OGAE SECOND CHANCE CONTEST

Statistics and other Useless Information


It couldn't be related to Eurovision without some useless statistics and fascinating facts!

Who has made Second Chance Headlines?


MOST WINS

Sweden has won Second Chance an amazing 13 times! Among those wins, one person (Magnus of Barbados and Alcazar) has been in 3 winning line-ups - in 2001, 2003 and 2005! Sweden's Alcazar are the Johnny Logan of Second Chance with 2 wins in 2003 and 2005! Sweden's latest win came in 2010 with the song 'Kom' by Timoteij.

HIGHEST SCORE

Although any highest score will depend on the total countries taking part, the highest score so far recorded in Second Chance was in 2008 with Sweden's EMPTY ROOM by Sanne Nielson with 268 Points.

LOWEST SCORE

2003 finally saw the first 'null points' in Second Chance. Two Countries shared this dubious honour - Iceland (for 'Eurovisa') and Israel (for 'Lo Rotze Lihyot Kochav'). In 2005, Ireland became the third country to hit zero with 'Dreaming of You' and Poland hit zero too in 2006 with 'How Many People?'. Estonia surprisingly joined the zero-point ranks in 2008 with 'One on One' and Azerbaijan did the same with their debut entry in 2010 'I Am On Fire'. Macedonia became the 7th zero-scoring country in 2011 with the song 'Ram Tam Tam'.

For the record, 6 songs have scored just one point - Spain in 1989 ("Capturado"), Cyprus in 1997 ("Xechnas"), Macedonia in 2000 ("Za Nas"), Malta in 2004 ("24/7"), Ukraine on their Second Chance debut in 2006 ("You Give Me Your Love") and Bulgaria in 2010 ("Twist & Tango") entered via OGAE Rest Of The World.

LANGUAGES

As Sweden holds the most titles, its not surprising that most winning songs have been in Swedish (9). Winning songs have also been sung in Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Italian, Turkish, Finnish, Spanish, Slovenian, Icelandic and English. It is somewhat ironic that the first English Language winner did not occur until 2003 and then only thanks to Sweden!

NON NATIONAL FINALISTS

In 1999, a rule was introduced that only songs from televised National Finals would be allowed to take part. Previously, Italy had sent a song in 1998 from the San Remo Festival. Although San Remo was often the basis for Italy's Eurovision selection, in 1998 they did not take part in Eurovision itself. Similarly, from 1989 to 1991, Spain sent songs known to have been entered to their private internal selection for Eurovision.

GUEST JURIES

Guest Juries have long been an integral part of Second Chance. Since 1993, this has enabled OGAE Clubs whose countries did not hold a National Eurovision Selection to also be a part of Second Chance. This was way ahead of its time, when you consider the first time this happened in Eurovision was in 2006 with Serbia and Montenegro. In 1996, Guest Juries substituted for participating countries where no jury existed. In the most part, Guest Juries vote on their own merits and have become an important and decisive part of the voting process. Italy and France have been the staunchest supporters of Guest Jury Status -

 

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SECOND CHANCE BEFORE EUROVISION

Many Eurovision finalists took part in Second Chance before making the ESC itself, some several times! Our list of former "Second Chancers" also includes two ESC winners:

 

ARTIST

COUNTRY

SECOND CHANCE SONG

EUROVISION YEAR

1988

Liam Reilly

IRELAND

LifeLine

1990

1988

Lena Philipsson

SWEDEN

Om Igen

2004

1991

Tony Wegas

AUSTRIA

Wunder Dieser Welt

1992 and 1993

1993

Anna Mjöll

ICELAND

Eins Og Skot

1996

1994

Gladys Del Pilar

SWEDEN

Det Vackraste Jag Vet

2002 (Afro-Dite)

1994

Tonis, Anneli & Evelin

ESTONIA

Ime

1999 (Evelin)

1994

Anna Mjöll

ICELAND

Stopp

1996

1994

Monica Anghel

ROMANIA

Dau Vista Mea Pentru O Iubire

2002

1995

Dana International

ISRAEL

Laila Tov Europa

1998 (winner)

