Eurovision Fan of the Week
This week we warmly welcome Joe (@ joecrook96) to the Aussievision Fan of the Week! Hailing from the UK, he’s been part of the online fandom and avidly following the contest for over a decade. He shares with us some exquisite song choices – if I say so myself – and a love of all things Eleni Foureira.
Thanks for being our Aussievision Fan of the Week! Tell us a bit about yourself …
Thank you for! My name is Joe, I am 25 years old and I am from Oxford, England. I have a degree in geography and am currently working for the University of Oxford.
Outside of Eurovision, my main obsessions (bordering on unhealthy) are Rihanna and the Simpsons. I have two cats and I love to travel. I hope to visit all the countries of Europe, eventually …
~ What a diverse group of interests! Oxford is so lovely – I went in 2012 and would love to go back (Liv)
How did you get into Eurovision? What was the first year you watched?
I have been watching Eurovision since I can remember, my mom always watched it every year when I was little. The first contest I remember watching was Athens 2006. No one could forget Lordi, even if you wanted to!
Oslo 2010 was the first time that I felt really invested in the competition. I would definitely credit Lena’s “Satellite” and Kristína’s “Horehronie” as the songs that took me from being a casual viewer to being a hardcore fan!
What is your favorite performance at Eurovision Song Contest and why?
There is only one answer to this question. Eleni Foureira.
Something about “Fuego” grabbed me from the second the clip came out. It’s my favorite Eurovision song and performance of all time, and Eleni remains one of my favorite artists because of it. My biggest regret is not going to Lisbon 2018 to see the competition live, but I got to see Eleni in concert later that year in London so all was not lost!
~ Absolute top pick – ‘Fuego’ I think has better longevity than ‘Toy’ and would have been a worthy winner, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. The first time I saw this performance it went from my 8th or higher to a first business. Excellent choice ! (Liv)
Which British artist would you like to see on the Eurovision Song Contest?
Mabel is the only name in British music at the moment that comes to mind. I’m not convinced she would ever do it, but I love her music and think she would give us a chance to climb the scoreboard (for a change).
~ You’re not the first UK fan of the week to recommend Mabel – Harry a few weeks ago too! I’ll have to check more of his work! (Liv)
How and when did you find the twitter fandom?
I’ve been on Twitter for over a decade now (yes), but it wasn’t until 2014 that I started getting more involved in the Eurovision Song Contest online community. The first national final I ever watched was Melodifestivalen 2014, and it got out of hand from there… I attended my very first Eurovision show live at the Stockholm 2016 final (* Iveta Mukuchyan was robbed ! *), which was probably one of the best nights of my life and allowed me to get even more involved in the community.
~ So jealous that you went to Eurovision Song Contest – and not just any year, a really special year like 2016! Hope you can go to a lot more in the years to come! (Liv)
Which national final are you most looking forward to? What makes it special?
Melodifestivalen will always be one of my favorites. It was the first one I watched, and it’s still a great production. I’ll never understand how Loreen didn’t win with ‘Statements’. For the less obvious choices, I’m a big fan of the Festivali i Këngës Albanians, the Latvians Supernova (this has given us Eurovision legends like Samanta Tīna and the Riga Beaver!) And Croatian Dora has been awesome in recent times as well. years.
~ Many of our Fans of the Week have added Festivali i Këngës to their favorites list – it is quickly becoming a real favorite! I can’t get past the incredible production and catchy entries of Melfest. (Liv)
Would you like to see a Eurovision comeback: you decide or an equivalent national final?
I am not sure. I like *idea* of another UK national final, but in reality they don’t always live up to most fans’ expectations. If the BBC can create a show at the same level as Sweden or France did for their recent national finals, then I totally agree. The first step is to select songs that don’t sound like they were meant to be the soundtrack of a yogurt commercial …
~ AKJRHFKAJDHKJHDRJKSHR yogurt – scream (Liv)
If you could only choose three performances to encourage new people to watch Eurovision, which would they be:
Eleni Foureira – ‘Fuego’
Loreen – ‘Euphoria’
Jamala – ‘1944’
What song from Eurovision:
Is the best winner?
Sweden 2012 – ‘Euphoria’. Loreen totally changed the future of the competition with this performance. Everyone I know loves this song, even if they don’t like Eurovision!
Has the best live voice?
“1944” by Jamala. The moment of the tree. Do I have to say more?
Is your favorite Eurovision song: You Decide National Final (not to go to Eurovision)?
I would probably say ‘Legends’ from Asanda. It’s a bop!
Was the best British entry – before 2000?
Gina G ‘Ooh Aah … Just a Little Bit’ and Imaani ‘Where are you’. Our 90s uptempo club influenced entrees were it! BBC, more of this please.
~ I agree! (Liv)
Was the best British entry – Post 2000?
Javine’s “Touch My Fire”. This is one of our only entries in the past 20 years that still excites me when I review old contests.
Has been stolen?
‘Horehronie’. HOW was it not qualified? In * that * semi-final team? I will never understand it. Slovakia deserved much more. Hope RTVS reads this, because Kristina needs another chance for the trophy!
Is this your guilty pleasure?
Poland 2014. Cleo is still one of my favorite Eurovision artists, and ‘My Słowianie’ is totally iconic. I have voted for him so many times which must explain why he dominated televoting in the UK lol.
Is your favorite song from the national final (which didn’t make it to Eurovision)?
‘Lo Malo’ by Aitana and Ana Guerra. Cyprus wouldn’t have been the only “Fuego” on stage if Spain had chosen him.
~ STOLEN (Liv)
And finally which Australian starter is your favorite …
I think it must be Jessica Mauboy. Honorable mention to Dami Im for his amazing live performance, but something about “We Got Love” is so much fun!
Do you have any other anecdotes or comments you would like to make?
I think I’ve mentioned most of my Eurovision favorites already… oh yeah, don’t forget to stream “El Diablo” for clear skin!
Thanks so much Joe for being our Aussievision Fan of the Week! Next time I’m in UK we’ll definitely need a Spotify night out because that taste is exquisite and some A + points have been scored.