First it was France, then it was Belarus and now it’s Spain calling! And following the votes of the OGAE fan club there, Israel’s Netta has gone three for three, once again securing top points in the OGAE Poll 2018 of international Eurovision fans. This is total slayage…
It’s the third perfect score in a row for the Israeli singer and her upbeat track “Toy”. At this point last year, pre-contest favourite Francesco Gabbani from Italy was in the lead but he hadn’t managed a perfect score of 36 points. Netta really is taking things higher.
Other countries have are going toe-to-toe with Netta in the consistency stakes.
Following their earlier 10 points from Belarus, France’s Madame Monsieur secured another 10 here, while Finland’s Saara Aalto received 8 points. The “Monsters” singer earlier received 8 points from France.
Rounding out the top 10, Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira takes 7 points from the Iberian nation and Australia’s Jessica Mauboy receives 6 points.
Germany makes its first appearance in the OGAE Poll 2018 after receiving 2 points from Spain. It might just have been two points, but it’s enough to ensure a place for Germany on the scoreboard.
Spain’s act — Amaia and Alfred — obviously couldn’t receive points from their own club. They did not receive any points from France or Belarus.
Full votes from OGAE Spain below
12 – Israel
10 – France
8 – Finland
7 – Cyprus
6 – Australia
5 – Sweden
4 – Czech Republic
3 – Belgium
2 – Germany
1 – Italy
OGAE Poll 2018 so far
With another douze points, Israel is extending its lead. But there’s change elsewhere in the top. France along with Finland — who both shared 10 points before the Spanish vote — are now second and third respectively. In reaching those new heights, they’ve pushed down Czech Republic and Sweden, who are now both in fourth and fifth place respectively with only one point between them.
Unlike OGAE France and Belarus, Spain didn’t vote for Bulgaria. They did, however, Cyprus the best score Eleni has seen so far. Showing that it beats to its own drum, Spain snubbed Denmark, Greece and Austria (each of which receive points from France) and Estonia and Norway (both of whom got points from Belarus.
Interestingly, Estonia — currently the bookies’ second favourite to win — has only managed three points so far. But France, which is the bookies’ ninth favourite to win, is currently fighting for the OGAE poll win.
We should note that the members of the OGAE fan club do not necessarily represent the tastes of Europe at large. And indeed these points come before we’ve seen rehearsals or final staging. In eleven years, the poll has only correctly picked the winner four times.
OGAE Poll 2018 scores so far
Czech Republic 16
Countries that are not listed have yet to receive any points from voting clubs.
There are over 40 OGAE fan clubs across Europe, including nations who have withdrawn from the contest such as Andorra and Turkey. They’ll reveal their scores in the coming weeks as we draw closer to the contest. Stay tuned for more updates!