Sweden’s MEDINA has won the OGAE Song Contest 2022 with “In I Dimman.” The feel-good dance number, which draws on pop and near Orient sounds, finished third in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen behind winner Cornelia Jakobs and runner-up Anders Bagge.

But all these months later members of the international collection of Eurovision fan clubs have voted — and they think MEDINA was the best of the rest (which is, to say, the best of the songs that competed in a national final but didn’t win). 

This year’s edition of the contest was 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. 

 
 
 
 
 
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OGAE Second Chance Contest 2022 Results

  1. MEDINA – In I Dimman (Sweden) – 316 
  2. Bess – Ram pam pam (Finland) – 293
  3. Rigoberta Bandini – Ay Mama (Spain) – 241
  4. La Rappresentante Di Lista – Ciao ciao (Italy) – 240
  5. Pauline Chagne – La nuit Pauline (France) – 213
  6. Roxolana – Girls (Ukraine) – 174
  7. Alban Ramosaj – Theje (Albania) – 142
  8. NorthKid – Someone (Norway) – 124
  9. Voyager – Dreamer (Australia) – 99
  10. Anna Sahlene – Champion (Estonia) – 87
  11. Sara Jo – Muškarčina (Serbia) – 70
  12. Lolita Zero – Not Your Mother (Lithuania) – 56
  13. Marco Bosnjak – Moli Za Nas (Croatia) – 48
  14. GIUDI – Jezinsky (Czech Republic) – 44
  15. Rachel Goode – I’m Loving Me (Ireland) – 39
  16. Kuba Szmajkowski – Lovesick (Poland) – 34
  17. SYRO – Ainda Nos Tamos (Portugal) – 30
  18. Eli Huli – Blinded Dreamers (Israel) – 27
  19. Viktor Apostolovski – Superman (North Macedonia) – 22
  20. Felicia Lu – Anxiety (Germany) – 18
  21. Fuld Effekt – Rave Med De Hårde Drenge (Denmark) – 15
  22. Daughters of Reykjavik – Turn This Around (Iceland) – 14
  23. Bermudu divsturis – BAD (Latvia) – 14
  24. Batista Cadillac – Mim Pravil (Slovenia) – 10
  25. Denise – Boy (Malta) – 3
  26. Christina Ramos – Heartless Game (ROW) – 3
  27. Gabriel Basco – One Night (Romania) – 2

Wiwibloggs poll results

Our completely unofficial poll, which was open to fans regardless of whether they are members of an OGAE club or not, resulted in a different winner.

We received a total of 9,098 votes.

Finland’s Bess won our poll with 12% of all votes, followed by Spain (11.38%), Italy (8.5%), and Serbia (8.05%). Sweden came fifth with our readers.

Funnily enough, Romania’s Gabriel Bosco finished last with both the official OGAE voters and our readers.

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 brought obvious choices and surprises alike. We had 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 were 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”.

You can watch this year’s show below.

 

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sorrynotsorry
sorrynotsorry
1 month ago

OK hold on! Why was Ukraine robbed so harshly? They should have ended at least 5 places higher. Outrageous – where is the support that they need so desperately, through these fan points? They can’t survive the war like this! Shame on you, OGAE Eurofans.

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
1 month ago
Reply to  sorrynotsorry

Why are you crying about this? Nobody cares about ogays and Ukraine stole the actual show lol

musica
musica
1 month ago

They absolutely tore the house down in that Melfest final. In retrospect they would maybe have been more of an addition to Eurovision than Cornelia Jakobs was, in terms of style and genre at least. They would definitely have been an easy top-10, maybe more.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

What a joke.
Finland should’ve won this easily.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

The favourite of the members should have won. I agree Finland would be the better choice, but it’s up to them.

ILPIESC
ILPIESC
1 month ago

I’m… not gonna comment the winner

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

Oh this is the eighteenth win for Sweden in OGAE Second Chance—I don’t even know why they vote — they should just call this “best song not chosen by a national final that’s not Melfest” so they just have some variety. Love that the overlap between OGAE and actual Eurovision voting has become more of a spread.

