Fantasia Contest 5

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Fantasia Contest 5
Grow Stronger!
VenueArpeka Arena, Akureyri, Alkyria
Presenter(s)Willam Belli
Dominika Mirgova
Executive supervisorMarika Wolfe
Executive producerAliya
Host broadcasterAlkyria Hellex Group Production (HGP)
Number of entries51
Debuting countries Kingdovania
Returning countries Prunia
Withdrawing countries Foxtavia
 Whenua Wai
Voting systemEach 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
Winning song Maronesia
"Beggin' for Thread"

The Fantasia Contest 5 was the fifth edition of the Fantasia Contest. It took place in Akureyri, Alkyria, after Charlie won the 4th edition in Solyo, with her song, "Ghosts". The contest consisted of three semi-finals and the grand final. The shows were hosted by Willam Belli and Dominika Mirgova, while RuPaul hosted the green room.

Fifty-one countries sent their entrants to Akureyri, one less than the previous edition. Prunia returned to the contest after not participating for one edition, Kingdovania and Simjangdae debuted; meanwhile Foxtavia, Ice Crest, Jamah and Sothala announced their withdrawal from the contest.

After the results were revealed, it became apparent that Maronesia had won the contest, with their entrant Banks and her song "Beggin' for Thread". Maronesia also scored a new record of 338 points, though the record amount can be attributed to the new voting system. Scoring 31 points less than Maronesia, in second place was Lakadamia, followed by Beklium in third, Pohunskia in fourth and Te Ao in fifth place. With the exception of Lakadamia, all countries had previously not placed in the top 5 before and had qualified for the first or second time this edition.

The automatic qualifiers placed better than the previous edition: Frootania was the only one in the top ten, placing 9th. Demacia placed 13th, Lanovina placed 19th, the hosts Alkyria placed pre-last, scoring 118 points and previous 3rd placer Patriae placed last, scoring only 85 points and continuing the tradition of automatic qualifier last place.


More info: Alkyria

Alkyria (or Republic of Alkyria) is a country located in the southern Westmont, bordered in the north by Eldance and the rest of it bordered by sea.

Bidding phase

After their victory, Alkyria announced there would be a bidding phase to decide the arena which will host the 5th edition. On 11 July 2016, the bidding phase kicked off. Multiple arenas in Alkyria have expressed their interest in hosting the contest. Hellex Group Production (HGP), the Alkyrian broadcaster, working together with the Fantasia Broadcasting Association has narrowed the selection down to 3 arenas located in 3 different cities of Alkyria.

On 25 July 2016, it was revealed that the Arpeka Arena in Akureyri would be the venue for the contest.

HGP and the FBA released some requirements and details about the venue. All 3 arenas are able to match the required guidelines:

  • The venue must be available for at least 6 to 7 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 should be located in the arena or as near it as possible, with a capacity of 300.
  • An additional room at least 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) in area, to house 2 catering stands, a viewing room, make-up rooms, wardrobe, and booths for approximately 60 commentators.
  • Separate offices to house the press centre, at least 4,000 square metres (43,000 sq ft) in area, with a capacity of at least 1,500 journalists.
City Venue Capacity Notes
Akureyri Arpeka Arena 35,000 Largest arena to ever host, preferred choice of HGP and the FBA
Narayani Spring Center 22,000
Ninive Meldye Arena 11,000


The competition will consist of three semi-finals and a final. The countries with the highest score in each semi-final qualified to participate in the final, where they joined Big Five, the countries that were in the Top 5 in the previous edition.

Semi-final allocation draw

For the first time in Fantasia Contest history, the pots were decided by previous voting record, instead of geographic blocs. While neighbours do vote for each other often, it's not exclusively so, thus the FBA, in coordination with the Achróan broadcaster STA, decided it would be better for pots to be organised in this manner.

The six pots were as follows:

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

New voting system

After discussing with the respective broadcasters of the FBA member countries, it was agreed on that a new voting system would enhance the contest and make it more exciting. Previously, each country was free to decide whether to use a televote, jury or 50/50 voting system to determine their votes, but from the 5th edition onward, each country will be required to conduct a 50/50 voting to determine two separate sets of votes, one for the televote and one for the jury. Jury votes will be announced on the scoreboard just like votes were before, but televotes will be announced separately by the hosts in the end, starting from last place up to first place, to decide the winner in a more exciting fashion.

However, the twenty-seventh edition was the last edition, where a new voting system was used. The twenty-eighth edition will be the first edition since fouth edition where only one set voting system will be used.

