Last week the OGAE fan network revealed the results of its annual Second Chance poll. Now they’re moving on with the next of their annual polls, the 2020 OGAE Video Contest. And this year, there are plenty of Eurovision stars among the 24 nominees.
The OGAE Video Contest is a virtual event, held annually between the numerous OGAE branches around the world. It’s similar to the OGAE Song Contest, but the emphasis is on music videos.
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.
This year’s event is hosted by OGAE Ukraine after Maruv won the 2019 contest with “Siren Song”.
Eurovision stars from the past, present and future
While the contest isn’t restricted to Eurovision acts, there are still Eurovision stars who have won the nomination from their country’s OGAE group.
Malta’s Eurovision 2017 singer Claudia Faniello represents her country with “Say”, while Turkey’s last Eurovision act Can Bonomo is there with “Sen bunları duyma”. Estonia’s 2018 opera queen Elina Nechayeva has “La voce dell’alba”, and Cyprus’ Ivi Adamou has teamed up with 2021 rumoured artist Konnie Metaxa for “Pao”. The Czech Republic’s Lake Malawi have teamed up with singer Klára Vytisková on “Gold”.
From the class of 2020, Vasil is representing North Macedonia with”Patuvam” and Italy has Diodato with “Non ti amo più”. Returning artist VICTORIA is representing Bulgaria with her single “alright.”
But there are also plenty of acts from outside the Eurovision bubble, including French stars Vitaa & Slimane, Sweden’s Agnes and German singer-songwriter Johannes Oerding. Uzbekistan makes its OGAE Video Contest debut as the act for the OGAE Rest of the World. Lola Yuldasheva represents the Central Asian nation.
Voting is currently open to OGAE members and is organised through the various OGAE clubs. Voting closes on 1 December.
OGAE Video Contest 2020 – nominees
- Rest of the World (Uzbekistan): Lola Yuldasheva – “Sevgingni menga ayt”
- United Kingdom: Declan McKenna – “Daniel, You’re Still a Child”
- Croatia: Tara – “Experimentalno”
- Malta: Claudia Faniello – “Say”
- Germany: Johannes Oerding – “An guten Tagen”
- Belgium: Angèle – “Oui ou non”
- Bulgaria: VICTORIA – “alright.”
- Turkey: Can Bonomo – “Sen bunları duyma”
- North Macedonia: Vasil – “Patuvam”
- France: Vitaa & Slimane – “Avant toi”
- Russia: IC3PEAK – “Marsh”
- Serbia: S.A.R.S. – “Veruj mi”
- Ukraine: ONUKA – “ZENIT”
- Italy: Diodato – “Non ti amo più”
- Estonia: Elina Nechayeva – “La voce dell’alba”
- Sweden: Agnes – “Fingers Crossed”
- Australia: Lime Cordiale – “Robbery”
- Czech Republic: Klára Vytisková feat. Lake Malawi – “Gold”
- Latvia: Jānis Stībelis – “Izglāb mani”
- Portugal: Cristóvam – “Andrà Tutto Bene”
- Cyprus: Ivi Adamou feat. Konnie Metaxa – “Pao”
- Hungary: HIEN – “Boy”
- Poland: sanah – “Szampan”
- Greece: Eleonora Zouganeli – “Kapu Seho Ksanadi”
Who should win the 2020 OGAE Video Contest?
Only OGAE members can participate in the official OGAE Video Contest vote, but which videos are your favourites? Have your say by voting in our poll. You can vote for as many videos as you like, but you can only vote once — so make it count!
What do you think? Who should win the 2020 OGAE Video Contest? Should Eurovision include a prize for best music video? Tell us your thoughts below!