Anna Bergendahl Kingdom Come Melodifestivalen 2020

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.”

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Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

Just to clear up, I’m comfortably middle-aged and I didn’t want Sweden to win at all. Middle-aged doesn’t mean we automatically lean towards mediocre Scandi-pop. 😉

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago

Ah I got noticed haha. Anyway, OGAE results are always iffy. Waiting patiently for Eden’s songs to be released.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton

Same. Thanks for the nod, Wiwi and William. 🙂

stommie
stommie
1 month ago

I can name at least 5 songs in Sanremo alone that were better and more interesting then either “Kingdom Come” or “Bulletproof”.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  stommie

Fai rumore
Andromeda
Eden
El sole ad est
Carioca

Still, Bulletproof is an awesome song and Dotter’s performance made it even better. Anna’s Kingdom Come is also very good on it’s own. 🙂

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

I’d replace Carioca with Tikibombom for sure.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton

Tikibombom is also really good. I’ve heard it playing in my dentist’s office. I am always happy when good songs continue being played despite of their NF result.

Azaad
Azaad
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Speaking of which, Serena’s Safari from Selectia Nationala 2018 is being played through malls in the UAE. Quite impressive for a song that didn’t even qualify to the final in Romania, to be played commercially in a country that barely knows about Eurovision.

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago
Reply to  Azaad

I still maintain to this day that if Safari wasn’t so terrible live it would have been a 100% top 10 in ESC.

Azaad
Azaad
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton

And delayed Romania’s first NQ by a year

Regina Phalange
Regina Phalange
1 month ago

You didn’t even mention Dotter? 🙁

Azaad
Azaad
1 month ago

I guarantee you if Dotter was selected for second chance and won that very few people would complain.