Eurovision 2019 is still months away, but the OGAE fan network has plenty of contests to keep fans occupied. Following the OGAE Second Chance Contest, the results of the 2018 OGAE Song Contest have now been announced. The competition was won by British pop group Steps and their dramatic comeback single “Scared of the Dark”.

The OGAE Song Contest is an annual event organised 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”. The first ever OGAE Song Contest took place in 1986 and has been an annual event ever since.

The top three

Steps topped the poll — as voted by OGAE members — with 230 points. Their winning song “Scared of the Dark” was released last year and reached No.37 in the UK charts. The song remains a club favourite and was seen as an early frontrunner of the contest.

“Scared of the Dark” is the UK’s fifth OGAE Song Contest win. They last topped the poll in 2011 with Adele’s “Someone Like You”.

While Steps have been on many Eurovision fans’ wishlists to represent the UK at Eurovision, the group recently said they would never do it as it could ruin their legacy. However, the OGAE Song Contest win may convince them otherwise.

In second place was Eleni Fouriera with 171 points, this time representing Greece. The Eurovision 2018 runner-up had her 2017 single “Vasilissa”, her last big release before the “Fuego” fireball changed everything. While Eleni’s recent releases have explored Spanish lyrics, “Vasilissa” keeps it real in Greek.

Third place went to the Irish indie rock band Kodaline. They earned 154 points for their recent release “Follow Your Fire”. The uplifting track treads a different path to the first- and second-placed songs, but it represents a genre that always has a place at Eurovision.

The contest also featured entries from Eurovision alums Marco Mengoni (fourth place), Joci Pápai (seventh), Cleo (12th), Franka (2oth) and Lea Sirk (25th). Melfest regulars Samir & Viktor placed sixth, while OT2017 contestant Mimi was 15th with her group Lola Indigo.

Sadly Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral was not able to give Portugal another win. He placed second to last with only two points for his song “Mano a mano”.

The OGAE results differ from the favourites of wiwibloggs readers. In our Wiwi Poll, readers voted Spain’s Lola Indigo first with 24.96% of the votes. Malta’s Emma Muscat was second with 24.51%, while Bulgaria’s Dara was third with 18.21%.

OGAE Second Change Contest 2018 – full results

  1. United Kingdom – Steps “Scared of the Dark” (230 points)
  2. Greece – Eleni Foureira “Vasilissa” (171 points)
  3. Ireland – Kodaline “Follow Your Fire” (154 points)
  4. Italy – Giorgia & Marco Mengoni “Come neve” (131 points)
  5. Belgium – Charlotte “Te peau” (110 points)
  6. Sweden – Samir & Viktor “Put your hands up för Sverige” (89 points)
  7. Hungary – Joci Pápai “Özönvíz” (85 points)
  8. Australia – Troye Sivan “My My My” (83 points)
  9. Cyprus – Michalis Hatzigiannis “Erotas agkathi” (74 points)
  10. FYR Macedonia – Antonia Gigovska “Svetlina vo mrak” (73 points)
  11. Russia – Lolita “Ranevskaya” (45 points)
  12. Poland – Cleo “Łowcy gwiazd” (44 points)
  13. France – Christophe Willem “Rio” (42 points)
  14. Ukraine – Kazka “Svyata” (37 points)
  15. Spain – Lola Indígo “Ya no quiero ná” (35 points)
  16. Germany – Alina “Nie vergessen” (32)
  17. Turkey – Aynur Aydın feat. Turaç Berkay “Bana Aşk Ver” (32 points)
  18. Norway – Kari Bremnes “Det e min sønn” (30 points)
  19. Malta – Emma Muscat “I Need Somebody” (30 points)
  20. Croatia – Franka Batelić “S tobom” (28 points)
  21. Andorra – Buhos “Volcans” (25 points)
  22. Denmark – Rasmus Seebach “2017” (23 points)
  23. Bulgaria – Dara “Все на мен” (22 points)
  24. Serbia – Lena Kovačević “Cafe” (14 points)
  25. Slovenia – Lea Sirk “Moj profil” (14 points)
  26. Finland – Evelina “Tornado” (13 points)
  27. Czech Republic – Mirai “Chci tančit” (10 points)
  28. Portugal – Salvador Sobral “Mano a Mano” (4 points)
  29. Belarus – Skynet “Кахaнaя” (2 points)

What do you think of the OGAE Song Contest 2018 results? What was your favourite? Share your thoughts below!

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Rose
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Rose

Salvador Sobral got 4 points, not 2.

Héctor
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Héctor

OGAE’s taste… WTF! This song winning shows a total lack of respect for Eurovision. This song would place dead last in the real contest. Thank goodness, the OGAEs don’t rule Eurovision. It would be awful.

I was expecting Lola Indigo to place much higher tbh. At least, Kodaline place third. Love them.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Never really understood the point of this contest. Can anyone explain it to me?

