Big congrats to OGAE United Kingdom. They’re basking in the glory of winning the OGAE Song Contest 2023. Harry Styles brought the crown home with his global hit “As It Was,” handing the Brits their eighth triumph. They’re the undisputed power house of the informal fan contest.

The vibes were as electric as Australia, the gracious host nation, who snagged second place thanks to Kylie Minogue’s “Padam Padam,” while Italy claimed a well-deserved third place with Annalisa. She’s competing in Sanremo 2024. Is this a good omen for her journey this year?

For those not in the know, the OGAE Song Contest is a spirited showdown among the national branches of OGAE, the ultimate fan club of the Eurovision Song Contest. Since its inception in 1986, the OGAE Song Contest has been a shining star in the world of music competitions and is widely regarded as one of the most successful contests associated with Eurovision. This time around, the rulebook got a refresh – songs didn’t have to stick to the official language of their country.

Big shoutout to OGAE Australia for hosting the event, especially after their 2021 victory with “Fly Away” by Tones & I. This drama-free edition will be welcome news to them. OGAE Australia was initially set to host in 2022, but the contest was ultimately cancelled over disagreements over whether Russia should be allowed to participate.   

OGAE Song Contest 2023 results

  1.  United Kingdom: Harry Styles – “As It Was” (255 points)
  2.  Australia: Kylie Minogue – “Padam Padam” (237 points)
  3.  Italy: Annalisa – “Mon Amour” (177 points)
  4.  Sweden: Zara Larsson – “Can’t Tame Her” (138 points)
  5.  Andorra: Triquell – “Jugular” (116 points)
  6.  Norway: KEiiNO – “Nights of Thunder” (106 points)
  7.  Spain: Aitana – “Los Ángeles” (93 points)
  8.  Czechia: Mikolas Josef – “Boys Don’t Cry” (81 points)
  9.  Germany: Michael Schulte – “With You” (76 points)
  10.  Armenia: Malena – “Flashing Lights” (71 points)
  11.  Greece: Kostantinos Argiros – “Elpida” (67 points)
  12.  Rest of the World: Two Hearts – “Eurovusion (Open Up)” (60 points)
  13.  France: Slimane – “Des millers de je t’aime” (54 points)
  14.  Portugal: Calema, Nuno Ribeiro & Mariza – “Maria Joana” (52 points)
  15.  Serbia: Teya Dora – “Džanum” (30 points)
  16.  Ireland: Niall Horan – “The Show” (29 points)
  17.  Estonia: Stefan – “Kiri külmkapi peal” (29 points)
  18.  Ukraine: Artem Pivovarov – “Manifest” (26 points)
  19.  Croatia: Eni Jurišić & Matija Cvek – “Trebaš li me” (25 points)
  20.  North Macedonia: Pajak ft. Antonia Gigovska – “Habibi” (20 points)
  21.  Belgium: Oscar and the Wolf – “Warrior” (15 points)
  22.  Poland: Margaret – “Tańcz głupia” (13 points)
  23.  Malta: Aidan – “Madam” (9 points)
  24.  Finland: KUUMAA – “Tulipalo” (7 points)
  25.  Cyprus: Loukas Yorkas – “Mehri ton Ourano” (6 points)
  26.  Denmark: Tobias Rahim – “Når Mænd Græder” (5 points)
  27.  Austria: Pia Maria – “White Noise” (2 points)
  28.  Slovenia: Eva Boto – “Nočem, da greš” (1 point)
  29.  Hungary: Azahriah – “Four Moods” (0 points)
  30.  Latvia: Citi Zēni ft. Labvēlīgais Tips – “Baļļīte” (0 points)
  31.  Türkiye: Güneş – “NKBİ” (0 points)

Only OGAE members can vote in the OGAE Song Contest. So, for a bit of fun, we launched our own unofficial poll back in September. After counting more than 3,800 votes, we have a winner — and it’s not Harry Styles.

Kylie Minogue’s “Padam Padam” emerged as the crowd-pleaser in the Wiwi world, stealing hearts with an impressive 14.06% of the votes. Our girl finished as runner-up in the actual OGAE Song Contest.

Finland’s KUUMAA took second with our readers with their song “Tulipalo.” They earned 11% of all votes (despite finishing a lowly 25th in the official contest). 

And in third it’s Norway’s KEiiNO, who continued their global charm offensive with a solid third place with “Nights of Thunder” at 9.3%.

