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Eurovision stars among OGAE Song Contest 2020 participants

Major pop stars including Dua Lipa will also take part

Yesterday, OGAE UK revealed the full list of entries that will take part in this year’s OGAE Song Contest in Edinburgh. It will be the seventh time that the contest has been organised by OGAE UK. Last year, Lewis Capaldi was voted the winner of the contest with “Someone You Loved”.

Since the first contest in 1986, many major music stars have won including Coldplay, Steps, Dami Im, Alizée and Nina Zilli. Any country with an OGAE club can take part in the contest as well as one other country, competing as “Rest of the World”. In the past, countries like Botswana, Japan and Colombia have take part as a guest country.

Who’s taking part?

28 countries are taking part in this year’s contest, including returnees Denmark and Slovenia who are back after a one-year break. Azerbaijan and Andorra have withdrawn from this year’s contest.

Many past Eurovision stars are taking part including Diodato (Italy 2020), Tina Karol (Ukraine 2006), Secret Garden (Norway 1995) and a duet from Pastora Soler (Spain 2012) & Blas Canto (Spain 2020 & 2021), among others.

The running order for the contest was drawn randomly, ahead of the show:

  1. 🇨🇾 Cyprus: Constantinos Christoforou ft. ONE – “Billy Bam Bam”
  2. 🇱🇻 Latvia: Lauris Reiniks – “Dīvaini Mierīgi”
  3. 🇲🇹 Malta: Scar – “Never Enough”
  4. 🇨🇿 Czech Republic: Ivana Korolova – “Paleo”
  5. 🇺🇦 Ukraine: Tina Karol & Yulia Sanina – “Vilna”
  6. 🇭🇺 Hungary: Szilvia Péter Szabó – “Két vilàg közt”
  7. 🇧🇪 Belgium: Ycare & Axelle Red – “I Don’t Care (Je m’en moque)”
  8. 🇵🇱 Poland: Viki Gabor & Kayah – “Ramie w ramie”
  9. 🇮🇹 Italy: Diodato – “Che vita meravigliosa”
  10. 🇸🇪 Sweden: Darin – “En säng av rosor”
  11. 🇵🇹 Portugal: Barbara Tinoco – “Sei la”
  12. 🇩🇪 Germany: Sarah Connor – “Vincent”
  13. 🇬🇷 Greece: Nikos Oikonomopoulos – “Valto terma”
  14. 🇦🇺 Australia: Jaguar Jonze – “Kill Me With Your Love”
  15. 🇲🇰 North Macedonia: Lozano – “Ne te vadem od pamet”
  16. 🇬🇧 United Kingdom: Dua Lipa – “Physical”
  17. 🇹🇷 Turkey: Murda & Ezhel – “Aya”
  18. 🇧🇬 Bulgaria: 4Magic – “Vselena”
  19. 🇩🇰 Denmark: Jung – “Blitz Baby”
  20. 🇭🇷 Croatia: Franka – “Prvi osjecaj”
  21. 🇺🇸 Rest of the World (United States): AJR – “Bang”
  22. 🇫🇷 France: Vitaa & Slimane – “Ça va, ça vient”
  23. 🇷🇺 Russia: Shary – “Molchanka”
  24. 🇫🇮 Finland: Behm – “Hei rakas”
  25. 🇮🇪 Ireland: Secret Garden ft. Brian Kennedy – “Beautiful”
  26. 🇷🇸 Serbia: Hurricane – “Favorito”
  27. 🇸🇮 Slovenia: Nina Puslar – “Svet na dlani”
  28. 🇪🇸 Spain: Pastora Soler & Blas Canto – “Mi luz”

Voting will be run through each of the competing OGAE clubs, with voting closing on 15 October. You can listen to a playlist of all the songs below:

OGAE Song Contest 2019

Last year, the United Kingdom won the OGAE Song Contest for the second time in a row. With 241 points, Lewis Capaldi was victorious with his smash hit “Someone You Loved”. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper finished in second place, representing OGAE Rest of the World, with “Shallow” from A Star is Born.

The rules of the contest state that all entries must be sung in one of the country’s official languages and with two English-language songs filling the top two spaces, is it a good sign that an English-language song might do well again?

Have you got a favourite song already? Who do you think might win this year’s OGAE Song Contest?

Let us know in the comments below or on social media @ESCXTRA.

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