Eurovision Fan of the Week - Andreja from Serbia
After a few weeks break because of "that" thing, we are bringing back our Eurovision Fan of the Week.
Next up is Andreja from Serbia aka @vyachesIavovich on Twitter.
What is your name and where are you from?
I'm Andreja but ratherly called Vyacheslavovich (and mostly known as) because of Twitter hah! I'm from town near Belgrade, like 35-40 minutes away from it.
What do you do or tell us something interesting about you?
I'm working in warehouse for tile company, which is if you ask me so uncommon for Eurovision fan. I love to cook, to have long night walks, I walk from home to work even though it's 3-4 kilometers away! Besides Eurovision, I'm hardcore tennis fan. I do play tennis since golden days of Serbian tennis (Djoković, Zimonjić,Tipsarević, Troicki, Janković, Ivanović days). It's so therapeutic for me and also great for my health and overall condition. Used to be huge filmophile back in high-school days.
As tennis and Eurovision fans we totally get it and Serbia is such an amazing tennis nation! ~ Aussievision
So tell us how you got into Eurovision?
I was raised by one parent in pretty much big poverty. We had some old TV which only had like 2 channels. On one of these they were playing music videos of many songs. Every day Ruslana's Wild Dances were on repeat and I was indeed enjoying listening to it. Until I've realized it's song that has competed and won on some musical competition which turned out to be Eurovision. By time I got more in to it, discovered new songs and that it's usually broadcasted in May. And that's how all began haha.
Have you been to the contest and if so, how many times?
I was not unfortunately. Yes, Eurovision was held in Belgrade but I was so young and not that hardcore into it to actually grow interest to buy tickets. In 2017, I won competition on Kosta Boda's Instagram page and got tickets for Semi-Final One (jury show) but was unable to attend due to work, thankfully guys from Kosta Boda were so professional so they have sent me limited edition of trophy from 2017 to cheer me up. So yeah, I'm owner of limited edition Eurovision Trophy from 2017.
How do you feel about the cancellation of Eurovision and what's happened since?
Honestly it was unavoidable, however I’m not gonna lie that I’m not disappointed. I’m sad that Hurricane’s participation is unsure still (and many others). Also many countries had golden opportunity to win for the very first time this year but now their songs are forbidden for 2021. I’m trying as much as I can to avoid Eurovision 2020 tracks because it really makes me feel sad listening them right now. We will need time to swallow all of this but we must go on.
Well said, we get it....
Which is your favourite Eurovision year and why?
Probably 2016. I mean, it had great hosts, decent songs, spectacular visuals and probably the most intensive finish. I was rooting for Sergey entire journey but still 3rd place is incredible achievement.
And we'll take 2nd place, as hurtful as it was!
If you could change one thing about Eurovision what would it be?
I would change the voting system from 50%-50% to 75% (televote) - 25% (jury), and also bring back 8-10-12 points announcements!
We do miss the 8 and 10 points, though it would probably take a LOT longer!
What did you think about your country's entry for this year's contest?
We have been waiting for so long to have someone common and trendy to represent us with quality song! Hurricane are really trendsetters right now, topping all radios here, topping ExYu trendings on YouTube and posting banger after banger. They are really new fresh wave here on Balkan and having them as a representatives is huge deal for us. Legit, since Zeljko in 2012, we have been waiting for someone like them. I love 'Hasta La Vista' so much, mostly because it is banger, which would have stood out from all ballads competing this year. These revamps improved the arrangement of the song, made it more powerful, rightfully sometimes called Balkan slutbop!
What a shame we didn't see it on the Rotterdam stage - such a great bop!
How do you feel about Australia being in Eurovision?
I do feel like Australia belongs to Eurovision. You guys were and are in to Eurovision more than 60% of European competing countries. I love that EBU did right move and invited you to officially become part of huge Eurovision family.
Which artist would you like to see return to the competition?
I had wish to see Sergey Lazarev again and it became reality last year. I'm not sure right now, I would love to see Sara Jo maybe? She's improved and progressed a lot since her participation with Moje 3 in 2013. So yes, I would say Sara Jo.
If you could pick only three Eurovision songs to listen to for the rest of time, what would they be?
'In Too Deep' (Serbia 2017), 'Replay' (Cyprus 2019), 'Neka Mi Ne Svane' (Croatia 1998)
Which Eurovision song: Is the best winner?
Would be patriotic to say Molitva, but besides it - Everyway That I Can or My Number One
ALL great choices!
Has the best live vocal?
I'm not sure if they had the greatest live vocal but I enjoy the most to live perfomances of Ani Lorak (2008), Kejsi Tola (2009) and Charlotte Perrelli (2008)
Ani Lorak's performance will go down in herstory! ~ Dale
Miss Bogićević in 2017. I'm still not over that crime.
Is the best of the last ten years?
In Too Deep by Tijana Bogićević
Is your favourite National Final song (that didn't make it to Eurovision)?
Cherry Red or Bullletproof, each of them would be my winner if they got chosen
Is your favourite from the 2020 entries?
It's even battle between Armenia, Russia, Italy and Serbia.
GREAT choices, big thumbs up here!
Any other interesting honourable songs overall you'd like to mention?
Dance Alone and Lost & Found, bops!
Studios were great!
And finally... Tonight Again, Sound of Silence, Don’t Come Easy, We Got Love or Zero Gravity?
SoS > ZG > WGL > DCE >> TA
Thanks for joining us!