OGAE Belgium has revealed the 24 songs participating in the 2018 OGAE Video Contest. And this year, as usual, several Eurovision alumni are featured in the lineup.
What is the OGAE Video Contest?
The OGAE Video Contest is the most recent OGAE contest. It started in 2003, when 20 countries participated, and the victory went to France and the song Fan by Pascal Obispo.
Just like the other OGAE Contests (Second Chance, Retro Second Chance and Song Contest, the results of which have been revealed those last months), the Video Contest is a competition between national OGAE clubs. Each club chooses an entry to represent them. Since it is a fan contest, artists are not usually involved, and don’t always know their song has been selected.
Criteria for the entries
- The song must be original (no cover)
- There is no language rule (any club can send a song in English)
- One of the performers must be a national of the country they represent
- The song must have been released “in the previous 24 months”, basically 2018, 2017 and a bit of 2016
- The song must not have participated in any Eurovision contest or national selections, neither in any OGAE contest
- Entries consist of the official videoclip of the song : no music file, no concert video : this is why it’s called the Video Contest
Then, the voting opens, and OGAE members can vote for their favorite videoclips, usually by giving points in the Eurovision top 10 fashion. National clubs then add up the points of their members, to obtain their national top 10, in a Eurovision style too. Only clubs that sent an entry can vote.
The entry that gets the most points wins the contest, and the OGAE club that sent it is then invited to “host” the next contest. This includes enforcing the rules of the contest (and even changing them), enforcing deadlines for the other clubs, publishing the lineup, counting the votes, making a scoreboard and announcing the winner.
Who won last year?
Last year, among 21 participants, OGAE Belgium took the trophy in a little landslide, with Loïc Nottet’s dark videoclip for “Mud Blood”.
The 2018 lineup
Here is the lineup of the 2018 contest, in the order drawn by OGAE Belgium.
- Czech Republic – Mikolas Josef – “Me Gusta”
- Poland – Kasia Moś feat. Norma John | “Wild Eyes”
- Belgium – Oscar and the Wolf | “Runaway”
- FYR Macedonia – Bobi Andonov | “Apartment”
- France – Christophe Willem | “Marlon Brando”
- United Kingdom – Dua Lipa | “New Rules”
- Belarus – Platon feat. Joolay | “Taking Me Higher”
- Turkey – Nil Karaibrahimgil | “İyi ki”
- Bulgaria – Galena & Tsvetelina Yaneva | “Marrakesh”
- Germany – Johannes Oerding | “Kreise”
- Australia – 5 Seconds Of Summer | “Youngblood”
- Greece – Melani Makri | “Thirio”
- Ukraine – THE HARDKISS | “Melodija”
- Croatia – Severina feat. Jala Brat | “M.A.G.I.J.A.”
- Russia – Filip Kirkorov | “Svet nastroenija sinij”
- Hungary – Juli Fabian & Zoohacker | “Jazz & Wine”
- Malta – Maxine | “Earthquake”
- Moldova (OGAE Rest of the World) – Sunstroke Project | “Sun Gets Down”
- Sweden – Oscar Zia feat. Leslie Tay | “Kyss mig i slo-mo”
- Armenia – Iveta Mukuchyan | “Margo”
- Estonia – Lenna | “Kolm korda”
- Italy – Fabrizio Moro | “La felicità”
- Serbia – Sara Jo | “Lava”
- Portugal – David Fonseca | “Oh My Heart”
Fans will be able to vote until November 23rd, and the results should normally be revealed in December, a few days before the Festivali i Këngës in Albania.
Do you like this lineup? Who’s your favorite? Did you discover some nice songs and videoclips thanks to this contest? Tell us more in the comments below, or on social media at @escxtra !