Fantasia Contest

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Fantasia Contest
Fantasia Contest Logo.png
GenreSong contest
Created byMarika Wolfe
Presented byList of presenters
Country of originList of countries
Original language(s)Everish
Production
Location(s)List of host cities
Production company(s)Fantasia Broadcasting Association
Release
First shown inSeptember 2015 – present
Chronology
Related showsJunior Fantasia Contest
External links
Official channel

The Fantasia Contest, abbreviated as FC, is a song contest held between the members of the Fantasia Broadcasting Association (FBA) since August 2015. The current and official executive supervisor of the contest is Kevin Kern.

Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. The country's head of delegation gets to select whether the entry will be selected either by internal or national selection. Then the countries get to vote for each show (semi-final or final) to determine the qualifiers and the winner of the edition.

So far, twenty countries have won the competition and therefore hosted the contest. Kerwan, Lakadamia, Jarea, Alkyria, Maronesia, Sirenforest, Beklium, Danskanksova, Aquia, Fordia, Demacia, Baesnia, Niolskiaj, Torlova, Decoria, Hwaesonna, Neocastria, Ximbala, Evergreen and Taslana have been winners and hosts of the contest. The latest winner of the Fantasia Contest is Kali Mutsa of Taslana, who won the twenty-third edition in Legrand, Evergreen, with their song "HaYaKo HaYaKo".

History[edit]

On 3rd August 2015, the Fantasia Broadcasting Association was formed between the countries of Fantasia, by Marika Wolfe, Daniel Lengfeld, Dimitris Ioannou and Matt Harrod. Through this, the Fantasia Contest was also created, as an international music contest where every member of the FBA is eligible to participate in.

The first ever Fantasia Contest kicked off on 14th September 2015, held in Crystalfall, Evergreen. Evergreen was thus the first country to obtain the rights to host the contest and was also the first country to automatically qualify to the final. A total of 46 nations participated in the first edition, the lowest amount in the contest's history until the twelfth edition. Each country would award 12, 10 and then 8-1 points, with 12 going to their favourite, 10 to the 2nd favourite and so on. Every country was free to pick whether to select results through a televoting, jury or 50/50 split process, though most countries opted for televoting or 50/50.

Kerwan was the first country to win the contest, scoring 175 points, 3 points above the runner up, and thus hosted the 2nd edition of the contest. The winner is traditionally also expected to host the following edition of the contest.

Logo and theme[edit]

The first logo used throughout the first seven editions.

The general logo was created by the Decorian team, headed by FBA council member, Dimitris Ioannou. It features the name of the contest and the trademark 'F' letter, formed in a calligraphic font, along with the rest of 'Fantasia'. During the seventh edition a new logo was introduced. The new logo was created by an Everish team; the logo had a change of font while a heart was introduced next to the name of the contest. The flag of the host country appears in the heart while the host city and the number of the edition appeared below just like before. The new logo will be used for the first time during the eighth edition of the contest.

Slogans[edit]

Since the first edition, slogans have been selected to reflect the theme of that particular edition. The slogan is picked by the host broadcaster, with input from the FBA, and a design is then created to suit it.

Edn. Host city Slogan
#01 Evergreen Crystalfall "The World Is in Our Hands"
#02 Kerwan Kalidonlinn "Breaking Free"
#03 Lakadamia Pavlodia "Infinity"
#04 Jarea Solyo "Spread your wings!"
#05 Alkyria Akuyeri "Grow Stronger!"
#06 Maronesia Vamislava "Strive to Thrive"
#07 Sirenforest Densent "Flourish!"
#08 Beklium Capitalia "Share The Love"
#09 Danskanksova Söndje "Unleash Your Power"
#10 Aquia Rio de Feverio "Express Yourself"
#11 Fordia Krono "Interlinking"
#12 Demacia Hylia "Break the Pattern"
#13 Baesnia Baesnia City "See the Beauty"
#14 Niolskiaj Drukana "#Revolve"
#15 Torlova Estambla "Kaderinle Yüzleş: Face Your Destiny"
#16 Alkyria Egline "Force of Nature"
#17 Decoria Norfort "Be the Star of Your Own Movie"
#18 Niolskiaj Kupava "Welcome to Reality"
#19 Torlova Itzmir "Animate!"
#20 Hwaesonna Lephidross "Unfold Your Wings"
#21 Neocastria Neufchâteau "Twist Your Fate"
#22 Ximbala Ximbala City "Celebra la Vida"
#23 Evergreen Legrand "Explore Infinity"

