KEiiNO Monument 2021

It’s a regular fixture on the fan calendar, where OGAE fan club members decide their favourite of the national final acts who didn’t quite make it to Eurovision. Now the clubs have had their say and declared Norway’s KEiiNO the winner of the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2021 with their Melodi Grand Prix entry “Monuement”.

This year’s edition of the “visual event” was hosted by Melodifestivalklubben OGAE Sweden, after Melodifestivalen act Anna Bergendahl won Second Chance 2020 with her song “Kingdom Come”.

KEiiNO were a clear favourite with OGAE members. The Norwegian trio was 88 points ahead of the second placed act, a demonstration of the continuing popularity of KEiiNO with in the OGAE community.

The focus stayed on Scandinavia for second place. Sweden’s Eric Saade earned 353 points for his Melodifestivalen runner-up entry “Every Minute”.

In third place was Italy’s Irama. He may not have been able to perform his Sanremo entry live at the Italian song contest, but “La genesi del tuo colore” remained a fan favourite.

Finland’s Ilta was in fourth place with her song “Kelle mä soitan”, and rounding out the top five, Croatia’s Bernarda was in fifth with “Colors”.

The OGAE Second Chance nominees were taken from the acts who participated in their country’s national final for Eurovision 2021. OGAE clubs selected their country’s competing act — some automatically pick the second placed act, while others vote for their favourite.

Due to the larger number of broadcasters who opted to internally select their Eurovision entries for 2021, this year’s contest only involved 19 participating countries, compared to the 22 who competed last year.

OGAE Second Chance Contest 2021 – Results

  1. Norway: KEiiNO – “Monument” (441 points)
  2. Sweden: Eric Saade – “Every Minute” (353 points)
  3. Italy: Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore” (326 points)
  4. Finland: Ilta – “Kelle mä soitan” (219 points)
  5. Croatia: Bernarda – “Colors” (163 points)
  6. France: Pony X – “Amour fou” (159 points)
  7. Lithuania: Gebrasy – “Where’d You Wanna Go?” (141 points)
  8. Spain: Blas Cantó – “Memoria” (138 points)
  9. Israel: Eden Alene – “Ue La La” (119 points)
  10. Estonia: Jüri Pootsmann – “Magus melanhoolia” (106 points)
  11. Portugal: NEEV – “Dancing In The Stars” (99 points)
  12. Albania: Era Rusi – “Zjarri im” (53 points)
  13. Denmark: Chief 1 og Thomas Buttenschøn – “Højt over skyerne” (35 points)
  14. Russia: “Future Is Bright” (21 points)

Wiwi Poll results

Earlier in the year, we asked wiwibloggs readers who you thought should win the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2021. We received 6,602 votes.

Wiwibloggs readers agreed with OGAE members. Your favourite was also KEiiNO, who picked up 26.83% of the vote.

In second, you had Italy’s Irama with 11.62% of the vote, and in third place Sweden’s Eric Saade with 10.32% of the vote.

  1. Norway: Keiino – “Monument” 26.83% (1,771 Votes)
  2. Italy: Irama – “La Genesi Del Tuo Colore” 11.62% (767 Votes)
  3. Sweden: Eric Saade – “Every Minute” 10.32% (681 Votes)
  4. Finland: Ilta – “Kelle Mä Soitan” 8.94% (590 Votes)
  5. Estonia: JüRi Pootsmann – “Magus Melanhoolia” 7.06% (466 Votes)
  6. Lithuania: Gebrasy – “Where’D You Wanna Go?” 6.07% (401 Votes)
  7. Portugal: Neev – “Dancing In The Stars” 5.39% (356 Votes)
  8. Croatia: Bernarda – “Colors” 5.3% (350 Votes)
  9. Albania: Era Rusi – “Zjarri Im” 5.17% (341 Votes)
  10. Israel: Eden Alene – “Ue La La” 4.24% (280 Votes)
  11. France: Pony X – “Amour Fou” 3.41% (225 Votes)
  12. Spain: Blas Cantó – “Memoria” 2.64% (174 Votes)
  13. Denmark: Chief 1 Og Thomas Buttenschøn – “Højt Over Skyerne” 1.77% (117 Votes)
  14. Russia: Therr Maitz – “Future Is Bright” 1.24% (83 Votes)

