It’s a regular fixture on the fan calendar, where OGAE fan club members decide their favourite of the national final acts who didn’t quite make it to Eurovision. Now the list of competing acts for the 2019 edition of the OGAE Second Chance Contest has been released. But who should win?
This year’s edition of the “visual event” is hosted by OGAE Italy, after Sanremo act Annalisa won Second Chance 2018 with her song “Il mondo prima di te”.
Each OGAE club whose country selected their Eurovision entry using a national final has nominated one unsuccessful national final song as their entry for the Second Chance Contest.
The 2019 edition is packed full of big fan favourites from the national final season, including Sweden’s Anna Bergendahl with “Ashes to Ashes”, Romania’s Bella Santiago with “Army of Love”, Germany’s Aly Ryan with “Wear Your Love”, the UK’s Kerrie-Anne with “Sweet Lies”, Australia’s Electric Fields with “2000 and Whatever” and Spain’s María Villar with “Muérdeme”.
Meanwhile, Ukraine will be represented by Kazka’s “Apart”. While Maruv‘s “Siren Song” was a huge fan favourite, as it was the national final winner, it is ineligible for selection in Second Chance, despite not making it to Eurovision.
Missing from the 2019 national final season is an act from Montevizija and Georgian Idol, as neither Montenegro nor Georgia have an OGAE club. Instead OGAE Rest of the World voted between the national finalists from Montenegro, Georgia and Moldova (which also doesn’t have an OGAE) and selected Moldova’s Maxim Zavidia as their entry.
It is understood that OGAE Belarus opted not to participate in the contest this year, meaning no second chance for Daz Sampson’s “Kinky Boots”.
Montenegro and Georgia are both missing because the Rest Of The World OGAE voted between Montenegro, Georgia, and Moldova’s national finals since none of them have OGAE chapters. They ended up choosing a song from Moldova’s NF so no Georgia or Montenegro this year.
The songs will be awarded points by the competing OGAE clubs, with non-competing clubs voting as the jury. The 24 competing acts have been presented in a running order.
OGAE Italy will announced the contest results later this year.
OGAE Second Chance Contest 2019: All 24 Songs
- Croatia: Lorena – “Tower of Babylon”
- Czech Republic: Barbora Mochowa – “True Colours”
- Hungary: The Middletonz – “Roses”
- Latvia: Edgars Kreilis – “Cherry Absinthe”
- Denmark: Julie and Nina – “League of Light”
- Albania: Mirud – “Nene”
- Estonia: Lumervav feat. Inga – “Milline päev”
- Sweden: Anna Bergendahl – “Ashes to Ashes”
- Portugal: Surma – “Pugna”
- Moldova: Maxim Zavidia – “I Will Not Surrender”
- Finland: Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – “Superman”
- Norway: Mørland – “En Livredd Mann”
- Iceland: Friðrik Ómar – “Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?”
- Romania: Bella Santiago – “Army of Love”
- Ukraine: Kazka – “Apart”
- France: Seemone – “Tous Les Deux”
- Serbia: Ivana Vladović & Wonder Strings – “Moje Bol”
- Germany: Aly Ryan – “Wear Your Love”
- United Kingdom: Kerrie-Anne – “Sweet Lies”
- Australia: Electric Fields – “2000 and Whatever”
- Spain: María Villar – “Muérdeme”
- Italy: Il Volo – “Musica Che Resta”
- Slovenia: Ula Lozar – “Fridays”
- Lithuania: Monika Marija – “Light On”
Poll: Who should win the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2019?
The OGAE clubs will soon pick their favourites, but who do you think should win the 2019 Second Chance Contest? Have your say in our poll. As always, you can vote for as many acts as you like but you can only vote once — so make it count!
Who do you want to see take the crown? Are you surprised by any of the clubs’ choices? Which songs would you have submitted in place of these? And which of these songs would have done the best at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments section below!