OGAE Second Chance Song Contest

The OGAE Second Chance Song Contest is an annual event among the OGAE member clubs. Four clubs competed in the first contest in 1987 (the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom). Originally called ‘Europe’s Favourite’, this popular contest has expanded and now involves more than 20 clubs.

Every northern summer, following the Eurovision Song Contest, each club can enter one song that failed to win their countries’ selection process for the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The members of each club choose from the songs that did not win and select one to represent the club in the event. Votes are cast by members of the OGAE clubs and are returned to the organising club, which is generally the club that won the previous year’s event.

In recent years, only songs from televised national finals (such as Sweden’s Melodifestivalen) have been permitted to compete in the contest. This has meant that some clubs have been ineligible to compete. However, those clubs are still able to vote via participation in guest juries.

OGAE Rest of the World represents countries that do not have an OGAE club of their own. Our first participation came at the 2009 contest, where we chose Slovakia to represent us.

The 26th OGAE Second Chance Song Contest was hosted by the Rest of the World club in 2012 after our win in 2011. Our chosen representative in 2011 had been Yohanna from Iceland, who performed ‘Nótt’ and came 1st out of 21 songs.

This Year’s OGAE Second Chance Song Contest

The host club for the 2016 contest is Italy. The OGAE Second Chance Contest 2016 kicked off on 1st of June and voting deadline has been set for 30/06/2016 midnight CET.

To vote, you have to rate all the entries, giving them a point between 0 and 5. The votes have to be sent to escvotes@gmail.com

Here’s the playlist of this year’s 23 competitors:

The voting list:

01 Belgium I’m not lost Tom Frantzis
02 Belarus My universe NAPOLI
03 Ukraine Helpless The Hardkiss
04 Albania Liroje Zemrën Besa Krasniqi
05 Malta Golden Brooke
06 UK Shine a little light Bianca
07 Lithuania Leading me home Erica Jennings
08 Italy Cieli immensi Patty Pravo
09 Rest Of the World (Hungary) Who we are Kállay Saunders Band
10 Sweden Save me Wiktoria
11 Denmark Never Alone Anja Nissen
12 Austria I’ll be around Elly V
13 Latvia We will be stars MyRadiantU
14 Switzerland Half a smile Vincent Gross
15 Norway Laika The Hungry Hearts
16 Slovenia Črno bel Raiven
17 Estonia Supersonic Laura
18 Finland On it goes Mikael Saari
19 Israel Somebody out there Ella Daniel
20 Romania Behind the shadows Florena
21 Poland Cool me down Margaret
22 Germany Mystery of a blood red rose Avantasia
23 Spain La vida sólo es una María Isabel

OGAE Rest of the World has been selecting it’s entry from the list of participants of Hungarian preselection “A Dal”. Four songs qualified to the final round:

01. Karmapolis & Böbe Szécsi – “Hold On To”
02. Viki Singh – “Katonák”
03. Petruska – “Trouble in My Mind”
04. Kállay Saunders Band – “Who We Are”

Results of the OGAE Rest of the World preselection have been announced on 19 March 2016.



Table A: OGAE Second Chance Song Contest results since 1987

YearHost CityParticipantsWinnerPerformerSongPointsRunner-upThird place
1987Huizen8SwedenSwedenArja Saijonmaa"Högt över havet"24Netherlands
No 3rd place
1988Östersund10SwedenSwedenLena Philipsson"Om igen"63FinlandNetherlands
1989Östersund9DenmarkDenmarkLecia Jønsson"Landet Camelot"72SwedenGermany
1990Östersund13SwedenSwedenCarola"Mitt i ett äventyr"119ItalyGermany
1991Östersund15SwedenSwedenPernilla Wahlgren"Tvillingsjäl"106GreeceIsrael
1992Montabaur11NorwayNorwayWenche Myhre"Du skal få din dag i morgen"78IsraelIreland
1993Oslo22NorwayNorwayMerethe Trøan"Din egen stjerne"188NetherlandsUnited Kingdom
1994Oslo16SwedenSwedenGladys Del Pilar"Det vackraste jag vet"176United KingdomNorway
1995Örebro9SwedenSwedenCecilia Vennersten"Det vackraste"129United KingdomIreland
1996Farsta22SwedenSwedenLotta Engberg"Juliette & Jonathan"152CroatiaGermany
1997Hannover17ItalyItalyAnna Oxa"Storie"165IrelandGermany
1998Hamburg18NetherlandsNetherlandsNurlaila"Alsof je bij me bent"192SwedenNorway
1999Emmen16TurkeyTurkeyFeryal Başel"Unuttuğumu Sandığım Anda"164BelgiumGermany
2000Istanbul21FinlandFinlandAnna Eriksson"Oot voimani mun"177United KingdomSpain
2001Helsinki20SwedenSwedenBarbados"Allt som jag ser"252SpainUnited Kingdom
2002Stockholm18SpainSpainDavid Bisbal"Corazón latino"203SwedenIsrael
2003Las Palmas19SwedenSwedenAlcazar"Not a Sinner Nor a Saint"215SloveniaAustria
2004Växjö21SpainSpainDavinia"Mi obsesión"192SwedenGermany
2005Bilbao23SwedenSwedenAlcazar"Alcastar"201Serbia and
2006Stockholm19SloveniaSloveniaSaša Lendero"Mandoline"201NorwaySweden
2007Ljubljana20SwedenSwedenMåns Zelmerlöw"Cara Mia"252United KingdomSpain
2008Stockholm21SwedenSwedenSanna Nielsen"Empty Room"268SpainPoland
2009Stockholm20DenmarkDenmarkHera Björk"Someday"257SwedenSpain
2011Gothenburg21IcelandIceland (RoW)Yohanna"Nótt"224SwedenItaly
2012Johannesburg19SpainSpainPastora Soler"Tu vida es tu vida"201SwedenNorway
2013Barcelona15NorwayNorwayAdelén"Bombo"151ItalyHungary (RoW)
2014Oslo20SwedenSwedenHelena Paparizou"Survivor"259SpainPortugal
2015Stockholm18ItalyItalyNek"Fatti Avanti Amore"305SwedenDenmark

Table B: OGAE Rest of the World entrants since 2009: points & placings

YearParticipantsCountry Representing RoWPerformerSongPointsPlace
200920SlovakiaSlovakiaDesmod & Lucia Nováková"Posledná Minúta"420th
201022BulgariaBulgariaMiro"Twist and Tango"121st
201219LatviaLatviaRoberts Petersons"She's A Queen"617th
201315HungaryHungaryGigi Radics"Ugy Faj"1193rd
201420HungaryHungaryBogi"We All"3215th
2016HungaryHungaryKállay Saunders Band"Who We Are"