The Wiwi Jury had slightly different favourites. Our panel of Eurovision unprofessionals picked Irama as our favourite with 66 points. We had KEiiNO in second place with 48 points and Lithuania’s Gebrasy in third place with 44 points. The Wiwi Jury placed Eric Saade fifth with 33 points.

What do you think of the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2021 results? How would “Monument” have faired at Eurovision? Should any of these acts enter a national final again for 2022? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Stian F
Stian F
13 days ago

Eric Saade has absolutely nothing to do in the top 3 of the Second Chance contest… The song is absolutely aweful and has the most unworthy lyrics of ant song of this national final season… Its just a joke. Should have been bottom 3 if u ask me. Russia and Portugal should have both been way way way higher in this ranking as well. Italy should have been second – as we only had the video to go by and not being able to judge a live performance it wouldnt have been fair to let it win, but it should… Read more »

There is a light guiding my way
There is a light guiding my way
16 days ago

Therr Maitz being last is a crime, should be at least in the top 5.
And I still can’t wrap my mind around Rijeka not being in this. Robbed twice.

Last edited 16 days ago by There is a light guiding my way
Purple Mask
Purple Mask
16 days ago

This wasn’t close. A monumental victory indeed.

Maya G
Maya G
17 days ago

only two things in life are certain: death and Sweden making the top 3 in OGAE’s Second chance contest.

TobGor
TobGor
17 days ago

Denmark would have done much better if they’d sent ‘Silver Bullet’

Rasmus Bording Irlind
Rasmus Bording Irlind
17 days ago
Reply to  TobGor

incorrect, we would’ve at least have been in the top 15 with ”står lige her” or ”beautiful” for that matter. for some reason our ogae have been so tonedeaf this year that they believed ”højt over skyerne” was deserving of a second chance, and the worst was that it didn’t even place second in dmgp! (excuse the rant)

FanESC
FanESC
18 days ago

Can’t believe Pony X came 6th, neither that the french fanclub chose this songg instead of LMK, or even Juliette Moraine who both could have done better, I think.

Oihana
Oihana
18 days ago

Nice podium 🙂 Congrats, specially to KEiiNO!

PS. I would have placed Magus Melanhoolia higher though

Last edited 18 days ago by Oihana
Oihana
Oihana
18 days ago
Reply to  Oihana

Now that I have listened to Gebrasy – Where’d you wanna go, I want to add that it’s absolutely beautiful and also deserved much better ??

Bird Lover
Bird Lover
19 days ago

dated overrated and cringe. thankfully the jury saw that at esc

DCNXavier
DCNXavier
19 days ago

The first half of the title should’ve been “Melodi Grand Prix 2021:”

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
19 days ago

The exact top three we were all expecting.

Jake
Jake
19 days ago

OGAE are reliably predictable with their choices. Italy/Nordics doing well CHECK! Sweden top 3 CHECK! Former Euro stars racking up votes CHECK! When Keiino lost MGP and I wrote on my comments “congrats Keiino on winning OGAE Second Chance”. I still don’t think the song is better or more fun or more memorable than Spirit in the Sky. They would never be able to duplicate that fan vote performance. But their fans (which I am on) still think they would’ve done real well with Monument but I have serious doubts. Nothing would unseat Maneskin.

Timmy
Timmy
19 days ago

Eric was far better.

Jay
Jay
19 days ago

lmfao to all that are complaining, join ogae then if you’re gonna sayt how “”basic”” the result and taste is. you can’t complain if you didn’t vote.

