OGAE Second Chance Contest 1998
|OGAE Second Chance Contest 1998
|Host broadcaster||OGAE Germany|
|Number of entries||18|
|Voting system||Each jury awards 1–8, 10, and 12 points to their ten favourite songs|
|Winning song|| Netherlands
"Alsof je bij me bent"
|OGAE Second Chance Contest|
The 1998 OGAE Second Chance Contest was the 12th OGAE Second Chance Contest, organised between members of the international Eurovision Song Contest fan club OGAE to select the best song not to make it to the Eurovision Song Contest through each country's national finals. 18 countries took part in the contest, organised by OGAE Germany in Hamburg, Germany.
Four countries that took part in the 1997 Contest withdrew for the Contest in 1997: Bosnia, Denmark and Hungary all withdrew after being relegated from the Eurovision Song Contest 1998, and Cyprus was forced to withdraw after not holding televised national finals to select their entry for Eurovision 1998.
Netherlands was the winner of the Contest with the song "Alsof je bij me bent" by Nurlaila. This was Netherlands' first win in Second Chance, and the second win for a non-Scandinavian country. Second place went to Nanne Grönvall of Sweden, while third place went to Elisabeth Andreassen from Norway. During the voting the 18 competing entries were joined by 7 guest juries from Denmark, Austria, Cyprus, France, Spain, Luxembourg and Israel.
|Draw||Country||Language||Artist||Song||English translation||National final||Place||Points|
|01||Portugal||Portuguese||Teresa Radamanto||"Só o mar ficou"||Only the sea stayed||2nd||13||55|
|02||Italy||Italian||Annalisa Minetti||"Senza te o con te"||With or without you||1st||12||69|
|03||Finland||Finnish||Sari Kaasinen||"Mielessäni"||In my mind||3rd||7||84|
|04||Estonia||Estonian||Evelin Samuel||"Unistus igavesest päevast"||Dream of an eternal day||2nd||10||70|
|05||Macedonia||Macedonian||Maja Vukicevic||"Broj do deset"||Count to ten||14th||17||9|
|06||Belgium||French||Dida Robert||"Tant besoin de toi"||So much need for you||8th||15||24|
|08||United Kingdom||English||The Collective||"When We're Alone We Dream"||-||4th||10||70|
|09||Norway||Norwegian, English||Elisabeth Andreassen||"Winds of the Northern Sea"||-||2nd||3||146|
|11||Slovenia||Slovene||Regina||"Glas gora"||Voice of the mountains||3rd||5||125|
|12||Malta||English||Fabrizio Faniello||"More Than Just a Game"||—||2nd||14||35|
|15||Croatia||Croatian||Colonia||"U ritmu ljubavi"||In the rhythm of love||4th||4||134|
|16||Ireland||English||The Carter Twins||"Make the Change"||-||4th||8||78|
|17||Switzerland||Italian||Talk About Girls||"Qualcosa di te"||Something from you||2nd||16||20|
|18||Netherlands||Dutch||Nurlaila||"Alsof je bij me bent"||It's like you're with me||2nd||1||192|