The OGAE Song Contest has kept Eurovision fans busy in the post-contest period since 1986, with OGAE clubs choosing an original song released in the last 12 months by a local artist, and sung in the country’s traditional language.
And... it seems, it’s the only way a country from the Big Five can win anything remotely Eurovision related! Ha ha!!
Since 2009, a country from the Big Five has won the OGAE Song Contest every year, with the exception of 2017, when a little country called Australia disturbed that run with Dami Im’s Fighting For Love. Interestingly, Germany is the only country from the Big Five not to win the OGAE Song Contest during this period, but the only one to win the real Eurovision!
The United Kingdom have won four times (!!!) in the last decade, including last year with Steps’ Scared of the Dark, which means OGAE UK are hosting the 2019 contest.
The deadline for song submission is 31stAugust, so members from OGAE Australia have been busy getting a shortlist together from five rounds of voting, with a final twelve songs (pictured below) now ready to vote on.
Voting will be based on the traditional Eurovision 12-1 system, which means two songs in your list will be without points. You can hear all twelve songs in the YouTube playlist by CLICKING HERE
Once you have decided on the ten songs you will vote on, enter your points into the GOOGLE FORM HERE (voting is open to OGAE Australia members only).
Oh...did we mention there's an OGAE Australia Prize Pack to win just for voting?!!
Voting closes at Midnight, 29thAugust, with the results "express couriered" over to the UK, and a scoreboard to follow announcing the song that will represent OGAE Australia, and hopefully bring us a second win.
Header artwork courtesy of Lukman (Instagram @madebylukman)