The already messy OGAE Song Contest 2022 just got a little bit messier. On Friday, the Eurovision Club Germany confirmed that it’s officially withdrawing its entry. This follows an internal vote within the club. As you’ll recall, OGAE Ukraine withdrew earlier this month, citing the continued participation of Russia, which continues to wage a deadly war on Ukrainian soil.
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, 30 clubs decided to participate — including those from Russia and Ukraine. The Ukrainian club subsequently issued a statement, writing that Russia’s participation goes against the values of Eurovision. You’ll recall that the EBU excluded Russia from Eurovision 2022, citing its invasion of Ukraine.
OGAE International subsequently held a vote and a “two-thirds majority” of the international fan clubs decided to allow the Russian club to remain in the competition. Many fans point out that it is the Russian government — not its Eurovision fans — who are waging war.
However, as OGAE Ukraine has pointed out repeatedly, one of the Russian artists behind their entry “DNK” has performed at pro-war rallies. OGAE Ukraine has also shared screengrabs which show that the Russian fan club had endorsed Russia’s war.
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Members of the German fan club had less than two days to vote. Of the 1,247 members who were sent the e-mail, a total of 136 voted. Of these, 59 members (43.38%) wanted to remain in the contest, while 77 members (56.62%) voted to withdraw.
Germany’s now withdrawn entry was “Here Goes Nothing” by Michael Schulte, who sang for Germany at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon.
In the wake of Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, the international governing bodies of several sports, including basketball, hockey, figure skating and football, have banned Russian teams from competition.
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OGAE Song Contest 2022 Participants
- Italy: Marco Mengoni – “Ma Stasera”
- Armenia: Brunette – “Smoke Break”
- Russia: Leonid Agutin and Vladimir Presnjakov – “DNK”
- Poland: Doda – “Fake Love”
- Latvia: Citi Zēni – “Limuzīns Uz Krīta”
- Andorra: Julen – “Una Cançó”
- Finland: Vilma Jää – “Saatanan saalistaja”
- Serbia: Milica Pavlović & Albino – “Šećeru”
- Czech Republic: Laka Malawi feat. We Are Domi – “High Speed Kissing”
- Turkey: Kerimcan Durmaz – “Peşimde”
- Belgium: Lost Frequencies feat. Calum Scott – “Where Are You Now”
- Spain: Varry Brava and Soleá Morente – “Bajo la Luz Perfecta”
- Hungary: VALMAR feat. Robi Szikora – “Úristen”
- Norway: Chris Holsten – “Smilet i ditt eget speil”
- France: Juliette Armanet – “Le dernier jour du disco”
- Ireland: Westlife –”Starlight”
- Croatia: Vlaho feat. ZSA ZSA – “Flowerpot”
- Austria: Klangkarussell – “Home”
- Estonia: Daniel Levi – “Jasmine”
- Slovenia: Eva Boto – “Nočem, da greš”
- Rest of the World: Pabllo Vittar and Rina Sawayama – “Follow Me”
- Australia: Kylie Minogue and Years & Years – “A Second to Midnight”
- Cyprus: Loukas Yorkas – “Mechri Ton Ourano”
- Portugal: Bárbara Bandeira feat. Carminho – “Onde Vais”
- Greece: Christos Mastoras – “An”
- Sweden: ABBA – “Don’t Shut Me Down”
- North Macedonia: Lara feat. Kasapski – “Samo Svrti Se”
- United Kingdom: Harry Styles – “As It Was”