Eurovision fan of the day - Andrew from Sydney
Our Eurovision fan of the day is Andrew from Sydney aka @phazzles on Twitter.
What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Andrew and i'm from Sydney.
Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I'm an amateur wrestler from the Sydney Silverbacks and have been doing so for just over 4 years. We are based in Kings Cross.
On to Eurovision itself – when did you first get into the contest?
As a teenager, I would flick over to it on the tv with dodgy reception in my room. I didn't really understand it at first until many years later when I was invited to a friends Eurovision party. It was 2009 and I remember the cheesy intro where 2008 winner Dima Bilan was running through walls. It took another year and Eurovision party to get hooked. I have been pretty obsessed since.
Ahhh the right of passage for many Australian Eurovision fans - the Eurovision party ~ Aussievision
Do you have a favourite Eurovision year? Why is it your favourite?
That's a tough one. I would hold 2013 and 2016 on par with each other for very different reasons. 2012 was a strong year with Zlata from Ukraine, Cezar from Romania, "Alcohol Is Free' from Greece and Moldova's light up dress. 2016 was also very strong and will be memorable because I got to watch it live from a town just outside of Berlin. Coincidentally both hosted by Sweden. Gotta love Petra Mede.
Yep we love 2013 as well, many fans give it a hard time but think it was a cracking year.
Which Eurovision song:
Is your favourite?
This is a tough one as there are so many but will limit to 2 choices. Dami Im "Sound of Silence" will always be close to my heart because it was an amazing performance and made me proud. Zlata Ognevich "Gravity" gave the Disney fantasy and more key changes than I dared to count.
Fantastic choices - both of us have Gravity in our all time top 10!
Haha I could list a bunch. Alexander Rybak "Fairytale" didn't do much for me. Lena "Satellite" wasn't great but I did love "Taken By A Stranger". Jamala "1944" because Dami should have won. Salvador Sobral - "Amar Pelos Dois" because his attitude sucked and I couldn't connect to the song.
2011: Eric Saade "Popular"
2016: Dami should have won. I don't think i've said it enough. ;)
2017: Estonia should have made the final despite the obvious tension between the singers in the performance. Armenia deserved to be in the top 10 and Bulgaria or Italy should have won.
Had the best live performance?
Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede - "Love Love Peace Peace" is the single best live performance
Haha wow that's our first non-entry Eurovision song to be mentioned!
Did you last play?
Madame Monsieur - "Mercy" is high on rotation at the moment. It took me a while to get on it but it has grown on me so much.
Is your guilty pleasure?
Svetlana Loboda - "Be My Valentine (Anti-crisis Girl)!" is the epitome of camp that I think of when someone mentions Eurovision.
Any other interesting honourable mentions?
Cezar - "It's My Life" because vampiric popera (yes I made up a genre) should be a thing.
Sunstroke Project & Olia Tira - "Run Away" brought us Epic Sax Guy.
Poli Genova "If Love Was A Crime" is a great song
Elina Born & Stig Rästa - "Goodbye To Yesterday" for something a bit different
Koza Mostra feat. Agathon Iakovidis - "Alcohol Is Free" is something fun and catchy.
Demy "This Is Love" is a banger.
Which songs do you like for the 2018 competition?
Since I can't vote for Australia, i'll give my points as follows:
12 points France
10 points Finland
8 points FYR Macedonia
7 points Bulgaria
6 points Italy
5 points Israel
4 points Ukraine
3 points Azerbaijan
2 points Greece
1 point Belarus
Why should or shouldn't Australia be in Eurovision?
If Israel can be a part of it, then why not Australia? I think the competition is stronger with Australia in it.
Well to be fair Israel is within the European Broadcasting Union, unlike us, but still it shows it's not a continental European comp!
Are you happy with the choice of Jessica this year for us and her song 'We Got Love'?
Love Jessica!! Lyrically it is a bit generic but I think she will slay the stage and bring the song to life. The song has a similar feel to Dami and Isaiah which I think will be a hindrance. It should do well with the jury but the concern is the televote in such a strong year.
And finally favourite Australian song – Sea of Flags, Tonight Again, Sound of Silence or Don’t Come Easy?
Sound of Silence is above and beyond the best. None of the others come close.
Anything else you'd like to share?
I'm really interested to see how the staging impacts many of the performances this year without the LED's. There seems to be a running theme of early favourites not winning the contest and we may yet again be surprised with the result.
Well we shall see, thank you for your time Andrew!