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.
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
- Greece: Christos Mastoras – “Den Eho Idea”
- United Kingdom: Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”
- Ukraine: The Hardkiss – “Kohantsi”
- Belgium: Angèle – “Balance Ton Quoi”
- Finland: Lauri Tähkä – “Palavaa Vettä”
- Cyprus: Giorgios P – “To Cheirotero Sou Psema”
- Croatia: Vanna – “U Tebi”
- Sweden: Lena Philipsson – “Maria Magdalena”
- Portugal: Blaya – “Faz Gostoso”
- North Macedonia: Antonia – “Nikogas Ne Veli Nikogas”
- Germany: Revolverheid – “Immer Noch Fühlen”
- Spain: Rosaliá – “Malamente”
- Serbia: Emina Jahović – “Vukovi”
- Poland: Ania Karwan – “Głupcy”
- Czech Republic: Tereza Mašková – “Žár”
- Malta: Aidan Cassar – “The Feeling”
- Russia: Lesha Svik – “Sterva”
- Turkey: Sena Şener – “Ölsem”
- Hungary: AWS – “Hol Voltál”
- Rest of World: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
- Latvia: Aminata – “Maiga Vara”
- France: Vitaa & Slimane – “Je te le donne”
- Italy: Elisa – “Anche Fragile”
- Ireland: Kodaline – “Hide and Seek”
- Australia: Wafia – “I’m Good”
- Azerbaijan: L’Veen – “Dərdverən”
- Bulgaria: Poli Genova – “Geroite”
- 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!