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OGAE
, Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision, or the General Organisation of Eurovision Fans is an international organization that was founded in 1984, in Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen. The organisation consists of a network of 40 Eurovision fan clubs across the world, and has nothing to do with politics.

Four competitions are organised independently every year to promote the popular music in that country to Eurovision fans from around the world. This international organization works frequently in cooperation with the EBU in order to help promote the Eurovision Song Contest , and has also established a strong relationship with the national broadcasters from across all the participating countries.

The current President of the OGAE International Network is Maiken Mäemets from OGAE Finland, who succeeded in 2011 from Antonis Karatzikos of OGAE Greece. At the annual committee meeting for the board members of OGAE held on 17 May 2013 in Malmo, Sweden, where the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest was held, Mäemets was re-elected for another 2-year term.

OGAE Branches

The OGAE network has 40 members, including two in Germany. These are:

  •  Albania
  •  Andorra
  •  Armenia
  •  Austria
  •  Australia
  •  Azerbaijan
  •  Belarus
  •  Belgium
  •  Bulgaria
  •  Croatia
  •  Cyprus
  •  Denmark
  •  Estonia
  •  Finland
  •  France
  •  Germany
  •  Germany Eurovision Club
  •  Greece
  •  Iceland
  •  Ireland
  •  Israel
  •  Italy
  •  Lithuania
  •  Luxembourg
  •  Macedonia
  •  Malta
  •  Moldova
  •  Netherlands
  •  Norway
  •  Poland
  •  Portugal
  •  Rest of the World*
  •  Russia
  •  Serbia
  •  Slovenia
  •  Spain
  •  Sweden
  •  Switzerland
  •  Turkey
  •  United Kingdom

OGAE Rest of the World

Countries that do not have an OGAE Network in their own right, but are active or associate members of the EBU are unified under the name 'Rest of the World'. The countries which constitute this OGAE Network are:

  •  Afghanistan
  •  Algeria
  •  Argentina
  •  Bosnia & Herzegovina
  •  Botswana
  •  Brazil
  •  Canada
  •  Chile
  •  Colombia
  •  Czech Rep.
  •  Egypt
  •  Georgia
  •  Hong Kong
  •  Hungary
  •  Japan
  •  Jordan
  •  Kazakhstan
  •  Kosovo
  •  Kyrgyzstan
  •  Latvia
  •  Lebanon
  •  Lesotho
  •  Liechtenstein
  •  Mexico
  •  Monaco
  •  Montenegro
  •  Morocco
  •  Namibia
  •  New Zealand
  •  Peru
  •  San Marino
  •  Seychelles
  •  Slovakia
  •  South Africa
  •  South Korea
  •  Swaziland
  •  Tunisia
  •  Ukraine
  •  United Arab Emirates
  •  United States of America
  •  Uzbekistan
  •  Venezuela

OGAE Contests

OGAE Fan Poll

The OGAE Fan Poll was started in 2007. Before each year's contest, every national club including both German clubs (OGAE Germany and EC Germany) plus OGAE Rest of the World vote on all the entries, using the same scoring system as the actual contest (the most voted songs from each club receive 1 to 8, and then 10 and 12 points, and countries can't vote for themselves). Clubs also have the right to abstain from voting in the poll if they so choose (as OGAE Moldova and OGAE Bulgaria chose to do in 2016, for example). It is worth noting that since the fan poll was started, only 5 actual Eurovision winners have been predicted correctly (2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2018).

OGAE Second Chance Contest

The OGAE Second Chance Contest is an annual Eurovision-style contest in which OGAE member countries that had a national selection process choose a song to represent them. OGAE Rest of the World also participates with one song from any national selection that year chosen as their entry. Results are usually delivered via social media platforms, and other OGAE clubs often participate as guest jurors.

Sweden has won the contest 16 times, more than any other country. Italy won the 2018 edition with "Il mondo prima di te" by Annalisa.

OGAE Song Contest

The OGAE Song Contest is an audio event in which all OGAE national clubs can enter with an original song released in the previous 12 months in their countries, and sung in one of the country's official languages. The 2018 edition was won by the United Kingdom with the song "Scared of the Dark" by the group Steps.