Participating countries


Semi-final 1

 Demacia also voted in this semi final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points

01  Fordia Fleurie "Breathe" 5 150

02  Pacifica Playa Limbo "Sola" 10 106

03  Cercasia Clean Bandit feat. Louisa Johnson "Tears" 4 158

04  Voxanya Justice Crew "Boom Boom" 16 59

05  Decoria Nyusha "Tseluy" 7 149

06  Amelia Jolin Tsai feat. Namie Amuro "I'm Not Yours" 8 148

07  Kingdovania Christie & The Dream Beats "Wasn't My Fault" 2 201

08  Simjangdae Laura Mvula "Phenomenal Woman" 15 62

09  Freyhurst Reggie 'n' Bollie "New Girl" 12 80

10  Lakadamia Léa Castel "Abîmée" 1 204

11  Prunia She Is We "Crazy Heart" 3 163

12  Orangina Erika Jayne "How Many Fucks?" 9 111

13  Demonica Heaven Shall Burn "Hunters Will Be Hunted" 13 77

14  Flírskmasto W. Darling "Dizzy" 11 85

15  Te Ao Andra Day "Rearview" 5 295

16  Lab Rador We Are I.V "Louder" 14 67

Semi-final 2

 Alkyria and  Patriae also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points

01  Harish Islands Dua Lipa "Hotter Than Hell" 10 107

02  Maronesia Banks "Beggin' for Thread" 1 204

03  The White Havens Sigma feat. Take That "Cry" 14 84

04  Aquia Leonor Andrade "Strong for Too Long" 11 100

05  Trivania Casi "Lion" 2 185

06  Ruyjin Republic Ryn Weaver "OctaHate" 12 99

07  Equaland JoJo "Save My Soul" 8 117

08  Sirenforest I See Stars "Portals" 13 98

09  Vradiazi Evangeline "My Kingdom" 7 132

10  Evergreen Allie X "Hello" 3 179

11  Ermy Neon Hitch "Fuck U Betta" 5 169

12  Evämaa Shura "What's It Gonna Be?" 6 134

13  Onduria CeCe Frey "Dead 2 Me" 15 74

14  Dýria Vérité "Weekend" 4 179

15  Atlandia LÉON "Tired of Talking" 9 111

Semi-final 3

 Frootania and  Lanovina also voted in this semi final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points

01  Achróa Marketa Irglova "The Leading Bird" 10 124

02  De Vremdspongeln Anne-Marie "Alarm" 12 114

03  United States of Eldance Alyson Stoner "Back to Church" 7 146

04  Beklium Walking On Cars "Speeding Cars" 6 147

05  Kerwan Amir Haddad "Lost" 4 157

06  Pashlanahuy RAIGN "Empire of Our Own" 1 169

07  Scandavia Jamie-Lee "Lion's Heart" 5 148

08  Katsyria Vaults "Midnight River" 9 127

09  Angostura Sofia Carson "Love Is the Name" 8 129

10  Glaray Elvana Gjata "Puthe" 13 109

11  Danskanksova SWANN feat. Nouela "Black Hole Sun" 15 70

12  Pohunskia Bleona "Take You Over" 3 157

13  Golden Land Ariana Grande "Bad Decisions" 14 92

14  Baesnia Jerome Price "Me Minus You" 11 117

15  Jarea The Rigs "All the King's Men" 2 166

Grand Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points

01  Cercasia "Tears" 6 294

02  Prunia "Crazy Heart" 14 227

03  Frootania "Wildfire" 9 256

04  Kerwan "Lost" 17 203

05  Fordia "Breathe" 20 190

06  Ermy "Fuck U Betta" 10 253

07  Trivania "Lion" 11 247

08  Beklium "Speeding Cars" 3 304

09  Patriae "Sheyavou aleinu" 26 85

10  Vradiazi "My Kingdom" 15 220

11  Lakadamia "Abîmée" 2 307

12  Lanovina "Are We Awake" 19 191

13  Evergreen "Hello" 7 279

14  Maronesia "Beggin' for Thread" 1 338

15  Te Ao "Rearview" 5 295

16  Scandavia "Lion's Heart" 24 150

17  Alkyria "Money All Around" 25 118

18  Dýria "Weekend" 16 213

19  United States of Eldance "Back to Church" 12 237

20  Kingdovania "Wasn't My Fault" 8 271

21  Evämaa "What's It Gonna Be?" 18 193

22  Jarea "All the King's Men" 21 186

23  Pashlanahuy "Empire of Our Own" 23 154

24  Pohunskia "Take You Over" 4 295

25  Decoria "Tseluy" 22 178

26  Demacia "Bloodteller" 13 232

Other countries

To be eligible to participate in the Fantasia Contest, a country is required to be an active member of the Fantasia Broadcasting Association (FBA). The FBA issued an invitation to all active members of the FBA to participate in the contest.

Active FBA members

  •  Foxtavia: FOXTV was suspended from the FBA due to scandals regarding the head of delegation.
  • Template:Country data Ice Crest: Ice Crest withdrew due to political issues.
  •  Jamah: Jamah withdrew to put focus elsewhere, but is expected to return for the 6th edition.
  •  Sothala: Sothala also withdrew due to political issues.

Non-FBA members

  • Leowé Islands: Local broadcaster Leowé Televisioon (LWT) announced on 17 May that it has applied for an active FBA membership and wishes to debut in the fifth edition, despite being part of the Commonwealth of Atlandia and Leowé Islands. Two days later, ART, the Atlandian broadcaster confirmed that LWT would be unable to compete, due to it not having international recognition nor being a member of the FBA. ART invited LWT to become a part of Atlandia's national broadcasting group. On 21 May, LWT has released a statement for press confirming they weren't allowed to debut in the contest this edition, leaving it unclear whether the debut in future is possible.

See also

External links

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