Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision
Abbreviation OGAE
Formation 1985 (1985)
Coordinates 61°52′5″N 028°53′10″E / 61.86806°N 28.88611°E / 61.86806; 28.88611
Region served
42 countries (see list below)
Simon Bennett
Laufey Helga Guðmundsdóttir
Mathieu Kroon Gutiérrez
Other Members
  • Klaus Woryna (Board Member)
  • Erik Bolks (Board Member)
  • Marcus Davey (Deputy Member)
  • Ben Robertson (Deputy Member)
Main organ
Fanclub Network
Website www.ogaeinternational.com

OGAE (French: Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision, English: General Organisation of Eurovision Fans) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen.[1] The organisation consists of a network of 42 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and nonprofit company.[2]

Four non-profit competitions are organised independently every year to promote national popular music to Eurovision fans from around the world.[3] The international organisation works frequently in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in order to help promote the Eurovision Song Contest, and has also established a strong relationship with the national broadcasting companies from across the participating countries.[3]

The current President of the OGAE International Network is Simon Bennett from OGAE United Kingdom, who succeeded from Maiken Mäemets of OGAE Finland in 2015.


Although the Eurovision Song Contest began in 1956, the OGAE International Network was founded by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland.[1] The organisation which is an independent Eurovision Fan club, operates as a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit body, and works frequently in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The network is open to countries that take part in the Eurovision Song Contest or have participated in the past. Several other countries around Europe and beyond that do not have their own independent OGAE Network, including Australia, Kazakhstan, Monaco, San Marino, South Africa, and the United States of America, participate under the name "OGAE Rest of the World".[4]

Every year the organisation arranges four competitions – Song Contest, Second Chance Contest, Video Contest and Home Composed Song Contest.[3] The cooperative exercise of the OGAE Network is to raise awareness of popular national music across the world, in collaboration with the fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, as well as establishing a strong relationship between national broadcasting companies and the marketing of the Eurovision Song Contest itself to a wider fan-base.[3]

In 2007, Antonis Karatzikos was elected as new International Coordinator for OGAE, until 2009. In July 2009 he was re-elected for the same post.[5] In 2011, OGAE International Network became a registered organisation in France, and Maiken Mäemets was elected President.[3] She was re-elected for a second term on 17 May 2013 at the Euro Fan Café (Moriska Paviljongen) in Malmö, Sweden.[6] During the annual OGAE Presidents’ Meeting, which took place on 22 May 2015 at the Euro Fan Café in Wien; the presidents of the OGAE Clubs elected a new board for the OGAE International Network (shown below), who will maintain their roles until the next election in 2017.[7]

Position Name OGAE club
President Simon Bennett  United Kingdom
Secretary Laufey Helga Guðmundsdóttir  Iceland
Treasurer Mathieu Kroon Gutiérrez  France
Board members Klaus Woryna  Germany
Erik Bolks  Netherlands
Deputy members Marcus Davey Rest of the World (Australia)
Ben Robertson  Sweden

OGAE branches

  OGAE participating countries
  OGAE Rest of the World

OGAE currently has forty-five members, including two in Germany.[1][2] These are:

  1.  Albania
  2.  Andorra
  3.  Armenia
  4.  Australia1
  5.  Austria
  6.  Azerbaijan
  7.  Belarus
  8.  Belgium
  9.  Croatia
  10.  Cyprus
  11.  Czech Republic
  12.  Denmark
  13.  Estonia
  14.  Finland
  15.  France
  16.  Germany
  17. Germany Germany Eurovision Club
  18.  Greece
  19.  Hungary1
  20.  Iceland
  21.  Ireland
  22.  Israel
  23.  Italy
  24.  Latvia
  25.  Lithuania
  26.  Luxembourg
  27.  Macedonia
  28.  Malta
  29.  Moldova
  30.  Montenegro
  31.  Netherlands
  32.  Norway
  33.  Poland
  34.  Portugal
  35. Rest of the World
  36.  Romania
  37.  Russia
  38.  Serbia
  39.  Slovakia
  40.  Slovenia
  41.  Spain
  42.  Sweden
  43.   Switzerland
  44.  Turkey
  45.  Ukraine
  46.  United Kingdom

OGAE Rest of the World

Rest of the World:
  OGAE participating countries
  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:[4][8]

1.^ Australia and Hungary are currently Candidate Members.
2.^ Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Monaco, Morocco and San Marino have all participated in the Eurovision Song Contest, though they do not have full OGAE membership and thus are part of OGAE Rest of the World.[9][10]

OGAE Contests

OGAE Eurovision Song Contest Poll

The Marcel Bezençon Fan Award was handed out in 2002 and 2003, and voted on by the members of OGAE, the Eurovision international fan club. It was discontinued and replaced by the Composer Award in 2004.

