1970 SECOND CHANCE RETRO CONTEST

1970 SECOND CHANCE RETRO CONTEST

June 4, 2019 Off By ogaeaustralia

FINAL ROUND VOTING

Over the past five days, we have showcased 25 of the biggest Australian songs from 1970, picking a winner from each day to go into a final round of voting to choose the Australian representative in the Guest Jury List. With two of the days turning out a tie, we have a final SEVEN songs to choose from!

ROUND 1 (tie)

THE STRANGERS

"Melanie Makes Me Smile"

ROUND 1 (tie)

DOUG ASHDOWN

"The Saddest Song Of All"

ROUND 2

JOHN WILLIAMSON

"Old Man Emu"

THE STRANGERS Melanie Makes Me Smile
DOUG ASHDOWN The Saddest Song Of All
JOHN WILLIAMSON Old Man Emu

ROUND 3 (tie)

HANS POULSEN

"Boom-Sha-La-La-Lo"

ROUND 3 (tie)

TED MULRY

"Julia"

ROUND 4

AXIOM

"A Little Ray Of Sunshine"

ROUND 5

The Master's Apprenctices

"Turn Up Your Radio"

HANS POULSEN Light Across The Valley
TED MULRY Julia
AXIOM A Little Ray Of Sunshine
THE MASTERS APPRENTICES Turn Up Your Radio

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Voting is open for OGAE Australia members only via the "members only" Facebook page.

Voting closes 7pm (AEST) Monday 10th June.

ROUND 5

The final round of five songs for the Guest Jury List selection:

BEE GEES

"I.O.I.O."

DOUG PARKINSON IN FOCUS

"Baby Blue Eyes"

ROBIE PORTER

"Gemini"

LIONEL ROSE

"Please Remember Me"

THE MASTER'S APPRENTICES

"Turn Up Your Radio"

BEE GEES IOIO
DOUG PARKINSON IN FOCUS Baby Blue Eyes
ROBIE PORTER Gemini
LIONEL ROSE Please Remember Me
THE MASTERS APPRENTICES Turn Up Your Radio

Voting is via Quick Poll on our "members only" Facebook page.

Voting is open for 24 hours only (closing 5pm).

ROUND 4

The next set of five includes a sneaky New Zealand entry:

JOHNNY FARNHAM

"Comic Conversation"

ALISON GROS

"Naturally"

AXIOM

"A Little Ray Of Sunshine"

THE TOWN CRIERS

"Living In A World Of Love"

FRESHWATER

"Satan"

JOHNNY FARNHAM Comic Conversation
ALISON GROS NAturally
AXIOM A Little Ray Of Sunshine
THE TOWN CRIERS Living In A World Of Love
FRESHWATER Satan

Voting is via Quick Poll on our "members only" Facebook page.

Voting is open for 24 hours only (closing 5pm).

ROUND 3

Another five of the best Australian songs from 1970:

HANS POULSEN Light Across The Valley
TED MULRY Julia
THE VALENTINES Juliette
RUSSELL MORRIS Rachel
JIGSAW To Love Means TO Be Free

HANS POULSEN

"Boom-Sha-La-La-Lo"

TED MULRY

"Julia"

THE VALENTINES

"Juliette"

RUSSELL MORRIS

"Rachel"

JIGSAW

"To Love Means To Be Free"

Voting is via Quick Poll on our "members only" Facebook page.

Voting is open for 24 hours only (closing 5pm).

ROUND 2

The next five songs up for selection for the 1970 Guest Jury List:

THE VIBRANTS

"I Can't Let Go Of Your Love"

HANS POULSEN

"Light Across The Valley"

JOHN WILLIAMSON

"Old Man Emu"

THE MASTER'S APPRENTICES

"Think About Tomorrow Today"

BOBBY AND LAURIE

"Through The Eyes Of Love"

THE VIBRANTS I Can't Let Go Of Your Love
HANS POULSEN Light Across The Valley
JOHN WILLIAMSON Old Man Emu
MASTER APPRECTICES Think About Tomorrow Today
BOBBY AND LAURIE Through The Eyes Of Love

Voting is via Quick Poll on our "members only" Facebook page.

Voting is open for 24 hours only (closing 5pm).

ROUND 1

Our first five songs up for selection for the 1970 Guest Jury List:

THE NEW DREAM

"Groupie"

JOHNNY CHESTER

"Highway 31"

LIONEL ROSE

"I Thank You"

THE STRANGERS

"Melanie Makes Me Smile"

DOUG ASHDOWN

"The Saddest Song Of All"

THE NEW DREAM Groupie
JOHNN CHESTER Highway 31
LIONEL ROSE I Thank You
THE STRANGERS Melanie Makes Me Smile
DOUG ASHDOWN The Saddest Song Of All

Voting is via Quick Poll on our "members only" Facebook page.

Voting is open for 24 hours only (closing 5pm).

GUEST JURY LIST 1970

The Eurovision Second Chance Contest has been a popular saviour for the post Eurovision blues, a contest that gathers the best songs from the National Finals that missed official selection, and lets them compete in a second tier competition. Regularly, these songs end up more endeared than those selected for the Eurovision contest, and played more often at Eurovision parties than official entries!

The "Second Chance" idea came about in 1987, 31 years after the first Eurovision contest was held, which meant that there were still hundreds of previous National Finals songs not having their chance to shine in the modern Eurovision era. The Second Chance Retro Contest was created in 2003 to visit the National Finals of each year counting back from 1987.

So, what does Australia have to do with this? Was there some secret Australian National Final in the early 70's that no one knows about? Well, of course not, but we don't want every country missing out on the fun of going way, way back in time...

Running side by side with the retro contest is the Guest Jury List, allowing the countries that did not have a National Final in the selected year to still participate, in some capacity. These countries simply select any song released from their country as their nomination - it's really like the yearly OGAE Song Contest, except it's retro!

Last year, Australia finished 6th in the 1971 Guest Jury List with Daddy Cool's "Eagle Rock". This year, celebrating to songs of 1970, we think we can do better with a more complex Australian selection from our members.

Each day, for the next five days, you will be given a selection of 5 Australian original songs released in 1970 as a quick poll on Facebook. Each poll will be released at 5pm each evening, and end 24 hours later. On the sixth day, we will release the five winners of each poll, with the winning song announced on the seventh day.

Once all clubs have submitted their songs, online voting will commence on the 14th of July, ending end of August. Winners for both the Retro Second Chance Contest and the Guest Jury List (that's us!) will be announced from the 7th September.

Stay tuned for the first poll coming your way, 5pm Tuesday 4th of June.