My name is Euan and I’m a eurofan from Scotland, who is ecstatic to join such a lovely team.
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How did I get into the Eurovision Song Contest?
I have a very vague recollection of watching a Junior Eurovision voting sequence when I was younger and having absolutely no idea what was happening but being completely enamoured by it. The first actual contest I saw was in 2010. From that moment I was hooked. Immediately afterwards I started delving into the back catalogue of the contest and listening to all the older entries.
I attended my first Eurovision event back in 2015 at the London Eurovision Party, and have so far been to 3 Eurovisions, 6 LEPs, 3 national finals, and more random events than I could ever keep track of.
What point did I consider myself as a “Eurofan”?
For me there wasn’t really a point where I consciously thought that I love the contest so I’m going to become a fan, it was more a realisation that after listening to the 200 or so songs in a Swiss selection that I may have fallen into the deep end of things. Around about that sort of time I also came across the fan community on twitter and just truly embraced the eurofan live of following every random show possible (San Marino’s tombola for those that remember), and ranking literally everything.
How has my life changed since becoming a Eurofan?
Becoming a eurofan definitely sparked significant interests in cultures that I’d never really paid much focus to before, and really pushed me more into having a broader outlook in the world. Without the contest I don’t really think I would have fallen in love with most of Eastern Europe in the way that I have, and thus likely wouldn’t have had the desire to learn the languages that I am doing so.
And that’s not even going into how much my life has changed from all the fantastic people I’ve met over the years.
What are my favourite Eurovision Songs and Countries
To quite a number of people I am known as someone who (rather annoyingly) aggressively stans Lithuania and have done so since about 2013. In addition to Lithuania I also count Poland, France, and Azerbaijan as being among my favourite countries. Looking more towards the older contests, I utterly adore Yugoslavia. I like every single entry they sent. In the contemporary contest, the kinds of entries I usually end up falling in love with are single piano ballads, and folktronica bangers.
- 🇪🇸 Spain (1996) Raphael with “Yo soy aquél”
- 🇸🇪 Sweden (2015) Måns Zelmerlöw with “Heroes”
- Yugoslavia (1996) Berta Ambrož with “Brez besed”
- 🇱🇹 Lithuania (2015) Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila with “This Time”
- 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (2010) Vukašin Brajić with “Thunder And Lightning”
What are my favourite National Final songs
In the run up to the 2012 contest I decided I’d start watching national finals. I got completely hooked on EMA, and Milli Seçim Turu so decided that I’d start watching national finals from then onwards. My knowledge of national finals has slipped slightly in recent years as instead of watching all the contests I’ve stuck mostly to PiN, Vidbir, and a few others. Trying to narrow down this list was significantly more difficult than I anticipated it would be.
- 🇱🇹 Saulės kliošas with “Įkvėpk ir Nepaleisk” (Eurovizijos Atranka 2018)
- 🇺🇦 KHAYAT with “Call For Love” (Vidbir 2020)
- 🇧🇾 Herman with Keep Faith (Eurofest 2012)
- 🇱🇹 Greta Zazza with “Like I Love You” (Eurovizijos Atranka 2017)
- 🇸🇪 Måns Zelmerlöw with “Hope & Glory” (Melodifestivalen 2009)
- 🇱🇹 Henry & Tommy Modric with “Neverpart” (Eurovizijos Atranka 2019)
What am I looking forward to in the next Eurovision season?
I’m really looking forward to getting back into following every NF intensely this year. I’m so excited for the potential incredible amount of diversity that’s going to come through all these selections, and all the songs that I’m going to fall in love with.
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