Meet The Eurovoxx Team

We wouldn’t be able to bring you this website or our YouTube channel if it wasn’t for the dedication of our fantastic #TeamEurovoxx members!!

Editor-in-Chief & Editors

Andy Carlisle

Editor-in-Chief

United Kingdom

Andy is the creator of Eurovoxx, and has been a huge fan of the contest since 1993, when he watched for the first time as a young child, and has never missed a contest since.

He went to all shows in Stockholm 2016, and that is where he got the idea to start a Eurovision YouTube channel, which has since evolved into Eurovoxx!

Andy loves to travel, most recently travelling to Romania, Moldova and Poland (where he appeared on stage as part of the Polish Eurovision selection show).

Favourite Eurovision entry: ''Mall'' by Eugent Bushpepa (Albania 2018)

Clara Cabrera

Deputy Editor - Video Content

Spain

 

Clara Cabrera, Spain | Deputy Editor - Video Content

Clara Cabrera is a Spanish artist and writer who is really happy to be a part of the team. Her passion for Eurovision comes from many years ago, where the show was the only window she had to see what was outside of her country and spend one evening absorbing the music, the light and cultures of the whole continent (and Australia, Israel, Armenia and Azerbaijan)

With her other passion being art, Clara works from her studio in Aachen, Germany, where she delivers numerous portrait commissions that she receives from around the world.

You can learn more about her works on her site www.claracabrera.com

Favourite Eurovision entry: Wild Dances by Ruslana (Ukraine 2004)

Jessica Cole

Deputy Editor

United Kingdom

 

Jessica Cole, UK | Deputy Editor

Jessica is from London, and has been a huge fan of Eurovision since 2005.

She has been to the see the contest live in 2010, and 2011, and soon to be heading to Kyiv for the 2017 edition!!

Favourite Eurovision entries: ''Always'' by Aysel & Arash (Azerbaijan 2009) and 'Oro' by Jelena Tomasevic (Serbia 2008)

 

Stuart MacLean

Deputy Editor

Canada

After years of hearing odd references to Eurovision, Stuart finally saw the excitement around the contest firsthand while living in Spain in 2018. After watching the Lisbon show that year, it didn't take long for him to start diving deep into the history of the contest.

Coming from a TV production background and being an avid fan of music, he sees Eurovision as a unique phenomenon that brings his career and his passion together. He is also fascinated by the contest's historical significance, and how it showcases multiple cultures at once.

Favourite Eurovision entry: "Soldi" by Mahmood (Italy 2019)

Paolo Nery

Editor

United Kingdom

Hey guys! Paolo here from the UK and as nerdy as it is, I’m a Maths graduate. My earliest Eurovision memory was seeing Lithuania in 2006 but first became a Eurovision lover in 2011 when I found out Blue was representing the UK and it’s fair to say I haven’t looked back since. I haven’t been to Eurovision live yet but hopefully, given that the price is right, I’ll make it there eventually.
 
Outside the Eurovision bubble, I love shooting arrows in archery. It’s become one of my most recent passions in the past few years and I actually used to compete for my former university. So I'd like to think that if a zombie apocalypse arises, I’ll be somewhat ready (hopefully)!
 
Favourite Song - “Amar Pelos Dois” by Salvador Sobral 

Favourite Eurovision Entry: ‘La La Love’ by Ivi Adamou (Cyprus 2012)

Pollyanna Edwards

Editor

United Kingdom

I’m Pollyanna and I’m from a small town in the East of England. My earliest Eurovision memory is watching Lordi win in 2006 when I was just 6 years old, and being absolutely in awe of the contest ever since. Luckily my parents are also fans so it’s been a family event for us every year!

Since 2014 I’ve been following the contest religiously including national finals (Eesti Laul is my absolute favourite) and hope to one day be at the Grand Final in person. Outside of Eurovision, I work in a DIY shop and in my spare time I play piano and learn various languages.

Favourite Eurovision entry: 'Hunter of Stars' by Sebalter (Switzerland 2014)

 
 
 
 
 

Contributors

Alex Scarr Hall

Contributor

United Kingdom

I’m Alex from Cheshire in North-West England, UK and I’m currently studying geography at Durham university. My earliest Eurovision memory is Lordi winning the 2006 contest when I was 6 years old and according to my family, I couldn’t stop head-banging to Hard Rock Hallelujah! Some of my favourite Eurovision artists are Måns Zelmerlöw, The Common Linnets, Eugent Bushpepa, The Mamas and Duncan Laurence. My favourite contest is 2018 both music wise and also because I love the stage, hosts and host city.

