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. In this part, it is the turn of article and podcast contributor Angus.
Name: Angus Postma
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How did I get into the Eurovision Song Contest?
While I had been aware of the contest for as long as I can remember, I only started watching in 2014 after some convincing from friends and Tumblr memes. The first semi-final that year was an excellent one to start with, it really had everything. At the time, my personal favorite was Iceland’s Pollapönk. The earnest, fun, and goofy pop-rock just made me smile from the very first note.
What point did I consider myself as a “Eurofan”?
The 2016 contest was the moment I fell in love with Eurovision. I loved almost every song that year, and it was the moment I knew had to start digging deeper. After that, everything went very fast. I started reading and following pre-contest news in 2017, and watched my first National Final in 2018. While it is hard for me to point at any particular song as the reason I became such a fan, I do feel that entries such as Georgia 2016 played a big part in it. It is loud, it is showy, and my favorite rock entry to ever grace the Eurovision stage.
How has my life changed since becoming a Eurofan?
The biggest impact being a Eurofan has had on me is that I have discovered so much new music. If you had asked me a few years ago whether I knew or liked Albanian ballads, Australian pop-opera, or Slovenian electronica, I would have said no. But now every year, in the run-up to and during the contest itself, I get introduced to new artists, cultural expressions, and languages. Beyond that, I just feel this immense connection between all those fellow viewers and myself as we sing, cry, and sometimes laugh along with each performance.
What are my favourite Eurovision Songs and Countries
I hate answering this question, as there are so many excellent entries to choose from. Georgia, Latvia, Iceland, and Australia are countries that, since 2014, all have sent in a variety of artists and have always managed to keep things interesting. I don’t think I actually have a top 5 Eurovision songs, but here are a few entries I keep returning to again and again. (Or check out my top 10 for the ESC 250):
- 🇧🇪 Belgium (2015) Loïc Nottet – “Rhythm Inside”
- 🇫🇮 Finland (2011) Paradise Oskar – “Da Da Dam“
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (1973) Anne-Marie David – “Tu te reconnaîtras“
- 🇵🇱 Poland (2019) Tulia – “Fire Of Love (Pali się)“
- 🇵🇹 Portugal (2018) Cláudia Pascoal – “O Jardim”
What are my favourite National Final songs
I must admit that even though I watch National Finals, most of the songs don’t stick with me. That is a conscious attempt from me, as I don’t want the disappointment of my favorite losing to influence my opinion of the winning entry when the actual contest rolls around. That being said, here are some of the songs that have ended up on my playlists.
- 🇮🇹 Shari – “Egoista” (Sanremo 2023 – Italy)
- 🇪🇪 Merilin Mälk – “Little Girl” (Eesti Laul 2022 – Estonia)
- 🇪🇪 Meelik – “Tuju” (Eesti Laul 2023 – Estonia)
- 🇸🇪 Uje Brandelius – “Grytan” (Melodifestival 2023 – Sweden)
- 🇮🇸 Daði Freyr – “Hvað með það?“/“Is This Love?” (Söngvakeppnin 2017 – Iceland)
- 🇮🇸 Celebs – “Dómsdags Dans”/“Doomsday Dancing” (Söngvakeppnin 2023 – Iceland)
- 🇵🇹 SAL – “Viver” (Festival da Canção 2023 – Portugal)
- 🇪🇸 Tanxugueiras – Terra (Benidorm Fest 2022 – Spain)
What am I looking forward to in the next Eurovision season?
Every year there are many things to look forward to. Especially now that Luxembourg is competing again. It will also be fascinating to see how Sweden’s hosting of Eurovision changes compared to the last two times they hosted it. And, as always I am looking forward to seeing a wide variety of songs, from exciting artists that I have never heard of before. It’s going to be a great experience, and I can’t wait to share all my thoughts with you right here on That Eurovision Site!
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