In recent days the OGAE Poll 2018 has been picking up pace and now a further six OGAE fan clubs have revealed their scores. Israel’s Netta is still out in front, but thereafter the scoreboard has shifted

The main mover is Bulgaria’s “common framework” Equinox. They’ve moved from 9th to 4th place, with a new total of 57 points. Equinox picked up 12 points from OGAE Azerbaijan and 8 points from OGAE Ukraine. Their position puts them ahead of Kristian Kostov who finished in seventh with OGAE last year.

France’s Madame Monsieur and Finland’s Saara Aalto continue to battle for second place. The gap between the two has widened slightly. Madame Monsieur are now over 20 points clear of Saara, after picking up plenty of points including two 10s from OGAE Croatia and OGAE Ukraine.

Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef rounds out the top 5 but is only 3 points clear of Australia’s Jessica Mauboy. Mikolas picked up twelve points from OGAE Slovakia. Slovakia itself won’t vote in Eurovision this year as it isn’t participating.

Australia’s momentum has mellowed, with only four points from OGAE Iceland.

OFF THE STARTING BLOCK IN THE OGAE POLL 2018

Six fan clubs. Six more votes. And three new nations on the scoreboard.

FYR Macedonia, Poland and Russia have all picked up their first points in the votes.

FYR Macedonia’s Eye Cue earned 6 points from Croatia and 1 point from Australia. Poland took 3 points from OGAE Slovakia and Russia picked up 1 point from OGAE Azerbaijan.

You can see full votes from the six clubs below:

OGAE Australia

12 points Israel
10 points Finland
8 points Estonia
7 points France
6 points Czech Republic
5 points Cyprus
4 points Belgium
3 points Sweden
2 points Bulgaria
1 point FYR Macedonia (first point)

OGAE Iceland

12 points Israel
10 Points Finland
8 Points France
7 Points Denmark
6 points Czech Republic
5 Points Sweden
4 points Australia
3 Points Greece
2 points Cyprus
1 point Estonia

OGAE Slovakia

12 points – Czech Republic
10 points – Israel
8 points – Greece
7 points – Ukraine
6 points – Bulgaria
5 points – Finland
4 points – Cyprus
3 points – Poland (First points)
2 points – Norway
1 point – Denmark

OGAE Azerbaijan

12 points went to… Bulgaria!
10 points went to… Belgium
8 points went to… France
7 points went to Estonia
6 points went to Italy
5 points went to Israel
4 points went to Cyprus
3 points went to Finland
2 points went to Austria
1 point went to Russia (First points)

OGAE Croatia

12 points Australia!
10 points went to… France
8 points went to… Israel
7 points went to Bulgaria
6 points went to FYR Macedonia
5 points went to Greece
4 points went to Finland
3 points went to Germany
2 points went to Austria
1 point went to Belgium

OGAE Ukraine

12 Israel
10 France
8 Bulgaria
7 Czech Republic
6 Belgium
5 Sweden
4 Greece
3 Belarus
2 Italy
1 Denmark

Here is the current scoreboard:

1. Israel – 153 points
2. France – 95 points
3. Finland – 72 points
4. Bulgaria – 57 points
5. Czech Republic – 54 points
6. Australia – 51 points
7. Greece – 48 points
8. Belgium – 40 points
9. Estonia – 39 points
10. Cyprus – 37 points
11. Sweden – 33 points
12. Denmark – 31 points
13. Italy – 31 points
14. Austria – 18 points
15. Norway – 10 points
16. Ukraine – 10 points
17. Germany – 8 points
18. Belarus – 8 points
19. FYR Macedonia – 7 points
20. Spain – 6 points
21. Poland – 3 points
22. Russia – 1 point

These countries have yet to receive any points.

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.

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Alfred5
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She looks like a performing circus elephant stamping around

Escphbelgium
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I think Netta will wear the rainbow kimono, the red outfit or the pink wig and hoodie-shirt from the MV.