Outside of Eurovision, I am a huge sports fan. In particular, I really like Rugby, American Football and Ice Hockey and I play the first two at local clubs. I also love photography, having a good time at the beach and my weirdest hobby, cocktail making!

Favourite Song: Amar Pelos Dois (Portugal 2017)

Alvis Jansons

Contributor

Latvia

I am very passionate about Eurovision and Liverpool FC! I come from North-west of Latvia, and like to help others to raise their talent and celebrate their success. I also studied Logistics.
My motive is: Love.Peace.Music. 


Favourite songs : Hatrid mun sigra - Hatari and Sebi - Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl

Bob Tovmassian

Contributor

Armenia

Bob is a Journalist and Sales Specialist from Armenia.

Being a huge fan of music, geography, and folklore, he believes that Eurovision is a place where all his interests meet, and where everything is more enjoyable, open and diverse. 

Bob’s first Eurovision memory was Helena Paparizou’s victory in 2005 for Greece. He has been a huge fan of the contest since that day.

Bob loves to “create magic” in the kitchen, watch soccer games and travel wherever the road takes.

Bobby Mc Gee Lee

Contributor

Philippines

To be updated.

Catalina Focuta

Contributor

Romania

Catalina is 19 and from Romania, but currently studying Criminology in the UK.

Unlike many fans, she didn't start watching the contest as a kid, but joined a community of Romanian fans in 2016, and never left! She started watching the Romanian national selection in 2009 however, and is currently trying to learn as much Eurovision history as possible!

Catalina believes that Eurovision memes are one of the best things about Eurovision, and this #memelover hopes to go to her first pre-party in 2019!

Favourite Eurovision entries: "Wild Dances" - Ruslana (Ukraine 2004), "Golden Boy" - Nadav Guedj (Israel 2015), "Grande Amore" - Il Volo (Italy 2015) & "1944" - Jamala (Ukraine 2016)

Christopher Grevener

Contributor

Germany

I‘m Christopher from Germany.


My first Eurovision experience was in 2006 when it was held in Athens, Greece but I am really following it since 2010 when our very own Lena made us proud in Oslo, Norway.
Since then I’m a hardcore fan listening almost only to Eurovision music and keeping in touch with the contest the whole year.

I’ve never been to a contest - the only experience for me was when I visited the German national selection in 2017.

My favorite Eurovision song is Fuego by the incredible Eleni Foureira

Claudia Sava

Contributor

Romania

Claudia is from Romania. She’s a 6th year general medicine student. She started watching Eurovision in 2005. Claudia is one of the admins of the Eurovision Romania group and  she absolutely loves interacting with Eurovision fans from all over the world and participating in all sorts of Eurovision events.

 

She would name 2019 as her best Eurovision year, cause she had the chance of meeting all the artists of Selectia Nationala and also met and interacted with a lot of the artists that participated in  2019 edition of Eurovision.

 

Favourite entries: Eleni Foureira- Fuego ( Cyprus 2018), Iveta Mukuchyan - Lovewave ( Armenia 2016), Tina Karol- Show Me Your Love (Ukraine 2006)

Dany Márquez

Contributor

Spain

¡Hola! This boy is Dany, from Seville (Andalusia, Spain). He is a graduate in journalism and a big Eurovision fan. So Eurovoxx is the best place to put both things together.

His passion for Eurovision began since he was a child. Fondly remember his family dinners in front of the TV on Eurovision night to watch and comment on the show together. Over the years, his passion was growing and, finally, he lived his first live show in Vienna 2015. He met the Eurovoxx team at the Eurovision Pre-Party in Madrid in 2019 and, after that, we had a great time in Tel Aviv together.

Dany loves music, videogames, movies, sports, animals and nature. He’s a curious person who always wants to learn. For example, he’s currently studying English and Italian.

Dominik Reichelt

Contributor

Germany

Dominik was born 1995 and been a Eurovision fan since 2009 and his dedication to the contest is getting bigger and bigger.

 

He usually organises a private Eurovision party with his friends including an internal voting. He lived in Australia for 8 months and watched the ESC 2018 at 5am like a real fan.

 

Besides Eurovision, he's studying to become a primary school teacher. His hobbies are playing games, watching series, meeting friends and doing sport.

 

Favourite Eurovision Entries: "Rhythm Inside" by Loic Nottet (Belgium 2015), "Goodbye To Yesterday" by Elina & Stig (Estonia 2015), "Beautiful Mess" by Kristian Kostov (Bulgaria 2017) and "Arcade" by Duncan Lawrence (The Netherlands 2019)

Dragan Kekić

Contributor

Bosnia & Herzegovina

My name is Dragan Kekic and I am from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I am a huge fan of the ESC from 2003 although I remember that my Granny watched Eurovision I would say since always. Eurovision is the most important event of the year and I never miss neither semis nor final - I even turn off my phone then so no one can bother me!


