Make a chicken cry and grab your toy box: Israel’s Netta has won the first 12 points of the OGAE Poll 2018. OGAE France has become the first of more than 40 Eurovision fan clubs around the world to reveal it’s favourite song at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

This is the second year in a row that OGAE France has kicked off voting. Last year, the club gave 12 points to Italy’s Francesco Gabbani, foreshadowing his eventual victory in the poll weeks later.

The vote confirms the odds which currently have Israel as the favourite to win the contest in May.

The French fan club gave 10 points to Finland’s Saara Aalto and 8 points to Australia’s Jessica Mauboy.

Denmark’s Rasmussen took 7 points and Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef earned 6 points rounding out the French top 5.

You can see the French points below:

Israel – 12
Finland – 10
Australia – 8
Denmark – 7
Czech Republic – 6
Sweden – 5
Greece – 4
Bulgaria – 3
Italy – 2
Austria – 1

The full scores are available through the group’s Facebook page:

Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve done the maths, it’s not a secret anymore, Israel is the winner of the annual OGAE France poll.Share your comments :)Romain

Posted by OGAE France Eurofans on Sunday, March 25, 2018

Azerbaijan, Estonia and Belarus all missed out on points by slender margins. Further fan clubs will reveal their votes in the coming week.

Will the OGAE Poll 2018 predict the winner of Eurovision 2018?

Not exactly. Members of OGAE – L’Organisation générale des amateurs de l’Eurovision – aren’t an entirely accurate representation of the 200 million viewers who tune in to the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

In twelve years, the poll has only accurately predicted the winner four times and the past two winners have both failed to make it into the top 5 at the Grand Final.

Francesco Gabbani, who won the poll last year, fell at the last hurdle and finished in 6th place last year in Kyiv. The poll’s runner up Blanche did however manage to make the top 5, finishing in fourth with her track “City Lights”.

Keep your eyes peeled for more updates as results pour in from around the world!

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AngieP
AngieP
2 years ago

Personally, I think Israel hasn’t the best song this year. However, it’s different and catchy and I can see why people like it. Denmark wouldn’t be in my top 10. I’m glad to see Greece, Italy and the Czech Republic here.

Yulia ftw
Yulia ftw
2 years ago

wow relatively good numbers for Aisel & Moldova! good
both underrated

Toro15
Toro15
2 years ago

France top is good for me but all the best songs are in. But my top is diverse:
1. Italy (12 p.)
2. Bulgaria (10 p.)
3. Australia (8 p.)
4. Denmark (7 p.)
5. Austria (6 p.)
6. Israel (5 p.)
7. Portugal (4 p.)
8. Czech Republic (3p.)
9. Greece (2 p.)
10. Finland (1 p.)
That’s my top 10 and my opinion ????

Catalin
Catalin
2 years ago
Reply to  Toro15

Israel is first <3 not Italy!

Jo
Jo
2 years ago
Reply to  Catalin

@Catalin shut up. Italy is first.

Liz
Liz
2 years ago

You will have a better chance guessing the results if you ask random people about which song they prefer. Eurofans and all of us overanalyze everything, have heard the songs more than once, think of what kind of song traditionally are voted, check the odds. Asking some friends their opinion I got these as favorites: Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Hungary, Israel, Spain, Greece, Netherlands, Czechia.

Nykos
Nykos
2 years ago

I disagree BIG TIME!

it wont even qualify…

I.D.C
I.D.C
2 years ago

Hahahaha France is sucking up to Israel because of all the anti-s bull*** that is going on in France. I like the tempo of the song, I don’t like the feminist movement in this song because boys are not stupid! Is it a winning song “we will find out”

Azaad
Azaad
2 years ago
Reply to  I.D.C

Is France especially anti-Semitic? I wouldn’t think so, though any French Jews can correct me if I’m wrong.

I think it’s just Eurofans hyping the song.

