As the winter nights draw in, it can feel like the Eurovision off season is set to go on forever. Luckily, there are a number of fan contests that help us get through this time of year. The latest of these is the OGAE Video Contest 2019.
The OGAE Video Contest is a competition held annually since 2003 between the numerous OGAE branches around Europe. The contest aims to highlight the visual aspects of songs, namely their music videos, as well as promote national music and diversity. Previous winners have included Myléne Farmer, Stromae, Via Gra, Coldplay, LOBODA and Loïc Nottet.
Last year, Mikolas Josef claimed the victory for Czech Republic with his song “Me Gusta”. That makes it the first win for the country in this particular fan contest, and means OGAE Czech Republic have the honour of hosting the 2019 contest.
There are strict criteria in order for a song to be eligible to compete in the contest:
- The song must be original
- The song can’t have been released more than 12 months ago
- The artist must have some connection to the country they are representing
- The song must have an official music video
- The song can’t have competed at Eurovision, national finals or in any other OGAE contest
This year, 25 countries are taking part in the contest. Although the competition is open to any artist, as always, there’s a number of past Eurovision stars who have been selected to compete by their respective OGAE branch. This includes Eleni Foureira, Ira Losco, Anna Vissi, Mahmood, Loïc Nottet, Michael Schulte, Elena Risteska and Srbuk. Mikolas Josef is also back to compete once again, with OGAE Czech Republic hoping he can do the double.
There are a few national final stars that also make an appearance in the lineup. Most notably MARUV, who was selected by OGAE Ukraine, along with her Vidbir 2019 entry “Siren Song”. National final entries usually aren’t allowed to be selected, but the rule seems to have been waived for “Siren Song” since Ukraine didn’t end up competing at Eurovision 2019.
OGAE Video Contest 2019: Full Lineup
|1. Estonia||Tommy Cash||“Little Molly”|
|2. Greece||Eleni Foureira||“Tómame”|
|3. United Kingdom||Jack Savoretti (ft. Mika)||“Youth and Love”|
|4. Malta||Ira Losco||“Hey Now”|
|5. Czech Republic||Mikolas Josef (ft. Fito Blanko & Frankie J)||“Acapella”|
|6. Poland||Daria Zawiałow||“Szarówka”|
|7. Cyprus||Anna Vissi & Yiota Yianna||“Ósoi agapáne den pethaínoune”|
|9. Belgium||Loïc Nottet||“On Fire”|
|10. Rest of the World (USA)||Panic! At The Disco||“High Hopes”|
|12. North Macedonia||Robert Bilbilov||“Cudni Mesta”|
|13. Germany||Michael Schulte||“Never Let You Down”|
|14. Serbia||Danijela Karić & Elena Risteska||“Srca se pogreše”|
|15. Hungary||Lotfi Begi & Irie Maffia||“Friends”|
|17. Turkey||Mabel Matiz||“Comme Un Animal”|
|18. Portugal||BLAYA (ft. Laton & No Maka)||“Só Love”|
|19. Australia||PNAU (ft. Kira Divine & Marques Toliver)||“Soldi Gold”|
|20. Latvia||Dons||“Lūdzu vēl neaizej”|
|21. Croatia||Jelena Rozga||“Moje Proljece”|
|22. Ukraine||MARUV||“Siren Song”|
|23. Armenia||Srbuk||“Half a Goddess”|
|25. Sweden||Avicii (ft. Chris Martin)||“Heaven”|
Which are your favourites in the OGAE Video Contest 2019?
The OGAE clubs now have until 1 December to vote for their favourites, and the results will be revealed before the end of the year.
In the meantime, you can tell us which videos you like in our Wiwi Poll. Watch all of the music videos here and then vote for you favourites below. You can vote for as many videos as you like, but you can only vote once — so make it count!
What do you think of the selections by each country? Which are your favourites and who did you vote for? Let us know in the comments below!