As we wait for the results of the OGAE Second Chance Song Contest and anticipation builds for the 2019 national selection season, there’s no reason to twiddle our thumbs. Instead, we can all throws ourselves into yet another song contest — the OGAE Song Contest 2018, whose list of participants was recently announced.
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 twelve months and sung in one of the country’s national languages. This year OGAE Australia is hosting the contest after Dami Im took the title last year with “Fighting for Love”. Get it, gurl!
The voting for the 33rd edition is now open and will close on the 13th of October. The official results of the OGAE Song Contest will be revealed on 27 October.
The first ever OGAE Song Contest took place in 1986 and has been an annual event ever since. Previous winners include Mylène Farmer, Laura Pausini, Elena Paparizou, Coldplay, Adele, Nina Zilli, Pastora Soler and Indila.
France and Spain have had the most victories so far with six each.
This year’s edition features plenty of familiar faces from the world of Eurovision. Chief among them is Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral, who Portugal is fielding with “Mano a Mano” — which you’ll recognise from the Eurovision 2018 interval in Lisbon.
Greece may have repeatedly turned down Eleni Foureira for Eurovision, but the country’s OGAE club is all about her and have submitted her song “Vasilissa”, which, appropriately enough, translates as “Queen”.
Also in the race are 2018 acts Franka from Croatia and Lea Sirk from Slovenia; 2017 act Joci Pápai from Hungary; 2014 butter churning diva Cleo from Poland; and perennial Melfest contenders Samir & Viktor from Sweden.
Elsewhere, France is fielding a song from Destination Eurovision judge Christophe Willem, while Turkey has opted for Turkish dream contestant Aynur Adin. The UK has gone for the Steps — the 00s dance group who recently called on Saara Aalto open their UK tour.