Second chance for “A Million Years”: Sweden’s Mariette wins OGAE contest

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It’s the uplifting anthem that placed fourth at Melodifestivalen 2017. Now “A Million Years” by Sweden’s Mariette has gone on to win the OGAE Second Chance Contest. In the annual competition, OGAE fan clubs vote for their favourite song from the season’s national finals.

“A Million Years” was a fan favourite in the run-up to Melodifestivalen 2017. While it was seen as a potential winner, it ended up placing fourth in the grand final.

But the OGAE Second Chance Contest has given Mariette the victory she missed out on in March. This year’s contest was hosted by OGAE Poland, following last year’s win by Margaret with “Cool Me Down”.

Second Chance is only open to countries who held a national final, and this year that meant 22 entries. They are voted on by OGAE members from around Europe, and the winner is determined using the traditional Eurovision “12 points” voting system.

It was the favourite of the Wiwi Jury, with an average score of 8.27/10. Juror Jordi commented, “she radiates excitement while owing strong and sublime vocals. It feels heavenly. I wish it would last more than three minutes. What a gem!”. While Josh said, “The bungee dancers are an original and well-thought staging choice and the chorus has such a clever hook. I could just about listen to this for a million years. LOVE. IT.”

In second place was Italy, with Sanremo finalist Paola Turci and her song “Fatti Bella Per Te”. Third place went to host country Ukraine, with their national final runner up Tayanna and her song “I Love You”.

Rounding out the top five was Slovenia’s EMA runners-up, BQL in fourth place with “Heart of Gold”, and Lithuania’s Eurovizijos atranka finalist Greta Zazza with “Like I Love You”.

At the other end of the points table, things weren’t looking so good for Georgia (selected by OGAE Rest of the World) and Portugal. Georgian national finalist Maliibu only earned one point for her song “We Live Once”, as did Eurovision 2017 winners Portugal. Festival da Canção voters evidently made the right choice by picking Salvador Sobral over Pedro Gonçalves with “Don’t Walk Away”.

Earlier in the year, we asked wiwibloggs readers to vote for their favourite in Second Chance. Your favourite was Estonia’s Kerli with “Spirit Animal” with 14.19% of the votes, though Mariette was second with 12.99%. OGAE runner-up Paola Turci wasn’t such a favourite with wiwibloggs readers — y’all ranked her 14th with only 2.53% of the vote.

OGAE Second Chance Contest 2017 — official results

  1. Sweden: Mariette – “A Million Years” (329 points)
  2. Italy: Paola Turci – “Fatti Bella Per Te” (209 points)
  3. Ukraine: Tayanna – “I Love You” (196 points)
  4. Slovenia: BQL – “Heart of Gold” (189 points)
  5. Lithuania: Greta Zazza – “Like I Love You” (135 points)
  6. Spain: LeKlein – “Ouch” (124 points)
  7. Norway: Ella – “Mama’s Boy” (119 points)
  8. Greece: Demy – “When the Morning Comes Around” (104 points)
  9. Iceland: Daði Freyr – “Is This Love?” (86 points)
  10. United Kingdom: Holly Brewer – “I Wish I Loved You More” (80 points)
  11. Estonia: Kerli – “Spirit Animal” (72 points)
  12. Albania: Dilan Reka – “Mos Harro” (44 points)
  13. Denmark: Ida Una – “One” (43 points)
  14. Hungary: Gabi Tóth & Freddie Shuman feat. Lotfi Begi – “Hosszú Idök” (39 points)
  15. Belarus: Nuteki – “Take My Heart” (32 points)
  16. Malta: Janice Mangion – “Kewkba” (32 points)
  17. Germany: Axel Feige – “Wildfire” (30 points)
  18. Poland: Carmell – “Faces” (26 points)
  19. Finland: Zühlke – “Perfect Villain” (14 points)
  20. Latvia: My Radiant You – “All I Know” (9 points)
  21. Georgia (OGAE Rest of the World): Maliibu – “We Live Once” (1 point)
  22. Portugal: Pedro Gonçalves – “Don’t Walk Away” (1 point)

What do you think? Was “A Million Years” a worthy winner? Should Mariette return to Melfest? Share your thoughts below!

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