CyxCy
CyxCy
2 years ago
Reply to  Azaad

Are you serious? We are not anti -semitic! remember Amir, the Alma author team… it’s the song we don’t like. It has nothing to do with the religious convictions of the country from which it comes. I have already explained several times on this site, but in France we like simplicity and naturalness. Beautiful songs with beautiful text and nice music, no frills or complex choreography, simply. The song of Israel simply doesn’t fit into these criteria. I have a real crush on the song of Austria. Song that isn’t even classified among bookmakers but found in this ranking of… Read more »

Stan
Stan
2 years ago

Greece is good, but it won’t roll over to win the whole thing. It’s too much of a niche song. I thing that for the Greek broadcaster, it would be best not to do too well. It would eat away their budget for a few years

Azotman
Azotman
2 years ago

Bonsoir Lisboa,
Je n’aime pas trop la chanson de l’Israël cette année. La musique sonne assez bizarre ainsi que les bruits de la chanteuse sont assez désagréables. Je pense qu’il y a de meilleures chansons cette année. Je suis surpris du résultat de ce vote des membres de l’OGAE Français. Chacun ses goûts. Voici mes votes :

Malte 1 point
Ukraine 2 points
Estonie 3 points
Chypre 4 points
Danemark 5 points
Serbie 6 points
Portugal 7 points
Italie 8 points !
Espagne 10 points !!
Grèce 12 points !!!

Bonne nuit l’Europe !
Bisous…

Jorge A.
Jorge A.
2 years ago
Reply to  Azotman

Greek fan in disguise, how unoriginal and pathetic. you should take your friend that replied to you and jump off mount Olympus.
both of you are vile, degenerate, spit-talking people. both of you are probably fat and ugly yourselves (unless you wrote both comments).

you can take the 10 points you gave us and shove it up your culo, mierda…

Greece won’t make it to the finals, #markmywords !!!

#madrid2019 #greeksnotwelcomed

Pluma
Pluma
2 years ago
Reply to  Jorge A.

Jorge eres pathetico, a ver si aprendemos unos modales primero y después escribir en cualquer post y Grecia estará en la final te gusta ó no

Jorge A.
Jorge A.
2 years ago
Reply to  Pluma

#markmywords – #madrid2019!!!

writing in spanish will not mask the fact you are another vile greek…

Jorge A.
Jorge A.
2 years ago
Reply to  Jorge A.

so???
google translate can write for me in Portuguese, that doesn’t mean I’m from Portugal. I judge by similarity in comments and insults. when a person (ie. Bonbon provocational comment) calls another singer fat and ugly chicken , that is OUT OF LINE and you should be ashamed of yourself for calling yourself HappyJoy and ignore it and not voice your disgust of it, yet take the time to lecture my exchange with a pathetic greek, asnon politically correct as I choose to do it..

Azotman
Azotman
2 years ago
Reply to  Azotman

Estimado Jorge A., Tienes que hacer cuidado quando escribes y no insultar la gente. Sobretodo quando no conoces las personas. Para tu informacion, soy Francés 100% he escrito sobretodo commentarios que tratan de las canciones francesas en general. Liberté, égalité, fraternité, unis dans la diversité, allez les bleus !!! Pués, podia dar tanbién 12 puntos para Francia, pero este es demasiado facil. Otra cosa, me gustan ambos las canciones de Espana y Grecia. Si alguien quisiera dar 10 puntos para Francia, no voy a insultarlo. No entiendo tu reaccion ! Eres libre de dar tu respuesta y no estar de… Read more »

Jorge A.
Jorge A.
2 years ago
Reply to  Azotman

Estimado Azotman, No tengo nada personalmente en contra de ninguna persona, solo lo odio cuando un miembro de cierto país vomita odio y falta de respeto a otras canciones, cantantes o países. Solo trato de atenderlos con una dosis de su propia medicina, y les hago saber y me doy cuenta de que no pueden intimidar a los demás ni menospreciar a las personas y su apariencia. Estoy disgustado por eso y no me rendiré, lo siento. Gracias por su preocupación, pero por favor no me den una conferencia. Todavía no me decidí por los puntos, pero puedo decirte que… Read more »

Azotman
Azotman
2 years ago
Reply to  Azotman

Hello HappyJoy,
You exagerate a little bit. I come from France, so the statement is correct for Italy and Spain but not for Greece, Portugal, Serbia… I didn’t give points to Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and United Kingdom.
I like the songs of some of my neighbours, what can I do ? I didn’t vote for Barei or Emma Marrone for example. I sometimes change favourite neigbours as many televoters do. Tell me which songs do you like, I can tell where you come from !!!
Cordially yours

Azotman
Azotman
2 years ago
Reply to  Azotman

Hello HappyJoy,
You come from Poland !!! Yes, I knew it. Together with Germany and Hungary, Ukraine was definitely the best hint. Australia was a diversion, it is not even in Europe, I don’t even consider the song. At least, we have three songs in common, (Denmark, Ukraine and Estonia) not bad.! Merci !
Bonne nuit !

