Are you #TeamKylie, #TeamHarry….or #TeamPiaMaria? Well regardless of which pop star you’re into, your time is now.
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 Australia is hosting the contest following their 2021 win with “Fly Away” by Tones and I. You’ll recall that OGAE Australia also hosted last year. But that contest was cancelled over the controversy surrounding OGAE Russia’s continued participation against the backdrop of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. You’ll note that Russia is NOT competing this year.
Voting is open to members of the OGAE fan clubs until 21 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 13 years.
OGAE Song Contest 2023: Familiar faces
As always, there are many past Eurovision stars in the mix. They include Michael Schulte (Germany 2018), Eva Boto (Slovenia 2012), Citi Zeni (Latvia 2022), Mikolas Josef (Czechia 2018), Pia Maria (Austria 2022), KEiiNO (Norway 2019) and Stefan (Estonia 2022). Junior Eurovision winner Malena is also flying the flag for Armenia. There are also a few national selection favourites, including KUUMAA (UMK), Aidan (MESC), and Aitana (OT).
Who should win the OGAE Song Contest 2023?
OGAE members will have their say over the coming weeks. And so can you. Who do you think should win the 2023 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!
- Andorra: Triquell – ‘Jugular’
- France: Slimane – ‘Des milliers de je t’aime’
- Finland: KUUMAA – ‘Tulipalo’
- Poland: Margaret – ‘Tańcz głupia’
- Portugal: Calema, Nuno Ribeiro & Mariza – ‘Maria Joana’
- Greece: Konstantinos Argiros – ‘Elpida’
- Australia: Kylie Minogue – ‘Padam Padam’
- Hungary: Azahriah – ‘Four Moods’
- Germany: Michael Schulte – ‘With You’
- Armenia: Malena – ‘Flashing Lights’
- Malta: Aidan – ‘Madam’
- Spain: Aitana – ‘Los Ángeles’
- Croatia: Eni Jurišić & Matija Cvek – ‘Trebaš Li Me’
- Ukraine: Artem Pivovarov – ‘Manifest’
- North Macedonia: Pajak ft. Antonia Gigovska – ‘Habibi’
- Italy: Annalisa – ‘Mon Amour’
- Slovenia: Eva Boto – ‘Nočem, da greš’
- Belgium: Oscar and the Wolf – ‘Warrior’
- Ireland: Niall Horan – ‘The Show’
- Latvia: Citi Zēni ft. Labvēlīgais Tips – ‘Baļļīte’
- Denmark: Tobias Rahim – ‘Når Mænd Græder’
- Czechia: Mikolas Josef – ‘Boys Don’t Cry’
- Serbia: Teya Dora – ‘Džanum’
- Austria: Pia Maria – ‘White Noise’
- Estonia: Stefan – ‘Kiri Külmkapi Peal’
- Türkiye: Günes – ‘NKBÍ’
- Cyprus: Loukas Yorkas – ‘Μέχρι Τον Ουρανό’
- United Kingdom: Harry Styles – ‘As It Was’
- Norway: KEiiNO – ‘Nights of Thunder’
- Rest of the World: Two Hearts – ‘Eurovusion (Open Up)’
- Sweden: Zara Larsson – ‘Can’t Tame Her’