OGAE Song Contest

The OGAE Song Contest is an annual event that has been organised since 1986 among the OGAE national clubs.

All national clubs can enter with an original song released in the actual or in previous year in their own country. The song must be sung in one of the country’s official languages.

Each year the contest is hosted by the previous year’s winner. Hosting the contest involves coordinating the event and its voting, and publishing the results.

A range of countries have won the contest since it began in 1986. The most successful countries have been France and Spain, both of which have won five times, followed by the UK and Italy, both of which have won four times. Table A (below) gives full details of all past contests.

The Rest of the World club began participating in 2006. The points won by our entrants are shown in Table B (below).

This Year’s OGAE Song Contest

The 2015 contest is hosted by the French OGAE club. The first task for OGAE RoW was to select a song to represent us this year. Voting ended on 10 July 2015 and the song voted most popular by club members to represent OGAE RoW was ‘Blank Space’ by Taylor Swift (USA). Click here to view the songs nominated and the full voting results.

OGAE Song Contest 2015 logo

Here is the list of participating songs in OGAE Song Contest 2015:
01. Malta – Corazón – Jghidu kien hawn ragel
02. Denmark – Wafande – Se Mig I Dag
03. Belgium – Kate Ryan – Not Alone
04. Slovakia – Kristína Peláková – Ta Ne
05. Israel – Keren Peles – Rak Elohim Yishot Oti
06. Latvia – Janis Stibelis – Ir tik karsts
07. Sweden – Darin – Ta mig tillbaka
08. Andorra – Acció – Tot està per fer
09. Belarus – Alyona Lanskaya – Ya zhiva
10. Portugal – Mickael Carreira – Tudo o que tu quiseres
11. FYR Macedonia – Tamara Todevska – Tazna ljubov, srekjna pesna
12. Ireland – Markus Feehily – Love Is A Drug
13. Turkey – Hande Yener – Sebastian
14. Norway – Gabrielle Leithaug – Mellom Skyene
15. France – Kendji Girac – Andalouse
16. Poland – Sylwia Grzeszczak feat. Sound’n’Grace – Kiedy tylko spojrzę
17. United Kingdom – Ella Henderson – Ghost
18. Greece – Giorgos Sabanis – Kanis den kseri
19. Serbia – Jelena Tomašević – Ime moje
20. Ukraine – Svitlana Tarabarova – Hochu zhyty bez viyny
21. The Netherlands – Nielson – Sexy als ik dans
22. Armenia – Inga & Anush Arshakyans – Aprelu April
23. Italy – Malika Ayane – Senza fare sul serio
24. Finland – Jari Sillanpää – Sinä ansaitset kultaa
25. Spain – Ruth Lorenzo – Resign
26. Russia – Anzhelika Varum – Dva kryla
27. Germany – Michelle – 30.000 Grad
28. Montenegro – Sergej Ćetković – Novembar
29. Rest of The World – Taylor Swift – Blank Space
30. Slovenia – Nika Zorjan – Po dežju
31. Croatia – Pravila Igre – Nebo na mojoj strani

Click here for the official website of the competition and find details of OGAE ROW voting process here (7 September – 1 October).

Table A: OGAE Song Contest results since 1986

1986GermanyGermanyJuliane Werding "Stimmen the Wind"
1987IsraelIsraelYardena Arazi"Ba'ati Eleiha"
1988GermanyGermanyMary Roos"Explosion"
NorwayNorwayKaroline Krüger & Anita Skorgan"Hjem"
1990ItalyItalyMietta & Amedeo Mingh"Vattene Amore"
1991FranceFranceMylène Farmer"Désenchantée"
1992PortugalPortugalNucha"View o dia nascesse"
1993ItalyItalyLaura Pausini"La Solitudine"
1995SpainSpainPaloma San Basilio"Cada vez"
1996SpainSpainAmistades Peligrosas"Me Quedaré Solo"
1997SpainSpainMarta Sánchez"Amor Perdido"
1998PolandPolandNatalia Kukulska"Im więcej Ciebie tym mniej"
1999FranceFranceLeyla Doriane"Jardin de Lumière"
2000SwedenSwedenNanne Grönvall"C"
2001FranceFranceAlizée"Moi ... Lolita"
2002United-KingdomUnited KingdomKate Winslet"What If ..?"
2003FranceFranceNolwenn Leroy"Cassé"
2005ItalyItalyAlexia"Da Grande"
2006GreeceGreeceHelena Paparizou"Mambo"
2007SpainSpainRebeca"que no daria yo"
2008CroatiaCroatiaFrank Batelic"Ruža u kamenu"
2009United-KingdomUnited KingdomColdplay"Viva la Vida"
2010United-KingdomUnited KingdomFreemasons feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor"Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)"
2011United-KingdomUnited KingdomAdele"Someone Like You"
2012ItalyItalyNina Zilli"Per Sempre"
2013SpainSpainPastora Soler"Te Despertaré"
2014FranceFranceIndila"Dernière Danse"
2015FranceFranceKendji Girac"Andalouse"

Table B: OGAE Rest of the World entrants since 2007: scores & placings

YearRoW CountrySongPerformerParticipantsPointsPlacing
2006Armenia_FlagArmenia"Ayntegh"Anna Khachatryan And Empyray28825th
2007AustraliaAustralia"One Crowded Hour"Augie March291024th
2008CanadaCanada"All I Ever Wanted"Brian Melo272818th
2009GuyanaGuyana"Don't Cry"Jessica Xavier30130th
2010South_AfricaSouth Africa"Push Me To The Floor"Parlotones276312th
2011United-StatesUSA"You'll Be Mine"The Pieces267010th
2012MexicoMexico"Hoy me toca a mi"Paulina feat. Taboo26026th
2013ColombiaColombia"Amanece"Doctor Krápula30823rd
2014South_AfricaSouth Africa"Heartless"Colé van Dais26025th
2015United-StatesUSA"Blank Space"Taylor Swift318010th