Azotman
Azotman
2 years ago
Reply to  Azotman

Hallo HappyJoy,
Not sure if you are still reading.
From the different criteria :
– Not in your list. (33)
– Not a big 5 (28)
– Not an island (24)
– Not a neighbour of your mentioned countries
I ended up with a short-list of six countries including :
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Greece, Lithuania
and Montenegro.
Not Greece because I gave 12 points so you wouldn’t mention my voting pattern.
I would say Montenegro because of you “non closest neighbour” criteria. But I am not sure…
Cordially yours,

Azotman
Azotman
2 years ago
Reply to  Azotman

Hallo HappyJoy,
You lost me a bit. From your last message, it could be
“The Netherlands” who often exchanges points with Belgium… It is more complicated than I thought.
Ciao

Escphbelgium
Escphbelgium
2 years ago

Arrogance only leads to downfall… Be humble.

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago
Reply to  Escphbelgium

You’re not confident, you’re arrogant. That’s the deal. You don’t need to start trashing other songs or other opinions, like the first comment did.

Im not a trash talker
Im not a trash talker
2 years ago
Reply to  Marcelo

I get it – you’re a hooligan…my condolences to your parents 🙁

Maxime
2 years ago

Just want to say that this vote in not necessary representative of the whole french audience and fans. We don’t all have this strange (to say the least) taste.

BTW, you can vote from now for your 10 favourites in each semi finals of Eurovision 2018!
All informations and voting form here:
https://goo.gl/forms/ac40V74bzq3kBEOT2

Nitzan
Nitzan
2 years ago

So much fuss over the voting of one (!) OGAE branch…

1. OGAE vote for what they like and not to predict anything.

2. If you are looking for predictions they are all here: https://www.oddschecker.com/tv/eurovision/winner

3. TOY could win and it could fail, it’s all about the live performance – just like it is with all songs. We will just have to wait and see.

Pluma
Pluma
2 years ago

You can’t call a nation pathetic, we just talk about Eurovision song contest and yes I think that Greece gonna do it better than Israel regards from Spain

Malin
Malin
2 years ago

Last year it was an ape, and the televoters didn’t care about the deeper meaning whith the song then, althougth the hipe whitin the escworlds.

Will the they like chicken better than the ape? Perhaps, but I think those who listen at it for he very first time will be crul.

gili
gili
2 years ago
Reply to  Malin

neta is more creative than bringing a chicken, be prepared for a surprise(:

Malin
Malin
2 years ago
Reply to  gili

Perhaps, but I think people outside the escbubble won’t like the sound of chickens. I think that’s a shame. Whit out the sounds of chickns it mait have a good chans. That’s what I predict. But I mait be wrong. : )

danny
danny
2 years ago
Reply to  Malin

Don’t you think that the Italian song flopped because it’s deep meaning was, well, in Italian? Most of the people couldn’t understand a word and just saw a guy who looks like a young Walt Disney and a dancer in a very very cheap gorilla costume. Nettas song is at least in English. And I’m sure no one will be dressed in feathers.

Malin
Malin
2 years ago
Reply to  danny

Danny, thats true. This is in english and I think that I hear a more modern sound in Israels song than the Italian last year.
But I think that many will be creul whith the sounds of chicken.
When I heard it the first time, that was the thing that I noticed and I think many miss the good things about The song. I think it mait become top 10 or top 5. But to many of those who listen at it for the first time will not get it. Thats my guess.

Titas
Titas
2 years ago

Agreed

Titas
Titas
2 years ago

I don’t hate israels song but, in my opinion it’s overrated

Kris
Kris
2 years ago

Different Semis man… Sadly

@EugeneESCUK
2 years ago

As many have said the OGAE poll is not a leading indicator as to what will happen in May. The 4 correct predictions in the 11 years so far were :- “Molitva” “Fairytale” “Euphoria” “Only Teardrops” Say no more!! Also Sweden have won the OGAE poll 3 times, Italy twice and Denmark twice, so perhaps expect Sweden, Italy, Denmark and also Australia to be in the OGAE 2018 Top 10 with Israel of course. Finland, Bulgaria, and Czech Republic should also feature and perhaps Estonia and France to round off the Top 10. If you read the OGAE UK Facebook… Read more »

Mark dowd
Mark dowd
2 years ago
Reply to  @EugeneESCUK

Current odds of 4.3 for UK to come last look attractive to me.