Participation[edit]

Main article: List of countries at the Fantasia Contest

Any full member of the FBA is able to participate in the contest, countries not full members can apply to become one. Though, all independent states of Fantasia have an active broadcaster in the FBA at the moment, several unrecognised nations have been declined by the FBA.

Each member is responsible for the selection of artists and songs sent by the country that edition. A total of sixty countries have participated in the contest at least once, though fifty-five countries is the maximum count of participants allowed in an edition.

Edn. Country making its debut
#02  De Vremdspongeln,  Jamah,  Lab Rador,  Ruyjin Republic,  Sothala,  Te Ao,  United States of Eldance,  Voxanya
#03  Amelia,  Katsyria,  Frootania
#04  Sirenforest,  Trivania
#05  Kingdovania,  Simjangdae
#06  Glacea,  Shinkoyu
#07  Florea,  Lidonia,  Marsia,  Pecunia
#09  Inotyol,  Juliana,  Llort
#11  Corzazjan,  Niolskiaj
#13  Ka'a and Kehbe,  Moly-Boronia,  Torlova,  Wyvernbourne
#14  Ainigma,  Levalle,  Taslana,  Vikyirie,  Zylofonija
#15  Drevona,  Sincuerello,  Yster
#16  Namimori,  Ximbala
#17  Kazkya,  Moowaus,  Shkeera,  Sylvan
#19  Boninbourg,  Neocastria,  Wedse
#20  Qasentria
#21  Alchten,  Glaiola
#22  Fyor,  Loutreniye
#24  Kuwiang,  Ulikana

Format[edit]

During the first two editions, the contest's format consisted of two semi-finals and a single grand final. In the first edition, 12 countries qualified from both semi-finals, but in the second edition this number was reduced to 10. This decision was unpopular with the broadcasters, however a larger amount would have led to a larger final, which was an unpopular idea between both the broadcasters and the FBA. From the 3rd edition a new format was introduced that consisted of three semi-finals, instead of two, and 7 qualifiers from each.

In the first edition, only Evergreen was automatically qualified to the final, due to being the host country. But from the 2nd edition onward, the top 5 of the previous edition would automatically qualify, including the host country.

Since the first edition, the winning country is automatically awarded the rights to host the next edition. The host broadcaster of the country will then need to decide any format changes, the theme, slogan amongst other jobs, with additional input from the FBA. If a host broadcaster is not able to host, the runner-up or FBA can come in to help. However, the contest would still be hosted in the winning country.

The "Big 5"[edit]

File:Map of Big 5 countries.svg
Map showing each country's number of participations in the Big 5 up to and including #10

In the first edition, only the host country made it to the final, but in the following editions the top 5 of each edition would automatically have the right to participate in the final of the next edition, without having to go through the semi-finals once again. Two exceptions to this rule have been made: in the eleventh edition only four countries were automatically qualified after Te Ao withdrew; in the thirteenth and sixteenth editions six countries were automatically qualified due to a mishap in the voting process of the previous edition.

Several countries have been automatic qualifiers over the editions, including Demacia, who has done so six times; Alkyria and Fordia who have done so five times; Danskanksova, Evergreen and Frootania, who have done so four times; and Aquia, Dýria, Jarea, Lanovina, Niolskiaj and Trivania, who have all done so thrice.

Automatic qualifications[edit]

The number of editions in which a country was an automatic qualifier.

