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”
8. Italy Mahmood “Barrio”
9. Belgium Loïc Nottet “On Fire”
10. Rest of the World (USA) Panic! At The Disco “High Hopes”
11. Bulgaria Alma “Perfect”
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”
16. Russia Leningrad “i_$uss”
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”
24. France Zazie “Speed”
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!

Read about more OGAE fan contests here

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Enzo91940

Vote for Mahmood all!!!!!!!!!!!

Dominique
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Dominique

Yeaaaaaaaaah!

Beathyra
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Beathyra

Vote for Mahmood!

Claire Danes
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Claire Danes

Mahmood Ale ????

Jo.
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Jo.

seems like Loïc is the only known Belgian singer.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Yeah, right? He should become King there. It’s long overdue.

Enzo91940
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Enzo91940

There is also Angèle!

Katrien
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Katrien

I don’t like Angèle

deniz
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deniz

Mahmood all the way!

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

As a rule: Loïc. Always Loïc. But to be fair, I should listen to the rest, as well. There’s some interesting names there. But only Loïc is the gift that keeps on giving.

Katrien
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Katrien

Loïc Nottet deserves the world,. He can sing, dance, act, he’s an animal on stage, he composes his music, co-writes the lyrics,, designs the clothes… Watch also his new short movie ‘Candy’, it’s awesome 🙂

Ron
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Ron

Still think Srbuk should have chosen Half a Goddess as her entry 🙁

Tom
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Tom

She “walked out” that song 🙁

Serafina
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Serafina

Mahmood deserves the world so I voted for him without even checking out who else is competing
But if not Italy, then Ukraine or Belgium

Tajikistan
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Tajikistan

Well Ukraine is obviously cheating

Hrvatska
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Hrvatska

I love the Balkans, that’s why my voice goes to Croatia Jelena Rozga

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

imagine having music from the ENTIRE world outside of europe to choose from n still pickin a basic payola! at the disco video….. armenia, italy n ukraine’s choices were too safe as well. voted for poland n turkey

KESC
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KESC

You liked Mabel Matiz? He has a great style, doesn’t he? He serves quality Turkish music.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

i thought he was very original, never heard of him before but glad i did now

KESC
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KESC

He is one of the most original Turkish singers, you should check out his Turkish songs. 🙂

Ilona
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Ilona

Loic’s videos are always so different and artistic. You can see how much effort he puts into these, and ”On fire” isn’t exception. Bravo Loic!