Igal
Igal
2 years ago

From what i gather so far it seems like israel could do very well so long as it holds some water with the jury voting. It looks like the televoting should be quite good for them. Of course the above assumes good staging and good performances. Time will tell

dsdssd
dsdssd
2 years ago

how can you call 240k likes hate????? more then 8 million views…. you are living in an illusion my friend open your eyes

Henry
Henry
2 years ago
Reply to  dsdssd

Last year Italy had more than 100 million views BEFORE the contest… and still did not win…
Views at youtube don’t say anything, the only thing that counts is the performance at 8, 10 and 12 may.

dsdssd
dsdssd
2 years ago

Greece will do good in the semi but will forgotten in the final 100%

jenny
jenny
2 years ago

Some boring song will win Eurovision, and Toy will be the real successful song after Eurovision. And all that, just because ESC fans want ESC to be taken seriously. Who are you trying to please by voting the most boring song? Do you think that ironic videos on y-t will stop if you vote for yet another dramatic song? No, ironic videos will never stop, and Jamala and Salvador only made haters laugh more.

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  jenny

Well, wouldn¨t you want it to be taken seriously? As a genuine music contest instead of a funny thing you laugh at, a reputation it still struggles to get rid of.
Where a winner has to imitate chickens and do crazy antics in order to win? And the one most outrageous wins? We had an ESC period like that, and I think no one wants it back

jenny
jenny
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

Are you for real? You are Swedish right? Sweden has a bop this year just like Israel. You are in the same team. What are you talking about? Are you not aware that Sweden and Israel are by the same side? Those who want ESC to be taken seriously, want boring songs like Portugal. Sweden and Bjorkman are not liked by snobs. Don’t you understand anything?

jenny
jenny
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

Do you think that ”Dance you off” is the song that will make ESC be taken seriously? No. What I mean is that ESC is already serious, and snobs should be ignored. Snobs want boring songs, but Sweden and Israel have songs for the people (this is a good thing).
No matter how many artsy songs will win, haters will still be haters. Artsy winners will not make haters change their mind.
I don’t know how to explain it more clear.

Andy
Andy
2 years ago
Reply to  jenny

Maybe it’s not boring, but for me Israel song is annoying af. And I don’t think that ”Dance you off” is the same as ”Toy”, it’s not novelty act.

jenny
jenny
2 years ago
Reply to  Andy

”Toy” is original, perfect for flash mob, ”Dance you off” should be lucky to be in the same league. Really don’t push too much because Sweden does not have a winner this year, and also Sweden is not the country that brings ”snobbish quality artsy-fartsy”. Sweden, Israel, Moldova, Australia are in the same league and all should be proud of it.

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  jenny

Get your point but Sweden and israel aren´t in the same eague. Sweden has a modern summer song that is very current. Israel has a woman making chicken sounds. Sweden is more serious in that aspect. That is what I refer to

Malin
Malin
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

Håller med dig Denis. Visst ör det ok med lite ploj, men vi vill ju inte återgå till att det bara blir flams. Det sänker tävlingens status för seriösa människor i musikerbranchen, oavsett om de är seriösa inom kommersiell pop eller smalare schangers med mer djup otillgänglig musik.
Men fegar och skriver inte det på engelska. ; )

Kris
Kris
2 years ago
Reply to  jenny

I agree….. Amar pelos dois has been the most regressive winner for ESC in recent years.
A song even if it’s considered a joke act by some makes it on people’s download lists and people can unabashedly play those songs then that’s the success of ESC!!

Who can play 1944 and Amar pelos dois without abandon in a setting where no one knows ESC…. Arguably no one.

Had Belgium won… It would be played. That’s why loreen with euphoria was such a success. It was a song worth downloading and it won and I can still play it without abandon.

