Eurovision Update ~ Mary Strickler

I have renamed Our Mary S.  She has been sending me everything about Eurovision except where the restrooms are located!  So here is some current Eurovision news brought to you by Mary “Snoop the Scoop” Strickler. ~Marie


Further information: OGAE

Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l’Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in SavonlinnaFinland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen.[86] The organisation consists of a network of over 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmentalnon-political, and non-profit company.[87] In what has become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll will be opened from 1 May 2015 allowing members from forty clubs to vote for their favourite songs of the 2015 contest.[88] The table below will show the top five overall results, as the votes are cast.[89]

Country Performer(s) Song OGAE result[89]
 Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw “Heroes” 113
 Italy Il Volo “Grande amore” 100
 Estonia Elina Born & Stig Rästa “Goodbye to Yesterday” 90
 Slovenia Maraaya “Here for You” 63
 Norway Mørland & Debrah Scarlett “A Monster Like Me” 55

I have read that Sweden is expected to win, but I think that may have been put out by Sweden fans.  I wonder if any Flight Crew members have friends or family in the participating countries that can be encouraged to vote and vote for Il Volo.  I have friends in Scotland and I think I will try to brainwash them.

Also, I looked up previous Eurovision winners and found 3 that I knew of:  Celine Dion in 1988 singing Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi.  I don’t know what that translates to in English maybe Don’t Party Without Me. (trying to be funny) but will look it up.  Also, ABBA won in 1974 singing Waterloo (I know that song). And, last, LuLu from the UK wining in 1969 singing Boom Bang-a-Bang.  Know of her but never heard of the song.


That is about all I have right now.



9 thoughts on “Eurovision Update ~ Mary Strickler”

  1. Mary S. I have been sending Marie things and secretly wonder if she is yelling “that lady is a pest”. But it is OK. as they say “knowledge is power”. At a certain age in our life bathroom location is very important.

    1. Not a pest. Between the two of you I can keep the Crew up-to-date on the goings on at Eurovision. I know some of you hear news more quickly on other sites. I try to post things so you may have a chance to look a little closer if you want. With help from you two, and Jana too, I am able to provide that.

      “Knowledge is power!”

      I’ve probably accidently sent Mary on another quest. Location of restrooms at the Vienna Opera House coming soon!

  2. Just saw Joyce’s post on FB where she says when she tries to vote for Italy, it automatically changed the vote for Sweden. ??? What???

  3. Thank you Mary S for this info! I don’t have anyone I can get to vote, sorry. I agree with Gina. Locations of bathrooms is of utmost importance! When we went to the CD signing at Santa Monica the BR were what seemed like 50 miles away on another level!! Gianluca, Ignazio, & Piero, you have a busy schedule!!! Our love & best wishes follow you everyday!!! Grande Amore!!!

  4. Mary, The Celine Dion song means Don’t Leave Without Me. Living in Canada has it’s upside–you sort of learn French by osmosis. I wish it were Italian instead!

  5. I have listened and looked at the contestants both from San Remo and some of the ones at Eurovision, and there doesn’t seem to be any in the same class as IL Volo, and none as goodlooking as Gianluca.

  6. This is one perspective from the European side. Unfortunately voting in Eurovision has been very politically motivated in the last number of years. Don’t be surprised with the ‘block voting’, sometimes it has nothing to do with the song!!!! I am Irish but live in the UK where we don’t seem to take it as seriously as the rest of Europe. Some of us tune in to hear the BBC commentary which can be very, ‘tongue in cheek’. Italy has all the ingredients of a winning song, great tune, fantastic singers and wonderful presentation and I hope they do well, (naturally I would like Ireland or the UK to win, if not then of course Italy)

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