Australia: Dami Im wins OGAE Song Contest 2017 with “Fighting For Love”


She’s the young Australian diva who came so close to winning Eurovision 2016. But now Dami Im has scored a victory. She’s the winner of the OGAE Song Contest 2017. Her song “Fighting For Love” was voted the favourite of the OGAE fan groups around Europe.

The OGAE Song Contest is an annual event organized by OGAE — the Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l’Eurovision, or General Organisation of Eurovision Fans —  in which the members of OGAE compete with an original song released in their countries. The song has to have been released in the last 12 months and sung in one of the country’s national languages.

This year’s contest was hosted by OGAE Spain after they won last year’s contest with Álvaro Soler’s “Sofia”.

The 28 entries are voted on by the different OGAE clubs, using the traditional Eurovision 12-points system. Australian X Factor winner Dami Im comfortably earned the most points for her 2016 single “Fighting For Love”. This has given Australia its first win in the OGAE Song Contest and will mean next year’s contest will be hosted by OGAE Australia.

Australia’s win also ends an eight-year streak of wins by the Big Five. Since 2008, the UK has won three times, Spain and France twice and Italy once.

In second place is the UK, where electropop group Clean Bandit‘s “Rockabye” picked up 207 points. In third place with 195 points is Ireland, where Irish band Kodaline teamed up with Norwegian producer Kygo on “Raging”.

Russia’s Eurovision 2016 star Sergey Lazarev is in fourth place, where he song “Ideal World” is on 127 points. In fifth place with 100 points is Portuguese producer Mastiksoul with “Livere”.

And in sixth place with 87 points is the entry from OGAE Rest of the World. They selected New Zealand group Broods with the song “Heartlines”, co-written by Lorde.

Down at the other end of the scoreboard, is Malta’s Ira Losco. Despite her Eurovision successes, she only managed four points for her fun dance track “Oh My God (OMG)”. Norway’s entry, “Fy faen” by Hkeem & Temur, scored nil points, which suggests that it might not be to the liking of most OGAE fans. But viewers of the hit Norwegian TV series Skam will recognise “Fy faen” as the Balloon Squad party theme.

OGAE Song Contest 2017 results

  1. Australia: Dami Im – “Fighting for love” (232 points)
  2. United Kingdom: Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul and Anne Marie – “Rockabye” (207 points)
  3. Ireland: Kygo ft. Kodaline – “Raging” (195 points)
  4. Russia: Sergey Lazarev – “Ideal World” (127 points)
  5. Portugal: Mastiksoul feat. Mariza – “Livre” (100 points)
  6. Rest of the World: Broods – “Heartlines” (87 points)
  7. France: Julien Doré – “Le lac” (82 points)
  8. Spain: Fangoria – “Espectacular” (81 points)
  9. Belgium: Urban Trad – “Devant toi” (72 points)
  10. Germany: Maite Kelly – “Sieben Leben für dich” (57 points)
  11. Finland: Kaija Koo feat. Cheek – “Nää yöt ei anna armoo” (50 points)
  12. Italy: Tiziano Ferro ft. Carmen Consoli – “Il Conforto” (48 points)
  13. Turkey: Sezen Aksu – “Manifesto” (48 points)
  14. Greece: Marina Satti – “Fortune Teller (Mantissa)” (37 points)
  15. Slovakia: Zuzana Smatanová – “Horou” (33 points)
  16. Poland: Kayah feat. Idan Raichel – “Po co” (31 points)
  17. Sweden: Magnus Carlsson – “Ge mig sommar” (31 points)
  18. FYR Macedonia: Aleksandra Janeva – “Najmilo moe” (21 points)
  19. Denmark: Albert Dyrlund – “Ulla” (20 points)
  20. Slovenia: Manca Spik & Isaac Palma – “Oba” (17 points)
  21. Czech Republic: Marta Jandova – “Skolis me” (13 points)
  22. Belarus: Angelika Pushnova – “Nam nado byt vmeste (We should be together)” (8 points)
  23. Armenia: Sirusho feat. Sebu – “Vuy Aman” (8 points)
  24. Hungary: Soulwave – “Szaladok” (6 points)
  25. Andorra: Txarango – “Una lluna a l’aigua” (5 points)
  26. Serbia: Nevena Bozovic – “Jasno mi je” (4 points)
  27. Malta: Ira Losco feat. Shyli – “Oh My God (OMG)” (4 points)
  28. Norway: Hkeem & Temur – “Fy faen” (0 points)