Last edited 19 days ago by Jay
chipo clu
chipo clu
19 days ago

the most overrated song ever. The song just try to replicate what made “Spirit in the sky” a good song, but does everything like a hot mess. Anyway im glad “Colors” got into the top 5. It was my favorite from the contest.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
19 days ago

Congratulations KEIINO! You deserve it

T.J.
T.J.
19 days ago

Eric Saade second? what a joke

Alvaro
Alvaro
19 days ago

Well done KEiiNO!! Gladly surprised with Ilta fourth, and I’d rather placed Gebrasy and Jüri higher. But well… What an interesting result (and similar to the poll here at some parts)

Last edited 19 days ago by Alvaro
Alex
Alex
19 days ago

Juri and Neev deserved much better. Gebrasy as well.
I’m not surprised tho

Rasmus Bording Irlind
Rasmus Bording Irlind
19 days ago

very deserved victory for keiino and norway. keiino managed to top spirit in the sky with monument which i think is a track that anyone can enjoy

Alo
Alo
19 days ago

Taste is gone lol
Eric saade above irama?! No way. The lyrics were cringe.
And estonia only 10 and Albania 12?
And my country song which is a disaster above them? (UE la la).

Ashton
Ashton
19 days ago

im sorry but how is memoria that high and zjarri im and magus melanhoolia that low

Colin
Colin
19 days ago
Reply to  Ashton

Memoria isn’t that high in general, but it should have been last. It’s here as the default pick for Spain to begin with.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
19 days ago

i honestly expected no different top 2 from the ogays lmao

Colin
Colin
19 days ago

Congrats, KEiiNO! I have no issues with top 4. Nice to see Ilta high. Lithuania and Estonia underrated, Croatia overrated.

Denis
Denis
20 days ago

So the most stereotypical ESC song made for fans won an contest where fans votes?
In other news: World is still flat..

Ashton
Ashton
19 days ago
Reply to  Denis

did a double take at the second part of this comment

Rufus
Rufus
19 days ago
Reply to  Denis

Is Denis annoyed because Sweden didn’t win for the 18th time, this pity party message sure says so.

Nils
Nils
20 days ago

Downvote alert: ‘Monument’ is a way better song than ‘Spirit in the Sky’, imho.

Congrats Norway!

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
19 days ago
Reply to  Nils

I think the same. Spirit in the sky was my 5th back in 2019 but Monument would have been in my top 3 this year and I think ESC 2021 was way stronger than ESC 2019.

Aeria
Aeria
20 days ago

I’m kinda surprised Spain didn’t end up dead last here, and personally I think Finland ended up far too high with a basic ballad, but it’s just OGAE, nothing important. Congrats to KEiiNO regardless though

Esc addict
Esc addict
20 days ago

Wow what a surprise! I’m kidding, congrats Norway! Eric or Irama would have been deserved winners too, then good results imo.
Sweden and Italy are definetely the favourites countries of the Ogae members especially in the second chance contests each years. Melfest and San Remo effects I guess.

Last edited 20 days ago by Esc addict
Sale
Sale
20 days ago

OGAE being predictable as usual

khan
khan
20 days ago

Pleasantly surprised at Ilta coming 4th!

Thanos
Thanos
20 days ago

Keiino, Irama and Juri have the songs I like here. Instead of Saade, I would have prefered to see Dotter for Sweden and Pony X are also not the best possible song out of the ones of the French Preselection.

Last edited 20 days ago by Thanos
Héctor
Héctor
20 days ago

We all know how the OGAE work and what they like. Let’s move on to something more interesting.

just an esc fan
just an esc fan
20 days ago

the results are (and i can’t express this differently) DISGUSTING. nothing is deserved here except Denmark and Lithuania. OGAE reults are really basic once again!

Paul
Paul
20 days ago

Chill out mate. Think there’s enough other things to get worked up about at the moment

sam
sam
20 days ago

so happy to see pony x placing so well.. didnt expect that. therr maitz, era rusi, and jüri (in my opinion) should replace blas, gebrsasy, and bernarda in the final rankings respectfully

Last edited 20 days ago by sam