Andy
Andy
2 years ago
Reply to  Kris

jenny, how do you divide genres, on one side ”bops” and on the other side ballads=boring? LOL I’m not ”pushing” anything as you say, I’m not a fan of this year Swedish song, just stating the fact that ”Dance you off” is radio-friendly pop song with polished performance, but I don’t know how to classify ”Toy”- ”only for Eurovision genre”? ”Higher ground” is more in same league as ”Toy”, but not completely the same.. Actually, none of the songs which you mention is not the same, I don’t know what is your point- ”only snobs listen ballads and ”ordinary” people… Read more »

jenny
jenny
2 years ago
Reply to  jenny

@Denis @Andy @Alfred @Kris

I don’t know how to classify these songs exactly by genre, but I was talking from the point of view of those haters who year by year love to make fun of ESC. They will never be pleased, no matter how many songs about WW2 we will vote, they will still love to hate ESC. So vote for who you like, but if the chicken will win, don’t think they make fun just because of the chicken, they would’ve laugh anyway, of any winner, just because is ESC.

Kit Kat
Kit Kat
2 years ago
Reply to  jenny

Please consider that probably the majority of ESC voters have heard about ESC since they’re quite young. Even very old ones…
Even if the social codes changed, many consider it as a “family dinner”, where everyone is well-dressed and well-behaved.
Israel is entertaining, but not for all generations and tastes…And these also vote.

Eve
Eve
2 years ago
Reply to  Kit Kat

@jenny, I see your point, no need to worry what others say. Let them laugh, who cares! Yes, songs like this are reason why many laugh at esc, but songs like this are also reason why many LOVE esc. Personally, I like diversity of genres which is happening in last years, it is not good if everything is the same.

Étoile
Étoile
2 years ago

That’s … interesting. Israel will definitely be in our top 10 at least (juries and televote), we are always supporting them. Portugal, Romania, Armenia too (if these 2 countries are in the final) (diaspora). Italy and Belgium (diaspora and neighbours). So yeah this top is just a fan club top but it was interesting. Good luck to all :3.

I SAY
I SAY
2 years ago

I don’t see Israel win this year with toy. It’s not one of their best. I think netta and her team are more interested in promoting their work and they are reaching wide audience already good luck. The song is not my CUP of tea at all

David
David
2 years ago

You’re definitely right… together with France, these songs are to be forgotten … and a great way to take a pause for food or other urgent needs as there is no commercial break !

dsdssd
dsdssd
2 years ago
Reply to  David

If you think Israel will be forgotten you are out of your mind….. its the most outstanding song this year… in fact with estonia they will be the most memorable…. unlike greece australia etc…

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago

If it’s a good performance, I believe they will vote for them.

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago

It will probably be Estonia, Belgium, Israel or France. Greece could get a decent placement after many years.

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago
Reply to  Marcelo

When people actuallly pick up the phone and vote they do it for 1 song and sometimes some other, so only for their crush, not for something they think it’s ok or good. I cannot imagine Estonia beiing anybody’s crush, sorry. More like Czechia, Belarus, Israel, Belgium. And some lefties voting for France, italy.

Denis
Denis
2 years ago

Relax guys, this is just one fan voting. Thier results is just one of many fan voters. Just because someone got last doesn´t mean it will stay like that. OGAE are like polls, only a bit of fun. It´s not healthy to take it that seriously. OGAE voting is just as notorious bad at predicting winners as polls are. Especially since 2014 when only fan favourites won the OGAE voting. Do I think Israel will win OGAE? Probably. Fans love it. Do I think Israel will win ESC? Probably not, especially with a jury there. However what OGAE does is… Read more »

Kyna
Kyna
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

Exactly! I just take these polls just to see which are the fanwanks. Since these polls are way off basically every year, then there’s no need to take it that seriously. Indeed, it wouldn’t be healthy to do that.

bella
bella
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

Who do you believe will win esc?

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  bella

I have a 2011 feeling over this year. None of the major favourites will win leading to a surprise winner. Estonia I don´t think will get enough televoters but could get jury support. I Think a mainstream audience aren´t ready for opera. I predict opposite for Israel: massive telesupport but not enough jury support. I can´t see juries liking a woman imitating a chicken. They will see it as a novelty act. And Australia will do well with both groups but not enough to win. If I could guess I would say look outside top 5, lower top 10 list.… Read more »

Kris
Kris
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

Well the juries overwhelmingly supported a novelty act last year…. What’s to stop them this year?

