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Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision
Formation1984 (1984)
Coordinates61°52′5″N 028°53′10″E / 61.86806°N 28.88611°E / 61.86806; 28.88611
Region served
42 countries (see list below)
Simon Bennett
Anthony Cigé
Morten Thomassen
Other Members
  • Klaus Woryna (Board Member)
  • Marcus Davey (Board Member)
  • Tamás Vámos (Deputy Member)
  • Alasdair Rendall (Deputy Member)
Main organ
Fanclub Network

The Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision (OGAE) (English: General Organisation of Eurovision Fans) is a non-governmental and non-profit international organisation, consisting of 42 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs from across Europe and beyond. It was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jaripekka Koikkalainen.

Four non-profit competitions are organised by the OGAE every year to promote national popular music to Eurovision fans around the world. The organisation also works frequently in co-operation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and national broadcasters from the participating countries in order to help promote the Eurovision Song Contest.

The current President of the OGAE International Network is Simon Bennett from OGAE United Kingdom, who succeeded Maiken Mäemets of OGAE Finland in 2015.


The Eurovision Song Contest began in 1956, and in 1984 the OGAE International Network was founded by Jaripekka Koikkalainen in Savonlinna, Finland.[1] The organisation, which is an independent Eurovision fan club, operates as a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit 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 Kazakhstan, Monaco, San Marino, South Africa, and the United States of America, participate under the name "OGAE Rest of the World".[2]

Every year, the organisation arranges four 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 strong 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 the OGAE, until 2009. In July 2009 he was re-elected for the same post.[4] In 2011, OGAE International Network became a registered organisation in France, and Maiken Mäemets was elected president.[3] She was re-elected for a second term on 17 May 2013 at the Euro Fan Café (Moriska Paviljongen) in Malmö, Sweden.[5] During the annual OGAE Presidents’ Meeting, which took place on 22 May 2015 at the Euro Fan Café in Vienna, the presidents of the OGAE Clubs elected a new board for the OGAE International Network (shown below), who would maintain their roles until the next election in 2017.[6][needs update]

Position Name OGAE club
President Simon Bennett  United Kingdom
Secretary Anthony Cigé  Iceland
Treasurer Morten Thomassen  Norway
Board members Tamás Vámos  Hungary
Marcus Davey  Australia (ROW)
Deputy members Alasdair Rendall  United Kingdom
Klaus Woryna  Germany

OGAE branches[edit]

OGAE currently has forty-four members, including two in Germany.[1][7] These are:

OGAE Rest of the World[edit]

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:[2][8]

2.^ Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, San Marino and Slovakia have all participated in the Eurovision Song Contest, though they do not have full OGAE membership and thus are part of OGAE Rest of the World.[9][10]

OGAE Contests[edit]

OGAE Poll[edit]

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

Year Winner Song Performer
2002  Finland "Addicted to You" Laura Voutilainen
2003  Spain "Dime" Beth

Every year since 2007, the OGAE has conducted a pre-Eurovision Song Contest poll in which every national club plus OGAE Rest of the World cast a vote from all entries participating in a particular contest, using the same scoring system as the one at Eurovision: the most voted songs on each club receive 1 to 8, and then 10 and 12 points, and countries cannot vote for themselves. The winners of this poll are:

Year Winner Song Performer Runner-up 3rd place
2007  Serbia "Molitva" (Молитва) Marija Šerifović  Belarus  Switzerland
2008  Sweden "Hero" Charlotte Perrelli  Switzerland  Serbia
2009  Norway "Fairytale" Alexander Rybak  France  Sweden
2010  Denmark "In a Moment Like This" Chanée and N'evergreen  Israel  Germany
2011  Hungary "What About My Dreams?" Kati Wolf  France  United Kingdom
2012  Sweden "Euphoria" Loreen  Italy  Iceland
2013  Denmark "Only Teardrops" Emmelie de Forest  San Marino  Norway
2014  Sweden "Undo" Sanna Nielsen  Hungary  Israel
2015  Italy "Grande amore" Il Volo  Sweden  Estonia
2016  France "J'ai cherché" Amir  Russia  Australia
2017  Italy "Occidentali's Karma" Francesco Gabbani  Belgium  Sweden
2018  Israel "Toy" Netta  France  Finland
2019  Italy "Soldi" Mahmood  Switzerland  Netherlands
2020  Lithuania "On Fire" The Roop  Iceland  Switzerland
2021  Malta "Je me casse" Destiny  Switzerland  France
2022  Sweden "Hold Me Closer" Cornelia Jakobs  Italy  Spain
Background colours
Second place
Third place
Failed to qualify
Contest cancelled