Kalla
Kalla
1 month ago

I still can’t get over who selected Denise over aidan fro Malta, Ritmu would have been by far my favourite to win second chance

StianF
StianF
1 month ago

Australia, Finland, France, Italy and Albania should have made up the top5. I do love the Swedish song, and it would have been a worthy 6th place finisher in this contest.. but ALWAYS mayking Sweden the winner is just ridicilous. It just proves that the OGAE-fans cannot differ between actual song qualities and that they are just blinded by local broacaster’s staging production, so, as Sweden has the overall best production of their national final every single year, they will always win this contest, it seriously makes no sense.

Vivian
Vivian
1 month ago

It’s so hilariously painful how those pretentious OGAE people still think they’re even the slightest bit relevant, and then they elect Sweden as the winner here. It just proves those people deserve not to be taken seriously.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Vivian

Have they ever said they are serious? No, it is clubs voting. Seems to me only comments on this site take it seriously and get upset their favourites did not win..

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

If you’re referring to me rest assured I can’t care less if they select Sweden or not. For me Sweden could win every year OGAE (or the real thing for that matter). The only point I am stressing is that almost the whole selection was horrible, including Sweden and how out of touch so-called fans are of what is going on. They had so much more to choose from…

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 month ago

Thank God the Eurovision fandom is no longer dominated by OGAE as their tastes are absolutely horrendous and stuck in 00’s. Their initiatives are completely irrelevant and out of touch of what Eurovision has become today. Good thing I was never a member, as I would die of shame. I just don’t understand why wiwibloggs keeps giving them visibility…

Polegend Godnova
1 month ago

the ogays making sweden win one of their irrelevant contests? nobody would’ve seen that coming! breaking news!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

This was a very strong season; congratulations to the winners. It’s amazing that none of these songs made it to Eurovision. All the best to the artists for the future.

PP77
PP77
1 month ago

Pauline from France would bring better result for France in ESC.

Im so fab
Im so fab
1 month ago

In other news, today I ate chicken with fries.

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
1 month ago

Bess should win… the best of the bunch, Medina maybe second or third… and that third place to spain is totally overrated, Rigoberta is a show of bad taste, she sould be a disaster on Eurovision

Gwendal
Gwendal
1 month ago

Sorry… but no.

A year with Bess, LRDL, Pauline Chagne, Rigoberta Bandini, Voyager, Sara Jo… just to give a trophy to a bad Bella Ciao ripoff?

It’s not just heartbreaking; it justs looks (and sounds) stupid.

Ellie
Ellie
1 month ago
Reply to  Gwendal

Exactly, Bella Ciao meets Pepas. Voyager, LRDL, and Bess had much stronger songs.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

congrats to sweden for their 3040559504069464960th ogae victory

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

Why is this still a thing

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie

I’ll be honest, I forgot about The second chance contest. I just had other things to deal with, like getting treated for cancer for the last couple of months (Hodgkin’s lymphoma which runs in my family).

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

F, I hope everything’s alright

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Benito Camelo

I am actually OK considering. I got a report that the tumor in my body has significantly shrunk since I started treatment so there’s definitely progress made. Of course I’m not done and I’ll have more treatment to go but it’s going very well.

Azuro
Azuro
1 month ago

Ogae voting for Sweden. Wonders will never cease

Forrest
Forrest
1 month ago

Bess or Voyager should have won

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
1 month ago

I completely forgot about this but looks like Bess was robbed again xd

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

I’ll be honest, I forgot about this. I thought it already happened, but congratulations to Medina. Maybe one day they might actually represent Sweden

sorrynotsorry
sorrynotsorry
1 month ago

After probably 10+ years of following the Eurovision related events, I can finally write this.
Sweden deserved the victory. Congratulations!

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

I am sorry but that voting video was a joke. Did we get to see how every club voted?Only 12 points were announced? That is poitnless since we don’t know which other songs got points or how many..

laampa
laampa
1 month ago

NOOOOOO!!! ???????? Northkid deserved to win this!!

NickC
NickC
1 month ago

BTW- It serves the Maltese right for not nominating Ritmu. This was probably the stupidest decision of the year….

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

How unusual for Sweden to win OGAE… At least this is a good song. I’d prefer to see Bess win, but okay. Gabriel Basco shouldn’t have finished under Malta or San Marino. I wonder whether being featured in Netflix’s The Next 365 Days helped Lovesick gait attraction, or was the movie’s infamy against it? In any case, an okay middle-ground result. Very glad to see NorthKid cracking into top ten, sad that Sara Jo did not.

