Guest Jury Hits

Second Chance Retro started in 2003 with the purpose of looking back at songs from Eurovision National Finals that were not selected to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.

However, not all currently participating countries and OGAE clubs participated in the Eurovision Song Contest or held a National Final in 1986 or earlier. For this reason, the Guest Jury Hits was introduced in 2004. This allowed entries from countries without National Finals to choose another song that had been released in the same Retro year, but had not been affiliated to Eurovision. Each Retro year therefore has a Eurovision Second Chance Retro winner and a Guest Jury Hits winner.

The first Guest Jury Hits was held in 2003, when hit songs from 1986 competed. So far eleven contests have been held, with Italy winning six, and Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Rest of the World all winning once. Umberto Tozzi has so far been responsible for three of Italy’s wins.

OGAE Rest of the World won Guest Jury Hits in 2014 for the 1975 entry “Only Yesterday” by The Carpenters, and we are now looking to defend our title with a 1974 entry.

2015 so far

On 28 February 2015 OGAE Rest of World members voted for their favourite ten songs from one of three categories (Rock, Pop and Easy Listening). Each of these categories contained approximately 40 songs. Based on the results of this round of voting, a total of 24 songs were short-listed, the top eight from each of the three categories.

Another round of voting then took place and a winning song was selected to represent OGAE Rest of the World in 2015’s Guest Jury Hits 1974 contest.

The winning entry was “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas of Jamaica.

The OGAE ROW voting process for the international contest run from 18 July to 31 August, find details here. Details on all competing entries are available on sechuk here.
With massive lead of 46 points ROW has finished as the winner of competition for the second year in a row. Complete results were published on sechuk.com here.

Table A: Guest Jury Hits results beginning 1985

YearWinnerSongPerformerRunner-up
1985BelgiumBelgium"Vergeet Barbara"Will TuraSR Serbia
1984Ukrainian_SSR_Flag.svgUkrainian SSR"Oy zelene zhito zelene"Oksana BilozirGreece
1983ItalyItaly"Sarà quel che sarà"Tiziana RivaleUkrainian SSR
1982ItalyItaly"Storie di tutti o giorni"Riccardo FogliFrance
1981ItalyItaly"Sarà perché ti amo"Ricchi e PoveriSpain
1980ItalyItaly"Stella stai"Umberto TozziCyprus
1979ItalyItaly"Gloria"Umberto TozziRest of the World
1978SpainSpain"Vivir asi es morir de amor"Camilo SestoItaly
1977ItalyItaly"Ti amo"Umberto TozziAustria
1976SwedenSweden"Fernando"Anni-Frid LyngstadRest of the World
1975ROWRest of the World (USA)"Only Yesterday"The CarpentersIreland
1974ROWRest of the World (Jamaica)"Kung Fu Fighting"Carl DouglasSpain

Table B: OGAE Rest of the World entrants beginning 1982: scores and placings

YearParticipantsCountry Representing RoWPerformerSongPointsPlace
198210South_AfricaSouth AfricaReuben Lennox"‘N Duisend Liggies"718th
19819ZimbabweZimbabweDavid Scobie"Gypsy Girl"1674th
198016South_AfricaSouth AfricaJoy"Paradise Road"1594th
197911United-StatesUnited StatesBlondie"Heart Of Glass"2542nd
197810South_AfricaSouth Africa*Manfred Mann's Earth Band"Davey's On The Road Again"1774th
197718United-StatesUnited States*Fleetwood Mac"Go Your Own Way"1366th
197616United-StatesUnited StatesThe Four Seasons"December 1963 - Oh What a NIght"2002nd
197517United-StatesUnited StatesThe Carpenters"Only Yesterday"2271st
197418JamaicaCarl Douglas"Cung Fu Fighting"2241st

* A member from the performing act is from this country