being full), Rhosỳna submitted votes for the semi-finals and the final, as an international juror. They also submitted votes for the grand final, as part of the Rest of the World jurors.
  •  Rosalina - Despite applying to be apart of the contest (but failing to join, due to the current edition being full), Rosalina submitted votes for the semi-finals, as an international juror. They also submitted votes for the grand final, as part of the Rest of the World jurors.
  •  Üsmile - Even though Üsmile (formerly Oofaria) are still on the waiting list, they confirmed that they will vote again as a part of the 'Rest of the World' voters. At the same time, they confirmed that the commentators for the Oof TV broadcasting of this show would be Üsmile's Zendarifestivalen 4 representative, Ministarke. Üsmile submitted votes for the semi-finals.
  •  Vendujo - Despite applying to be apart of the contest (but failing to join, due to the current edition being full), Vendujo submitted votes for the semi-finals, as an international juror. They also submitted votes for the grand final, as part of the Rest of the World jurors.

See also