Before September 1 hits, and we get sucked into everything Eurovision/Junior Eurovision, we wanted to take the opportunity to give our readers a chance to get to know our team a bit better. There’s no other way to do this other than to do a series where we introduce ourselves. The first one to introduce themselves is Tim, who is in charge of the News Content over here at That Eurovision Site.
Name: Tim Jumawan
Age: 26 (Yikes)
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How did I get into the Eurovision Song Contest?
My first encounter with the competition was back in 2007. It had only been about nine months since I moved to the United Kingdom from the Philippines. One Saturday evening, I was just bored and then the contest was on BBC One. I actually did watch Scooch’s performance somewhere before that. At the time, I thought they gave a great performance (if only I could turn back time and tell past Tim how wrong he was).
Since then, I have just watched the competition every year, on a Saturday. I did not know the Semi-Finals existed and I did not just bother knowing more about it. This was the case until 2012 when everything changed.
What point did I consider myself as a “Eurofan”?
I did not delve into the competition much further until after the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Baku. I had “Euphoria” by Loreen on a loop (I mean it did reach number 3 in the UK charts). After having it on a loop, I delved deeper into Eurovision. I found out that Semi-Finals existed, I slowly learned more about NFs (e.g. Melodifestivalen DMGP, MGP, etc.) and I was sucked into a black hole of just Eurovision-related shows.
How has my life changed since becoming a Eurofan?
Ever since I became a Eurofan, my life has completely changed (and in a good way), I’ve actually gained a lot of new friends, especially in the UK fandom, where we are tight-knit and friends with everyone. I’ve actually gone on to cover National Finals and even went on to cover the 2019 and 2021 Eurovision Song Contest as a member of the press. Either way, I’m so happy I found the Eurovision Song Contest and met the people I have over the past few years.
What are my favourite Eurovision Songs and Countries
Even though my main love is the Eurovision Song Contest from 2012 onwards (how basic), I do have a love for entries from entries way before that, and I do play it now and again. Anyways, here’s five entries that I have on my playlist to this date.
- 🇸🇪 Sweden (2012) Loreen with “Euphoria”
- 🇲🇰 North Macedonia (2019) Tamara Todevska with “Proud”
- 🇬🇧 United Kingdom (1997) Katrina and the Waves with “Love Shine A Light”
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (2019) Duncan Laurence with “Arcade”
- 🇨🇾 Cyprus (2018) – Eleni Foureira with “Fuego”
What are my favourite National Final songs
As I consider myself as a Eurofan (I’d like to think that I am), I of course have the beautiful problem of having my calendar filled between December and March, as I watch countless TV in countries in which I don’t even understand the language. As a Filipino, I do see some artists of Filipino descent compete and even make it to Eurovision, but looking into it I respect the decision of the voting public. I mean despite the songs not winning their respective National Finals I still have some of them on my playlist
- 🇷🇴 Bella Santiago with “Army of Love” (Selecția Națională 2019 – Romania)
- 🇪🇪 Kerli with “Spirit Animal” (Eesti Laul 2017 – Estonia)
- 🇸🇪 Dotter with “Bulletproof” (Melodifestivalen 2020 – Sweden)
- 🇱🇻 Edgars Kreilis with “Tridymite” (Supernova 2020 – Latvia)
- 🇫🇮 Saara Aalto with “Queens” (UMK18 – Finland)
What am I looking forward to in the next Eurovision season?
The thing I am looking forward to first is the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in France in December, which I am working hard to attend this year. The next thing will be going to Italy for the Eurovision Song Contest. I will be going to Italy for a wedding in late May, so fingers crossed that there are no clashes. Lastly, I’m looking forward to being part of a team that is adding “a slice of life” to bring you Eurovision coverage.
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