@EugeneESCUK
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

Ha ha Denis I see you are still spreading your Swedish propaganda!! Good luck with that one!!

By the way the Estonian entry is not “opera” it is “classical music” and you seem to have forgotten that Il Volo and Italy had a classical music entry in 2015 “Grande Amore” which WON the televote by 80 points and came 3rd overall. The mainstream audience was ready in 2015!!

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  @EugeneESCUK

Il Volo was classica popl yes. More operatic pop than anything. That is why it did well
Estonia is really more opera than pop. A difference
And it was in 2015, three years ago. What worked then might not work now. Thinking “it worked for them, it will work for us” rarely works.

And yes, Sweden has a chance of winning. It is a wide open field. Already after one fan voting it already does much better than both Frans and Robin B. Also sort of dampens your “Sweden will barely get top 10 by voters” notion!

@EugeneESCUK
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

Denis clearly you do not understand the difference between pop, classical music and opera. “Grande Amore” is really “classical crossover”.

I would not rely on the OGAE poll!! It’s the worst around at predicting, but they do vote before the live singing and staging is seen at rehearsals I should add.

@EugeneESCUK
2 years ago
Reply to  @EugeneESCUK

Oh where Sweden finishes depends on whether Bjorkman gives Benjamin a good 2nd half singing position. He gave Robin 24th last year!!!!!!!!!!!!

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  @EugeneESCUK

It also depends on whether people like Sweden. Strange as it may be, some people genuinly likes Sweden. Which you would´nt know from being on here.
He gave Robin 24th, so? Did people like it more cause it was late, or what?
Already we know some fans like Benjamin and that is after having seen performance. If people like it they will vote. If enough people like it he will reach top 10, which seems more likely.

And Grande Amore was still 2015. It´s 2018 now. Taste changes.

Michel
Michel
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

For me Greece can make the surprise this year…it is the type of a song you said…many like it not so much as a winner but the other favorites have a good and a bad side…greece can be good in both televoting and juries???

Eve
Eve
2 years ago
Reply to  Michel

Mainstream audience voted for Il Volo because of three handsome Italian guys singing romantic pop-opera song or whatever, I don’t how Estonia will be accepted..

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 years ago

Those chickens sounds have a meaning, you know…
And there is no quality in your opinion, I think it is a high level quality song
Toy is great!

Shav
Shav
2 years ago

I agree with you

OGAE lol
OGAE lol
2 years ago

The history told us that OGAE always gave the worst prediction 😀

Mar
Mar
2 years ago

Catch all these bearers of the absolute truth needing to clarify that OGAE voting is meaningless on EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE ABOUT IT. We get it guys, it’s not an accurate prediction, it’s just for fun, we get it.
Having said that though, WTF France? Australia 8 points? Where did your collective taste go?

Yossarian
Yossarian
2 years ago
Reply to  Mar

I gotta say, I’m surprised with those votes. I didn’t expect Finland and Australia to end that high. And what happened to Belgium? To Portugal? Well, at least, Italy and Greece made the top 10, that’s a consolation of sorts.

Eve
Eve
2 years ago
Reply to  Yossarian

I’m not surprised, except for Denmark

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago

Which is the next OGAE fan club to reveal their results? I still think Finland is gonna be the fanwank this year. They will get to final, but they will mostly end in 16th-18th place. I also expect a lot of high points for Israel, Belgium, Greece and France, and maybe Spain?

But that’s just my opinion.

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago

I’m not sure about that. “Monsters” is not a great song, but it’s at least tolerable and fun plus Saara Aalto was never known because of ballads. Or has she?

EUROFAN MEXICO
EUROFAN MEXICO
2 years ago

yes cyprus must to win

Sasha
Sasha
2 years ago
Reply to  EUROFAN MEXICO

And where will they host it?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 years ago
Reply to  Sasha

Erm, Cyprus.
In a purpose-built temporary structure, probably.

Escphbelgium
Escphbelgium
2 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Do the Malta/Denmark way and have it on a warehouse.

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago
Reply to  EUROFAN MEXICO

The song is really a bop but I don’t think it will make good winner material. That’s why I also oppose Israel and Czech Republic as winners.

