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Country Contest 12
#Biriktiriñiz (#Unite)
Semi-final 1 date 13 February 2018
Semi-final 2 date 15 February 2018
Final date 17 February 2018
Venue Astana, Kazakhstan
Host broadcaster KA, РТРК, C31
Number of entries 48
Debuting countries Flag of Libya Libya
Flag of Jordan Jordan
Returning countries Flag of Albania Albania
Flag of Andorra Andorra
Flag of Armenia Armenia
Flag of Belarus Belarus
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia
Flag of Georgia Georgia
Flag of Hungary Hungary
Flag of Latvia Latvia
Flag of Macedonia Macedonia
Flag of Moldova Moldova
Flag of Norway Norway
Flag of Spain Spain
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
Withdrawing countries Flag of Algeria Algeria
Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Flag of Brazil Brazil
Flag of Egypt Egypt
Flag of Turkey Turkey
Voting system Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favorite countries.
Country Contest
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The Country Contest 12 will be the twelveth edition of the contest. The edition marked the first since the fifth edition to feature no guest countries, given Brazil's placement outside of the top 6 last edition. It also marked a major format change in the competition, allowing a wider range of countries to qualify to the final.

For the first time in the competition's history, 3 Kazakh broadcasters co-operated in the production of the shows, which were KA, РТРК and C31.

The contest is the highest amount of participants for a regular contest with no associate member countries participating. The contest will consist of 2 semi-finals with 21 participants each; the highest amount in a semi-final.

Semi-final 1

France, Italy and Monaco also voted here. The top nine overall countries qualified to the Grand Final. The tenth and eleventh qualifiers were respectively determined by the highest placed televote and jury qualifier which did not place in the top 8 overall.

Draw Country Place Points
01 Flag of Denmark Denmark 6 166
02 Flag of Greece Greece 4 171
03 Flag of Serbia Serbia 17 88
04 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 16 94
05 Flag of Croatia Croatia 10 138
06 Flag of Macedonia Macedonia 11 137
07 Flag of San Marino San Marino 9 145
08 Flag of Romania Romania 7 165
09 Flag of Jordan Jordan 20 48
10 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 3 179
11 Flag of Belarus Belarus 19 50
12 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 1 212
13 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 2 191
14 Flag of Finland Finland 5 168
15 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 12 133
16 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom 15 100
17 Flag of Morocco Morocco 8 157
18 Flag of Hungary Hungary 13 114
19 Flag of Libya Libya 21 30
20 Flag of Latvia Latvia 18 69
21 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 14 106

Semi-final 2

Kazakhstan, Bulgaria and Portugal also voted here. The top nine overall countries qualified to the Grand Final. The tenth and eleventh qualifiers were respectively determined by the highest placed televote and jury qualifier which did not place in the top 8 overall.

Draw Country Place Points
01 Flag of Georgia Georgia 19 70
02 Flag of Iceland Iceland 2 199
03 Flag of Ireland Ireland 13 124
04 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 9 141
05 Flag of Estonia Estonia 11 138
06 Flag of Malta Malta 18 76
07 Flag of Moldova Moldova 20 60
08 Flag of Germany Germany 5 148
09 Flag of Austria Austria 10 138
10 Flag of Spain Spain 1 206
11 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 7 146
12 Flag of Russia Russia 8 145
13 Flag of Sweden Sweden 6 147
14 Flag of Andorra Andorra 15 110
15 Flag of Poland Poland 12 127
16 Flag of Albania Albania 14 118
17 Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 4 168
18 Flag of Armenia Armenia 16 108
19 Flag of Liberland Liberland 21 50
20 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia 3 176
21 Flag of Norway Norway 17 77


The 22 qualifiers from the semi-finals, as well as the top 6 of previous edition took part; all participating countries in the edition voted. As this edition was the first since the fifth to not feature guest countries, the CCU introduced an international vote featuring non-European countries; its weight was the same of a single country; as a result, 49 countries voted.

Draw Country Place Points
01 Flag of Germany Germany 28 61
02 Flag of Estonia Estonia 5 267
03 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 21 155
04 Flag of Croatia Croatia 22 136
05 Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 13 215
06 Flag of Finland Finland 6 251
07 Flag of Russia Russia 26 100
08 Flag of Sweden Sweden 9 234
09 Flag of Hungary Hungary 27 70
10 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 25 105
11 Flag of Romania Romania 10 228
12 Flag of Italy Italy 20 162
13 Flag of Poland Poland 23 134
14 Flag of Greece Greece 7 245
15 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 17 187
16 Flag of San Marino San Marino 14 209
17 Flag of Iceland Iceland 2 312
18 Flag of Morocco Morocco 19 164
19 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 3 295
20 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 18 178
21 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 4 278
22 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 11 223
23 Flag of Portugal Portugal 15 204
24 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia 12 217
25 Flag of Spain Spain 1 378
26 Flag of Denmark Denmark 16 197
27 Flag of France France 8 242
28 Flag of Monaco Monaco 24 123


New jury/televote format

On November 28, 2017, the CCU announced that due to complaints from many broadcasters and controversy from previous edition, that they would enact a new format change allowing both countries that are liked by televote but not by juries and vice versa to qualify.

