In a tightly fought race, we have a new winner of the OGAE Poll for 2022! After all 43 branches of the OGAE fan club voted, Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs came out on top, narrowly beating Italy’s Mahmood and Blanco.
Results of the OGAE Poll 2022
Following the final sets of points from OGAE Ukraine, the final results revealed that Sweden managed to beat out Italy by just 6 points. Sweden had amassed 393 points at the end of the voting procedure, whilst host country Italy earned 387. Spain finished in third place with 294 points, with the Netherlands and the United Kingdom rounding out the top five.
Here is a full breakdown of the top 10 of the OGAE Poll for 2022:
|1. Sweden||Cornelia Jakobs||“Hold Me Closer”||393|
|2. Italy||Mahmood and Blanco||“Brividi”||387|
|4. The Netherlands||S10||“De Diepte”||218|
|5. United Kingdom||Sam Ryder||“SPACE MAN”||204|
|6. France||Alvan & Ahez||“Fulenn”||175|
|8. Norway||Subwoolfer||“Give that Wolf a Banana”||120|
|9. Albania||Ronela Hajati||“Sekret”||88|
|10. Austria||LUM!X feat. Pia Maria||“Halo”||73|
On the opposite end, twelve countries received no points from any of the OGAE branches. These countries include: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Denmark, Georgia, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Montenegro, North Macedonia, San Marino and Slovenia.
For a closer breakdown into where all competing countries finished, check out the official results from the OGAE International Network.
Winning the Poll – a guaranteed win?
Following the inception of the OGAE Poll in 2007, winners of the Poll have had varied success at the Contest. The first Poll correctly predicted the win from Serbia, with Marija Serifovic’s “Molitva”. Since then, the OGAE has correctly guessed the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest another four times – in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2018 respectively.
In total, the winner of the final Contest has appeared within the top 3 of the Poll eight times – over half of the editions of the Poll. As a result, it would be statistically likely to see Sweden, Italy or Spain be the eventual winner of the show in Turin.
However, the branches do not entirely get it right. In 2008, winner of the Poll Charlotte Perrelli from Sweden finished in 18th place. Similarly, pollsters believed Hungary to be the winner of the 2011 Contest. However, at the close of voting, Kati Wolf’s “What About My Dreams?” finished in 22nd place.
What do you make of the results? Should Sweden have won, or should another country come out on top? Where did your favourite finish? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below! Also, be sure to follow ‘That Eurovision Site’ on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all things Eurovision 2022!
News Source: OGAE International Network
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