Zendari Song Contest 7
|Zendari Song Contest 7|
"Wave Your Colours"
|Semi-final(s)||22 July 2018|
|Final||8 August 2018|
|Host city||Sarhém, Wallica|
|Venue||Zénith de Sarhém|
|Host broadcaster||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"
|Number of entries||44|
|Debuting countries|| Franova|
|Returning countries|| Cascadia|
|Withdrawing countries|| Andoria|
|Voting system||Each country awards 12, 10, then 8 through 1 points to their 10 favorite songs.|
|Zendari Song Contest|
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.
- 1 Location
- 2 Pots
- 3 Returning artists
- 4 Participating countries
- 5 Incidents
- 6 International broadcasts and voting
- 7 Other countries
- 8 See also
On the 1st of July 2018, a list of venues interested in hosting the seventh edition of Zendari Song Contest was revealed.
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.
|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||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 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|
Although these countries are automatic qualifiers for this edition, each country has still been assigned a pot.
- Olkenland would have been in Pot A.
- Cyan, Wallica and Wo Xi would all have been in Pot B.
- Haña would have been in Pot D.
|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)|
Semi Final 1
Semi Final 2
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.
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.