Wiwi poll results

Earlier this year we asked wiwibloggs readers to pick their favourites from the OGAE Song Contest 2017.

Your favourite was also Dami Im, which earned more than a quarter of all votes. The wiwi second place also reflected the OGAE results — Clean Bandit took 11.42% of the vote.

Sergey Lazarev took third place with 8.61% of the votes, but wiwi readers had a lot of love for Greece and Poland. Marina Satti took fourth place with 7.3% while Kayah was fifth with 4.58%.

  1. Australia — Dami Im with “Fighting for love” 27.2% (831 votes)
  2. United Kingdom — Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul and Anne Marie with “Rockabye” 11.42% (349 votes)
  3. Russia — Sergey Lazarev with “Ideal World” 8.61% (263 votes)
  4. Greece — Marina Satti with “Fortune Teller” 7.3% (223 votes)
  5. Poland — Kayah feat. Idan Rachel with “Po co” 4.58% (140 votes)
  6. Spain — Fangoria with “Espectacular” 3.4% (104 votes)
  7. Ireland — Kygo feat. Kodaline with “Raging” 3.31% (101 votes)
  8. Portugal — Mastiksoul feat. Mariza with “Livre” 2.98% (91 votes)
  9. Armenia — Sirusho feat. Sebu with “Vuy Aman” 2.85% (87 votes)
  10. Italy — Tiziano Ferro feat. Carmen Console with “Il Conforto” 2.75% (84 votes)
  11. Czech Republic — Marta Jandová with “Školíš m?” 2.42% (74 votes)
  12. Malta — Ira Losco feat. Shyli with “Oh My God (OMG) 2.42% (74 votes)
  13. Serbia — Nevena Bozovic with “Jason mi je” 2.19% (67 votes)
  14. Turkey — Sezen Aksu with “Manifesto” 2.16% (66 votes)
  15. OGAE RoW — Broods with “Heartlines” 1.8% (55 votes)
  16. Slovakia — Zuzana Smatanová with “Horou” 1.64% (50 votes)
  17. France — Julien Doré with “Le lac” 1.6% (49 votes)
  18. Belgium — Urban Trad with “Devant toi” 1.57% (48 votes)
  19. Sweden — Magnus Carlsson with “Ge mig sommar” 1.24% (38 votes)
  20. Germany — Maite Kelly with “Sieben Leben für dich” 1.21% (37 votes)
  21. Belarus — Angelika Pushnova with “Nam nado byt vmeste” 1.15% (35 votes)
  22. Andorra — Txarango with “Una Iluna a l’aigua” 1.08% (33 votes)
  23. Hungary — Soulwave with “Szaladok” 1.08% (33 votes)
  24. Norway — Hikeem & Temur with “Fy faen” 1.08% (33 votes)
  25. Finland — Kaija Koo feat. Cheek with “Nää yöt ei anna armoo” 1.05% (32 votes)
  26. FYR Macedonia — Aleksandra Janeva with “Najmilo moe” 0.75% (23 votes)
  27. Slovenia — Manca Spik & Isaac Palma with “Oba” 0.72% (22 votes)
  28. Denmark: Albert Dyrlund with “Ulla” 0.43% (13 votes)

What do you think? Did Australia serve to win the OGAE Song Contest? Should Dami Im return to Eurovision? Share your thoughts below!