OGAE Poland: A convention to remember

by Stella Floras 129 views

OGAE Poland held their fifth annual convention between 18-21 of August in a castle in Uniejów. The fans present had a busy schedule with meetings, lectures, awarding ceremonies, parties and the OGAE Poland Karaoke Contest which was won by Agnieszka Klejn with For Life (Poland 2008).

The fifth annual OGAE Poland meeting, preceding next year's electoral one, was held over four days in a castle in Uniejów and was attended by 50 members. The Convention began with the meeting where last year's activities and next year's plans were discussed. The members present had the opportunity to vote for the OGAE Second Chance Contest.

The schedule included three lectures by fans on the following topics: 1) the Principality of Monaco – its Eurovision Song Contest participation and relations of the monarchy with the process of internal selection, 2) Astrology – the horoscope of the Eurovision based on the day when the first contest took place and 3) Hair style and fashion in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The members also had the chance to vote on the best and the worst of 2008 and also have their say on who they would like to see representing Poland in Moscow. This is the result of the Polish OGAE vote:

Biggest surprise of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest: Israel,
Best song of the Eurovision Song Contest: Israel,
Worst song: Estonia,
Polish Barbara Dex prize: Queens (national selection);
OGAE Poland's choice for 2009 – Edyta Górniak.

The highlight of the convention was the OGAE Poland Song Contest where 10 members displayed their stage talent by interpreting songs mainly from this year's contest. Agnieszka Klejn won first prize with Isis Gee's For life after a breathtaking voting which saw Beata Drączkowska in second place, just a few points behind, with this year's Belgian entry O julissi. Isis Gee herself could not be present, due to her busy schedule, but she called to express her gratitude for the support she received from the club members throughout her Eurovision experience.

Agnieska- For life
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7wyF9umppg

Carlos – Shady Lady
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PIgj0393kE

Very special thanks to Szymon Stellmaszyk , OGAE Poland International Coordinator, for the submission of the information.

You can browse the gallery from the convention here.

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

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