With special thanks to FSC moderator aardvark for contributions to this article.

Forum Song Contest 142 – December 2020

The 142nd edition of the Forum Song Contest took place during the month of December and was hosted in the Bulgarian city of Etropole. This was the second time that FSC came to Bulgaria following their victory in the previous edition, and there were 37 participating juries in Etropole.

During a results show full of surprises, Turkey emerged as the champion of this edition with their entry “Listen to Your Heart” by composer Mustafa Avşaroğlu, narrowly snatching the crown from Norway in second place with Annie’s “American Cars”. Morocco finished third, with Faouzia and John Legend’s “Minefield”.

This is the first time in almost 12 years of FSC history that a completely instrumental entry has managed to win the contest. Turkey earn their 4th win in the competition, having already won FSC three times before, most recently in FSC #121, which was held in March 2019.

 

Mustafa Avşaroğlu is a 26 year old Turkish composer. He started publishing his own compositions in 2015 and has become known for his emotional piano compositions, but he also has history in cinematic compositions. He has since released several EP’s and albums of his work.

“Listen to Your Heart” is taken off the Legacy Album, released in July 2020. It is an emotional and epic piano composition, it touches the soul and inspires the mind. When you listen to your heart, magic happens.

Full results of FSC 142

  1. 🇹🇷 Turkey – 116
  2. 🇳🇴 Norway – 106
  3. 🇲🇦 Morocco – 106
  4. 🇧🇪 Belgium – 98
  5. 🇷🇴 Romania – 96
  6. 🇵🇹 Portugal – 94
  7. 🇩🇰 Denmark – 91
  8. 🇳🇱 Netherlands – 87
  9. 🇮🇱 Israel – 84
  10. 🇷🇸 Serbia – 80
  11. 🇸🇪 Sweden – 79
  12. 🇦🇹 Austria – 72
  13. 🇭🇷 Croatia – 64
  14. 🇵🇱 Poland – 60
  15. 🇪🇸 Spain – 56
  16. 🇬🇧 United Kingdom – 56
  17. 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan – 55
  18. 🇺🇸 United States – 53
  19. 🇧🇬 Bulgaria – 52
  20. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – 48
  21. 🇺🇦 Ukraine – 47
  22. 🇧🇷 Brazil – 47
  23. 🇱🇹 Lithuania – 42
  24. 🇷🇺 Russia – 42
  25. 🇱🇻 Latvia – 37
  26. 🇭🇺 Hungary – 37
  27. 🇮🇹 Italy – 33
  28. 🇧🇦 Bosnia & Herzegovina – 32
  29. 🇿🇦 South Africa – 30
  30. 🇨🇦 Canada – 28
  31. 🇩🇪 Germany – 24
  32. 🇨🇾 Cyprus – 23
  33. 🇮🇩 Indonesia – 22
  34. 🇪🇪 Estonia – 17
  35. 🇨🇿 Czech Republic – 15
  36. 🇲🇾 Malaysia – 8
  37. 🇲🇽 Mexico – 55 (did not vote)

What is the Forum Song Contest?

Like a mini Eurovision held on our forum, the Forum Song Contest (FSC) sees participants from around the world come together to share the latest and greatest music from their country. Participants may join the jury for their country and collaborate with others from their nation to select a song for the contest. With a rich history spanning back to 2009, the contest is one of the four major contests on our forum alongside the long-running Nation Song Contest (NSC) featuring fictional nations, the region-focused WorldVision (WV) and the Asian music-themed contest Orient Matsuri (OM).

The United Kingdom is currently the most successful country in the contest, with 15 wins including the very first win back in March 2009. Netherlands have the second most wins on 12, with Norway a 10-time champion of the contest. Germany, Spain and the United States all currently sit on 8 wins. Norway is currently the most successful country in the contest when it comes to top 10 results (FSC League Table) with United Kingdom second and Netherlands third.

How can I join?

First, #YOU must be a registered member of our forum (don’t worry, it’s free and #YOU can join the discussion right away!). Then, consult the rules of the contest HERE before submitting your request to join a jury in the sign up thread HERE.

What do #YOU think of the FSC winner for December 2020? Share your thoughts with us on our forum HERE, in the comments below or on social media!

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