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Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision
Logo of OGAE.svg
Abbreviation OGAE
Formation 1985 (1985)
Coordinates 61°52′5″N 028°53′10″E / 61.86806°N 28.88611°E / 61.86806; 28.88611
Region served 43 countries (see list below)
President Maiken Mäemets
Secretary Alexandros Liapis
Treasurer Mathieu Kroon Gutiérrez
Other Members
  • Klaus Woryna (Board Member)
  • Simon Bennett (Board Member)
  • Adrian Refalo (Deputy Member)
  • Johann Sørensen (Deputy Member)
Main organ Fanclub Network
Website www.ogaeinternational.com

OGAE (French: Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision, English: General Organisation of Eurovision Fans) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen.[1] The organisation consists of a network of 43 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profitable company.[2]

Four non-profitable competitions are organised independently every year to promote the national popular music to Eurovision fans from around the world.[3] The international organisation works frequently in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in order to help promote the Eurovision Song Contest, and has also established a strong relationship with the national broadcasting companies from across the participating countries.[3]

The current President of the OGAE International Network is Maiken Mäemets from OGAE Finland, who succeeded the role in 2011 from Antonis Karatzikos of OGAE Greece. At the annual committee meeting for the board members of OGAE held on 17 May 2013 in Malmö, Sweden; Mäemets was re-elected for another 2 year term.[4]


Although the Eurovision Song Contest began in 1956, the OGAE International Network was founded by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland.[1] The organisation which is an independent Eurovision Fan club, operates as a non-governmental, non-political and non-profitable body; and works frequently in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The network is open to countries that take part in the Eurovision Song Contest or have participated in the past. Several other countries around Europe and beyond that do not have their own independent OGAE Network; including Australia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Monaco, San Marino, South Africa, and the United States of America; participate under the name 'OGAE Rest of the World'.[5]

Every year the organisation arranges four non-profitable competitions - Song Contest, Second Chance Contest, Video Contest and Home Composed Song Contest.[3] The cooperative exercise of the OGAE Network is to raise awareness of popular national music across the world, in collaboration with the fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, as well as establishing a strenuous relationship between national broadcasting companies and the marketing of the Eurovision Song Contest itself to a wider fan-base.[3]

In 2007, Antonis Karatzikos was elected as new International Coordinator for OGAE, until 2009. In July 2009 was re-elected for the same post.[6] In 2011, OGAE International Network became a registered organisation in France, and Maiken Mäemets was elected President.[3] During the annual OGAE Presidents’ Meeting, which took place on 17 May 2013 at the Euro Fan Café (Moriska Paviljongen) in Malmö, Sweden; the presidents of the OGAE Clubs elected a new board for the OGAE International Network (shown below) who will maintain their roles until the next election in 2015.[4]

Position Name OGAE Club
President Maiken Mäemets  Finland
Secretary Alexandros Liapis  Greece
Treasurer Mathieu Kroon Gutiérrez  France
Board Members Klaus Woryna  Germany
Simon Bennett  United Kingdom
Deputy Members Adrian Refalo  Malta
Johann Sørensen  Denmark

OGAE Branches[edit]

  OGAE Participating Countries
  OGAE Rest of the World

OGAE currently has 43 members, including two in Germany.[1][2] These are:

OGAE Rest of the World[edit]

Rest of the World:
  OGAE Participating Countries
  OGAE Rest of the World

Countries that do not have an OGAE Network in their own right, but are active or associate members of the EBU are unified under the name 'Rest of the World'. The countries which constitute this OGAE Network are[5][7]

1.^ Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Monaco, Morocco, San Marino and Ukraine which have also participated in the Eurovision Song Contest, still do not have Full OGAE Membership and they too are part of OGAE Rest of the World.[8][9]

OGAE Contests[edit]

OGAE Eurovision Song Contest Poll[edit]

The Marcel Bezençon Fan Award was handed out in 2002 and 2003, and voted on by the members of OGAE, the Eurovision international fan club. It was discontinued and replaced by the Composer Award in 2004.

Year Winner Song Performer Place Points
2002  Finland "Addicted to You" Laura Voutilainen 20th 24
2003  Spain "Dime" Beth 8th 81

Every year since 2007, OGAE has conducted a pre-Eurovision Contest poll in which every national club plus OGAE Rest of the World vote all entries, using the same scoring system of Eurovision Voting (the most voted songs on each club receive 1 to 8, and then 10 and 12 points, and countries can't vote for themselves). The winners of this poll are:

Year Winner Song Performer Place Points Runner-up 3rd Place
2007  Serbia "Molitva" (Молитва) Marija Šerifović 1st 268  Switzerland  Belarus
2008  Sweden "Hero" Charlotte Perrelli 18th 47  Switzerland  Serbia
2009  Norway "Fairytale" Alexander Rybak 1st 387  France  Sweden
2010  Denmark "In a Moment Like This" Chanée and N'evergreen 4th 149  Israel  Germany
2011  Hungary "What About My Dreams?" Kati Wolf 22nd 53  France  United Kingdom
2012  Sweden "Euphoria" Loreen 1st 372  Italy  Iceland
2013  Denmark "Only Teardrops" Emmelie de Forest 1st 281  San Marino  Norway
2014  Sweden "Undo" Sanna Nielsen 3rd 218  Hungary  Israel
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won the final   missed the final
second in the final third in the final

