Earlier in the week, France won the OGAE Second Chance Poll, with Seemone’s “Tous les deux”. Now it’s time for the second of the three polls the OGAE fan clubs organise in the Eurovision off-season. The competing songs for the OGAE Song Contest 2019 have been revealed — but who should win?

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 UK is hosting the contest after Steps took the title last year with “Scared of the Dark”.

Voting is now open to members of the OGAE fan clubs and will close later in the year. The official results of the OGAE Song Contest 2019 will also be revealed later this year.

The first ever OGAE Song Contest took place in 1986 and has been an annual event ever since. Previous winners include Laura Pausini, Helena Paparizou, Coldplay, Adele, Nina Zilli, Pastora Soler, Indila and Dami Im.

France and Spain have had the most victories so far, with six each.

Familiar faces

This year’s edition features plenty of familiar faces from the world of Eurovision. Bulgaria is represented by Poli Genova, who has twice represented her country at Eurovision. She’s in the contest with her recent single “Героите” (Geroite).

Swedish Eurovision veteran Lena Philipsson has her single “Maria Magdalena”, while Latvia’s Aminata is serving Burkina Faso realness with”Maiga Vara”. Hungarian post-hardcore group AWS returns after their 2018 Eurovision appearance, with “Hol Voltál”.

Representing Ukraine is 2016 national final runners-up The Hardkiss with “Kohantsi”. Malta is represented by MESC and X Factor Malta act Aidan Cassar with “The Feeling”.

There are also plenty of solid selections from outside the world of Eurovision. The UK has entered Lewis Capaldi with his international hit “Someone You Loved”, while OGAE Spain has selected Rosaliá and her Latin Grammy-winning song “Malamente”.

OGAE Rest of the World, however, is bringing out the big guns. They have selected Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper with their international hit “Shallow”. That song is the most awarded song of all time, including Grammys, an Oscar and a BAFTA award. But will Lady Gaga add the OGAE Song Contest award to her trophy room?

OGAE Song Contest 2019 – competing entries

  1. Greece: Christos Mastoras – “Den Eho Idea”
  2. United Kingdom: Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”
  3. Ukraine: The Hardkiss – “Kohantsi”
  4. Belgium: Angèle – “Balance Ton Quoi”
  5. Finland: Lauri Tähkä – “Palavaa Vettä”
  6. Cyprus: Giorgios P – “To Cheirotero Sou Psema”
  7. Croatia: Vanna – “U Tebi”
  8. Sweden: Lena Philipsson – “Maria Magdalena”
  9. Portugal: Blaya – “Faz Gostoso”
  10. North Macedonia: Antonia – “Nikogas Ne Veli Nikogas”
  11. Germany: Revolverheid – “Immer Noch Fühlen”
  12. Spain: Rosaliá – “Malamente”
  13. Serbia: Emina Jahović – “Vukovi”
  14. Poland: Ania Karwan – “Głupcy”
  15. Czech Republic: Tereza Mašková – “Žár”
  16. Malta: Aidan Cassar – “The Feeling”
  17. Russia: Lesha Svik – “Sterva”
  18. Turkey: Sena Şener – “Ölsem”
  19. Hungary: AWS – “Hol Voltál”
  20. Rest of World: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
  21. Latvia: Aminata – “Maiga Vara”
  22. France: Vitaa & Slimane – “Je te le donne”
  23. Italy: Elisa – “Anche Fragile”
  24. Ireland: Kodaline – “Hide and Seek”
  25. Australia: Wafia – “I’m Good”
  26. Azerbaijan: L’Veen – “Dərdverən”
  27. Bulgaria: Poli Genova – “Geroite”
  28. Andorra: Joan Dausà – “Una Altra Manera De Viure”

Wiwibloggs Poll: Who should win the OGAE Song Contest 2019?

While OGAE members are the only ones who can officially vote in the OGAE Song Contest, anyone can have their say in our poll. Listen to the 28 competing acts and vote for your favourites. As always, you can vote for as many songs as you like but you can only vote once — so make it count!

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Maurice
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Maurice

My money is on Mastoras being selected to represent Cyprus for ESC 2020 … and what a beautiful song Den Eho Idea is!

