September 1 looms before us. And with it, the prospect of yet another Eurovision season filled with great music and a side helping of drama. But before we jump into the new year, it’s time to reveal who you think should win the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2021. The Wiwi Jury backed Italy’s Irama with “La genesi del tuo colore”. However, our readers have flocked to Norway’s KEiiNO with “Monument”.
Poll results: Norway’s KEiiNO should win the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2021
The OGAE Second Chance Contest is a regular fixture on the Eurovision off-season calendar. Various OGAE fan clubs around Europe (and the rest of the world) decide their top favourite of the national final acts who didn’t win the ticket to Eurovision. The fan network has yet to announce the final results, but our readers have already had their say.
After counting 6,602 votes, we can reveal that your Second Chance favourites are KEiiNO with “Monument”. The trio of Alexandra, Tom and Fred secured 1,771 votes or 26.83% of all votes cast.
They arrived into Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix with a monumental weight on their shoulders. Not only did they have to at least match the expectations set by “Spirit In The Sky”, they also had to overcome TIX — Norway’s biggest domestic artist at the moment. Sadly, they failed on the latter. However, the group certainly came very close to equaling their 2019 entry in terms of quality and appeal. “Monument” is a soaring triumph, that captures the magic of “Spirit In The Sky” while throwing in some special flourishes especially for the juries. The fan love for this was real, and “Monument” will definitely live long in the canon of potential Eurovision songs that never were.
The Wiwi Jury’s top pick, Italy’s Irama, finishes second with the readers. The “La genesi del tuo colore” crooner amassed 767 votes or 11.62% of all votes cast.
In a post-Måneskin world, it’s hard to imagine any other Sanremo act topping everybody’s new favourite four-piece rock band. But with a song that still hits as hard as it did upon release, Irama might have come close. “La genesi del tuo colore” was a contender for the top five at Eurovision. Every ingredient is stellar. The production is clean, the lyrics mysterious, the instrumentation eclectic. And on stage, this would surely dazzle audiences and jurors alike. It’s a shame Irama never got to showcase this song live in its full glory — RAI broadcast rehearsal footage at Sanremo after a COVID scare forced the superstar to self-isolate. Even then, he earned a respectable placement. An Irama return to Sanremo, if only to prove he can go all the way, would be very welcome indeed.
Our readers’ podium is rounded out by Sweden’s Eric Saade with “Every Minute”. The Eurovision 2011 star’s comeback effort attracted 681 votes or 10.32% of all votes cast.
“Every Minute” came with a more subdued production, leaning on a sexy groove and a beatbox-like base track, it’s a big deviation from the big productions Eric brought in the past. Overall, it would have also been a solid Swedish entry. “Every Minute”, regardless of its pretty noteworthy show, really is a track to enjoy on its own.
Poll results: Who should win the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2021?
- Norway: KEiiNO – “Monument” 26.83% (1,771 votes)
- Italy: Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore” 11.62% (767 votes)
- Sweden: Eric Saade – “Every Minute” 10.32% (681 votes)
- Finland: Ilta – “Kelle mä soitan” 8.94% (590 votes)
- Estonia: Jüri Pootsmann – “Magus melanhoolia” 7.06% (466 votes)
- Lithuania: Gebrasy – “Where’d You Wanna Go?” 6.07% (401 votes)
- Portugal: NEEV – “Dancing In The Stars” 5.39% (356 votes)
- Croatia: BERNARDA – “Colors” 5.3% (350 votes)
- Albania: Era Rusi – “Zjarri im” 5.17% (341 votes)
- Israel: Eden Alene – “Ue La La” 4.24% (280 votes)
- France: Pony X – “Amour fou” 3.41% (225 votes)
- Spain: Blas Cantó – “Memoria” 2.64% (174 votes)
- Denmark: Chief 1 og Thomas Buttenschøn – “Højt over skyerne” 1.77% (117 votes)
- Russia: Therr Maitz – “Future Is Bright” 1.24% (83 votes)
Total Votes: 6,602
What do you think of the poll rankings? Are they an accurate predictor for the real OGAE result? Let us know below.