Few people enjoy a song contest quiet as much as OGAE members. The international organisation of Eurovision fans runs numerous competitions throughout the year, including the Eurovision Song Contest Poll and the Second Chance Contest. They also organise the OGAE Song Contest, where every OGAE national club has an option to enter an original song, released in the previous 12 months in their country and sung in one of the country’s official languages. This year 31 branches have risen to the challenge. We now know all the songs which will compete to take the title from OGAE France, who won with Indila’s “Dernière Danse” in 2014.
Unsurprisingly, for a body made up entirely of Eurovision fans, the contest is dominated by songs from former contestants. Belgium, Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia, Serbia, Armenia, Finland, Spain, Germany and Montenegro are sending tracks by Kate Ryan, Kristína Peláková, Alyona Lanskaya, Tamara Todevska, Jelena Tomasevic, Inga & Anush Arshakyans, Jari Sillanpää, Ruth Lorenzo, Michelle and Sergej Cetkovic respectively.
Kristina and “Ta Ne” for Slovakia
National finalists have also proven popular. Malta, Latvia, Sweden, and Slovenia all went down this route, choosing tunes from Corazón, Janis Stibelis, Darin, and Nika Zorjan respectively. San Remo’s Malika Ayane is singing for Italy.
Malika Ayane and “Senza Fare Sul Serio” for Italy
Thankfully, not all the clubs are trapped inside the euro-bubble. The Rest of World (ROW) and UK have opted for two global smashes in the form of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” and Ella Henderson’s “Ghost”. France, Portugal and Poland are also sending big hits from Kendji Girac, Mickael Carreira and Sylwia Grzeszczak. Meanwhile, Ireland are entering Markus Feehily with “Love Is A Drug”, the winner of our very own wiwivision.
Kendji Girac and “Andalouse” for France
You can listen to all 31 entries HERE. Voting is only open to OGAE members in the participating countries, and in some branches voting has already ended. But EVERYONE can still vote in our poll. Vote for your favourites now!
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