Italien vann OGAE Second Chance Contest 2018 och slog nytt poängrekord. Den show som spelade in av den svenska klubben i samband med klubbträffen har blivit hyllad på sociala medier och har streamats över 16 000 gånger på YouTube.
Italien och Annalisa vann med bidraget Il Mondo Prima Di Te. Hon fick 350 poäng och slog därmed Mariettes rekord från i fjol då hon fick 329 poäng. Den show som spelades in av klubben blev hyllad på sociala medier och var en positiv överraskning för de klubbmedlemmar som hade letat sig ut till Sundbyholms travbana på fredagkvällen i samband med klubbträffen.
Fjolårsvinnaren Mariette överraskade publiken med att komma dit och framföra sitt vinnande bidrag från OGAE SCC 2017: “A Million Years”. Övriga gästartister var Erik Linder och Michele Imberti som gjorde en hyllning till Italien.
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Detta är den engelska pressreleasen:
Italy wins OGAE Second Chance Contest 2018 with New Record
The 32nd edition of OGAE Second Chance Contest 2018 was broadcasted on YouTube Saturday October 13th. Annalisa representing Italy, won with her entry ”Il Mondo Prima Di Te” from the San Remo festival 2018. Her win marks a new record in OGAE Second Chance Contest history as Annalisa scored an all time high of 350 points. Melodifestivalklubben (OGAE Sweden) were the proud hosts of this year’s contest.
This year, Eskilstuna was the official host city, and last Friday, as part of OGAE Sweden’s Annual Meeting, the show was recorded live in front of Eurovision fans from all over the world at Sundbyholmstravet.
A big surprise for the fans was the fact that last year’s winner Mariette was in attendance – she received a standing ovation for her performance of last year’s winning entry ”A Million Years” . The fan favourite MelFest star had the opportunity to thank the OGAE fan community for their support. Erik Linder (Melodifestivalen 2010) also performed, alongside Michele Imberti, a Swedish/Italian artist who ended the show with a tribute to the winning country Italy.
A record amount of 44 OGAE clubs participated in the contest this year with 27 clubs competing. The honour of hosting the contest next year will go to OGAE Italy.
About the contest and the show
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. Read more about OGAE Second Chance here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OGAE_Second_Chance_Contest
Melodifestivalklubben (OGAE Sweden) had a young enthusiastic project team take care of the preparations for the contest this year, but also hired a professional production crew, Grander Media, in order to ensure a high quality broadcast show for Eurovision fans to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes.
”I’m so amazed and proud of what we achieved in Eskilstuna this year. The audience loved it,” says OGAE Sweden president Alexander Borodin, who is also Executive Supervisor for the contest this year.
”The end result is fun, creative, smart, made with passion by a very talented and energetic team. We felt that this Contest deserved a Second Chance, one can say. We also strived very hard to actually get every single OGAE club to take part in the competition as this is an important part of OGAE fan culture. We actually managed, and are proud to have all 44 clubs participating.”
OGAE SCC project manager Emma Hellgren adds “we became inspired by our friends in Poland last year when they made a live show with an audience in Warsaw. This year we made that concept even bigger and planned and prepared a lot for it. We have created a show that celebrates OGAE and Eurovision fans, added more glamour, excitement and the true spirit of Eurovision. The result is something that Eurovision fans will love.”
The hosts this year are William Schmatz, a talented young actor and presenter at events from Ystad, and Zara Zeidlitz, a professional dancer from Gothenburg. ”Our dream is to be hosts of Melodifestivalen in the near future, or maybe another national competition in Europe. Of course, our ultimate dream would be Eurovision. SVT or EBU please watch this!” say William and Zara.
Mariette’s win in Warsaw last year with “A Million Years” broke two records. The song scored the highest number of points in Second Chance history, 329. It also marked Sweden’s 15th victory in this competition.
You can watch the entire results show on OGAE Sweden’s youtube page https://www.youtube.com/melodifestivalklubbenogaesweden.