PP
PP
2 years ago

For me big surprise Finland 2nd, especially Australia 3rd and Denmark 4th place. Surprise also 14 place for Moldova, 18 for Hungary
And very big surprise Belgium only on 16 place, Spain 19 place (for me Spain and Finald wili be biggest flop in Eurovision this year) and Netherlands only in 29 place from 42 countrries and to see Croatia on last place.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 years ago

Australia third? Really? That was the biggest surprise amongst the vote-getters. That result does not correspond with any poll or fan list that I have seen so far!

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Australia is not doing bad. It’s actually doing pretty fine, they’re always getting over the top half of Tops. It’s not surprise people can agree on that Australia is a nice song.

poison
poison
2 years ago

The little bit she sings is good, but that is not what it is mostly. Mostly it is just goofy to dumb noises and goofy to dumb mugging. Reminds me of a five-year-old entertaining themselves in front of a mirror on a rainy day.

Hermès
Hermès
2 years ago
Reply to  poison

I hope that when your five year old pens such a song you will then recognize talent and creativity….

poison
poison
2 years ago

Denmark definitely belongs in the top 5 and you can talk me into Australia since she’s in my top 10 – but the rest – no. Just no.

Hada
Hada
2 years ago

I just wanna remind y’all that last year in the OGAE poll Italy got first, Portugal got sixth (so they exchanged places), and Moldova got ZERO POINTS. ZERO.

EUROFAN MEXICO
EUROFAN MEXICO
2 years ago
Reply to  Hada

ja ja i love you ZERO ZERO ZERO

AND CAME THIRD OGAE IS LOST CYPRUS NOT IN FINAL JA JA

Maclaren
Maclaren
2 years ago

The best part of the article comes from the comments below. Love you people 🙂

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
2 years ago

That top three is sooo OGAE! 😀 It will be interesting to see if the other OGAE clubs have similar favourites, and indeed how the OGAE vote will compare to the overall ESC 2018 voting in May.

Fr
Fr
2 years ago

8 out of 10 are western european countries. Not suprised, they are always more supported on eurovision

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago
Reply to  Fr

Yet Eastern European countries are the kings of political voting.

AurelianTamisan
AurelianTamisan
2 years ago
Reply to  Marcelo

You’re wrong, the North is the king of political vote.

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago

Scandinavian and ex-Soviet nations… separated at birth reunited at being political voting. Don’t forget their cousins Greece and Cyprus and Romania and Moldova…

Fr
Fr
2 years ago
Reply to  Marcelo

Please give some examples of political voting from eastern european countries from the last 10 years. And how would you call western countries voting for western countries? That not political voting because they are western european countries?

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

No Estonia? Serving zero taste.

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago

It’s OGAE, what did you expect? They really thought Italy was gonna win last year. That says it all.

P.S. Fingers crossed Estonia doesn’t win. xD

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 years ago
Reply to  Marcelo

But Estonia got my top technical marks! Lol.
This is the first year Polegend and I have agreed on the winner. 🙂

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

That’s amazing, still I don’t love the song as many people do. Opera songs are often clichéd (yes even Il Volo) and somewhat boring.

But it all depends on tastes. Estonia could be the winner, although people said the same about “Sognu” and look where that ended.

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I love love opera and because of that Estonia’s cross iritates me a lot.

Anita
Anita
2 years ago

Wiwibloggs just doesn’t support Albania – the video has been released and no article about it so far – but maybe it is better so, because I think there is no wiwibloggs reporter who is really supporting this song anymore, Chris abandoned it after the revamp. In my opinion it is still great, although the high notes and the heavier instrumentation is missing in the revamped version – it is a very strong and marvellous entry – the song is developing from start to end, it is very orignial/inventive, with poetical lyrics, with high quality instrumentation and chord development, and… Read more »

Jo
Jo
2 years ago
Reply to  Anita

“Mall” is still my #1, I don’t care what people say…I think it’s the best song of the year.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Anita

Our Albanian correspondent is currently working on a story about the video. 🙂

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 years ago
Reply to  Anita

It is a great video. Albania might move up my list again!

Jo
Jo
2 years ago

The winner will be a dark horse.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 years ago
Reply to  Jo

Like Norway. 😀
(hides)

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

(I see you!) 😉

TEDI
TEDI
2 years ago

Shocking to see Croatia last. Croatia is really good this year.

thespb01
thespb01
2 years ago
Reply to  TEDI

IKR – it’s probably not because it’s bad (because it definitely isn’t), but because it doesn’t stand out.

