In May 2018, OGAE Australia members embarked on an epic journey through 10 years of Eurovision magic (2009-2018 to be exact). The contest was called Eurovision All Stars (yep…we totally ripped off RuPaul) and kept us all busy for an entire year! To say Aussies suffer from PED is a lie, especially with All Stars in the house.
This year we’re ready to do it all again, except this time, we’re going back – back to the 90’s to be exact. For half of us, it’ll be a nostalgic trip, for the rest, an education, as we begin our quest to find the best and the worst Eurovision song/performance of the 90’s.
So what happened in the 90’s? Well, quite a lot…
- An age restriction was officially put in place, with performers needing to be 16 at the time of the event to participate.
- With backing tracks becoming the preferred option, live orchestras became “optional”, effectively ending their use at Eurovision – pretty much in an instant!
- A pre-qualifying round was introduced after the break-up of Yugoslavia “created” a stack of new countries.
- This ever increasing number of participating countries also saw the “Relegation” rule put in place, with the bottom 5 scoring countries not allowed to take part the following year. However, when Germany, one of the most successful countries in Eurovision, fell victim to this rule change, it was modified to countries with the best averages over the past four years being allowed to participate the following year.
- Televoting was introduced, initially trialled in five countries, and soon becoming a standard method of voting.
- Eurovision was seemingly held in Ireland every year.
- Barbara Dex made her own dress.
Oh…and music was made. Good music, and not so good music, which brings us to All Stars 2. Each week, we’ll go through the Eurovision performances of each participating country of the 90’s, voting on our best and worst either by Public Vote or Jury Vote.
This year, we’re doing things a little differently…
Each week, one or two countries will be announced for the vote. The voting period will now be extended to TWO WEEKS, not only to give those who forget to vote a little extra time, but also to allow the poor person creating each weeks’ scoreboard some breathing space…heh heh. A new voting round will still be introduced each week, so there will be an overlap of a week each time.
Public Votes and Jury Votes will now be an equal 50/50 split of points (just like the system used for Australia Decides). If there are less Jury voters than Public, the individual Jury votes will be of a higher value. If there are more Jury voters than Public, they will be lower. As Jury Votes are secret, it will be up to you to decide which side you wish to vote on.
Of the 34 countries competing in All Stars 2, only 8 actually competed every year, which means there are a lot of countries without a full spread to vote 12-1 on. This year, if a country has less than 10 songs, you will be able to assign whatever points you wish, rather than 12, 10, 8, etc. That means if a country only has 3 songs, and none are really to your liking, you can score then, say, 5, 3 and 2 points. If you love just two of them, you may wish to score them 12, 10 and 3 points.
Easy? Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it!
With 34 countries participating in All Stars 2, the contest will run with two Semi-Finals of 17 each. 10 songs from each Semi-Final will go into a Grand Final of 20 songs. This will be the case for both the Best and the Worst songs chosen over the weeks leading up to the end of the year, which should see the end of the competition, and not break into the new and exciting Eurovision season for 2020. Fingers crossed, anyway.
All Stars 2 kicks off on our members only Facebook page Friday, 15thJune, with the reigning public favourite country – Norway! (If you are an OGAE Australia wishing to join in on the fun, but are not a Facebook member, email us at [email protected] to be sent voting details)
Get ready OGAE Australia, as we start voting NOW! – over and over again!!