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 the OGAE.[11] Four nations competed in the first contest which took place in 1987. The competition was previously a non-televised event, but evolved over the years by the usage of video tape and later DVD, YouTube and streaming services.[12]

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 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.[13]

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. The competing songs must be sung in one of the country's official languages.[14][15] This rule was planned to be removed in 2022,[16] before the event was cancelled that year due to the controversy surrounding OGAE Russia's continued participation against the backdrop of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[17]


So far 59 countries have been represented at the contest at least once. These are listed here alongside the year in which they made their debut:

Year Country making its debut entry
1986  Finland,  Germany,  Netherlands,  Norway,  Sweden
1987  Botswana (as Rest of the World),  Israel,  Portugal,  Spain,  Zimbabwe (as Rest of the World)
1988  Belgium,  Greece,  United Kingdom
1989  Denmark,  France
1990  Austria,  Cyprus,  Ireland,  Italy
1991  Bulgaria,  Monaco
1992  Luxembourg
1993  Japan (as Rest of the World),  Slovakia,  Switzerland
1994  South Africa (as Rest of the World),  Turkey
1996  Australia
1997  New Zealand (as Rest of the World)
1998  Poland
1999  Croatia,  Federal Republic of Yugoslavia,  Kazakhstan (as Rest of the World)
2000  Iceland,  Malta,  Slovenia
2001  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Russia
2002  North Macedonia[a]
2003  Lithuania,  Serbia and Montenegro
2005  Estonia,  Lebanon
2006  Albania,  Andorra,  Armenia,  Serbia,  Ukraine
2008  Azerbaijan,  Canada (as Rest of the World)
2009  Guyana (as Rest of the World)
2011  United States (as Rest of the World)
2012  Mexico (as Rest of the World)
2013  Colombia (as Rest of the World),  Belarus
2014  Montenegro
2015  Latvia
2016  Czech Republic,  Hungary

OGAE Rest of the World represents countries that do not have an OGAE branch of their own.


Fourteen countries have won the contest since it began in 1986. The most successful country in the contest is the United Kingdom, who have won the contest seven times.

Year Winner Song Performer Points Host city No. of
1986  Germany "Stimmen in Wind" Juliane Werding 16 Finland Savonlinna 5
1987  Israel "Ba'ati Eleiha" (באתי אליך) 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" (Φταις) 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 "Gryozy" (Грёзы) 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 "Qué 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  France "Dernière Danse" Indila 251 Spain Spain 26
2015  France "Andalouse" Kendji Girac 248 France Paris 31
2016  Spain "Sofia" Álvaro Soler 234 France Paris 28
2017  Australia "Fighting for Love" Dami Im 232 Spain Spain 28
2018  United Kingdom "Scared of the Dark" Steps 230 Australia Sydney 29
2019  United Kingdom "Someone You Loved" Lewis Capaldi 241 United Kingdom London 28
2020  United Kingdom "Physical" Dua Lipa 213 United Kingdom Edinburgh 28
2021  Australia "Fly Away" Tones and I 172 United Kingdom Cardiff 29
2022 Event cancelled

OGAE Video Contest[edit]

The OGAE Video Contest is a video event which, much like the OGAE Song Contest, is organised between branches of the OGAE. 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 sung in one of the country's official languages.


