OGAE Song Contest 2017


The OGAE Song Contest is back for 2017!

This year sees the 32nd edition of the contest, and the 30th time that the UK will have taken part. The UK song will be selected in late Spring, so that we can have our entry ready for the deadline, which is usually at the end of July.

Last year’s contest was won by Spain’s Alvaro Soler, with the song Sofia.

We have a good number of people involved in the selection process, but are keen for even more people to take part. If this interests you, and you’re an OGAE UK member, then contact Dennis Evans on ogaeukselection@yahoo.co.uk by Friday 31 March 2017. You can also nominate a song to the same address by the same deadline. As last year, the top nominated songs will be put in the UK selection final.

In order to be eligible for inclusion a song must:

  1. Have been commercially released prior to the entry submission date (ie from 2016)
  2. Be performed in a/the national language of the nominating OGAE clu
  3. Be an original version (ie 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 OGAE Presidents]
  7. Be performed by an individual with the nationality of the nominating OGAE national cub. For groups, at least one performer must have the nationality of the nominating national club
  8. Be of a maximum duration of 5 minutes

As this is our 30th entry – let’s try and choose a winning song! You’ll see from the table below that the UK has an excellent track record in this contest.

Year Song Artist (s) Points Placing
1988 It Would Take A Strong Strong Man Rick Astley 065 04
1989 Stone Kim Wilde 051 08
1990 Everybody Knows Cliff Richard 109 02
1991 Heaven Is A Place For Heroes Samantha Janus 067 05
1992 Cariad Yw Cariad Paul Gregory & Lilo Millward 016 16
1993 Don’t Be A Stranger Dina Carroll 098 04
1994 Somewhere In The Night Stacy Grant 033 16
1995 Blessed Elton John 143 02
1996 Breathe Midge Ure 028 Disq.
1997 Don’t Let It Rain Joanne May 010 20
1998 Something’s Changing Imaani 032 15
1999 This Heart Will Love Again Steps 059 09
2000 Close My Eyes Manic Street Preachers 000 25
2001 It’s The Way You Make Me Feel Steps 083 09
2002 What If… Kate Winslet 126 01
2003 No Good Advice Girls Aloud 025 19
2004 All This Time Michelle 078 08
2005 If There Is Any Justice Lemar 118 04
2006 You’re Beautiful James Blunt  – Disq.
2007 Patience Take That 159 02
2008 Rule The World Take That 137 02
2009 Viva La Vida Coldplay 248 01
2010 Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer) Freemasons/Sophie Ellis-Bextor 228 01
2011 Someone Like You Adele 189 01
2012 Set Fire To The Rain  Adele 190 02
2013 Dear Darlin’ Olly Murs 180 02
2014 Burn Ellie Goulding 167 02
2015 Ghost Ella Henderson 141 04
2016 Hello Adele 222 03

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