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 next person to introduce themselves is Jazzi, who is in charge of Social Media at ‘That Eurovision Site’
Name: Jazzi Dibben
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How did I get into the Eurovision Song Contest?
I came across Eurovision for the first time when watching the United Kingdom’s national selection in 2006. When watching it, I heard Daz Sampson’s ‘Teenage Life’ for the first time. Ten year old me was instantly in love with ‘Teenage Life’ and it became my goal to learn the rap part word for word. After watching the national selection, I begged my parents to let me stay up in May to see how it did in the big competition, which they allowed me to do. I was upset that we had only managed to come 19th (I would probably be grateful if the UK came 19th nowadays), however I was introduced to different genres of music and the whole concept fascinated me to the point I knew I would be very happy to follow this contest again next year.
What point did I consider myself a Eurofan?
I considered myself a Eurovision fan back in 2014. Prior to this I was aware there were semi finals from about 2009, but I had never sat down and watched them. I was watching the second semi final of Eurovision 2014 and Softengine’s ‘Something Better’ came on, I instantly fell in love with the song and the staging, and found myself wanting to know more about this band. I went on Twitter and quickly found other Eurovision fans who also loved this song. After this, I grew close to people in the Eurovision Twitter community and I haven’t looked back since
How has my life changed since becoming a Eurofan?
My life has changed quite drastically since becoming a Eurovision fan. Before finding the contest I was pretty lonely and didn’t really have many friends, but since finding the contest I have found people that share the same common interest I have. Through my love of Eurovision I have also become more independent. Before, I couldn’t imagine leaving Leeds, but now I have been to places such as Amsterdam and Tel-Aviv by myself. My life has definitely changed for the better since becoming a Eurovision fan and I couldn’t be happier.
What are my favourite Eurovision Songs and Countries
My favorite countries to follow at Eurovision would have to be Finland, Ukraine, Moldova, Belgium and Ireland. All these countries more often than not give me something I love with their Eurovision entries. My favorite Eurovision entry from each would have to be:
- 🇫🇮 Finland (2014) – Softengine with “Something Better”
- 🇮🇪 Ireland (2020) – Lesley Roy with “Story Of My Life”
- 🇧🇪 Belgium (2010) – Tom Dice with “Me and My Guitar”
- 🇺🇦 Ukraine (2018) – MELOVIN with “Under The Ladder”
- 🇲🇩 Moldova (2010) – Sunstroke Project & Olia Tira with “Run Away”
What are my favourite National Final songs.
Of course, as a lot of Eurovision fans will know, there are loads of songs that never make the Eurovision stage, as they fail to win their national final in their respective countries. I have several songs I would’ve loved to see on the Eurovision stage. I will list just five below:
- 🇦🇱 Elvana Gjata with “Me Tana” (Festivali i Këngës 58 – Albania)
- 🇸🇪 YOHIO with “Heartbreak Hotel” (Melodifestivalen 2013 – Sweden)
- 🇳🇴 KEiiNO with “Monument” (Melodi Grand Prix 2021 -Norway)
- 🇸🇪 Anna Bergendahl with “Kingdom Come” (Melodifestivalen 2020 – Sweden)
- 🇫🇮 Erika Vikman with “Cicciolina” (UMK 2020 – Finland)
What am I looking forward to in the new Eurovision Season?
I am looking forward to the potential return of several national finals, such as Vidbir in Ukraine. Vidbir is always an amazing show with high quality songs, and sometimes it brings that little added drama as well. I am also looking forward to hopefully being able to travel to pre-parties and to the contest itself in Italy. At the time of writing we still do not know the host city.
What do you think of Jazzi’s favourite songs? Want to learn more about our team? Let us know in the comments below or on social media. Don’t forget to follow ‘THAT Eurovision Site’ over at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.