As we all know Eurovision 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Heartbreaking, no doubt. But now OGAE International has launched a contest to try and answer that lingering question: Who would’ve taken the trophy home in Rotterdam?
It was a fairly open year, with several fan favourites, including the likes of Bulgaria, Iceland, Lithuania, Malta, Switzerland, Italy and even our Wiwi Jury 2020 winner, Ben Dolic from Germany, considered to be “in the race”. We will never get closure on who actually would’ve taken the contest to their home country had this year’s edition gone ahead. But the fan club network is running the Eurovision Fan Contest to decide on its winner.
Now, it’s important to bear in mind that the actual result of the real contest is largely decided by people who are not Eurofans. They won’t have spent months refining their Top 41. Many would’ve heard only of their country’s act prior to the show (and in many cases, not even that would have been true). Nonetheless, it’s exciting to see who’d have won in this poll.
This is open to anyone, not just OGAE members from around the world, so unlike the usual OGAE poll — done every year to decide the winner from each country’s club — this will reflect a wider audience of fans. You can register to be part of the event on this link here.
Last year’s OGAE vote crowned Italy’s Mahmood the winner with his r’n’b-tinged track “Soldi”. The song went on to be the actual runner-up in Tel Aviv in May. The poll proved to be a good predictor: it put Switzerland’s Luca Hänni in second place (he ultimately finished fourth) and Dutchie Duncan Laurence in third. He, of course, won the actual show.
In the previous year, much like at Eurovision, Netta triumphed. But second and third placers France and Finland fared less well in Lisbon.
Who do you think will win the OGAE Fan Contest 2020? Do you think they’d have also won the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter HERE. You can also catch our latest interviews, new and reviews on wiwi.tv.