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OGAE Australia wins OGAE Song Contest 2021 with Tones and I

Australia breaks the United Kingdom's three year grip on the contest!

Recently the members of Eurovision clubs around the world have been voting in the OGAE Song Contest 2021. This year it was hosted in Cardiff by OGAE UK. Now they have revealed it is Australia and Tones and I with ‘Fly Away’ that soared to victory!

Tones and I returns Australia to winning ways

After three victories in a row for OGAE UK, finally a new winner is crowned! Hence the contest returns to OGAE Australia with victory for Tones and I – ‘Fly Away’. Previously OGAE Australia won in 2017 with Eurovision 2016 runner-up Dami Im, with ‘Fighting For Love’. Highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Tones and I is famous for the worldwide hit ‘Dance Monkey’, released in 2019. Such was its impact, that it broke Australia’s ARIA chart record with 24 weeks at number 1. Meanwhile it topped the charts of over 30 countries globally.

However, for this contest it was ‘Fly Away’ that proved to be the sound of everyone’s year. Overall it amassed 172 points and 3 douze points from the other 28 participating OGAE clubs. The chanty gospel-tinged anthem ‘Fly Away’ is the lead single from Tones and I’s debut album Welcome to the Madhouse. So far the song has peaked at number 4 in the ARIA charts and number 11 in the UK. As well as being up for two awards in this year’s ARIA Awards 2021.

What is the OGAE Song Contest?

Beginning in 1986, the OGAE Song Contest is the oldest OGAE contest, uniting all the national OGAE clubs in a music fan contest. Each club puts forward their favourite song from their country of the past year. After which, fans from every club judge and vote for their favourite track. However this is a purely an auditory contest. Unlike Eurovision, this is not about the performance or the video clip – which has a separate OGAE Video Contest.

The rules are as follows, (courtesy of OGAE):

  1. Have been commercially released prior to the entry submission date.
  2. Be performed in a/the national language of the nominating OGAE national club.
  3. Be an original version (not a remix).
  4. Have been released on an album or as a single on vinyl, CD or as a digital download.
  5. Be a studio not a live recording.
  6. Not have previously participated in the Eurovision Song Contest, OGAE Second Chance Contest, or OGAE Video Contest [Junior Eurovision entries are also ineligible subject to a rule change by the Presidents].
  7. Be performer by an individual with the nationality of the nominating OGAE national club.  For groups, at least one performer must have the nationality of the nominating national club.
  8. Be of a maximum duration of 5 minutes.

OGAE Song Contest 2021 results

Below are the complete list of results and participants of the OGAE Song Contest 2021, as announced by OGAE UK. Among the line-up there are many Eurovision names, such as: Marco Megoni, Erika Vikman, Helena Paparizou, Sirusho, Eimear Quinn, Benjamin Ingrosso, Miki Nรบรฑez, Maraaya, Damir Kedลพo, Michelle and Beth.

Results

  1. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia: Tones and I – ‘Fly Away’ (172 points)
  2. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland: Erika Vikman – ‘Syntisten pรถytรค’ (164 points)
  3. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom: Joel Corry x MNEK – ‘Head & Heart’ (150 points)
  4. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France: Patrick Fiori and Florent Pagny – ‘Jโ€™y vais’ (137 points)
  5. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy: Takagi & Ketra feat. Marco Mengoni and Frah Quintale – ‘Venere e Marte’ (129 points)
  6. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal: Ana Moura – ‘Andorinhas’ (91 points)
  7. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark: Fyr og Flamme – ‘Kamรฆleon’ (83 points)
  8. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium: Camille – ‘Vuurwerk’ (83 points)
  9. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany: Michelle – ‘Vorbei Vorbei’ (82 points)
  10. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland: Eimear Quinn โ€“ ‘Hibernia’ (81 points)
  11. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece: Helena Paparizou – ‘Deja vu’ (70 points)
  12. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain: Miki Nรบรฑez – ‘Me vale’ (49 points)
  13. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia: Damir Kedลพo – ‘Nedodirljiva’ (48 points)
  14. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ North Macedonia: Lara – ‘Za nas’ (46 points)
  15. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia: Maraaya – ‘Dobrโ€™ Gre’ (42 points)
  16. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden: Benjamin Ingrosso – ‘Flickan pรฅ min gata’ (42 points)
  17. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Rest of the World (USA): Kali Uchis – ‘Telepatรญa’ (39 points)
  18. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia: Zoi – ‘Jasno mi je’ (30 points)
  19. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland: Mฤ™skie Granie Orkiestra 2021 – ‘I Ciebie teลผ, bardzo’ (25 points)
  20. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Andorra: Beth – ‘Que tremolin els abres’ (24 points)
  21. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine: TOBIZDA – ‘Ya hochu trampapa’ (20 points)
  22. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia: Sirusho – ‘Es u Du’ (16 points)
  23. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary: Honeybeast & Palya Bea – ‘Ha Meghalok’ (15 points)
  24. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey: GรผlลŸen & Edis – ‘Nirvana’ (15 points)
  25. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus: Monsieur Domani – ‘Pissourin’ (10 points)
  26. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic: Aneta Langerovรก – ‘Jak krรกsnรฉ je bรฝt milovรกn’ (9 points)
  27. ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia: Ivo Fomins – ‘Diena vai nakts’ (7 points)
  28. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria: Josh. – ‘Expresso & Tschianti’ (3 points)
  29. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia: Jey – ‘Nenormalny’ (0 points)

Following Australia’s win, the Presidents of all OGAE clubs approved rule changes for the 2022 edition. Next year both the OGAE Song Contest and OGAE Video Contest will be combined into one. Thus it will retain the name of the OGAE Song Contest. Usually the winning country hosts the next edition. Although this time it will not be known until after the winner of the OGAE Video Contest 2021 in December is announced. Afterwards the OGAE International Network will decide which of the two winning clubs from 2021 will host the new format. Unless of course, Australia wins both…

OGAE Song Contest 2020

Last year it was the United Kingdom that won the contest for the third time in a row, with Dua Lipa’s smash anthem ‘Physical’. Which followed the recent victories from Steps and Lewis Capaldi. Since 1986 the United Kingdom has been the most dominant nation in the contest with seven wins. But in 2021 OGAE UK had to settle for third place with Joel Corry and MNEK’s party anthem ‘Head & Heart‘.

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Lisa Bird

My first Eurovision memory was watching 1994 as a hatchling. I've been tapping my talons to the bops and bangers from Europe and beyond ever since! I finally spread my wings to attending the contest in Lisbon 2018 and am now a regular at many events and national finals - especially my regular nest at Eesti Laul.

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