Greece: Croatia wins OGAE M.P.L.E.2010

by Stella Floras 102 views

The most successful edition of the Greek OGAE club annual festival, M.P.L.E., took place last Saturday in Athens. Thirty eight teams, each representing a country, competed and the grand winner of the night was Croatia with Hrsvtska Rapsodija by Magazin.

Hundreds of Greek Eurovision fans gathered last Saturday in the center of Athens to celebrate their love for music and the contest in an evening full of fun and games. The show was once more hosted by Giorgos Kapoutzidis, the popular Greekscreenwriter, actor and presenter who also commentated for ERT in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. The highlight of the evening was when Mando, the country's 2003 representative, took the stage to sing songs from her new album and of course her Eurovision entry Never let you go. Mando, who is very popular among Greek Eurofans, was awarded a special honorary plaque for the high places she has achieved in OGAE Greece contests as well as for her support to the club through the years.

The main event of M.P.L.E. was as always the music contest. The fans had been split in 38 teams and each had submitted a song. The songs were presented, each preceded by a unique postcard – Eurovision style. The audience was kept in suspence all through the evening as the participating teams did not know which 24 had qualified to the final where they would compete with last year's winner France.Hrvatska Rapsodija by Magazin topped the scoreboard with 176 votes, followed by Israel and the Netherlands in third place.

Another winner of the evening was Sertab Erener, whose song Vur Uredim was most voted by the non members guests of OGAE Greece.

Here you can see the full scoreboard of the night as well as all the participating songs from both semi finals. You can browse photos from the evening here.

Magazin – Hrsvatska Rapsodija winner of M.P.L.E. 2010

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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.

I joined in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.