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The OGAE Second Chance Contest 2016 kicked off on 1st of June and members of OGAE Rest of the World can still vote! We are now at the halftime – the deadline for send your vote is 30/06/2016 midnight CET.
To vote, you have to rate all the entries, giving them a point between 0 and 5, except the song No. 9 which represents Rest of the World (and of course, Hungary), so if you rate it, it doesn’t count…
We ask you to send your votes to escvotes@gmail.com until the deadline. If you vote, you’ll earn 10 points for 2017 Ticket List.
Here’s the playlist of this year’s 23 competitors:
The details of the songs:
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


18 – Switzerland = 28 points
17 – Denmark = 34 points
16 – Albania = 45 points
15 – Ireland = 46 points
14 – Slovenia = 57 points
13 – Norway = 63 points
12 – Belarus = 84 points
11 – FYR Macedonia = 88 points
10 – Serbia = 105 points
09 – Georgia = 123 points
08 – Latvia = 132 points
07 – Israel = 147 points
06 – Poland = 151 points
05 – Bulgaria = 220 points
04 – Lithuania = 222 points
03 – Belgium = 274 points
02 – Ukraine = 287 points
01 – Australia = 330 points

Eneda Tarifa to sing ‘Fairytale’ for Albania at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

Eneda Tarifa {copyright: Avni Selmani}
Eneda Tarifa {copyright: Avni Selmani/Eurovision.tv}

Eneda Tarifa won the Festivali i Këngës  back in December 2015 with Përrallë. Now for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest Eneda will sing in English and the title of the song is Fairytale. It is composed by Olsa Toqi.

You can see the official video for Fairytale below.

Source: www.eurovision.tv


Onanta Spahiu performs at MISS & MISTER PAVARESIA 2016 in Albania

Onanta Spahiu & Kejdi Spahiu {copyright: Shpejtim Zeneli/Facebook}
Onanta Spahiu & Kejdi Spahiu {copyright: Shpejtim Zeneli/Facebook}

Onanta Spahiu recently was a special guest at the Miss & Mister Pavaresia 2016 beauty competition in Albania. There she performed her top rated single Touch Me. A song that is perfect for the summer beaches and clubs.

The beauty contest proved there is even more talent in the Spahiu family where Onanta’s sister, Kejdi, took the Miss Freedom of Albania 2016 title.

Onanta has participated in the Albanian Festivali i Këngës competition for Eurovision in 2009 and 2010 and has also taken part in the Top Fest contest on several occasions. We look forward to hearing more from Onanta and her music in the near future.

You can see the official video of Onanta’s Touch Me below.

Source: www.esccovers.com

Orgesa Zaimi releases official video for ‘Një shishe në oqean’

Orgesa Zaimi {copyright: Agron Tufa, Diana Ziu/Vydia.com}
Orgesa Zaimi {copyright: Agron Tufa, Diana Ziu/Vydia.com}

Orgesa Zaimi participated in the recent 54th edition of Festivali i Këngës (the Eurovision national selection) in Albania. Her song was entitled Një shishe në oqean (A bottle in the ocean). Now Orgesa has released the official video to accompany her song which is beautifully produced and orchestrated and perfectly performed.

Orgesa is no stranger to the Eurovision stage. She was with the Albanian team on stage in Moscow in 2009 with Kejsi Tola and her entry, Carry Me In Your Dreams. She has also participated in many festivals including Top Fest and Kenga Magjike in Albania.

You can see the video for Një shishe në oqean below.

Source: www.orgesa.com; www.esccovers.com


Every year I do rate the P R of each each country from a press perspective (seen out of my own eyes mostly) but also taking into account that I hear from others and then give them a point of out 10
Every year some countries SHINE and others are just awful. 2015 was no exception. I have decided to do this in order of appearance via semi final 1 and 2 and then those automatically in the final
I had very little to do with the press people as the president of OGAE Serbia brought me the promo CD with several language versions. As the week went on, many more copies seemed to be given to mindividuls.
8 out of 10
It was quite easy and I was not neccessary to wait for Tamas arrival to help me. I got the promo CD easily and the whole delegation was nice and friendly.
8.5 out of 10
A huge disappointment, having had always fantastic relations with them, especially in 2009 in Moscow when the head of press, every time she saw me put another gift in my hands, this was such a low point for me. I had for exampled asked no less than TEN times if we could get a t-shirt of Belarus to give to someone to wear at the fanstand – it was the most beautiful t-shirt with the lyrics, yet although they kept saying yes, it never came. I was told no promo CD but a UB stick that looked like a watch. had it not been for Pavel, I would have had nothing. I know why this change but will rather keep quiet on it.
2 out of 10
A first difficult, In got postcards and t-shirts but they have run out of CD’s by the time they got to my pigeonhole nunber 1576. I had to write to the Swedish composers and CEO’s of the publishing company and then I got the CD for me. Most of these people came especially to say hallo to me at the fan stand and I was able to hand Jasmyn’s cover of the song. I do understand that the Russian people in the delegation were not as clued up to my involvement as the Swedish group. Luckily it all ended well.
8 out of 10
Horror after horror after horror, three years in a row now. Just absolutely nothing and they seem to live by the name of the group “Anti social media”. The chances are slim that I ever will be involved in an Afrikaans cover of a Danish euro song. I wish  could give minus points.
0 out of 10
They made up for last year and I quickly got the CD and DVD.
9 out of 10
For many years, Romania has been among the top 5 when it comes to my experience with them and 2015 was not exception, so much so that I wore a Romanian T-shirt one day at the fan stand and also the lead singer and his little son came to chat to me when they walked on the red carpet. The song has also jumped into my rankings to number 6.
10 out of 10
I also have close relations with Georgia, especially when they have a Thomas Gson song and I got the CD almost immediately. I also got gift bags and t-shirts which I were able to hand to other fans. We also took a photo of Georgian head of delegation coming to vote at the fan stand.
10 out of 10