I sang many years here in Bosnia and Herzegovina and recorded one CD and some of my songs you can watch on the Youtube if you type my name. My biggest wish is to participate on the ESC as a singer. Besides my native language (Serbocroatian), I speak English, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, Slovenian and Russian. Also, I work as a teacher of Spanish and Swedish in a school of languages here in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I adore travelling and have travelled almost whole the Europe since now. My favourite cities are Vienna, Budapest and Moscow.


My favourite Eurovision entries are: Dina Garipova (Russia 2013) - What if / Hera Björk (Iceland 2010) - Je ne sais quoi

Fotis Barlakas

Contributor

Greece

Fotis was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is a huge Eurovision fan since the late 00’s and a Junior Eurovision fan since 2015.

He has a diverse kind of taste when’s about music and that’s the main reason why Eurovision is his favorite show! He has been watching the National finals since 2016, while his favorite one is “Melodifestivalen”, the Swedish National final.

Out of the Eurovision fandom, Fotis is a very artsy individual. He’s in love with painting, photo-shooting, filming and playing guitar.

My fav Eurovision song : Undo, Sanna Nielsen (Sweden - Eurovision 2014)

Gal Hazor

Contributor

Israel

Hi! I'm Gal from Israel. I first watched Eurovision in 1999, and first attended the show in 2019. But I promise I also watch when it's not held in Israel. I became truly passionate about ESC in 2015, and since then have been researching the contest, discussing entries and getting into lively (but respectful) debates.

 

Outside of Eurovision, I work as a translator, binge whatever show or podcast comes my way, and sometimes write about music that's not ESC-related. I love traveling and have previously lived in Germany and Ireland, so I'm definitely into all sorts of multinational fun.

 

Favorite Eurovision entry: "Eres tú" by Mocedades (Spain 1973)

Hanna Widman

Contributor

Sweden

My name is Hanna, and I am a Eurovision fan (and of course Melodifestivalen too) from the far north of Sweden!

I’ve been watching Eurovision and Melodifestivalen since I was a little kid in the early 00’s, but it wasn’t until 2015 I became a proper Eurovision fan!

Besides loving Eurovision I am also a huge language nerd and loves learning new languages etc! So much so I am actually studying to become a Swedish and English teacher!

FAVOURITE EUROVISION SONG: Euphoria (Sweden 2012) & La Venda (Spain 2019)

FAVOURITE EUROVISION COUNTRIES: Albania and Italy!

Hannah Jones

Contributor

United Kingdom

I'm Hannah and I come from a small town about an hour north of London! I currently study an undergraduate degree in Psychology and I'm also a huge Eurovision fan.

The first ever Eurovision song I remember is Dima Bilan's Believe back from 2008 but I truly became a fan back in 2015.

Besides from loving Eurovision and studying for my degree, I also love to write and play songs on my ukulele and would love to eventually combine music and psychology together as a music therapist. 

Jana Bebek

Contributor

Germany

I'm Jana from Germany. My earliest Eurovision memory was the show of 2009, where I was amazed by all those different flags from countries all over Europe and further. And that's what I love about Eurovision: to celebrate together as a big family, no matter where you're from.

 

Last year was my first time live at the ESC and that was truly one of my best moments so far. Besides Eurovision, I'm studying Tourism Management and in my spare time I improve my language skills and travel as much as I can.

My favourite Eurovision entries: Bistra Voda - Regina ( Bosnia&Herzegovina 2009) and Moja Štikla - Severina (Croatia 2006)

Joanna Eve

Contributor

Australia

To be completed.

Justin Hall

Contributor

Australia

Hi. I'm Justin from Newcastle, Australia.

 
My first encounter with Eurovision came in 2006, waking up in the early hours of the morning to discover I had left the TV on, and being greeted by a sweet little song called Hard Rock Hallelujah!! What a heart starter!!!
I rediscovered the contest in 2011 and have been hooked ever since. I had dreamed that one day, maybe Australia would be able to compete, and in 2015, that dream came true, and I couldn't be prouder of what my country has offered.
 
My top 5 favourite songs are:
 
2012 Estonia - Kuula
2013 France - L'enfer et moi
2015 Norway - A Monster Like Me
2016 Australia - Sound Of Silence
2020 Switzerland - Répondez-moi

Kat Gellatly

Contributor

Australia

I’m Kat from Melbourne, Australia and I’ve loved Eurovision ever since I set eyes on Johnny Logan in his white outfit (that’s a drink for that) in 1987 asking me to hold him.

