OGAE Second Chance Contest

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OGAE Second Chance Contest
Location(s) Various cities
Years active 1987–present
Founded by OGAE
Genre Music
Website secondchancecontest.com

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. Four nations competed in the first contest which took place in 1987.[1] The contest was previously a non-televised event, but evolved over the years by the usage of video tape and nowadays DVD and YouTube.[1]

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.[2] Votes are cast by members of the OGAE clubs and are returned to the OGAE branch organising the particular year's event.[1] Guest juries have been used to cast votes since 1993.[2]


The contest began in 1987, when it was then known as "Europe's Favourite". Four OGAE branches competed in the first contest, coming from the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The contest quickly expanded and now contains over 20 countries competing each year. Due to the nature of some countries and national finals it is a common occurrence for countries to sporadically compete in the contest.[3]


The contest takes place during the summer after the year's Eurovision Song Contest, held in every year. A video entry from each branch of OGAE is handed to each competing OGAE club. The votes are then returned to the organising OGAE branch, normally the previous year's winning branch, who then organises the final. The method of voting has developed since the contests interception, from audio-tape in the contest's beginnings to the use of video tape and nowadays by DVD and YouTube.[1]

Previously it had been known for non-televised national final entries to compete in the Second Chance Contest. This occurred from 1989 to 1991 when OGAE Spain entered songs known to have been entered into the country's internal selection process. In 1990, 1991, 1998 and 1999 OGAE Italy competed in the Second Chance Contest, entering the winning songs of the Italian Sanremo Music Festival, known to be the basis for the creation of the Eurovision Song Contest. After 1999 a new rule was introduced allowing only songs from televised national finals to compete in the Second Chance Contest. This has led some branches ineligible to compete for many years due to no national final being held in the country.[2] In 1993 guest juries have been used in the voting of the contest. These juries are composed of branches that are ineligible to compete in the contest due to no national final being held in their country.[2]

Retrospective Contest[edit]

From 2003 it was decided to hold Retrospective Contests each year containing songs from contests prior to 1987. In 2003 the first contest was held, containing songs that failed to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 1986. This format is repeated every year, for example in 2004 the 1985 Retrospective contest was held, and in 2005 the 1984 Retro contest was held etc. The latest contests to be held were the 1977 contest in 2012. The next will be the 1976 contest which is scheduled to take place in 2013.[1][2]


Participation in the Second Chance Contest requires competing branches to have had a televised national final held in their country for the year's Eurovision Song Contest. So far 37 countries have been represented at the contest at least once. These are listed here alongside the year in which they made their debut:[4]

Year Country making its debut entry
1987  Netherlands,  Norway,  Sweden,  United Kingdom
1988  Denmark,  Finland,  Germany,  Greece,  Ireland,  Israel
1989  Spain
1990  Austria,  Cyprus,  Italy,  Portugal
1991  Switzerland,  Yugoslavia
1992  Belgium
1993  Croatia,  Estonia,  Hungary,  Iceland,  Malta,  Romania,  Slovakia,  Slovenia,  Turkey
1994  Russia
1996  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Macedonia
1999  France
2000  Latvia
2001  Lithuania
2003  Poland
2004  Serbia and Montenegro
2006  Ukraine
2007  Serbia
2009  Andorra,  Moldova, Flag of Earth.svg Rest of the World
2010  Armenia,  Azerbaijan,  Bulgaria (as Rest of the World)
2014  Albania,  Belarus

OGAE Rest of the World represents countries that do not have an OGAE branch of their own. Their first participation came at the 2009 Contest, where they represented Slovakia.[4]