Darth Thulhu
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The Red Outfit would be absolutely stunning. My worry would be the hoodie-shirt, which risks getting her lost and forgotten behind her looper.

Ross
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Really struggling to pick a favourite this year… it’s between Spain, Denmark and Finland!

Rachel
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It’s between Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Sweden.

Music is art
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Guess she can pick herself hehe

IF
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I personally like the Israeli song because it is quirky and has a good beat. Something unusual. But i can also understand the naysayers. Truth is that a song like Israel’s needs to be staged perfectly and sung really well or it loses its charm very quickly. If this were a contest of music videos, i’d have been fairly certain Israel would win. But live performances impose a certain line that must be surpassed to stand a chance. You don’t need major staging to perform the Estonian, Bulgarian, or French songs (to name just a few examples). You DO however… Read more »
Ethan1994
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I think it’s also got the same problem as Italy had last year, which is that it could be easily mistaken for a silly novelty song.

Music is art
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To be honest with you guys, and that’s only my opinion, I don’t understand the hype for certain songs. Belgium’s entry live seems not to meet the expectations. Australia brings a nice voice but a very generic song with simple lyrics. Norway brings a wierd song wirh a non-impressive violin effect but a great singer and performer. Sweden’s entry…. well, it’s all about visuals, not about music. And Bulgaria’s’ entry is not my cup of tea. Great performance it seems, but it doesnt brings me any emotions. And about the great favourite, Israel’s entry, I understand the initial hype, but… Read more »
Feel good music
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That is just your opinion and I believe you are in the minority camp. Thanks to Sobroal, we have to endure a year of pretentious artsy entries. Like most of the Eurofans, I want feel good and accessible modern music. Music breaks exiting mould. Music is not just art, it is something which makes people feel good!

Music is art
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I don’t agree with you in a couple of things: in a song contest, we must value music as art. For a party or club we can value other features. Second, music is something which makes us FEEL, and not only feel good as you mention. And third, the songs I mentón are modern too.

Kit Kat
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Totally agree.
I don’t see any “pretentious” songs this year!!
Of course it’s mandatory having quality songs!!
Spend millions just to organize a huge club party?!? Remember this is not exclusive for hype young people, it’s supposed to be viewed AND enjoyed by all generations!!
So yes, such an event must show quality in songs (no matter the style), not just in image and staging.

Music is art
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But I do agree I am part of a minority here. Hope we are more as the contest gets closer.

Gin
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You listed Slovenia in your non-dance section. “Hvala, Ne!” is club music. Just turn the volume up and you’ll see. Hardly high art. Probably why I love it. If you seek art in music, you have picked the wrong contest to follow. The closest we came to actual art, was with DiHaj and her very avant garde performance with horse-head man on ladder and everything. Sadly, that kind of out of the box thinking is very rare in Eurovision. P.S. Some people keep dissing the dance music entries as “fast food music”, missing the point in Salvador’s speech. I rather… Read more »
Music is art
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Meant Montenegro, not Slovenia. Sorry for the confusion. Art for me is a quality personal production compared to unpersonal mass production. Then comes a diversity message from this contest that a globalized song in English doesnt meet (for me). And…. if a song contest is not the right place to look for musical art, where is it? Am i the wrong one or those valuing and looking for party entries regardless of the authenticity of their production?

Marcelo
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DiHaj sucked. Her emo artsy pretentious performance with no relation to her song whatsoever fooled no one, granted it got 11th in the televote but with only 42 points, 48 points behind 10th placed France and way less points in televote than what Samra did in 2016 with a worse song. So, yeah DiHaj flopped.

Lourdes
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Preach! Agree with you completely!