OGAE Song Contest[edit]

The OGAE Song Contest is an audio event in which all OGAE national clubs can enter with an original song released in the previous 12 months in their countries, and sung in one of the country's official languages.[10][11]

Year Winner Song Performer Points Host city No. of Entries
1986  Germany "Stimmen in Wind" Juliane Werding 16 Finland Savonlinna 5
1987  Israel "Ba'ati Eleiha" Yardena Arazi 83 Finland Savonlinna 10
1988  Germany "Explosion" Mary Roos 83 United Kingdom Cardiff 10
1989  Norway "Hjem" Karoline Krüger and Anita Skorgan 93 Germany Berlin 13
1990  Italy "Vattene amore" Mietta and Amedeo Minghi 136 Norway Oslo 18
1991  France "Désenchantée" Mylène Farmer 151 Italy Pisa 17
1992  Portugal "Se o dia nascesse" Nucha 115 France Paris 16
1993  Italy "La solitudine" Laura Pausini 154 France Montargis 20
1994  Greece "Ftes" Sabrina 116 Italy Pisa 19
1995  Spain "Cada vez" Paloma San Basilio 144 Greece Athens 21
1996  Spain "Me quedaré solo" Amistades Peligrosas 159 Spain Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 16
1997  Spain "Amor perdido" Marta Sánchez 199 Spain Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 22
1998  Poland "Im Wiecej Ciebie tym mniej" Natalia Kukulska 125 Spain Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 16
1999  France "Jardin de lumière" Leyla Doriane 169 Greece Athens 24
2000  Sweden "Svarta änkan" Nanne 168 France Paris 26
2001  France "Moi... Lolita" Alizée 189 Sweden Umeå 24
2002  United Kingdom "What If" Kate Winslet 126 France Paris 25
2003  France "Cassé" Nolwenn Leroy 183 United Kingdom Southampton 27
2004  Russia "Grezy" Varvara 178 France Lyon 27
2005  Italy "Da grande" Alexia 164 Russia Moscow 28
2006  Greece "Mambo" Elena Paparizou 244 Italy Pisa 30
2007  Spain "Que no Daría yo" Rebeca 179 Greece Athens 29
2008  Croatia "Ruža u kamenu" Franka Batelić 164 Spain Zaragoza 27
2009  United Kingdom "Viva la Vida" Coldplay 248 Croatia Zagreb 30
2010  United Kingdom "Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)" Freemasons feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor 228 United Kingdom London 27
2011  United Kingdom "Someone Like You" Adele 189 United Kingdom London 26
2012  Italy "Per sempre" Nina Zilli 219 United Kingdom London 26
2013  Spain "Te despertaré" Pastora Soler 237 Italy Bologna 30
2014 TBA

OGAE Second Chance Contest[edit]

The OGAE Second Chance Contest is a visual event which was founded in 1987 and is organised by branches of OGAE, the international fan club of the Eurovision Song Contest.[12] Four nations competed in the first contest which took place in 1987. The contest was previously a non-televised event, but evolved over the years by the usage of video tape and nowadays DVD and YouTube.[13]

Each summer following the Eurovision Song Contest, each branch can enter one song that failed to win the country's national selection process for the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The members of each club choose amongst 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 OGAE branch organising the particular year's event. Guest juries have been used to cast votes since 1993.[14]

OGAE Video Contest[edit]

Main article: OGAE Video Contest

The OGAE Video Contest is a video event in which, much like the OGAE Song Contest, all OGAE national clubs can enter with an original song and video released in the previous 12 months in their countries. There is no obligation on the entry for the OGAE Video Contest to be sang in one of the country's official language.

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  2. ^ a b "Club History" (in Finnish). OGAE Finland. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Company Overview". Facebook. OGAE International Network. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Jiandani, Sanjay (22 May 2013). "OGAE International Board members elected". ESCToday. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Mikheev, Andy. "About OGAE Rest of the World". ESCKaz (in English and Russian). OGAE RoW. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Viniker, Barry (2 July 2007). "OGAE elects new International Co-ordinator". ESCToday. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  7. ^ Speirs, Gary. "OGAE Second Chance Contest 2012: Rest of the World". SECHUK.COM welcomes OGAE Rest of the World members, hosting their first OGAE event. sechuk.com. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Belarus: Candidate Member". List of OGAE Clubs. OGAE. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "OGAE Rest of the World Members". OGAE Rest of the World. Retrieved 10 June 2013. "At this moment, the countries without clubs and therefore part of Ogae rest of the world are Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ukraine, Hungary, Czech republic, Monaco, San Marino, and Georgia." 
  10. ^ "OGAE Song Contest Results: 1986 - 2011". OGAE. Sechuk,com. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "OGAE Song Contest Results: 2012". OGAE. OGAE Croatia. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "About us". OGAE Second Chance Contest. OGAE. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  13. ^ Speirs, Gary. "Contest Background". OGAE Second Chance Contest. sechuk.com. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Speirs, Gary. "Statistics and other Useless Information". OGAE Second Chance Contest. sechuk.com. Retrieved 9 June 2013.