Eurovision Fan of the Week - Alessia from Italy
This week our Eurovision fan of the week is Alessia, aka @alessiadaniele8 on Twitter.
Read her full Q&A with us below.
What is your name and where are you from? My name is Alessia and I'm from Italy, more precisely from a small village near Padua, in the region of Venice. What do you do or tell us something interesting about you?
I got my Master degree in European and American Languages and Literatures two months ago and now I'm looking for a job. I would like to be a teacher or a translator, but I'm considering other options too.
Getting your Masters is an incredible achievement, well done! ~ Aussievision
Tell us how you got into Eurovision?
Well... prepare your popcorn, it's a long story! I've been an active Eurofan since 2014. I admit that I got into Eurovision in a random way: I actually used to watch the Grand Final before, but only during the voting, just to see who was the winner and where Italy was placed. Then, on May 10th 2014, everything changed. My plan, for that Saturday night, was to watch an Italian talent show, Amici, and for a curious coincidence our representative in Copenhagen was Emma, a former Amici winner. However, the show was pre-recorded at that time and I was intrigued about it, so I decided to read the spoilers about that night's episode! I discovered that my favourite contestant had been eliminated, so I decided to watch something else in sign of protest. That's how I decided to watch Eurovision and I was surprised about how it was different from Sanremo and its old-fashioned atmosphere. Then, when I saw everyone in the arena singing "Rainmaker", during the interval act, I realized what the aim of Eurovision is: to create unity between the European countries and people. I believe that it's one of the most beautiful Eurovision moments ever.
That is a very random, but very lovely way, to get into Eurovision. It really is about unity, something we all need to remember when arguing over songs for months in the lead up to the contest!
Have you been to the contest and if so, how many times?
Unfortunately I haven't been to Eurovision so far, but I hope to go one day!
Well perhaps it will be Italy soon!
As an Italian Eurovision fan, you've come close to winning many times recently. Has that been a frustrating experience?
Yes, it's been frustrating, especially in 2017 because everyone was sure that Italy would have won that year. However, that frustration has always been (and still is) an encouragement to come back the following year, stronger and more determined than before.
That's very true, frustrating but encouraging, you keep bringing it year after year, surely it's only a matter of time!
Which is your favourite Eurovision year and why?
Probably 2016. There was a high quality in terms of songs and organization.
If you could change one thing about Eurovision what would it be?
Maybe I'd encourage the participants to sing in their native language, but for the rest Eurovision is fine as it is!
Which artist would you like to see return to the competition?
I was impressed by Tamara Todevska last year, so if she comes back one day, I'll be really glad about it.
If you could pick only three Eurovision songs to listen to for the rest of time, what would they be?
"Soldi", "Fuego" and "Spirit in the Sky".
All excellent songs, but no down time for you with those!
Which Eurovision song:
Is the best winner?
"Euphoria". If it keeps winning ESC 250, there must be a reason...
Has the best live vocal?
"Rise Like a Phoenix" and "1944".
Two very different vocals, but both excellent live performances!
As an Italian, I think that "Volare" deserved more than a third place. Then, in recent times, "Horehronie" and "Hear Them Calling" would have deserved a place in the Grand Final, in my opinion.
It is a little ridiculous that one of the most famous and successful songs from the contest only came third!
Is the best from this decade?
One I've already mentioned before and more precisely that one full of money and clap-claps...
Is your guilty pleasure?
"Moustache" by Twin Twin.
Yes EXCELLENT choice! ~ Dale
Is your favourite National Final song (that didn't make it to Eurovision)?
"Tous Les Deux" by Seemone and "Me Tana" by Elvana Gjata.
Any other interesting honourable mentions?
I'd pick two vintage entries: "Non ho l'età" and "Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son".
Wonderful songs, two of our favourites here at Aussievision as well.
And finally... Tonight Again, Sound of Silence, Don’t Come Easy, We Got Love or Zero Gravity?
"Tonight Again". It's my favourite Australian entry ever!
Excellent, thank you for joining us Alessia, grazie!