Denis
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oh great, Another Salvador hipster type thinking only his music taste is right. There isn´t any fast- food music and so, there is only music. Every piece of music has a value to those that enjoy it. So you don¨t like dance-songs in ESC fine. But does that mean others are wrong for liking it? Does it make music any lesser cause it¨s up-tempo? Diversity isn´t just about national language songs performed in artsy ways, it is about letting the performer sing and express the song in whatever language and style he or she finds it best. That is diversity.… Read more »
Eve
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Denis, absolutely agree.

Malin
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Även jag. Bra uttryckt på respectfullt sätt. Hmm, undra om de skulle föredra vår plastiga poplåt Whaterloo på svenska eller engelska. ; )

Music is art
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Dear Denis, I guess u didnt get my point. Im not talking about personal tastes as you do. In my personal life I prefer dance music. But in a Song Contest at a European level we, or at least the juries, SHOULD focus on music as art pieces regardless of your personal taste and your Spotify. Musical quality is what we should value along with a message of cultural diversity, not how much you can dance to it. Having said this, it’s difficult for me to figur out which ones I will support in this song contest. I hope my… Read more »
Denis
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But can’t up-tempo dance be art to? Or is that something only certain songs are? That is a very narrow-minded thinking’
Musical quality? is that restricted to a certain type or genre? That only those in that genre are quality. Isn up-tempo or dance not quality? is it not well-produced? is it not much work behind it? Someone worked hard to get those dance songs out to public. Who are you to judge and look down on other people’s creations and hard work?

Music is art
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You seem to take everything to the personal field, what is something I dislike. The concept of art is the key in this matter and I think I already described mine somewhere above: quality in production, lyrics, voice, a message arriving to the viewer through the screen and cultural diversity since it is a song contest at European scale. A pop song can be art… but Im struggling to find my concept of art among the pop entries this year (what doesnt mean I don’t enjoy them! ): Sorry. I guess you must have your own indicators of quality. Mine… Read more »
Denis
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Im just trying to have a debate and ask you since I want to understand your views
Quality for me is something you can find in every genre and tempo. Where you can feel the work behind it. Whether it’s a happy dance pop song or a slow ballad or a rap song. Where everyone involved worked hard to get the result. That is quality. I might not connect to it or get it but I would still call it quality. Even if it’s from Avicii or Khaled. I wouldn’t look down at it just för being a dance song.

Music is art
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Then we both agree. And for me Sweden’s , Bulgaria’s and especially Australia’s dont meet my quality expectations, just to mention three.

Malin
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That’s fine. But we can have diffrent opinions about that. Also the juries. Who should be the judge to deside what is art?

Eurovision is a show. And it is suppose to entertain. If IT should be in the way you think Im very sure that many will be borede and stop watshing the show. We need diffrent music for all ages ande tast! Otherwise the copetition will die. IT must be fun, we ned to laught, we ned to feel and cry. We need to feel like we want to dance and sing.

SPSHonduran
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France didn’t win in 2016, Italy didn’t win in 2017(Both winners of the OGAE poll) taking into consideration that both of these entries are WAY WAY WAY better than Israel’s entry this year, I don’t think Israel is going to win, and I hope it doesn’t win. My prediction is that the performance will not live up to the expectations and that the juries will kill any possibilities for Neta. In my opinion France and Bulgaria are among the possible winners, but not Israel, the song sucks anyway.

Ross
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It would be frustrating for Israel to win after all its hype when Italy didn’t manage it last year, when I feel that Italy was fantastic and truly deserved to win – it simply peaked too soon and was ‘old news’ by the time the contest rolled around. I’m not much of a fan of Toy – I like parts of it but too many annoying noises for me! Israel doesn’t have the ‘peaked too soon’ factor against it quite so much as it’s not peaked quite so much as Italy (it’s still a long way off Italy’s 100 million… Read more »
Aminat Temicheva
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Hello! I completely agree with you. There are 42 entries I’d rather see winning than Toy. I’m rooting for France and Bulgaria is awesome. I also hope Sennek will give a stellar performance and surprise us in a very good way, I would love to see her in the highest ranks. Love to all!