Unlike previous editions, the top 8 countries of each semi-final would directly qualify to the final. The two remaining would be determined by the highest placing televote and jury qualifier that did not qualify overall; however, as usual, these particular countries's semi-final placement would not be revealed until after the edition's end.

World Country Contest

After the success of the 10th edition, the CCU stated that they were considering some potential options to allow all broadcasters "an equal chance to participate." However, announcement of these plans had been delayed for months. In the meantime, more broadcasters which hadn't participated in the tenth edition stated that they would be interested in joining as well.

The CCU announced on 24 December 2017 that they would be creating respective contests for Africa, Asia-Pacific and America. Alongside with Europe, the top-five placing countries of each contest would then participate in the World Country Contest where 20 countries consisting of 4 continents would compete to be crowned the World Country. This country would subsequently host the following World Country Contest.

This idea was then praised by many broadcasters who confirmed they'd participate in it.

This would allow the Asian-Pacfic contest to have up to 60 countries, 54 for Africa, 35 for America and around 50 for Europe. In the end, the World Country Contest would allow all 200 countries from the respective countries to vote for an objectified result and winner. As usual, there would be televoting and jury voting from all voting countries with no boundaries to who they can vote for. This would allow a maximum of 23200 to be distributed between 20 countries, which if equally would result in 1160.

These changes nonetheless would mean that Country Contest would turn into European Country Contest. However, the CCU stated that such plans would not be implemented until after the twelfth contest would end, meaning that the 13th contest would decide the European candidate. Additionally, countries such as Russia which are widely located in Asia would relocate to its respective continental contest.

National selections (Tú decides)

RTVE introduced the first Country Contest national selection, Tú decides, where 28 Spanish cities battled to represent Spain in the contest. The contest featured four semi-finals with 7 cities in each, where 2 cities would progress to the final and 2 to second chance. Four duels took place in the second chance, with the 4 winners also progressing to the final of 12 cities. Unlike the five previous shows, which consisted of 100% Spanish televoting, the final consisted of 50% of it and the other 50% decided by international juries from 10 participating countries. The CCU confirmed they had been contacted by several broadcasters regarding setting up a selection for their own country.


Ex-Kamu Birliği members

On 24 January 2018, following the disbandment of Kamu Birliği, the CCU announced that all of the countries (except Turkey which withdrew) would be given their spot back in the Union. However, as a sanction for their involvement, they were disallowed to participate in any CCU contest for three editions "to avoid another drastic protest from happening in the future." Notably, Azerbaijan, which participated in all 11 editions, would no longer be a country which participated in all editions.

Other countries

Due to the new CCU rules, many countries decided to return, and in the case of Jordan and Libya, debut. However, 11 member countries of the Union still decided to not take part for various reasons.

Unlike previous editions, the CCU introduced a rule edition requiring all 75 active members to write a statement regarding participation of this edition. This is because of the new rules introduced to make the contest fair. Additionally, this was done due to the rapidly decreasing number of participants. Member broadcasters which did not comment would be fined.

On January 1, 2018, the CCU announced a new rule enforcing all Members to participate at least once every ten editions, given the Union's purpose as a [Country Contest] Union.

Active CCU members

  • Flag of Algeria Algeria: ENTV announced that Algeria would withdraw due to poor results and lack of general interest in the country.
  • Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan: İTV announced that Azerbaijan would withdraw from the contest, due to its third qualification in a row, and "often bias of jury vote against Turkey and Azerbaijan."
  • Flag of Belgium Belgium: VRT/RTBF announced in a joint statement that they would return to the contest should Germany and Luxembourg "place high on the scoreboard" in the twelfth contest.
  • Flag of Egypt Egypt: ERTU announced its withdrawal on December 24, 2017, citing lack of interest.
  • Flag of Kosovo Kosovo: Due to the fact that host country Kazakhstan does not recognize Kosovo, RTK was unable to confirm its interest.
  • Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein: 1FLTV announced that Liechtenstein would not return to the contest due to lack of funding from the government.
  • Flag of Lithuania Lithuania: LRT stated that due to financial issues, Lithuania would not return to the contest.
  • Flag of Montenegro Montenegro: RTCG announced that Montenegro would not return for the 12th edition, but confirmed its participation for the 13th edition.
  • Flag of Netherlands Netherlands: AVROTROS announced in a joint statement that they would return to the contest should Germany and Luxembourg "place high on the scoreboard" in the twelfth contest.
  • Flag of Turkey Turkey: TRT announced that after four consecuctive participations and win, Turkey would withdraw from the competition due to the "50% jury-televote system" and "jury bias".
  • Flag of Vatican City Vatican City: VR announced that Vatican City would not return due to the the contest not suiting the broadcaster's new programmings.