No. Country Editions
6  Demacia #03, #05, #09, #12, #13, #15
 Evergreen #01, #09, #13, #14, #20, #23
 Flírskmasto #11, #13, #19, #21, #23, #24
 Alkyria #02, #05, #07, #08, #16, #24
5  Aquia #10, #12, #14, #19, #22
 Dýria #09, #10, #13, #20, #23
 Fordia #03, #04, #08, #11, #17
4  Danskanksova #09, #12, #16, #18
 Frootania #05, #07, #15, #17
 Lanovina #05, #10, #16, #24
3  Hwaesonna #17, #20, #21
 Jarea #04, #09, #18
 Lakadamia #03, #06, #22
 Niolskiaj #12, #14, #18
 Torlova #15, #19, #21
 Trivania #07, #08, #11
 United States of Eldance #08, #11, #19
2  Achróa #02, #16
 Baesnia #04, #13
 Beklium #06, #08
 Ermy #07, #14
 Foxtavia #03, #04
 Levalle #19, #20
 Namimori #18, #20
 Scandavia #10, #15
 Zylofonija #16, #22
1  Amelia #04
 Atlandia #12
 Cercasia #02
 Decoria #17
 Glacea #13
 Glaiola #24
 Glaray #10
 Golden Land #02
 Juliana #14
 Ka'a and Kehbe #21
 Kazkya #22
 Kingdovania #23
 Kerwan #02
 Llort #18
 Maronesia #06
 Pacifica #03
 Pashlanahuy #15
 Patriae #05
 Pohunskia #06
 Ruyjin Republic #17
 Sirenforest #07
 Taslana #24
 Te Ao #06
 Vradiazi #23
 Ximbala #22
 Yster #16

Voting[edit]

The Fantasia Contest has had two relatively similar voting systems. The first voting system was used between the first and fourth editions, and the newer voting system has been in place since the fifth edition and is currently in use. The earlier voting system entailed each country finding out their top 10 songs, either through a televoting or jury voting process, or a combination of the two. The current system requires each country to go through both a televoting and jury voting process, and submit the top 10 of both votes. In all rankings, the first place gets 12 points, the second place 10 points and the remaining places receive points from 8 down to 1, but with the current voting system, the amount of points given out by each country is doubled.

Scrutineers[edit]

To ensure all points are allocated correctly and make sure nothing suspicious is taking place, the FBA appoints a scrutineer for each show, who presides over the results.

Edition Show Name
#01 Semi-final 1 Jarea Matt Harrod
Semi-final 2 Evergreen Marika Wolfe
Grand Final
#02 Semi-final 1
Semi-final 2
Grand Final
#03 Semi-final 1
Semi-final 2
Semi-final 3
Grand Final
#04 Semi-final 1 Fordia Kevin Kern
Semi-final 2
Semi-final 3
Grand Final Evergreen Marika Wolfe
#05 Semi-final 1 Fordia Kevin Kern
Semi-final 2
Semi-final 3
Grand Final Evergreen Marika Wolfe
#06 Semi-final 1 Fordia Kevin Kern
Semi-final 2
Semi-final 3
Grand Final Evergreen Marika Wolfe
#07 Semi-final 1 Fordia Kevin Kern
Semi-final 2
Semi-final 3
Grand Final Evergreen Marika Wolfe
#08 Semi-final 1 Fordia Kevin Kern
Semi-final 2
Semi-final 3
Grand Final
#09 Semi-final 1
Semi-final 2
Semi-final 3
Grand Final Evergreen Marika Wolfe
#10 Semi-final 1 Fordia Kevin Kern
Semi-final 2
Semi-final 3
Grand Final
#11 Semi-final 1 Decoria Dimitris Ioannou
Semi-final 2
Semi-final 3
Grand Final Evergreen Marika Wolfe
#12 Semi-final 1 Fordia Kevin Kern
Semi-final 2
Semi-final 3
Grand Final Jarea Matt Harrod
#13 Semi-final 1 Fordia Kevin Kern
Semi-final 2
Semi-final 3
Grand Final Achróa Callum Colquhoun
#14 Semi-final 1 Fordia Kevin Kern
Semi-final 2
Semi-final 3
Grand Final Aquia Aless de Macedo
#15 Semi-final 1 Fordia Kevin Kern
Semi-final 2
Semi-final 3
Grand Final Evergreen Marika Wolfe

Highest scores[edit]

Before the introduction of the current voting system, the highest scoring winner was "Ghosts" by Alkyrian artist Charlie in the fourth edition, which scored 252 points. Since the introduction of the new voting system, all winners have received at least 330 points in total. The highest scoring winner was Ana Tijoux from Ximbala, with "Antifa Dance", which managed to score 587 points in the twnty-first edition. The ninth edition is the only time when the entire top 3 scored above 400 points, with Aquia scoring 463, Lanovina scored 453 points and Glaray 421 points.