Shurgard
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In contrast to the polls, I don’t think Israel will ultimately win the contest. France or Bulgaria are the real contenders in my opinion. I’m also really suprised by the fact that both The Netherlands and Portugal haven’t yet received a single point while the songs from Finland and Australia are topping the chart. I don’t want to offend anyone here but let’s just say I’m glad that the final results of the contest will not be determined by these people.

My2Cents
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Europe, are we seriously letting this KFC song win after Salvador? Smh

Thespb01
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FFS, people need to stop with this “fast food music” BS. Just because a song isn’t slow doesn’t make it worth any less. Musical snobbery helps absolutely no one.

My2Cents
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Ok, fine, I keep forgetting this is ESC after all. I’m just a bit disappointed that shouty passive aggressive chicken sounds will be more inspiring to people over the beautiful atmospheres created by songs like Bones, Oneiro Mou, When We’re Old, A Matter of Time, Lost and Found, Nova Deca, Together, La Forza,… Oh well

Feel good music
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That would be wonderful actually. I’d love to see Salvador’s face when he has to hand the trophy over. Israel’s entry have over 12 million views and got children of Ghana dancing and Sobral? Not many people know him or his music outside of Europe…

Marcelo
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Yet, he still won. But I will be laughing my ass off if Salvador had to give the trophy to either Israel or Finland or Sweden.

Music is art
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I can see eurofans are going mostly for globalized party music in English. I hope on the 12th we take into consideraron it is a song contest about musical quality and European diversity.

Eye Roll
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Omg. Not again please! You Portugese? Enough with the “music is not firework.. music is art…” We get it – you love Sobral. Not only Sobral knows music! Frankly, someone of is really dislike him and his music.

Music is art
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Music in a music contest CANNOT be fireworks no matter who said it. It’s about music: production, voice, song, lyrics and performance. I thought that since Mans won and I was glad with Ukraine victory against visual entries. I was glad wirh Sobral’s victory last year and I think the contest is going now in the right direction. A music festival to the San Remo style

Marcelo
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You must be having such a hard time with Israel, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Australia being in the Top 5 with the odds.

Music is art
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I do Marcelo! I wouldnt like any of these entries to win despite I like them too. I prefer a nice surprise. But these are just odds. We vote too.

Music is art
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I do like pop. Even for a song contest. As long as they have quality, send a personal message and the performance is able to transmit it through the screen

AngieP
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I’m so happy fans like both the Gianna and Eleni! France continues to slay!

Margaret Rose
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Thank you Slovakia for 3 points <3

DyGh
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OMG Belgium got 10 points I’m crying omfg

HoneyBS
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So much hate in the comments.

Relax, people: is a song contest, not the key to world peace.

Sandro
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Well Italy’s Song is reacting to world peace

HoneyBS
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Because they are eurofans, not the huge Alekseev fanbase. In the televote (if Alekseev qualifies), Belarus can win or have good amount of points from Ukraine and Russia.

Yaa
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I can only pray!

@EugeneESCUK
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It is interesting that Spain is 20th with only 6 points, the OGAE guys do not like it do they? Not the “hopeless romantic” types then?

If Spain get it right on the night, they could be easily be Top 10 without doubt or a complete disaster waiting to happen. It will be interesting to see if OGAE are right?

Sandro
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Hi Eugene. Hope you are well. Ogae Italy of which I’m a member were the only country to give 12 points to Portugal. So we were dead chuffed. This year I voted 12 points to Spain at our Ogae Italy Reunion. I love it and enjoyed their performance at Amsterdam on Saturday too when I was there. Spain was appreciated at our Fan club but didn’t hit top 10 . Nice to hear from you…

Sandro
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Refer to Portugal last year

@EugeneESCUK
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Hi Sando thanks for that, did not know you are an OGAE man, I KNOW you are a romantic guy.

I’m commenting on here, but if they keep holding back my comments……………………………I’m out of here.