Carola was the winner of the 1990 Second Chance Contest, before going on to win the Eurovision Song Contest the following year.
Alcazar have won the Second Chance Contest twice for Sweden.
Sanna Nielsen, the winner of the 2008 edition of Second Chance Contest, representing Sweden.
Hera Björk is from Iceland, however, she won the 2009 Second Chance Contest for Denmark.
Yohanna won the 2011 Second Chance Contest for Iceland, which was known as a member of "the rest of the world" group because they didn't have an OGAE branch of their own.
Pastora Soler won the 2012 Second Chance Contest for Spain. She is the only OGAE Second Chance winner that also participated in the same year edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

So far nine countries have won the contest over contest history. The most successful country in the contest has been OGAE Sweden, who have won the contest 13 times in total, nearly half of the contests held. The Swedish band, Alcazar, who won in 2003 and again in 2005 is the only artist to win the contest more than once.[5]

Retrospective Second Chance Contest[edit]

Year Winner[5] Song Performer Runner-up Winner's place in national final
1976  Luxembourg "Tout peut arriver au cinéma" Marianne Rosenberg  United Kingdom 3rd
1977  France "Vis ta vie" Patricia Lavila  United Kingdom Unplaced
1978  United Kingdom "Lonely Nights" Ronnie France  Israel 9th
1979  Germany "Vogel der Nacht" Paola  Greece 3rd
1980  United Kingdom "Happy Everything" Maggie Moone  Germany 2nd
1981  United Kingdom "Don't Panic" Liquid Gold  Sweden 2nd
1982  Netherlands "Fantasie eiland" The Millionaires  United Kingdom 2nd
1983  Germany "Viva La Mamma" Ingrid Peters and July Paul  Denmark 2nd
1984  Belgium "Merci à la vie" Formule II  Sweden 3rd
1985  Denmark "Ved du hva' du sku'" Trax  United Kingdom 3rd
1986  Netherlands "Fata Morgana" DeeDee  Iceland 2nd

Second Chance Contest[edit]

Year Winner[5] Song Performer Runner-up Winner's place in national final Host city
1987  Sweden "Högt över havet" Arja Saijonmaa  Norway
2nd Netherlands Huizen
1988  Sweden "Om igen" Lena Philipsson  Finland 2nd Sweden Östersund
1989  Denmark "Landet Camelot" Lecia Jønsson  Sweden 2nd Sweden Östersund
1990  Sweden "Mitt i ett äventyr" Carola  Italy 2nd Sweden Östersund
1991  Sweden "Tvillingsjäl" Pernilla Wahlgren  Greece Unplaced Sweden Östersund
1992  Norway "Du skal få din dag i morgen" Wenche Myhre  Israel 3rd Germany Montabaur
1993  Norway "Din egen stjerne" Merethe Trøan  Netherlands 6th Norway Oslo
1994  Sweden "Det vackraste jag vet" Gladys Del Pilar  United Kingdom 2nd Norway Oslo
1995  Sweden "Det vackraste" Cecilia Vennersten  United Kingdom 2nd Sweden Örebro
1996  Sweden "Juliette & Jonathan" Lotta Engberg  Croatia 3rd Sweden Farsta
1997  Italy "Storie" Anna Oxa  Ireland 2nd Germany Hanover
1998  Netherlands "Alsof je bij me bent" Nurlaila  Sweden 2nd Germany Hamburg
1999  Turkey "Unuttuğumu Sandığım Anda" Feryal Başel  Belgium 2nd Netherlands Emmen
2000  Finland "Oot voimani mun" Anna Eriksson  United Kingdom 2nd Turkey Istanbul
2001  Sweden "Allt som jag ser" Barbados  Spain 2nd Finland Helsinki
2002  Spain "Corazón latino" David Bisbal  Sweden 2nd Sweden Stockholm
2003  Sweden "Not a Sinner Nor a Saint" Alcazar  Slovenia 3rd Spain Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
2004  Spain "Mi obsesión" Davinia  Sweden Unplaced Sweden Växjö
2005  Sweden "Alcastar" Alcazar  Serbia and Montenegro 3rd Spain Bilbao
2006  Slovenia "Mandoline" Saša Lendero  Norway 2nd Sweden Stockholm
2007  Sweden "Cara Mia" Måns Zelmerlöw  United Kingdom 3rd Slovenia Ljubljana
2008  Sweden "Empty Room Sanna Nielsen  Spain 2nd Sweden Stockholm
2009  Denmark "Someday" Hera Björk  Sweden 2nd Sweden Stockholm
2010  Sweden "Kom" Timoteij  Denmark 5th Denmark Copenhagen
2011  Iceland (Rest of the World) "Nótt" Yohanna  Sweden Unplaced Sweden Gothenburg
2012  Spain "Tu vida es tu vida" Pastora Soler  Sweden 2nd South Africa Johannesburg
2013  Norway "Bombo" Adelén  Italy 2nd Spain Barcelona
2014 Norway TBA

