Australia could win a historic Eurovision contest this weekend
This weekend Australia have the chance to win a Eurovision competition that has been going for over thirty years!
The OGAE Second Chance has been running since 1987 and is run by the international branch of Eurovision fan clubs known as Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision, English translation General Organisation of Eurovision Fans, or OGAE for short.
The contest sees each country’s club choose one song that didn’t win their national final to represent them in what is essentially a ‘Second Chance’ (hence the contest name).
Much like Eurovision, each nation’s club votes for their favourites and comes up with their collated 12, 10, 8 points down to 1. The scores are tallied and a winner is chosen.
It’s basically a B Grade Eurovision (with A class songs) only voted by official fan club members.
It’s all done via YouTube clips, but back in the day, video tapes and DVDs were sent across Europe. It has quite the history!
Former winners have included Eurovision winners Carola, Helena Paparizou and Mans Zelmerlow plus other Eurovision alumni including Sanna Nielsen, Hera Bjork, Yohanna and Pastora Soler. Sweden has won the competition 15 times, with Italy next best on three.
Australia is making its debut in the contest since we only held our first national final this year. The OGAE Australia club voted to send Electric Fields with ‘2000 and Whatever’ to represent us and we are a real shot to win it.
There are 24 songs competing and our main rivals appear to be Aly Ryan from Germany with ‘Wear Your Love’, Anna Bergendahl from Sweden with ‘Ashes to Ashes’ and Seemone with 'Tous Les Deux'. Anna Bergendahl isn’t the only former Eurovision entrant with Darude, András Kállay-Saunders (The MIddletonz), Mørland and Il Volo also representing their nation.
With the calibre of entries, anyone really could win it.
The results will be announced this weekend and we really believe Australia could take out the trophy and make it a truly historic win.
If this sounds like the kind of fun you’d like to vote in, make sure you join your official OGAE Club. Search for your club or for Australians visit http://ogaeaustralia.com/ to get involved. It’s well worth the small joining fee.
Full list of songs competing below:
Albania: Mirud - Nene
Australia: Electric Fields - 2000 and Whatever
Croatia: Lorena - Tower of Babylon
Czech Republic: Barbora Mochowa - True Colours
Denmark: Julie and Nina - League of Light
Estonia: Lumervav ft Inga - Milline Päev
Finland: Darude ft Sebastian Rejman - Superman
France: Seemone - Tous Les Deux
Germany: Aly Ryan - Wear Your Love
Hungary: The Middletonz - Roses
Iceland: Friðrik Ómar - Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?
Italy: Il Volo - Musica Che Resta
Latvia: Edgars Kreilis - Cherry Absinthe
Lithuania: Monika Marija - Light On
Moldova: Maxim Zavidia - I Will Not Surrender
Norway: Mørland - En Livredd Mann
Portugal: Surma - Pugna
Romania: Bella Santiago - Army of Love
Serbia: Ivana Vladović & Wonder Strings - Moje Bol
Slovenia: Ula Lozar - Fridays
Spain: María Villar - Muérdeme
Sweden: Anna Bergendahl - Ashes to Ashes
Ukraine: Kazka - Apart
United Kingdom: Kerrie-Anne - Sweet Lies
You can watch the songs via this YouTube playlist.