Eve
Eve
2 years ago
Reply to  thespb01

It’s not bad, don’t deserve to be last!

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago
Reply to  TEDI

It’s the whack version of Belgium’s song so no

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago
Reply to  TEDI

Many people don’t like Croatia enough maybe. I really don’t think it’s a last place, but if you ask me it’s a pretty forgettable song.

Pasadena
Pasadena
2 years ago
Reply to  TEDI

Yes, can’t understand why Croatia doesn’t have more support. I love the dramatic song and the pulsating rhythm.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 years ago

Some interesting stats here:
– Israel was 105 points clear of everything else. That’s a landslide.
– Croatia was last. (Why?)
– UK was 20th. (Better than I thought).
– Estonia didn’t make the top 10, shockingly.
– Except for Bulgaria, no Eastern European entry made the top 10.
Anyone else with other notes?

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
2 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

– Moldova 14th
– Belgium 16th (I thought they have a friendship with France, maybe I’m wrong, or it doesn’t matter)
No other surprises for me.

Kris
Kris
2 years ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

This is the Dutch side of Belgium participating and the song is weaker than last year too

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

People are claiming Israel might be the fanwank of the year, but Finland in second place from France totally screams “fanwank” to me. Just like “Verona” last year. Let’s hope I’m wrong, I don’t want Finland yo crash in the semi, even though is pretty possible they might.

Is the power of diaspora prominent in OGAE fan clubs? Because Armenia got pretty low, despite being one of the main foreign communities in France.

Eve
Eve
2 years ago
Reply to  Marcelo

No points for Belgium?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 years ago
Reply to  Eve

France OGAE gave Belgium 57 points in the final. But that was only enough for 16th. Tough year.

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago
Reply to  Eve

Shocked to see Bulgaria or Denmark doing much better than Belgium, Estonia or Germany. Austria getting a point was nice, although a bit far-fetched.

It is really such a strong year!

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago
Reply to  Marcelo

I love Monsters but realistically it’ll finish in the 11-15 range along with Fuego.

R
R
2 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Croatia came last by the same motive Austria came last in last years final televote: Not bad, but always having 10 songs standing out more. (If the vote is similar to Eurofison)

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I can believe that Croatia is last. It’s pretty far down on my list and even people who put it quite high on their lists are still indifferent about it. Not many people will have it in their top ten nor their bottom ten – the Ann Sophie situation. Points are going to be hard to come by for Croatia this year, I think.

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

The “Crazy” and “Black Smoke” comparison is actually very spot on! But I don’t think Franka would get nul points. Either in the Semi or in the Final.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 years ago
Reply to  Marcelo

Am sure Serbia can throw a couple of pts to avoid the zero. 😉

Nick Witzki
Nick Witzki
2 years ago

Oh my, reading the comments is equally, if not more, entertaining than reading the article itself. DRAAAAAMAAAAA
In all seriousness, I’m really happy Denmark got points. After quite a few negative comments I didn’t expect it to be high in polls. Sad about Estonia though…

Stan
Stan
2 years ago

OGAE is mainly showing where the gay vote goes to. No surprises here 🙂

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago
Reply to  Stan

Really? Are there no straight people in OGAE fan clubs? That might explain why the Finnish LGBT-anthem did very well. Bceause honestly 10 points to Finland seems a bit far-fetched.

thespb01
thespb01
2 years ago
Reply to  Marcelo

Marcelo – The Eurofandom (especially in Western European countries) is mainly gay, I thought this was common knowledge.

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago
Reply to  thespb01

Yes, but I really don’t think there are no straight ESC fans. Like ESC is not a gay event only. But if there are only gay people in OGAE clubs we might be headed for Finland to the this year’s fanwank.

Last time I checked about 10% of ESC audience were straight.

VlaD
VlaD
2 years ago

Not one post Soviet country in the top 10?

thespb01
thespb01
2 years ago
Reply to  VlaD

Probably because, bar Estonia & maybe Latvia/Ukraine, they’re not that good this year.

GiorgosGRC
GiorgosGRC
2 years ago
Reply to  VlaD

Azerbaijan just missed out as 11th. They were very close.

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago
Reply to  GiorgosGRC

Azerbaijan did pretty well honestly. I expected Ukraine or Armenia dos better than them.