NickC
NickC
1 month ago

It is just my personal taste, but while Medina was great, Northkid had one of the best songs of the year. I dont know why Norwegians always pick joke entries over quality (Alexander over Rebecca, Tix over Imerika and Keiino, Subwoolfer over Northkid…) if you ask me, MGP is one national final that desparetely needs international juries.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  NickC

NorthKid has an amazing entry, and I still listen to it. Same goes for Maria Mohn and Elsie Bay. MGP was excellent this year. That said, I totally understand why Subwoolfer won. It really stood out in a good way in Eurovision. The other three would have qualified and finished in top 15 too, though. It was a tough choice for Norwegians. 😉

NickC
NickC
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Sorry brate, but i hated subwoolfer. Their new song is much better. But I am sure if there were international juries, Northkid or Sofia would have won, and I dare to say would have done better, with the help of juries. The other song that is completely overlooked by OGAE is the Danish one

Mememe
Mememe
1 month ago
Reply to  NickC

Rebecca had an awful cliche in 2018. Much better winner

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  NickC

Joke or novelty songs? There is a difference. And I do not call any of those joke songs.

sam
sam
1 month ago

bess or sara jo should’ve won. medina was pretty good but not good enough for sweden to win this contest yet again

Devito
1 month ago

I’m not following OhGay events because I think it has no bigger value than some random Quora or Discord. Nevertheless, I do not understand why Lithuania was so called “represented” by Lolita Zero when she was merely a third placer in the final. If anyone, it was supposed to be Auguste Vedrickaite and her song “Before You’re 6ft Under” as she was a runner-up. Guess, OhGay decided to pick a drag queen instead. This shows how subjective this whole “contest” was. :))

Mememe
Mememe
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

I agree with everything. For the reasons you mention -such contests can’t be taken seriously

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

Why you’re acting homophobic?

Ugnius
Ugnius
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

I’m pretty sure each branch of OGAE decides their representative on their own. Also, Lolita Zero was 2nd in the televoting and the difference between her and Monika Liu was really close. Auguste was nowhere near

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 month ago
Reply to  Ugnius

The fact that shock value merchant nearly won the televote ahead of a great entry in their native language reflects very poorly on Lithuanian people and is a massive reason why ESC has such a poor reputation still.

Vivian
Vivian
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

I’ll just say I’m glad Lolita Zero never appeared on the actual Eurovision. It would’ve probably been the first thing since Hatari that would make my eyes bleed, not only my ears

Yup
Yup
1 month ago

If some other country would have sent In i dimman it would have not won. Just my opinnion, but people seem to always think Sweden has a good song, because it’s Sweden.

Domino, Cicciolina, Ram pam pam; it’s a surprise how much Finland gets kicked to the ground in ESC as well as in these OGAE contests.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

I am surprised Australia, North Macedonia, Serbia, Czech Republic and Iceland didn’t do better as they were fan favourites.

Albania is so overrated, guess they voted for the guy, not the song itself.

Finland was expected to do well and I thought Italy would do better too.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 month ago

Melfest has got a psychological grip over the OGAE… Good to see LRDL and Pauline doing well tho.

Cooper
Cooper
1 month ago

I would have preferred Finland to win this year, “Ram pam pam” is an exellent example of finnish pop music at its finest. Love her latest singe “Rakastan en rakasta” also, she’s got a great career going on.

Cooper
Cooper
1 month ago
Reply to  Cooper

*single

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Cooper

This is another example of how taking part in the national final can boost your career and promote your new music. It happened with Cicciolina, the guys in 2021 and now BESS. It’s a pity she didn’t win the national final though.

Joff
Joff
1 month ago

Did Italy finish 3rd or 4th? Because the finnish jury gave 8 points in the first part, but also 12 with the spokesperson of finland juror who were added to France on the screen. So 240 or 244 points for Italy?

Joff
Joff
1 month ago

Did Italy finish 3rd or 4th? Because the ?? jury gave 8 points in the first part, but also 12 with the spokesperson of ?? juror who were added to France on the screen. So 240 or 244 points for ???