Yaa
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No chance, Eugene, sorry, just my opinion!

jim
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“20. Spain – 6 points” finally some logic in this site!!!

Music is art
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If you like fast food yes! I prefer quality

stephen podesta
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All this is a bit of a farsical fun, everyone is forgetting what happened in 2017 with Portugal whom was not even in the top 10 in this same Poll.
So every one cool it because NO one knows what will happen.
I think many of the top 10 here will be in the final top 10, but there are some songs that will surprise on the final night and the betting agencies are just that betting Agencies so just ignore them.

Sandro
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Italy Oage 2017 gave 12 points to Portugal. The only Ogae country in 2017 to give them full points. Portugal was well appreciated by Italy Ogae 2017

Yaa
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That only shows how accurate these polls are. OGAE Romania will not have Moldova #1 if at all, OGAE Greece will not have Cyprus #1 ( last year they put Cyprus#9 in poll) but in the real thing we all know how it goes!

LJE96
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OGAE
scorewiz.eu/scoreboard/view/209619/ogae-2018
EuroJury
scorewiz.eu/scoreboard/view/211667/eurojury-2018
INFE
scorewiz.eu/scoreboard/view/210235/infe-2018

Ann
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Hahaha, don’t forget, that if you insult those muslim countries, then you’re an islamophob.

Pluma
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For the good or for the bad, I think that this year gonna be between Israel and Greece, you like it or not,(I mean the one song or the other song or maby both, like or dyslike), Personally I don’t like Israel(song don’t take it but, no the country) is not my cup of tea, about the bets now, the bets change when the people put money to the song, that means that if all of us right now we go and put 10 € tooooo for example….San Marinos song, song they gonna jump to the top top 10, for… Read more »
xxx
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It is interesting who will win this year 🙂 100% sure it will be not Israel because she cannot sing live and song is not very good on stage. Australia ? France ? or somebody else…. quite interesting year

@EugeneESCUK
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I’m continuing my monitoring of 7 songs with the OGAE results as they come in, I thought the betting Top 10 did not feel right to me and that these 7 songs may have been overrated. The first position is where the country was in the betting mid-March, the second is the current OGAE position :- (1st) Israel………………. (1st) (3rd) Czech Republic……(5th) (4th) Belgium…………….(8th) (5th) Australia………….(6th) (6th) Sweden…………….(11th) (8th) Norway……………..(15th) (10th) Netherlands………..( – ) The other 3 countries in the betting Top 10 at the time were :- (2nd) Estonia………………(9th) (7th) Bulgaria…………………(4th) (9th) France…………………(2nd) Of the 7, 6 are lower… Read more »
s
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@ Alfred5 Says who?”?????? how can you say the live is gonna be a disappointment when the reharsal didnt start… IMO Estonia is going to be the surprise disqualifier and albania will be the surprise qualifier…. Israel is not staying in the semis… it might not win but saying that she will stay in the semi is wrong…

Yaa
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I pray for this!

Cin
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There are a lot of countries some people prejudiced against, not just Israel. And by the way, does Israel vote for Muslin countries? And as for Netta’s song, some people might not like it for various reasons: too alternative, too weird, because of the lyrics, or because they prefer different genres of music

Yaa
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Romania is prejudiced against Hungary but last year televoting put Hungary second after Moldova, which is no small thing! So people at home vote for what they really like, and this is so good!

Zuzu
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Its not antisemitism, it should be pure disgust when you have treated a nation just the way Israel treats Palestine all these years, it is and must be common sense. And they are still playng the victims. Disgusting at least. And dont even start with “politics out of eurovision”. We are talking about innocent peoples lives.

stop the hate
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you should learn how palestinians treat palestinians… the so wanted palestinian state will end like syria and irak so dont push them to that…
no arab counntry help palestinians… i wonder why….

