It’s a regular fixture on the Eurovision off-season calendar — the OGAE Second Chance Contest. Various OGAE fan clubs around Europe (and the rest of the world) choose their favourites from the national final acts who didn’t win the ticket to Eurovision. Let’s check out the candidates for the 2022 edition of the contest.
OGAE Second Chance Contest 2022
This year’s edition of the contest is being hosted by OGAE Norway, after KEiiNO won the 2021 vote with “Monument”. The OGAE clubs whose broadcaster selected their Eurovision entry using a national final were eligible to nominate one non-winning song as their entry for the Second Chance Contest.
Some OGAE clubs automatically select their second-placed national final act, while others vote for their favourite from all the competing entries in their national final.
The 2022 edition brings obvious choices and surprises alike. We have many national final runner-ups such as France’s Pauline Chagne with “Nuit Pauline”, Spain’s Rigoberta Bandini with “Ay mamá” and Serbia’s Sara Jo with “Muškarčina”.
There are also several fan favourites who finished a little lower down the scoreboard like Germany’s Felicia Lu with “Anxiety” and Lithuania’s Lolita Zero with “Not Your Mother”.
OGAE Ukraine initially entered Alina Pash with her song “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”. However, it seems like she just can’t escape controversy. Just as she had her spot at Eurovision stripped over a past appearance in Crimea, she has also had her place in this contest revoked by organisers. They explained why in a comment on their official Facebook page. Since she was initially given a spot at Eurovision, she is not eligible for a Second Chance berth here.
On Wednesday, 25 May, OGAE revealed that Alina had been replaced by Roxolana and her song “Girls”. Roxolana placed fourth in the Vidbir final behind Alina, Kalush Orchestra and Wellboy.
OGAE Second Chance Contest 2022
|Start number||Country||Artist||Song title|
|2||Croatia||Marko Bošnjak||Mola Za Nas|
|3||Sweden||MEDINA||In i dimman|
|5||Spain||Rigoberta Bandini||Ay Mamá|
|6||Israel||Eli Huli||Blinded Dreamers|
|7||Ireland||Rachel Goode||I’m Loving Me|
|8||Italy||La Rappresentante di Lista||Ciao Ciao|
|10||Finland||BESS||Ram Pam Pam|
|11||Romania||Gabriel Basco||One Night|
|13||Portugal||SYRO||Ainda Nos Tamos|
|14||Rest of World||Cristina Ramos||Heartless Game|
|17||Iceland||Daughters of Reykjavik||Turn This Around|
|23||Slovenia||Batista Cadillac||Mim Pravil|
|24||North Macedonia||Viktor Apostolovski||Superman|
|25||Lithuania||Lolita Zero||Not Your Mother|
|26||Denmark||Fuld Effekt||Rave Med De Harde Drenge|
|27||France||Pauline Chagne||La nuit Pauline|
You’ll notice that this year’s competition has a lot more options than in 2021. Last year only 14 clubs participated because of the large number of internal selections that were held. As you’ll recall, several countries internally picked their 2020 artists again for 2021 because of the cancellation of Eurovision 2020. That meant there were fewer national selections and fewer runners-up available for this Second Chance.
Poll: Who should win the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2022?
Who do you think should win the 2022 Second Chance Contest? You can vote for as many acts as you’d like, but you can only vote one time. Be sure to click the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit.
Are you surprised by any of the clubs’ choices? Which songs would you have submitted? And which song do you think deserves to win? Let us know in the comments.