OGAE Song Contest 2023: Results of the Wiwibloggs poll

  1. AUSTRALIA: KYLIE MINOGUE – ‘PADAM PADAM’ 14.06%  (537 VOTES) 
  2. FINLAND: KUUMAA – ‘TULIPALO’ 11%  (420 VOTES) 
  3. NORWAY: KEIINO – ‘NIGHTS OF THUNDER’ 9.3%  (355 VOTES) 
  4. UNITED KINGDOM: HARRY STYLES – ‘AS IT WAS’ 8.91%  (340 VOTES) 
  5. SWEDEN: ZARA LARSSON – ‘CAN’T TAME HER’ 7.23%  (276 VOTES) 
  6. SERBIA: TEYA DORA – ‘DŽANUM’ 4.27%  (163 VOTES) 
  7. ARMENIA: MALENA – ‘FLASHING LIGHTS’ 3.75%  (143 VOTES) 
  8. SPAIN: AITANA – ‘LOS ÁNGELES’ 3.61%  (138 VOTES) 
  9. ITALY: ANNALISA – ‘MON AMOUR’ 3.54%  (135 VOTES) 
  10. POLAND: MARGARET – ‘TAŃCZ GŁUPIA’ 2.96%  (113 VOTES) 
  11. PORTUGAL: CALEMA, NUNO RIBEIRO & MARIZA – ‘MARIA JOANA’ 2.96%  (113 VOTES) 
  12. REST OF THE WORLD: TWO HEARTS – ‘EUROVUSION (OPEN UP)’ 2.8%  (107 VOTES) 
  13. BELGIUM: OSCAR AND THE WOLF – ‘WARRIOR’ 2.23%  (85 VOTES) 
  14. CZECHIA: MIKOLAS JOSEF – ‘BOYS DON’T CRY’ 2.23%  (85 VOTES) 
  15. MALTA: AIDAN – ‘MADAM’ 1.96%  (75 VOTES) 
  16. GREECE: KONSTANTINOS ARGIROS – ‘ELPIDA’ 1.86%  (71 VOTES) 
  17. GERMANY: MICHAEL SCHULTE – ‘WITH YOU’ 1.81%  (69 VOTES) 
  18. FRANCE: SLIMANE – ‘DES MILLERS DE JE T’AIME’ 1.73%  (66 VOTES) 
  19. IRELAND: NIALL HORAN – ‘THE SHOW’ 1.62%  (62 VOTES) 
  20. ESTONIA: STEFAN – ‘KIRI KÜLMKAPI PEAL’ 1.55%  (59 VOTES) 
  21. ANDORRA: TRIQUELL – ‘JUGULAR’ 1.41%  (54 VOTES) 
  22. CROATIA: ENI JURIŠIĆ & MATIJA CVEK – ‘TREBAŠ LI ME’ 1.39%  (53 VOTES) 
  23. AUSTRIA: PIA MARIA – ‘WHITE NOISE’ 1.31%  (50 VOTES) 
  24. UKRAINE: ARTEM PIVOVAROV – ‘MANIFEST’ 1.02%  (39 VOTES) 
  25. TÜRKIYE: GÜNES – ‘NKBÍ’ 1.02%  (39 VOTES) 
  26. DENMARK: TOBIAS RAHIM – ‘NÅR MÆND GRÆDER’ 0.94%  (36 VOTES) 
  27. CYPRUS: LOUKAS YORKAS – ‘ΜΈΧΡΙ ΤΟΝ ΟΥΡΑΝΌ’ 0.89%  (34 VOTES) 
  28. LATVIA: CITI ZĒNI FT. LABVĒLĪGAIS TIPS – ‘BAĻĻĪTE’ 0.81%  (31 VOTES) 
  29. NORTH MACEDONIA: PAJAK FT. ANTONIA GIGOVSKA – ‘HABIBI’ 0.71%  (27 VOTES) 
  30. SLOVENIA: EVA BOTO – ‘NOČEM, DA GREŠ’ 0.6%  (23 VOTES) 
  31. HUNGARY: AZAHRIAH – ‘FOUR MOODS’ 0.52%  (20 VOTES)

While the official results and the results of our poll may dance to slightly different beats, isn’t it heartening to see the diverse array of tunes making waves across the globe? 

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Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago

they could use this contest to promote lesser-known artists, instead of big names and former esc participants. but somehow they managed to make it even more useless…

Jack
Jack
2 months ago

Some fandom members should devote their -endless- free time to vote in such meaningless contests than screaming on Twitter about Israel for a conflict they know nothing about

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

I’m suprised Andorra did this well. I didn’t expect it with this line up. I’m glad tho. It was pretty big hit here

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
2 months ago

I just wish that we could have one song as half as good as Harry Styles’ music in Eurovision… As for all the remaining OGAE entries, it says a lot about OGAE’s members taste and why they fail miserably in their votings and predictions

Sam
Sam
2 months ago

Will wiwibloggs organise Wiwivision again some day? The song selection used to be pretty good and we got to discover other artists across Europe.

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
2 months ago

This is all ridiculous. Hit songs people are already familiar with should get a 0 by default.

Marina
Marina
2 months ago

Dzanum shouldve won

mi7kel
mi7kel
2 months ago

So sad to see KUUMAA that low. Love all the music they ve been releasing.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  mi7kel

I don’t understand how they went from doing so well in the other Ogae contest to this poor result.. when it’s the same people voting I think

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago

*Shrugs* It doesn’t really have anything to do with Eurovision so….ok? That’s nice.

Riley
Riley
2 months ago

Padam Padam should’ve won. It would’ve beat Loreen this year if it was in ESC.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

Rigged! Kylie should have won. As It Was came out a full 13 months before Padam Padam, I’m not even sure how it is eligible. Not that I care. Also Harry is clearly coping Damiano David. I demand a full tribunal.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Copying

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

And who is Damiano copying?
Everyone are influenced by others. Even Måneskin

Stanley
Stanley
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

you say that like Damiano David was ever original.
Please update cultural reference points <3

Matt
Matt
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Exactly this..

“As It Was” was released in 2022, so how it was even eligible for the contest which was held in November of 2023 (finalist announced like three months prior or so) is beyond me!!!!!