Jonathan Akin
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Jonathan Akin

Cyprus’ Hatzigianni is also an ESC alumnus! 1998 with Genesis!

Azuro
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Azuro

The amount of salt on these pages due to the fact the UK has won is just too good 🙂

Kris
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Kris

I think it’s more because the song that won is not that good , the UK charts performance of the song itself proves it.

Azuro
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Azuro

It was #1 on Itunes. The BBC Charts use some dodgy formula, don’t trust it

Kris
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Kris

iTunes isn’t a relevant chart! I’m sorry
I can’t speak of the relevance of BBC charts cause I don’t know the method they use

Kris
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Kris

How come no one is commenting on the Irish song? It’s quite good

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I’m 20 seconds in at the UK song and I’ve already heard (AND seen) enough lol. If you’re doing vintage, do it in a classy not in an outdated, cheap kind of way.

Richard
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Richard

Love Steps xxx

Vale
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Vale

Lea Sirk didn’t get 14th place, she got 14 points

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

As much as I love UK and want them to win, this song was just a pure pain, and it will take me a few days to recover from it. And those effects… they still hurt.

Azuro
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Azuro

Why can’t the juries in the main show comprise OGAE members from each country. At least they don’t have hate in their hearts towards the UK like so many Europeans do. Of all the songs here this was the only one that was a hit thus the worthy winner, but you know if this was ESC, it’d finish outside the Top 20 as usual because its got the Union Flag attached to it!

ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)
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ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)

Yesssss, and Jade Ewen came 5th in 2009 (after a bad UK decade), cause she represented UK. So bad… OH WAIT! 5th place is amazing, But why? Oh right: Because THAT was a GOOD song 😀

Azuro
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Azuro

Jade Ewen didn’t come 5th, Andrew Lloyd Webber came 5th, and actually the European public only placed UK 10th, still good, but when a huge mega star like ALW only comes 10th in the televote, why on earth would anyone else with a big name enter? Same with Blue and Bonnie Tyler.

Europe had it;s chances to get big names from the UK, and Europe blew it

Lloyd
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Lloyd

You say the same with blue but the public gave them 4th/5th (can’t remember exactly) and juries didn’t put them in top 20. So just shows we can actually produce a decent place. Just depends on a song that both the public and the juries want to hear

Kingi
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Kingi

Eurovision fans have weird taste. How was Troye Sivan 8th? He is such a big LGBT+ icon. And “My! My! My!” is such a bop.

Azuro
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Azuro

bop is such an over used and wrongly used word lol
To be a bop means upbeat and catchy, so you can bop along to it, it doesn’t just mean good lol

Kingi
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Kingi

But i think it’s supercatchy and it’s upbeat.
I have danced it in the clubs. So bop is the right word to describe the song, in my opinion. (And we can’t all be native english-speakers) 🙂

PP77
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PP77

Steps song sound like song from MF in 90 s and early 2000.
With this song Step will be in bottom 3 in Eurovision , from 24 to 26 with jury votes and 20 to 25 with televote.

allexo
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allexo

ESC fans taste are incredibly behind other people’s music taste, especially the UK like STEPS are you kidding me. This year we’ve had bops like Shotgun, One Kiss, Happier, Promises, These Days, IDGAF, Friends. We’ve had many bops in 2018 but of curse you eurofans still listen to floppy music from 2-5 years ago. Enrich your music knowledge asap.

Thank You

Wert
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Wert

Amen! Dua Lipa would’ve been a great choice for UK or Anne-Marie, or Sam Smith

Rose
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Rose

I love Shotgun and George Ezra in general. He’s so good.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Australia thought they were doing something by sending a world famous singer… yikes.

Ben Smith
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Ben Smith

Won’t do Eurovision but are happy to perform at Butlins!

ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)
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ESCFan2009 (male, 22, German)

The song is not bad, but indeed a bit outdated. Guys, it’s 2018 not 1995 😀 Again: NOT bad, but simply outdated. Please UK, do not try sth like this in the real Eurovision Song Contest…

Geo
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Geo

Who voted for that recycled, outdated and old fashioned band STEPS from the 90’s? Boooooring! ?

José
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José

Macedonia should have been in Top 5.

Campbell Grace
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Campbell Grace

If only the UK had the same track record in Eurovision. 1st, 2nd twice and 4th place since 2013.

Marc
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Marc

The UK song is so cliche and dated (in a bad way). I guess it was a flop there.
UK has given us great songs recently such as Promises, Shotgun or Happier (Bastille). The real world always ahead than Eurovision fans.

Jo.
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Jo.

Preach! I want to see the contest evolving, we’re almost in the 2020’s for god’s sake. But some fans still want this dated-lost-in-the-90’s stuff. People at home won’t turn on the TV for that.

cesars salad
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cesars salad

Because Eurofans are getting old grey and don’t evolve in taste