Second Chance Retro
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 (thereby giving the songs a “second chance” to represent their country). The first of these contests started with entries that had competed for Eurovision 1986. The eventual winner of the 1986 Second Chance Retro crown was Deedee from The Netherlands singing “Fata Morgana”.
Each year since, Second Chance Retro has gone back another year (2004 voted on 1985 entries, 2005 on 1984 entries, and so on).
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, 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.
Table A: Second Chance Retro results since 1986
Table B: OGAE Rest of the World voting patterns since 1982
* Seven points were not awarded as there were only 10 participating countries that year