Winners by country[edit]

Wins[5] Country Years
13  Sweden 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010
3  United Kingdom 1978R, 1980R, 1981R
 Netherlands 1982R, 1986R, 1998
 Denmark 1985R, 1989, 2009
 Spain 2002, 2004, 2012
 Norway 1992, 1993, 2013
2  Germany 1979R, 1983R
1  Luxembourg 1976R
 France 1977R
 Belgium 1984R
 Italy 1997
 Turkey 1999
 Finland 2000
 Slovenia 2006
 Iceland (Rest of the World) 2011

^R : Indicates winners of the Retrospective Second Chance Contest.

Winners by language[edit]

Wins[5] Language Years Countries
9 English 1978R, 1980R, 1981R, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013 United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Norway
Swedish 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2010 Sweden
4 Spanish 2002, 2004, 2012, 2013 Spain, Norway
3 Dutch 1982R, 1986R, 1998 Netherlands
2 French 1977R, 1984R France, Belgium
German 1979R, 1983R Germany
Danish 1985R, 1989 Denmark
Norwegian 1992, 1993 Norway
1 Italian 1997 Italy
Turkish 1999 Turkey
Finnish 2000 Finland
Slovene 2006 Slovenia
Icelandic 2011 Rest of the World (Iceland)

Guest Jury Hits[edit]

The Guest Jury Hits contest was introduced in 2003, giving guest juries of the Retro contests the opportunity to compete in their own contest. The contest was formed as a way for OGAE branches to become juries in the Second Chance Retro Contest, with each non-competing branch selecting a hit song from their country in that year. The first contest was held in 2003, when hit songs from 1986 competed in the contest. So far nine contests have been held, with Italy winning six contests, and Ukraine, Belgium and Spain winning once. Umberto Tozzi has so far been responsible for three of Italy's wins.[6]

Year Winner[5] Song Performer Runner-up
1976  Sweden "Fernando" Anni-Frid Lyngstad Flag of Earth.svg Rest of the World ( United States)
1977  Italy "Ti amo" Umberto Tozzi  Austria
1978  Spain "Vivir asi es morir de amor" Camilo Sesto  Italy
1979  Italy "Gloria" Umberto Tozzi Flag of Earth.svg Rest of the World ( United States)
1980  Italy "Stella stai" Umberto Tozzi  Cyprus
1981  Italy "Sarà perché ti amo" Ricchi e Poveri  Spain
1982  Italy "Storie di tutti o giorni" Riccardo Fogli  France
1983  Italy "Sarà quel che sarà" Tiziana Rivale  Ukrainian SSR
1984  Ukrainian SSR "Oy zelene zhito zelene" Oksana Bilozir  Greece
1985  Belgium "Vergeet Barbara" Will Tura  SR Serbia


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  3. ^ "About us". OGAE Second Chance Contest. OGAE. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Speirs, Gary. "All nations, all positions". OGAE Second Chance Contest. sechuk.com. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
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  6. ^ Speirs, Gary. "Guest Jury Hits". OGAE Guest Jury Contest. sechuk.com. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 

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