As the voting system and the amount of countries in the contest has varied, it may be more relevant to compare the point amounts to the percentage of maximum possible points.

Winners by percentage of maximum possible points[edit]

Edition Country Artist Song Points Percentage of max. possible points Max. possible points
#21  Ximbala Ana Tijoux "Antifa Danee" 587 48.0% 1224
#22  Evergreen Phoebe Bridgers "I Know the End" 544 42.8% 1272
#04  Alkyria Charlie "Ghosts" 252 41.2% 612
#02  Lakadamia Adele "Hello" 225 37.5% 600
#16  Decoria Weyes Blood "Movies" 403 36.5% 1104
#09  Aquia Eva Simons "Guaya" 460 36.2% 1272
#17  Niolskiaj Bring Me The Horizon ft. Grimes "nihilist blues" 451 36.1% 1248
#11  Demacia Rina Sawayama "Alterlife" 416 36.1% 1152
#23  Taslana Kali Mutsa "HaYaKo HaYaKo" 420 35.7% 1176
#20  Neocastria Yseult "Corps" 425 35.4% 1200
#03  Jarea TigerJK feat. Yoonmirae & Bizzy "Eagles" 212 35.3% 600
#15  Alkyria SHYGIRL "Gush" 413 35.1% 1176
#12  Baesnia Meg Myers "Numb" 360 34.9% 1034
#10  Fordia Fleurie "Hurricane" 377 32.7% 1152
#01  Kerwan Lara Lee "Superman" 175 32.4% 540
#14  Torlova Est-Her "Last Minute Wedding" 388 32.3% 1200
#06  Sirenforest Nikki Yanofsky "Necessary Evil" 382 31.8% 1200
#08  Danskanksova Jenni Vartiainen "Turvasana" 359 29.9% 1200
#07  Beklium AJR "Weak" 365 29.8% 1224
#13  Niolskiaj Snow Ghosts "Circles out of Salt" 351 29.3% 1200
#05  Maronesia Banks "Beggin' for Thread" 338 28.2% 1200

Top 10 participants by percentage of maximum possible points[edit]

Edition Country Artist Song Place Points Percentage of max. possible points Max. possible points
#21  Ximbala Ana Tijoux "Antifa Danee" 1 587 48.0% 1224
#22  Evergreen Phoebe Bridgers "I Know the End" 1 544 42.8% 1272
#04  Alkyria Charlie "Ghosts" 1 252 41.2% 612
#02  Lakadamia Adele "Hello" 1 225 37.5% 600
#04  Frootania Five Knives "Savages" 2 226 36.9% 612
#16  Decoria Weyes Blood "Movies" 1 403 36.5% 1104
#09  Aquia Eva Simons "Guaya" 1 460 36.2% 1272
#17  Niolskiaj Bring Me The Horizon ft. Grimes "nihilist blues" 1 451 36.1% 1248
#11  Demacia Rina Sawayama "Alterlife" 1 416 36.1% 1152
#23  Taslana Kali Mutsa "HaYaKo HaYaKo" 1 420 35.7% 1176

Winners[edit]

Main article: List of Fantasia Contest winners

So far, there have been twenty three winners from twenty different countries: Kerwan, Lakadamia, Jarea, Alkyria, Maronesia, Sirenforest, Beklium, Danskanksova, Aquia, Fordia, Demacia, Baesnia, Niolskiaj, Torlova, Decoria, Hwaesonna, Neocastria, Ximbala, Evergreen and Taslana. The highest scored winner is "Antifa Dance", the winner of the twenty-first edition which scored a total of 58 points.