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Czech Republic is really good and Sweden but both are low. Strange taste

Rasmus
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Rasmus

And latvia

Trista
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Trista

Would lewis capaldi ever be willing to represent the UK?

Joe
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Joe

Hey, we might win this one!

khm
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khm

“Journalism” is when you don’t know that Vanna participated for Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, also the last TOP10 for Croatia for now. Also, Antonia for North Macedonia is actually Antonija Gigovska, two times backing singer for this country (2018 and 2019).

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Isn’t the real question “does anybody want to win this?”?

Denis
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Denis

Shallow is a safe choice but can anybody really compete against it? It’s megastar and monster Mama Gaga versus the rest.

Mark Kendrick
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Mark Kendrick

Yea but I don’t get y Lewis capaldi isn’t more recognised that he already is bcs he has an amazing voice and someone you loved is an amazing song with an amazing story
I think UK will win a second time in a row and I hope they do

Denis
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Denis

Recognized yes. But not megastar. I think most people would know the song, not the singer.
Not saying Gaga will win but she really is a step above the rest. Plus Shallow is the most acclaimed song of all time

Héctor
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Héctor

Already so tired of Rosalia… OGAE Spain is mostly a joke. Well the whole OGAE group are a joke tbh.

Anyway, I would go for:

1. Ireland (Kodaline is one of my favs bands)
2. Germany (I don’t know how a song like this won an OGAE voting, but hey this one is good… very FIFA-ish)
3. United Kingdom (though I don’t really like the idea of already popular songs competing against unknown songs)
4. Bulgaria
5. Andorra (I prefer it in Spanish but is a good song either way)
6. Ukraine
7. Hungary
8. Row (but same as UK)
9. Australia
10. Czech Republic

Mark Kendrick
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Mark Kendrick

Come on UK!!!

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

I mean, I love “Shallow” as a song, but if I would say that they should win, everyone would protest, because it is a safe choice… So let me say, I love “Shallow” so much that they could have the 2nd place and the winner should be a surprising one, all right? 😀

Tajikistan
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Tajikistan

How come there is no Lithuania???

Lady Gaga really???? Surely that’s cheating, especially since none of them are from Europe…

Just seems really unfair to small countries when Belgium sends a huge francophone hit, Spain sends their biggest star, Britain sends a huge star and the foreign group sends two American megastars

Jo.
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Jo.

what a great opportunity to know artists from other countr….NO! Let’s go with predictability.

Adam
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Adam

My vote goes to Italy’s Elisa – Anche Fragile. I love that song and the album it’s from (Diari Aperti).

Lianne
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Lianne

Lewis Capaldi deserves to be noticed more. He is young, talented artist and ”Someone you loved” is heartbreaking story. My winner <3

Mark Kendrick
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Mark Kendrick

I agree
Definitely a winner

BadWoolfGirl
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BadWoolfGirl

I will Matt I voted for Lewis Capaldi because I’ve actually listen to his song someone you love many times, but you should also check out the music video which features peter capaldi (the 12th Doctor for you whovian fans).

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

as if we needed another boring ballad guy now that ed sheeran has gone on a break. get real, local capaldi ain’t nothing new or groundbreaking, he’s just someone who’s getting spammed by the radios across the world

Candanc
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Candanc

he’s def getting spammed by the radios across the world , i hear his song on the radio every 5 min

Beathyra
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Beathyra

LA ROSALIA! Vote for her!

Fionn
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Fionn

AMINATA

John
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John

Blaya is the queen honeyyyyy

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

i don’t get why they make extremely safe choices like shallow, someone you loved or malamente. we all know those songs jeez! i hope they backfire like when the uk picked rockabye and flopped with it.

i love lena philipsson so she’d be my pick. for last place i have no doubt – malta deserves it, with 0 points. that aidan guy is such a laughing stock… n he clearly buys views since 50k views with 150 likes is impossible organically lmao

Davve
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Davve

Lena Philipsson all the way

Nikola
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Nikola

You forgot to mention that Serbia, same as Ukraine, is also represented by a former NF runner-up (2010).

Azaad
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Azaad

ROTW should be limited to countries participating in ESC to be honest.

TheDr Mistery
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TheDr Mistery

Shouldn’t “Rest of the World” be limited to countries that participate in the contest?!

“Burkina Faso realness” – never change! 😀