It’s finally here! As we gear up for the return of Eurovision, it’s also time for the return of the annual OGAE poll — where fans around the world cast their votes for their favourite acts in this year’s contest. Today, the first results of the OGAE poll 2021 are in, straight from OGAE Netherlands. They awarded the first douze points of the season to Switzerland’s Gjon’s Tears and his epic fantasy ballad “Tout l’univers”.
OGAE Netherlands named Malta’s Destiny their second favourite, awarding ten points to “Je Me Casse”. Meanwhile, France’s Barbara Pravi took the club’s bronze medal. “Voilà” receives eight points.
OGAE Poll 2021
Votes from OGAE Netherlands
- Switzerland — 12 points
- Malta — 10 points
- France — 8 points
- San Marino — 7 points
- Cyprus — 6 points
- Lithuania — 5 points
- Iceland — 4 points
- Sweden — 3 points
- Greece — 2 points
- Romania — 1 point
OGAE Netherlands votes align very closely with current betting odds. Malta, France and Switzerland are the top three favourites to win Eurovision and take home the crystal microphone, according to bookmakers.
Will the OGAE poll 2021 predict the winner of Eurovision 2021?
Not necessarily. The organisation does often place future Eurovision winners on their podium — in 2018, they correctly predicted victory for Israel’s Netta. But then in 2019, the OGAE poll predicted a victory for Italy’s Mahmood, who eventually placed second at Eurovision. And in previous years, they’ve often chosen favourites who stayed in the semi-finals — in 2013, OGAE poll runner-up Valentina Monetta failed to secure a spot in the final for San Marino. So take the results with a hefty pinch of salt!
Over the next few weeks, the remaining OGAE groups will announce their points in this years poll to determine their Eurovision winner. But this year, the announcement schedule looks a little different. Half the groups will deliver their points between now and Sunday 2 May. Then, the remaining groups will announce their points at the same time on Friday 7 May, in a grand final video spectacle.
OGAE Netherlands are the first club of 43 voting groups in the OGAE poll 2021 to announce their points. So as always, anything could change!
What do you think? Who do you think will win the OGAE poll 2021? Let us know in the comments below!