International Eurovision Fan of the Week - Kat from Hungary
Our weekly international Eurovision fan of the week is Kat from Hungaray aka @katridmunsigra
Read her full Q&A with us below:
What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Kat, and I was born in Serbia but have been living in Hungary for most of my life.
What do you do or tell us something interesting about you?
Right now, I am a first year student of medicine, so beside studying anatomy and following Eurovision, the most interesting thing I do is probably learning Norwegian!
Medicine and Norwegian, not sure which one sounds more challenging, good on you! ~ Aussievision
When did you first get into Eurovision?
My "getting into Eurovision" process was kinda complex, you could say. Both my parents' families had a tradition of watching Eurovision every year (back in the 20th century), and so in 2003 little 3 year old Kat was sat down in front of the TV to watch Sertab win.... from which I remember nothing, of course. Then came 2004 and Ruslana and damn, was I blown away! I loved Wild Dances so much that it is still the song I remember the most from my childhood, and I guess you could say that's when I started loving Eurovision.
Wow that is amazing to start so very young!
Which is your favourite Eurovision year and why?
My favourite year would have to be 2015, that was the year when I first started following national finals (thank you Elina & Stig!) and joined the twitter Eurofandom, so it's a "milestone" year for me. Oh, and the overall quality of the entries that year was so strong, it's 2019 and I still can't make a completely satisfying top 5 because I always have to leave someone I love out.
2015 is our favourite year as well, so many quality songs and of course Australia debuted :)
If you could change one thing about Eurovision what would it be?
I would probably give the juries less power, they are needed to save songs that are quality but somehow don't capture the viewers, but I think the winner should be decided by the televoters!
If you could only listen to three Eurovision songs for the rest of time, what would you choose?
Only 3?? That's evil, but okay, my picks would be:
-Goodbye To Yesterday: my all time favourite Eurovision entry, I probably couldn't last a day without listening to it. -Alvedansen: also one of my all time favourites, and I swear it's not just because it's in Norwegian! -Molitva: because I also need a Balkan Ballad, and Molitva is by far the best one out there.
Which Eurovision song had:
The best staging?
Best staging: Jamala in 2016, no competition there. I have never seen a staging match a song that well before, I love the song itself too, but the visuals elevated it to another level!
Have to agree, still believe that tree LED use and amazing recap was enough to scrape over the line in front of us!
Best live vocal?
Staying in Eastern Europe, I have to say it was Polina in 2015. She managed to turn an average power ballad into a contender for the win, and just for those amazing vocals she totally deserved the top 3 finish.
You know, I wanted to say it was Afterglow (MGP 2016), because that's a robbery I still can't get over, but if we are sticking to Eurovision strictly, the televoters robbed Dance You Off big time - Benjamin is still my 2018 winner.
Your favourite before the year 2000?
I am not really familiar with the songs from before 2000 (except the winners and some big fan favourites), but I know I love Carola's 1991 winning entry, Fangad av en Stormvind! The best of her 3 entries, it really aged well.
Do you enjoy more now, than when they performed? I enjoy more now: this might be a surprise, but I absolutely hated Fairytale in 2009 (might have something to do with 9 year old me loving Yohanna, who knows)... and now it's probably among my 3 favourite Eurovision entries ever, with Alexander being one of my favourite artists.
That is one big 180 degree turn there. can't say we share your enthusiasm.... ha!
Did you last play? I am listening to Iceland 2019 right now, it's a spiritual experience.
Is your guilty pleasure? Not so guilty, because I proudly stand behind it, more like "unpopular pleasure": Dying To Try, Ireland 2017 - my 2017 winner.
Any other honourable mentions?
I didn't include her in any answer, but Poli Genova deserves it because If Love Was A Crime is an absolute banger, that's what I call a proper comeback!
What are your favourite songs for the Eurovision 2019 contest?
I have so many favourites this year, it really is a quality edition, but the top 3 songs I enjoy the most would have to be Iceland (totally not what I usually love, but I got addicted to that instrumental and now even the screaming doesn't bother me), Sweden (John has so much charisma! He sells his song so well) and Switzerland (for me the best of the pop bangers this year, I really hope they finally get a good result)
Any early 2019 predictions?
I suck at predicting (although I did say Jamala would go on to win in March 2016!!), but I have a good feeling about Sweden's chances, and their contenders would have to be The Netherlands, Russia and an underdog that will blow us away at the rehearsals.
Think they sound like really good predictions there ;)
What did you think our national final Australia Decides?
I loved Australia Decides! It was one of the best national finals of the season, with like 6 of the 10 entries being songs I really enjoyed, you wouldn't expect such quality from a country that only joined 4 years ago and never held a NF before.
And finally... Tonight Again, Sound of Silence, Don't Come Easy, We Got Love or Zero Gravity?
Definitely Don't Come Easy. I know the live performance wasn't so good, but I still love the song, the other day I heard it playing in IKEA and sang the whole thing despite being with my friends who looked kinda creeped out - I don't do that for any song!
Oh that's amazing I think you're only the second or third person to choose Isaiah, it was an excellent song!
Thank you so much for your time Kat!