I love everything about Eurovision and live it all year round, I even managed to make it a part of my wedding day by walking down the aisle to ‘Te Deum’; the opening music to the contest.

Having Australia in the contest each year allows me to spread the ‘love, love, peace, peace’ message to everyone even more and watching it in person would be a dream come true. 

My favourite songs I have on repeat are: 

Hold Me Now - Johnny Logan, Ireland 1987 (of course!)

Molitva - Marija Šerifović, Serbia 2007

Heroes - Måns Zelmerlöw, Sweden 2015

Sound of Silence - Dami Im, Australia 2016

But really, I have so many more and my playlist grows each year.

Laura Cumbo

Contributor

United Kingdom

Raised in a Eurovision-loving family, Laura has loved everything Eurovision since as far back as she can remember, even writing about it for her Masters dissertation.

 

Having never missed a broadcast (including every semi since they started) Laura has been to 2 contests (Stockholm and Kiev) and plans to go to many more.

 

Eurovision unites several of Laura’s biggest interests - travelling, pop culture and a love of all things glitzy. She lives in London with her cat, who has as yet shown a disappointing lack of interest in Eurovision, though Laura has high hopes that he’ll see the error of his ways.

Favourite Eurovision entry: 'Dschingis Khan' by Dschingis Khan (Germany 1979)

Mario Župan

Contributor

Croatia

Hi! I am Mario Zupan - a Croatian guy, currently living in Austria.

First touch with Eurovision I had in 1999, when Croatia sent Doris Dragović with the song Marija Magdalena.

My passion broke all borders in 2012, when my idol, Nina Badrić, was selected with song "Nebo".

Favourite Eurovision winner: Emmelie De Forest- Only Teardrops (2013) Favourite Eurovision song: Nina Badrić- Nebo (2012)

Michael Shmaytser

Contributor

Israel

Israeli PR advisor, originally from Crimea, Ukraine. Communication, media, music and politics are my fortes, believe that music can gap on everything, living in two of the most controversial places in the world, can proudly say that it is our choice to seed in hatred and war or to spread tolerance and love. 
Following Eurovision since 2005 and Shiri Maimon’s great performance, Eurovision is 365 days in a year for me. Happy to be part of this great group of people called Eurovoxx.

Favourite Eurovision entry: Inga and Anush – Jan Jan (Armenia 2009)

Nurten Coskun

Contributor

Germany

To be updated.

Raffaella Frymark

Contributor

USA

Hi, I’m Raffy! I currently live in Pennsylvania, USA. Growing up in New York, I always had a fascination with international music, primarily Italian because that’s where my family is from. I was first introduced to Eurovision in 2019, when Netflix released both Semi-Finals and Grand Final from that year in Tel Aviv. I immediately fell in love with it and realized right then that I wanted to be a part of ESC anyway I could. Eurovoxx has welcomed me into their family, and it has completely changed my life! From interviews to live videos, I feel right at home. My dream is to move to Europe, and be able to be more involved than I already am.

Outside of Eurovision, I work as a Massage Therapist. My hobbies include art, writing, music, videogames, and doing music promotions on Instagram.

My favorite Eurovision entry is “You are the only one” by Sergey Lazarev, Russia 2016

Sandra Ackefjord

Contributor

Sweden

I'm a 25 year old sound designer that finished my bachelor in Media Technology this spring. I have had a love for Eurovision since 2000 when I saw Olsen Brothers win as a 6 year old child.

 

Since then I have watched it every year and developed a passion for the contest. Especially as a Swedish Eurovision fan it's special to be engaged in the contest when we have had a huge success.

But the most special thing is that I have found long term friends through my fandom and that's something I will never forget.

 

I have also 2 fluffy cats that I adore, but also take time to watch alot of documentary in my free time and being on social events.

 

My favorite Eurovision entry: "Euphoria" By Loreen (Sweden, 2012)

Sanja Daić

Contributor

Croatia

I'm Sanja, a psychologist from Croatia with an interest in creative writing. I'm very happy to be a part of this team and share my enthusiasm towards Eurovision with other lovely fans.

My ESC mania began in 1998 when I first watched the contest with my family and rooted for my country's entry Neka mi ne svane. Since then, May is by far my favourite month of the year!

When my friends ask me why do I love Eurovision so much, my answer is – where else can you discover so many different artists and genres and learn about other languages, geography, food, etc.  And where else can you see something as funny as Russian babushkas baking bread while partying on the big stage?!

