Sweden wins OGAE Greece’s MPLE festival

by Stella Floras 143 views

Loreen’s new single My heart is refusing me won the first prize in the 2012 edition of M.P.L.E, the OGAE Greece annual festival.

Every year, hundreds of Eurovision Song Contest fans, members of the local branch of the international fan association OGAE, gather to celebrate their passion for music and the contest. This year again, on Sunday 11 November, two hundred members split in 25 teams each representing a country presented their chosen songs and fought to win the hearts and votes of the audience. The winner was the team representing Sweden with Loreen’s My heart is refusing me, the song that did not make it to Eurovision in 2011 but went on to become a hit in many countries two years later.

The night was hosted by Fotis Sergoulopoulos, one of the most popular Greek TV presenters who was also the country’s commentator in 2007. Guests of the evening were Bessie Argyraki (Greece 1977), Marianna Efstratiou (Greece 1989 and 1996) and Dimitris Kiklis composer, singer who all performed popular Eurovision songs. Dafni Bokota (Greek commentator 1997-2005) was also there to greet the fans and state how much she missed it all.

Source of image: Sakis Leftakis

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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