The general logo of TVC.
|Also known as||TVC|
|Created by||Dimitris Ioannou|
|Country of origin||Cyprus|
|Location(s)||List of host cities|
|Running time||About 2 weeks|
|Original run||24 August 2011 – present|
|Number of countries||113|
|Number of songs||846|
Tubevision Contest (abbreviated TVC), sometimes spelt TubeVision Contest, was a song contest on Youtube. The contest is hosted by Dimitris Ioannou. The contest has currently thirty-eight editions, including the three special editions.
- You cannot participate with two countries at one edition
- The song you want to participate in it, it must be from the country you selected
- Songs from (J)ESC are not allowed
- To vote comment in the recap video and you are voting in ESC style (1-8,10,12)
- When one edition starts you are able to submit a song for next edition.
- To submit a song you can comment on the channel or either send a PM.
- The song must be until 5 minutes the most and 2 minutes the least!
- Some small countries can borrow singers from neighbour regions. See below for more details.
The contest started with a final of thirteen participants with Estonia winning the first ever edition. The semi-finals were introduced the second edition and they were used in the fourth and fifth edition. From the six to the tenth edition there was only final with 15 to 20 participants. After the contest grew up, the host decided to permanently introduce the semi-finals and since the eleventh edition. Currently, only two semifinals are held. However, a third semi-final was introduced as testing in the twenty-eighth edition and it was decided to not continue with it.
Many features which were introduced in the contest, were inspired by other contests. National selections, the jury and the awards, inspired from the Ourvision Song Contest, were introduced in the early 10s editions. However, the national selection system was different from the one that was used in OVSC.
The contest had several breaks with the first being between April and June 2012 after the fourteenth edition due to host's exams and the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. After the return in June, the contest gained population and voters and the host decided to increase the number of participants and therefore the number of finalists.
The second break was between November and December, after the twenty-sixth edition. The contest had the small break because the host wanted to relax and find time later for the contest. The contest returned on 27 December 2012.
The host had announced in March 2013 that the contest would close forever after the almost two years of hosting. A video was also made to inform the participants about the end of the contest. However later, in May 2013, the host announced the re-opening of the contest. The contest returned in June 2013, after host's exams. The population of the contest became even bigger after the introduction of the different recap videos and the host permanently increased the number of the participants to thirty-eight with twenty finalists (ten qualifiers from each semi-final).
Before the thirty-second edition started, a poll was posted asking the users if they'd like the jury to affect the result. Even though most of the users were positive on the idea, the host decided to not introduce it because some of the users had the negative opinion about the idea.
|Borrowing country||Neighbour region(s)||Original country|
|Åland Islands||Western Finland Province||Finland|
|Aquitaine, Midi Pyrenees||France|
|Bermuda||Florida, Georgia||United States|
|Luxembourg||Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland||Germany|
|Monaco||Rhone-Alpes, Alpes-Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon, Corse||France|
|Palestine||Balqa, Irbid, Madaba||Jordan|
|Puerto Rico||Florida||United States|
|San Marino||Emilia Romagna, Marche, Tuscany||Italy|
|Vatican City||Abruzzo, Lazio, Rome||Italy|
Each edition takes about 9 days when there are semi finals in it and about 3 days when there is only final. However, every edition since the eleventh had semi-finals. Even though a regular edition with semi-finals lasts 9 days (3 days for each show), some editions lasted longer due to some connection problems.
Main article: The Best of TVC
The Best of TVC was the first special edition of TVC and has so far completed three editions. The first winner was Steve Linden with C'est la Musique which got the first place in the seventh edition for Belgium. Getter Jaani and Koit Toome who represented Estonia in the eleventh edition with "Valged Ööd" won the second edition. Norway was the first country to win three editions in a row with one of them being their victory in the third edition with Adelén and "Bombo" which won the thirtieth edition.
|TBoT 1 - TBoT 2 - TBoT 3|
National selections started to be held since the 20th edition. There was a difference from the national selections of OVSC. In these NS the hosts choose the songs which will compete in the NS. The first national selection was Eesti Laul which was held for the 20th edition. Click here for a full list with national selections.