Besides being a huge Eurovision fan, I'm also a big football fan and a Harry Potter fan.

 

Favourite Eurovision entry:  Wild dances by Ruslana (Ukraine 2004)

Shannessy Danswan

Contributor

Australia

I accidentally discovered Eurovision one day when I was at home "sick” from school. I was flicking through TV stations when I landed on what I thought was definitely the most attractive man I had ever seen. 
 
Yep, you guessed it. Alexander Rybak. 
 
I saw his face, heard his Fairytale, felt his fiddle (what?) and thought yep - I’m sold. 
 
...And the rest is amazing, wonderful, glorious, *insert every other complimentary adjective here*, Eurovision history. 

PS: I refuse to pick just one favourite Eurovision song; it doesn’t exist and to assume as much is blasphemy. 

*Shannessy is a performing artist, writer, and director from Melbourne (Australia), with a not-so-secret dream to one day host Eurovision.*

Shiann Humphrey

Contributor

United Kingdom

Hi, I’m Shiann. I am from London in the UK. I’m currently a student, who absolutely loves all things music! (Especially Eurovision of course!) Some of my other interests besides ESC include: languages, art/design and photography.

 

I got super into Eurovision back in 2012 and have watched ever since! After 7+ years of watching from afar, I very much look forward to being able to watch the contest live and in person!

 

My favourite Eurovision entry has to be Knez - Adio! (Montenegro 2015)

SQ Song

Contributor

Singapore

I am SQ from Singapore. I was introduced to Eurovision in 2015 by a friend when I was studying in Australia. Since then, I have been diligently following the competition every year. My next goal will be to start watching the National Finals and hopefully attend an actual concert someday. 

I enjoy eurovision because I get to learn about other cultures and languages through music. Besides eurovision, I enjoy hiking, board games and backpacking during my spare time. You can also find me frequently in the kitchen cooking up a storm! 🙂 

Favourite Eurovision Entry: Fur Alle- Wind, Germany 1985.

My ESC mania began in 1998 when I first watched the contest with my family and rooted for my country's entry Neka mi ne svane. Since then, May is by far my favourite month of the year!

When my friends ask me why do I love Eurovision so much, my answer is – where else can you discover so many different artists and genres and learn about other languages, geography, food, etc.  And where else can you see something as funny as Russian babushkas baking bread while partying on the big stage?!

Besides being a huge Eurovision fan, I'm also a big football fan and a Harry Potter fan.

Favourite Eurovision entry:  Wild dances by Ruslana (Ukraine 2004)

Thomas Corbett

Contributor

Ireland

Good Evening Europe, I'm Thomas from Port Laoise in Ireland.  I've been a massive fan of Eurovision since the mid 90s and I have lots of amazing childhood memories of the four Irish victories in that decade.

My love for Eurovision grew throughout the naughties as the music became more 'pop' and the stage performances got more elaborate.  A lifelong dream finally came through when I attended the Eurovision in Lisbon 2018 and my passion became an obsession.  I knew I would be attending every year from then on.

I love Eurovision because it's a beacon of unity, friendship, positivity, inclusivity and celebration across Europe (and further afield).
In my spare time, I'm an amateur dancer and often try to perfect some ESC dance routines (Fuego, She Got Me, Abanibi, On Fire) with varying degrees of success.

Patiently waiting for Eurovision to come home to Ireland...one day soon!

Instagram: @thisisthomascorbett

Favourite Eurovision Entry: Ruslana — Wild Dances (Ukraine, 2004)*.

*subject to change on an hourly basis

Twan Wormgoor

Contributor

The Netherlands

My name is Twan Wormgoor. and I'm from The Netherlands. I have been watching Eurovision for a long time, however been a fan since 2014. Since 2017 I have been attending Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam every year. 2019 will be my third year.

 

Favourite Eurovision entry: ‘Suus’ by Rona Nishliu (Albania 2012)

Zarah Tate

Contributor

United Kingdom

My name is Zarah and I'm from Essex, in the UK.

I'm graduated college in Art and Design. I've been a fan since first watching the contest in 2015, watching every year since and learning about various European music genres every year. 

Eurovision has opened up many doors, allowing me to make friends throughout the fandom, understand different cultures and languages better, and to find out more about myself that I never thought I'd learn otherwise.

 

My all time favourite ESC songs include:

Voda (Slovenia 2020)

Oculis Videre (Söngvakeppnin)

Grow (Netherlands 2020)

Calm After the Storm (Netherlands 2014)

Nocturne (Norway 1995)