01 May 2019
The official OGAE Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs decided their favourite songs for Tel Aviv 2019 and it was a close race between Italy, Switzerland and Netherlands, with the three separated by only 10 points. The top three:
411 – Italy – Mahmood – Soldi
406 – Switzerland – Luca Hanni – She Got Me
401 – Netherlands – Duncan Laurence – Arcade
Those three countries cleared away from the pack with Norway next best on 224 points.
OGAE clubs notoriously have a shallow appreciation of songs, and that extends to genre, with ballads and generally softer songs failing to attract much attention. That’s the case this year for most of the 13 songs that failed to score any points. A part of that is also attributed to the archaic idea of only awarding points to the top 10 songs as per Eurovision itself. While that system is showing its flaws in a contest of 26 songs, with 41 songs in the OGAE poll, it’s even more restrictive, and unfair.
As for a regular person like myself, how does the OGAE result compare?
Result by OGAE Rank
Result by Points Difference
As you can see, the likes of Germany, Belarus and Armenia were treated very harshly by the OGAE clubs, while Italy, Iceland, Portugal and France were treated way too kindly.
Of course, one question remains: am I a regular person?