Estonia was the first winner of the contest. Cyprus was the first country to win twice but Sweden was the first to win three times. The United States was the first winner outside of Europe, followed by Lebanon. Getter Jaani was the first artist to win twice the contest followed by Ailee. Malta was the first country that won twice with only one edition between their victories. Also, Norway became the first country to win two editions in a row.
Special Edition winners
|#01||Belgium||Steve Linden||"C'est la Musique"||71||5|
|#02||Estonia||Getter Jaani feat. Koit Toome||"Valged Ööd"||133||3|
Further information: List of countries in Tubevision Contest As of the thirty-fifth edition one hundred and fourteen countries have participated in the contest for at least one time. The United States has competed in all the current editions. These are listed here alongside the edition in which they made their debut:
TVC has 8 partner contests. The first was Ourvision Song Contest, followed by Simple Song Contest and World Music Contest. OVSC joined on 30th September, SSC on 2nd October and WMC on 9th October. Imagine Song Contest, WideVision Song Contest, The Voice Song Contest and MyVision Song Contest joined on 20th July, 25th July, 27th July and 3rd August respectively. Amazing Music Contest and Mad Song Contest the last two partner contests joined on 1st September and 15th September respectively. Magical Music Contest and Legendary Song Contest joined on 11 August 2012 and 1 May 2013 respectively. In June 2013, Ili's World Song Competition and ValiumSounds Contest applied to join with the latter one being declined because it hadn't done one edition with semi-finals.
|Ourvision Song Contest||30 September 2011||Closed|
|Simple Song Contest||2 October 2011||Closed|
|World Music Contest||9 October 2011||Closed|
|Imagine Song Contest||20 July 2012||Ongoing|
|WideVision Song Contest||25 July 2012||Closed|
|The Voice Song Contest||27 July 2012||Ongoing|
|MyVision Song Contest||3 August 2012||Ongoing|
|Amazing Music Contest||1 September 2012||Closed|
|Mad Song Contest||15 September 2012||Closed|
|Magical Music Contest||11 August 2012||Ongoing|
|Legendary Song Contest||1 May 2013||Ongoing|
|Ili's Worldsong Competition||6 June 2013||Ongoing|
See also: List of TVC Jury Award winners
The Jury Award is given to the song which the jury thought deserved to win the contest. The jury award was introduced along with the jury, in the fifteenth edition and was given to every edition since that edition, excpet the twenty-second, where there was no jury.
12 points Award
See also: List of TVC 12 points Award winners
This award is given to the country with the most 12 points. If two countries had the same amount of 12 points their amount of 10 points were counted and the country with the most 10 points was the winner of the award.
See also: List of TVC NS Award winners
The NS Award, short for National Selection Award, is given to the best TVC national selection. The award is given by the TVC manager and was first introduced for the twentieth edition. A lot of different factors are being taken into account when the recipient is going to be decided. When the edition had only one selection held, the award was not given.
See also: List of TVC Heart Award winners
The Heart Award is given to the song which the jury thought most deserved to qualify for the final but didn't. The award is given to the highest placed non-qualifier on the jury rankings. When the edition doesn't have semi-finals, the award will be given to what according to the jury was the most underrated entry on the bottom half of the final results. This award replaced the User Score award since the twenty-fifth edition.
User Score Award
See also: List of TVC User Score Award winners
This award was given to the users that managed to collect the most points in one edition. The award was given from the sixth edition until the twenty-fifth edition. The award was replaced by the Heart Award.
|Current: 12 points Award - Heart Award - Jury Award - NS Award|
Former: User Score Award
TVC started with two juries, one from the United Kingdom and one from Denmark. However they were later replaced and the next members of the jury were from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The job of the jury is to listen to all entries and rank them from the best song to the worst song.
The host started a poll asking the members if they would like the jury to affect the results. Even though most of the users agreed, some of them had negative opinion so the host decided to not continue with the change.
On 22 July, the host decided to change the juries so he opened a thread on the forums asking users to apply for a place in the jury. After users applied, a poll was held where the users from Estonia and Greece were selected as the next juries.
|Active: ASF - GWSF - IMF - NVSC -SVSC - WWWSC|
Closed: AMC - OVSC - SSC - OKSC - TVC - WMC - WVSC
See also Contest Union