1996

Monica Anghel & Sincron

ROMANIA

Ruga Pentru Pacea Lumii

2002 (Monica)

1996

Evelin, Karl, Maarja-Liis & Pearu

ESTONIA

Kummalisel Teel

1999 (Evelin)

1996

Tuzmen & Pinar

TURKEY

Var Misin Söyle

1998 (Tuzmen) 2000 (Pinar)

1997

Pinar Karakoç

TURKEY

Sen Nerede Ben Orada

2000

1998

Evelin Samuel

ESTONIA

Unistus Igavesest Paevast

1999

1998

Fabrizio Faniello

MALTA

More Than Just A Game

2001 and 2006

1999

Corinna May

GERMANY

Hör Den Kindern Einfach Zu

2002

1999

Deen (member of the group TAXI)

BOSNIA

Daj, Spusti Se

2004

2000

Monica Anghel, Gheorghe Zamfir, Body & Soul

ROMANIA

Let The Music Come Into Your Soul

2002 (Monica)

2000

Karolina Gocheva

MACEDONIA

Za Nas

2002

2000

Yana Kay

LATVIA

Set My Heart On Fire

2003

2001

Eyjolfur & Birgitta

ICELAND

Aftur Heim

2003 (Birgitta)

2001

Marija Naumova

LATVIA

Hey Boy Follow Me

2002 (winner)

2001 

Ira Losco

MALTA

Spellbound

2002

2001

Karmen Stavec

SLOVENIA

Ostani Tu

2003

2002

Karmen Stavec

SLOVENIA

Se In Se

2003

2003

Deen

BOSNIA

Taxi

2004

2003

Andreas Lundstedt (member of Alcazar)

SWEDEN

Not A Sinner, Nor A Saint

2006 (six4one, Switzerland)

2004

WigWam

NORWAY

Crazy Things

2005

2005

Andreas Lundstedt (member of Alcazar)

SWEDEN

Alcastar

2006 (six4one, Switzerland)

2005

Marco Matias

GERMANY

Miracle of Love

2006 (six4one, Switzerland)

2005

Olivia Lewis

MALTA

Deja Vu

2007

2005

Jelena Tomisevic

SERBIA

Jutro (for Serbia & Montenegro)

2008 (for Serbia)

2006

JetSet

POLAND

How Many People?

2007

2007

Tamara Todevska

FYROM

Kazi Koj Si Ti

2008

2010 Evelina Sasenko LITHUANIA For This I'll Pray 2011

MOST PARTICIPATIONS (as a solo artist or part of a group)

Magnus Carlsson (Sweden) and Evelin Samuel (Estonia) have each taken part in Second Chance four times, both in different guises. Likewise Monica Anghel (Romania), Deen (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Alcazar (Sweden) and Petra (Belgium 2006 as La Sakhra) have all taken part three times. The artists below have all taken part twice each. Of note are the participations of Arja Saijonmaa and Nanne Grönvall, who have each competed twice but for two different countries.

Andrea Szulak (Hungary)

Anna Mjöll (Iceland)

Anna Oxa (Italy)

Anna Vissi (Greece)

Arja Saijonmaa (Sweden & Finland)

Barbados (Sweden)

B'Avarija (Lithuania)

Charlene & Natasha (Malta)

David De-or (Israel)

Icin Karaça (Turkey)

Joy Fleming (Germany)

Karmen Stavec (Slovenia)

Maarja (Estonia)

Marcha (Netherlands)

Nanne Grönvall (Sweden & UK)

Pearu Paulus (Estonia)

Pedro Migueis (Portugal)

Pinar Karakoç (Turkey)

Sasa Lendero (Slovenia)

Tony Wegas (Austria)

Tor Endresen (Norway)

Yossek (Spain)

FUTHER INFORMATION (Links)

Spread of UK Votes       Best Country?     National Records   NB - Statistics do not include Retrospective events