We are a member of OGAE (l’Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l’Eurovision or the International Organisation of Eurovision Fans) International – a non-profit umbrella organisation of fan clubs. OGAE was founded in 1984 in Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen. Since its foundation OGAE has become the biggest organisation for Eurovision fans. Any country that has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest is eligible to have its own local OGAE club.
OGAE Rest of the World was approved in 2006 in Athens to be the home of Eurovision Song Contest fans in countries that are not active members of the European Broadcasting Union and therefore ineligible to participate in the yearly song contest.
Our club is made up of members from countries all round the world. The largest representations of members come from South Africa, Australia, the United States, Colombia, Venezuela and Costa Rica. There are also active members in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Panama, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.
OGAE Rest of the World also welcomes members from countries in Europe without their own OGAE fan clubs, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Bulgaria, Monaco, San Marino.
Our purpose is to provide a community for like-minded people who love the Eurovision Song Contest. Our website (and our Facebook Page) bring our members and activities together in a dynamic online environment. We also serve as the vehicle through which annual ticketing for the contest is made available to members.
Belinda Conn (President)
I’m Belinda and I’m an Australian currently live in Papua New Guinea. My love of Eurovision started when I was a teenager and caught a glimpse of fellow Aussie Gina G singing whilst I was flicking through the channels. I’ve never looked back! I’ve been lucky enough to be able to attend 7 Eurovision contests in person and have loved every minute of it. In my spare (non-Eurovision!) time I am a keen traveller, runner (currently training for my very first full marathon!), theatre go-er (preferably of the musical variety) and watcher of trashy television (The Bachelor being a particular favourite!). It has been great to meet so many OGAE members over the years and can’t wait to put a few more names to faces next year.
Marcus Davey (Vice President)
My name is Marcus Davey and I live in Sydney, Australia. I have loved Eurovision for many years. The first Eurovision that I ever attended will always be my favourite (it was in Malmö, Sweden in 2013). It was only then I realised that there was a whole network of people, who like me, loved Eurovision. Rest of the World has been amazing to me and I want to continue to bring that same experience to any Fan of the Eurovision Song Contest all throughout the world. I look forward to seeing you at the Song Contest and hope we can all have a great time together.
I'm Kyle from the U.S.A. I grew up in Fabulous Las Vegas, but now I live and work in Atlanta, Georgia. I spent my youth traveling around Eastern Europe, and that is where I first learned about Eurovision. I was living in Zadar, Croatia and two friends sang "Tell Me" (Iceland 2000) at a karaoke evening, and I was hooked! When I am not inflicting Eurovision songs on unsuspecting Americans, I work as a lawyer in a large firm here in Atlanta. In my free time I enjoy frequent trips to Dollywood as well as collecting and playing board games (I have a collection of more than 2,000). I am also involved in my church and an armature theater group that puts on weekly productions of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Some more random facts about me: I love hats, I have 2 doctoral degrees, I can speak 7 languages, and I can turn my feet completely backwards and walk! When I was a child, I sang for quarters on the Las Vegas Strip to earn money to buy Christmas gifts for my family. I have worn blue and yellow stripes every Thursday since September 1999. I can also talk your ear off about board games, religion, and most importantly Eurovision! I hope to get to know many more of our great fans, and I always look forward to meeting even more people in person in the Eurovision host city.
My name is Niall Drennan and I live in Sydney. I was born in Ireland and have lived in several different countries including France, the US and the UK and have been calling Australia home for the past 10 years. I work in HR type role as Head of Global Mobility for a management consulting firm. In my spare time I love to travel, spending time with my dog Denver and going to the cinema particularly to see foreign language films.
Hey fellow fanclubbers... my name is Luc Spencer-Gardner. I am a board member for our OGAE Rest of the World fan club. A little about me... sure! I was born in Queensland and lived all over Australia growing up as both of my parents were in the army. I moved permanently to Melbourne in 1999. I currently work in the social welfare sector within the government. My partner, Ronny, and I have been together for 16 years. I am an avid traveller and particularly enjoy immersing myself in both the history and culture of the cities and countries I visit. Relaxing by a beach or resort pool is not my idea of a holiday, I prefer to be on the go exploring as much as I can. I write poetry in my spare time, and love film, particularly reviewing them. I have been an avid fan of the ESC since I accidentally stumbled on it in 1997, and have had the privilege of attending 5 contests over the last 7 years, three of these as a member of our amazing family in ROW.