Zuzu
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So all the hate towards Palestinians just because terrorist organizations are based there and formed because of Israeli oppression is ok, but the hate towards Israel that just occupied the palestinian land via violence is antesemitism and not ok? Give. Me. A break.

Margaret
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Btw I don’t like Toy but I loved Rak bishvilo. What does that make me?

Hada
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So I know OGAE votes don’t predict a thing, but I wonder which individual OGAE club comes closest to an accurate prediction.

Sandro
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Last Year Ogae Italy gave 12 points to Portugal ??

Alfred5
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By this time next week the top five or six in the betting odds will probably hold the winner ..any song with a real chance of winning would have had their odds crunched by the betting professionals ..the songs with odds of 18-20 to 1 are simply not going to win …as of now that means Belgium France Norway , Sweden et cet

Alfred5
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I want France to win but unless their odds shorten drastically then they simply are not

JD
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OGAE and Wiwibloggs readers never get it right.

People forget that 95% of Eurovision viewers will not have heard any of the songs before the shows and will have a totally different opinion of songs.

I believe that a big shock for many people this year will be Greece and Israel’s failure to qualify.

Netta’s song isn’t quirky or fun, it’s intensely irritating and will simply annoy most viewers.

I also expect Albania, Switzerland and Macedonia to qualify.

Alfred5
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It’ll be a huge shock for you when Israel DOES qualify …I hope Israel doesn’t win, but even I expect it to come close ..you’re living in a fantasy world, unfortunately

I had high hopes for Greece but the latest release looks like something from the ESC in 1983..she’s never going to win like that

Esctime
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You have big imagination about both Greece and Israel!! They are going to qualify for sure!

Catriona Colville
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Getting the excuses in early I see?

anonymous91
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LOL Russia doesn’t deserve points at all this year

yass good for Poland and Macedonia though 🙂

Alfred5
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I have no idea just why the Czech song is even in the top ten of the odds table ; it’s surely the most over rated song of the contest ; it doesn’t even deserve to qualify

Israel..Bulgaria and France are the real contenders to win IMO

Felix
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They deserve to qualify! And he is gonna be in the top 10, deal with it 😉

Alfred5
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Only a bunch of clueless teenagers will vote for him

Lion76
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I never had Israel in my top 10. For me Italy, Bulgaria and Estonia the best !

Jay
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Azarbaijan giving Russia 1 point….

Just stop.

Italy & France
Guest

Israël is building alot of momentum But I feel it is Going to be France or Italy this year. They have that “Winner” vibe around them like Emmelie DeForest and Måns Zelemerlöw

azaad
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Your racist smears aren’t welcome on a website like this.

Alfred5
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They were fortunate not to get disqualified for lifting the chorus of their song from 2016..a pair of artful dodgers methinks

stop the hate
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true azaad… but you are not a pure soul too….emphasising all the time how anti israeli you are in a forum of songs….

Yaa
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OMG, please not! Let it be about music, not politics!

btw
Guest

Am I the only one who is getting bored of Israeli entry? I really enjoyed listening to it when it came out, but now… maybe the hype that is everywhere is pushing me away, but in my opinion Netta will be the next Francesco. Sofia, Helsinki or Paris 2019??

Alfred5
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Yes I agree ; people are getting tired of it and there’s still over 3 weeks to the final …Netta will burn herself out

Alessandro
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Remember that 95% of voting people are gonna watch Netta for the first time in the first semifinal… do you remeber your first reaction? They will have the same one probably and they’re gonna vote.
Of course the staging has to be perfect.

Alfred5
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What you don’t seem to grasp is that only a fraction of the viewers actually vote , and of the ones that do , I’d wager, most have heard the song before

Reel
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A music video with studio sound doesn’t has the same impact as a live version.

Alfred5
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Yes , the live performance will be a dissapoinment

Kyna
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You’re not the only one, quite a lot of people are saying the same thing. I got bored like one or two weeks after the release.

Cin
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Same here, I don’t like Toy as much as I did the first severel times I’ve listened to it