The Second Chance results have yet to be published, but OGAE is already moving onto the second of its three annual Eurovision off-season polls. The competing songs for the OGAE Song Contest 2021 have been revealed — but who should win?
OGAE Song Contest 2021
The OGAE Song Contest is an annual event organised by OGAE — the Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l’Eurovision, or General Organisation of Eurovision Fans — in which the members of OGAE compete with an original song released in their countries. The song has to have been released in the previous year and be mostly sung in one of the country’s national languages.
This year OGAE UK is hosting the contest for a third consecutive year after Dua Lipa’s “Physical” took the top prize in 2020.
Voting is open to members of the OGAE fan clubs until 18 October and the official results are due on 31 October.
The first-ever OGAE Song Contest took place in 1986 and has been an annual event ever since. Previous winners include Laura Pausini, Helena Paparizou, Coldplay, Adele, Nina Zilli, Indila and Dami Im.
The United Kingdom has had the most victories so far. Six of its seven wins have come in the last 12 years.
OGAE Song Contest 2021: Familiar faces
As always, there are many past Eurovision stars in the mix, including two winners — Helena Paparizou (Greece 2005) and Eimear Quinn (Ireland 1996). Other song contest alums include Sirusho (Armenia 2008), Damir Kedzo (Croatia 2020), Benjamin Ingrosso (Sweden 2018), Marco Mengoni (Italy 2013), Patrik Fiori (France 1993), Beth (Spain 2003), Miki Nunez (Spain 2019), Fyr og Flamme (Denmark 2021), Michelle (Germany 2001) and Maraaya (Slovenia 2015). Fans should also remember Erika Vikman from Finland’s UMK 2020. There are also lots of famous names from outside the Eurovision bubble including Tones & I, MNEK, Ana Moura, Kali Uchis and Gülsen.
Who should win the OGAE Song Contest 2021?
OGAE members will have their say over the coming weeks. And so can you. Who do you think should win the 2021 fan competition. Listen to all the songs in the playlist below and then vote for your favourites in our poll. You can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote once. So, make it count!
- Australia: Tones & I “Fly Away”
- Czech Republic: Aneta Langerova “Jak Krasne Je Byt Milovan”
- Turkey: Gülsen & Edis “Nirvana”
- Armenia: Sirusho “Es u Du”
- Croatia: Damir Kedzo “Nedodirljiva”
- Hungary: Honeybeast & Palya Bea “Ha Meghalok”
- Austria: Josh. “Expresso & Tschianti”
- Sweden: Benjamin Ingrosso “Flickan På Min Gata”
- Serbia: Zoi “Jasno Mi Je”
- Ukraine: Tobizda “Ya Chotu Trampampam”
- Rest of the World: Kali Uchis “Telepatia”
- Latvia: Ivo Fomins “Diena Vai Nakts”
- Ireland: Eimear Quinn “Hibernia”
- Italy: Takagi & Ketra Ft Marco Mengoni & Frah Quintale “Venere e Marte”
- Greece: Helena Paparizou & Marseaux “Deja Vu”
- Russia: Jey “Nenormalnyj”
- Cyprus: Monsieur Doumani “Pissourin”
- Belgium: Camille “Vuurwerk”
- France: Patrick Fiori & Florent Pagny “J’y Vais”
- Finland: Erika Vikman “Syntisten Pöytä”
- Beth “Que Tremolin Els Arbres”
- Poland: Meskie Granie Orkiestra 2021 “I Ciebie Tez, Bardzo”
- Portugal Ana Moura “Andorinhas”
- United Kingdom: Joel Corry & MNEK “Head & Heart”
- North Macedonia: Lara “Za Nas”
- Spain: Miki Nunez “Me Vale”
- Denmark: Fyr og Flamme “Kamæleon”
- Germany: Michelle “Vorbei Vorbei”
- Slovenia: Maraaya “Dobr’ Gre”
What do you think of the selection? Did the OGAE clubs choose wisely? Who should win?