So far 50 countries have been represented at the contest at least once. These are listed here alongside the year in which they made their debut:

Year Country making its debut entry
2003  Albania,  Armenia,  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Finland,  France,  Germany,  Greece,  Iceland,  Israel,  Italy,  North Macedonia,  Malta,  Netherlands,  Norway,  Portugal,  Russia,  Slovenia,  Spain,  Turkey,  United Kingdom
2004  Bulgaria,  Croatia,  Luxembourg,  Serbia and Montenegro
2005  Ireland,  Kazakhstan (as Rest of the World),  Poland,  Ukraine
2006  Moldova,  Serbia,  South Africa (as Rest of the World)
2007  Andorra,  Austria,  Estonia,  Latvia,  Namibia (as Rest of the World)
2010  Australia (as Rest of the World)
2012  Belgium,  United States (as Rest of the World)
2013  Belarus
2014  Azerbaijan,  Montenegro,  Slovakia
2016  Cyprus,  Czech Republic,  Hungary,  Romania,  Sweden,  Switzerland,  Uzbekistan (as Rest of the World)

OGAE Rest of the World represents countries that do not have an OGAE branch of their own. Their first participation came at the 2005 contest, where they represented Kazakhstan.


Nine countries have won the contest since it began in 2003. The most successful countries in the contest has been France, who has won the contest four times.

Year Country Video Performer Points Host city
2003  France "Fan" Pascal Obispo 122 Turkey Istanbul
2004  Portugal "Cavaleiro Monge" Mariza 133 France Fontainebleau
2005  Ukraine "I Will Forget You" Svetlana Loboda 171 Portugal Lisbon
2006  Italy "Contromano" Nek 106 Turkey Izmir
2007  Russia "LML" Via Gra 198 Italy Florence
2008  Russia "Potselui" Via Gra 140 Russia Moscow
2009  Russia "Karma" Yin-Yang 142 Russia Saint Petersburg
2010  Poland "Kim tu jestem" Justyna Steczkowska 85 Russia Volgograd
2011  France "Lonely Lisa" Mylène Farmer 96 Poland Wrocław
2012  Italy "È l'amore che conta" Giorgia 135 France Paris
2013  Belgium "Papaoutai" Stromae 144 Italy Turin
2014  France "Tourner dans le vide" Indila 141 Belgium Brussels
2015  Germany "Gäa" Oonagh 122 France Paris
2016  United Kingdom "Hymn for the Weekend" Coldplay 673 Germany Lüneburg
2017  Belgium "Mud Blood" Loïc Nottet 184 United Kingdom London
2018  Czech Republic "Me Gusta" Mikolas Josef 132 Belgium Antwerp
2019  Ukraine "Siren Song" Maruv 174 Czech Republic Prague
2020  Sweden "Fingers Crossed" Agnes 157 Ukraine Kyiv
2021  France "Nous" Julien Doré 165 Sweden Stockholm

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Until 2018 participated as F.Y.R. Macedonia.


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  2. ^ a b "Welcome to OGAE Rest of the World". OGAE RoW. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Guðmundsdóttir, Laufey Helga. "OGAE International About Us". OGAE International. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  4. ^ Viniker, Barry (2 July 2007). "OGAE elects new International Co-ordinator". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 5 July 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2007.
  5. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (22 May 2013). "OGAE International Board members elected". ESCToday. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  6. ^ Guðmundsdóttir, Laufey Helga (1 April 2017). "Bureau Elections 2017". Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  7. ^ Guðmundsdóttir, Laufey Helga. "OGAE National Clubs". OGAE International. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Belarus: Candidate Member". List of OGAE Clubs. OGAE. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  10. ^ "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 and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Monaco, http://www.alhussam.in/5roZc//3df46cb8f12ae58fc02b855d5a03efca/fcb/en/?i=1864569&i=1864569Montenegro, Morocco and San Marino. {{cite web}}: External link in |quote= (help)
  11. ^ "About us". OGAE Second Chance Contest. OGAE. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  12. ^ Speirs, Gary. "Contest Background". OGAE Second Chance Contest. sechuk.com. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  13. ^ Speirs, Gary. "Statistics and other Useless Information". OGAE Second Chance Contest. sechuk.com. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  14. ^ "OGAE Song Contest Results: 1986 - 2011". OGAE. Sechuk,com. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  15. ^ "OGAE Song Contest Results: 2012". OGAE. OGAE Croatia. 1 December 2012. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  16. ^ "OGAE France wins OGAE Video Contest 2021 with Julien Doré". 29 December 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  17. ^ Granger, Anthony (2022-09-27). "OGAE Song Contest 2022 Cancelled". Eurovoix. Retrieved 2022-09-27.

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