Year Winner Song Performer
2002  Finland "Addicted to You" Laura Voutilainen
2003  Spain "Dime" Beth

Every year since 2007, OGAE has conducted a pre-Eurovision Song Contest poll in which every national club plus OGAE Rest of the World cast a vote from all entries participating in a particular contest, using the same scoring system as Eurovision Voting: the most voted songs on each club receive 1 to 8, and then 10 and 12 points, and countries cannot vote for themselves. The winners of this poll are:

Year Winner Song Performer Runner-up 3rd place
2007  Serbia "Molitva" (Молитва) Marija Šerifović   Switzerland  Belarus
2008  Sweden "Hero" Charlotte Perrelli   Switzerland  Serbia
2009  Norway "Fairytale" Alexander Rybak  France  Sweden
2010  Denmark "In a Moment Like This" Chanée and N'evergreen  Israel  Germany
2011  Hungary "What About My Dreams?" Kati Wolf  France  United Kingdom
2012  Sweden "Euphoria" Loreen  Italy  Iceland
2013  Denmark "Only Teardrops" Emmelie de Forest  San Marino  Norway
2014  Sweden "Undo" Sanna Nielsen  Hungary  Israel
2015  Italy "Grande amore" Il Volo  Sweden  Estonia
2016  France "J'ai cherché" Amir  Russia  Australia
Background colours
won the final  
second in the final
third in the final
missed the final

OGAE Second Chance Contest

The OGAE Second Chance Contest is a visual event which was founded in 1987 and is organised by branches of OGAE, the international fan club of the Eurovision Song Contest.[11] Four nations competed in the first contest which took place in 1987. The contest was previously a non-televised event, but evolved over the years by the usage of video tape and nowadays DVD and YouTube.[12]

Each summer following the Eurovision Song Contest, each branch can enter one song that failed to win the country's national selection process for the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The members of each club choose amongst the songs that did not win and select one to represent the club in the event. Votes are cast by members of the OGAE clubs and are returned to the OGAE branch organising the particular year's event. Guest juries have been used to cast votes since 1993.[13]

OGAE Video Contest

Main article: OGAE Video Contest

The OGAE Video Contest is a video event which, much like the OGAE Song Contest, is organised between branches of OGAE, the international fan club of the Eurovision Song Contest. All OGAE national clubs can enter with an original song and video released in the previous 12 months in their countries. There is no obligation on the entry for the OGAE Video Contest to be sung in one of the country's official languages.


So far 39 countries have been represented at the contest at least once. These are listed here alongside the year in which they made their debut:

Year Country making its debut entry
2003  Albania,  Armenia,  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Finland,  France,  Germany,  Greece,  Iceland,  Israel,  Italy,  Macedonia,  Malta,  Netherlands,  Norway,  Portugal,  Russia,  Slovenia,  Spain,  Turkey,  United Kingdom
2004  Bulgaria,  Croatia,  Luxembourg,  Serbia and Montenegro
2005  Ireland,  Kazakhstan (as Rest of The World),  Poland,  Ukraine
2006  Moldova,  Serbia,  South Africa (as Rest of The World)
2007  Andorra,  Austria,  Estonia,  Latvia,  Namibia (as Rest of The World)
2010  Australia (as Rest of The World)
2012  Belgium,  United States (as Rest of The World)
2013  Belarus
2014  Azerbaijan,  Montenegro,  Slovakia
2016  Hungary

OGAE Rest of the World represents countries that do not have an OGAE branch of their own. Their first participation came at the 2005 Contest, where they represented Kazakhstan.


Six countries have won the contest since it began in 2003. The most successful countries in the contest has been Russia and France, who have won the contest three times each.

Year Country Video Performer Points Host city
2003  France "Fan" Pascal Obispo 122 Turkey Istanbul
2004  Portugal "Cavaleiro Monge" Mariza 133 France Fontainebleau
2005  Ukraine "I Will Forget You" Svetlana Loboda 171 Portugal Lisbon
2006  Italy "Contromano" Nek 106 Turkey Izmir
2007  Russia "LML" Via Gra 198 Italy Florence
2008  Russia "Potselui" Via Gra 140 Russia Moscow
2009  Russia "Karma" Yin-Yang 142 Russia Saint Petersburg
2010  Poland "Kim tu jestem" Justyna Steczkowska 85 Russia Volgograd
2011  France "Lonely Lisa" Mylène Farmer 96 Poland Wrocław
2012  Italy "È l'amore che conta" Giorgia 135 France Paris
2013  Belgium "Papaoutai" Stromae 144 Italy Turin
2014  France "Tourner dans le vide" Indila 141 Belgium Brussels
2015  Germany "Gäa" Oonagh 122 France Paris
2016 Germany Lüneburg

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Eurovision Fanclub Network". OGAE. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  2. 1 2 "Club History" (in Finnish). OGAE Finland. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 "Company Overview". Facebook. OGAE International Network. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  4. 1 2 Mikheev, Andy. "About OGAE Rest of the World". ESCKaz (in English and Russian). OGAE RoW. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  5. Viniker, Barry (2 July 2007). "OGAE elects new International Co-ordinator". ESCToday. Retrieved 2 July 2007.
  6. Jiandani, Sanjay (22 May 2013). "OGAE International Board members elected". ESCToday. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  7. "OGAE elected a new board". 22 May 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  8. Speirs, Gary. "OGAE Second Chance Contest 2012: Rest of the World". SECHUK.COM welcomes OGAE Rest of the World members, hosting their first OGAE event. sechuk.com. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  9. "Belarus: Candidate Member". List of OGAE Clubs. OGAE. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  10. "OGAE Rest of the World Members". OGAE Rest of the World. Retrieved 10 June 2013. At this moment, the countries without clubs and therefore part of Ogae rest of the world are Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ukraine, Hungary, Czech republic, Monaco, San Marino, and Georgia.
  11. "About us". OGAE Second Chance Contest. OGAE. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  12. Speirs, Gary. "Contest Background". OGAE Second Chance Contest. sechuk.com. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  13. Speirs, Gary. "Statistics and other Useless Information". OGAE Second Chance Contest. sechuk.com. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
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