Covid-19 may be interrupting timetables and schedules around the world, but the annual OGAE Eurovision fan polls carry on. Last week we published the results of the OGAE Second Chance 2020 contest, which evaluates the best of the songs that didn’t make it out of their respective national finals. Sweden’s Anna Bergendahl snatched the crown with her Melodifestivalen entry “Kingdom Come”. And as ever our readers had a lot to say about the results.
You can watch our reaction video below, and read some of the most talked-about comments from our readers after that.
Reacting to the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2020 Results
The most up-voted comments on the Wiwibloggs web site called the results predictable, pointing out that Sweden often does well with the OGAE fan base. Others nodded to the assumption that the club’s membership skews older. Héctor wrote, “Typical OGAE Contest…” while Ashton said, “wow, what a shock, Sweden won an OGAE second chance, so unprecedented.” One user, aptly called OGAE, said: “OGAE is filled with middle aged people and the winner just confirms it. Anna was the older audiences’ favourite in Sweden.”
David suggests what’s predictable is the undercurrent of negativity from some corners of the Internet whenever Sweden rightly does well: “There cannot be a single Sweden topic news without the fandom moaning,” he writes. “Your own countries needs to start sending better songs.”
And let’s be clear: Anna has plenty of fans who are loving the result. Jimmy Smit writes: “Well done to Anna, it’s nice appreciation, shows how popular she is with fans. I was rooting for The Mamas all the way [at Melodifestivalen], but Anna would have been good too. She’s released some really sweet country songs in the past two years. Hopefully one year she can return and get to the GF. Interesting that the songs in the mix for Top 4 were the same for both [the unofficial Wiwi poll] and the OGAE.”
As ever, there are plenty of commenters who think their preferred winner deserved more. The Dr Mistery was surprised to see that Armenia’s Tokionine (“Save Me”) finished joint last with zero points. The Dr wrote: “Armenia with no points is shocking. I had it in my Top 3. Surprised with slightly subpar result for ‘Lucy’. Ok with Swedish winning. My personal favorite was third so it’s great as well – classy ‘Andromeda.'”
KDVF thinks Estonia deserved more: “Justice for Jaagup, Beautiful Lie was robbed!” And Colin encountered surprises all over the scoreboard: “I assumed that the winner might be among these top four, but I would’ve placed my bets on Finland. Still, second place is very good. I am mostly surprised to see Portugal at 12th and Estonia at 14th. Seems like these songs might have a more niche appeal than I previously thought. Slovenia, Armenia, Iceland and Latvia had so little chance to begin with, so I’m not surprised in the slightest to see them at the end of the scoreboard.”