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|Type||NGO, NP, NPO|
|42 countries (see list below)|
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 Jaripekka Koikkalainen. 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.
Four non-profit competitions are organised independently every year to promote national popular music to Eurovision fans from around the world. 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.
Although the Eurovision Song Contest began in 1956, the OGAE International Network was founded by Jaripekka Koikkalainen in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland. 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".
Every year the organisation arranges four competitions – Song Contest, Second Chance Contest, Video Contest and Home Composed Song Contest. 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.
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. In 2011, OGAE International Network became a registered organisation in France, and Maiken Mäemets was elected president. She was re-elected for a second term on 17 May 2013 at the Euro Fan Café (Moriska Paviljongen) in Malmö, Sweden. 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.
|President||Simon Bennett||United Kingdom|
|Board members||Klaus Woryna||Germany|
|Marcus Davey||Australia (ROW)|
|Deputy members||Tamás Vámos||Hungary|
- Czech Republic
- Germany Eurovision Club
- North Macedonia
- Rest of the World
- 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:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina2
- Costa Rica
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- San Marino2
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United States of America
- 2. ^ Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, 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.  
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.
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:
|2007||Serbia||"Molitva" (Молитва)||Marija Šerifović||Belarus||Switzerland|
|2010||Denmark||"In a Moment Like This"||Chanée and N'evergreen||Israel||Germany|
|2011||Hungary||"What About My Dreams?"||Kati Wolf||France||United Kingdom|
|2013||Denmark||"Only Teardrops"||Emmelie de Forest||San Marino||Norway|
|2015||Italy||"Grande amore"||Il Volo||Sweden||Estonia|
|2017||Italy||"Occidentali's Karma"||Francesco Gabbani||Belgium||Sweden|
|2020||Lithuania||"On Fire"||The Roop||Iceland||Switzerland|
|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. 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.
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.
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.
So far 59 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|
|1986||Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden|
|1987||Botswana (as Rest of The World), Israel, Portugal, Spain, Zimbabwe (as Rest of The World)|
|1988||Belgium, Greece, United Kingdom|
|1990||Austria, Cyprus, Ireland, Italy|
|1993||Japan (as Rest of The World), Slovakia, Switzerland|
|1994||South Africa (as Rest of The World), Turkey|
|1997||New Zealand (as Rest of The World)|
|1999||Croatia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Kazakhstan (as Rest of The World)|
|2000||Iceland, Malta, Slovenia|
|2001||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia|
|2002||North Macedonia[a], Serbia and Montenegro|
|2006||Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Serbia, Ukraine|
|2008||Azerbaijan, Canada (as Rest of The World)|
|2009||Guyana (as Rest of The World)|
|2011||United States (as Rest of The World)|
|2012||Mexico (as Rest of The World)|
|2013||Colombia (as Rest of The World), Belarus|
|2016||Czech Republic, Hungary,|
OGAE Rest of the World represents countries that do not have an OGAE branch of their own.
Fourteen countries have won the contest since it began in 1986. The most successful country in the contest is the United Kingdom, who have won the contest seven times.
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 50 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, North 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)|
|2014||Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Slovakia|
|2016||Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Uzbekistan (as Rest of The World)|
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.
|2005||Ukraine||"I Will Forget You"||Svetlana Loboda||171||Lisbon|
|2010||Poland||"Kim tu jestem"||Justyna Steczkowska||85||Volgograd|
|2011||France||"Lonely Lisa"||Mylène Farmer||96||Wrocław|
|2012||Italy||"È l'amore che conta"||Giorgia||135||Paris|
|2014||France||"Tourner dans le vide"||Indila||141||Brussels|
|2016||United Kingdom||"Hymn for the Weekend"||Coldplay||673||Lüneburg|
|2017||Belgium||"Mud Blood"||Loïc Nottet||184||London|
|2018||Czech Republic||"Me Gusta"||Mikolas Josef||132||Antwerp|
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- OGAE Second Chance Contest
- OGAE Video Contest
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