Edn. Host City Winner Song Performer Writers Points Margin Runner-up
#01 Evergreen Crystalfall  Kerwan "Superman" Lara Lee Robin Lynch, Nicole Rodriguez, Niklas Olovson, Tami Rodriguez, Milica Fajgelj, Lara Lee 175 3  Cercasia
#02 Kerwan Kalidonlinn  Lakadamia "Hello" Adele Adele Adkins, Greg Kurstin 225 55  Demacia
#03 Lakadamia Pavlodia  Jarea "Eagles" Tiger JK feat. Yoonmirae & Bizzy Tiger JK, Yoonmirae 212 30  Baesnia
#04 Jarea Solyo  Alkyria "Ghosts" Charlie Charlie Storwick, Frank Giustra 252 26  Frootania
#05 Alkyria Akureyri  Maronesia "Beggin' for Thread" Banks Jillian Banks, Jesse Rogg, Tim Anderson 338 31  Lakadamia
#06 Maronesia Vamislava  Sirenforest "Necessary Evil" Nikki Yanofsky Charles Aznavour, Courtney Harrell, Harmony Samuels, Nikki Yanofsky 382 22  Ermy
#07 Sirenforest Densent  Beklium "Weak" AJR Adam Met, Jack Met, Ryan Met 365 1  United States of Eldance
#08 Beklium Capitalia  Danskanksova "Turvasana" Jenni Vartiainen Jenni Vartiainen, Jurek 359 29  Dýria
#09 Danskanksova Söndje  Aquia "Guaya" Eva Simons Eva Simons, Boaz van de Beatz 460 7  Lanovina
#10 Aquia Rio de Fevereiro  Fordia "Hurricane" Fleurie Lauren Strahm, Tommee Profitt 377 55  Flírskmasto
#11 Fordia Krono  Demacia "Alterlife" Rina Sawayama Ash Carvell, Clarence Clarity, Justin Tailor, Rina Sawayama 416 56  Danskanksova
#12 Demacia Hylia  Baesnia "Numb" Meg Myers Christian Langdon, Meg Myers 360 11  Demacia
#13 Baesnia Baesnia City  Niolskiaj "Circles out of Salt" Snow Ghosts Hannah Diana Cartwright, Oliver Knowles, Malcolm Axel 351 14  Juliana
#14 Niolskiaj Drukana  Torlova "Last Minute Wedding" Est-Her Craigie Dodds, Simon Ahmadi 388 20  Scandavia
#15 Torlova Estambla  Alkyria "Gush" SHYGIRL Dinamarca, Sega Bodega 413 7  Achróa
#16 Alkyria Egline  Decoria "Movies" Weyes Blood Natalie Mering 403 63  Frootania
#17 Decoria Norfort  Niolskiaj "nihilist blues" Bring Me The Horizon feat. Grimes Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Matthew Nicholls, Lee Malia, Oliver Sykes 451 48  Danskanksova
#18 Niolskiaj Kupava  Torlova "Hallucinations" PVRIS Marshmello, JT Daly, Amy Allen, Lynn Gunn 439 53  Flírskmasto
#19 Torlova Itzmir  Hwaesonna "Gottasadae" BewhY BewhY 428 4  Evergreen
#20 Hwaesonna Lephidross  Neocastria "Corps" Yseult Yseult 425 10  Torlova
#21 Neocastria Neufchâteau  Ximbala "Antifa Dance" Ana Tijoux Andrés Celis, Ana Tijoux 587 198  Zylofonija
#22 Ximbala Ximbala City  Evergreen "I Know the End" Phoebe Bridgers Christian Lee Hutson, Conor Oberst, Marshall Vore, Phoebe Bridgers 544 109  Flírskmasto
#23 Evergreen Legrand  Taslana "HaYaKo HaYaKo" Kali Mutsa Celine Reymond, Pablo Stipicic 420 23  Flírskmasto

Spin-offs[edit]

A few spin-offs of the Fantasia Contest have been produced, some national and some international.

Similar competitions held include: