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

Senior 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

Senior 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)

 
 
 
 
 

Emma Hellgren

Features Editor

Sweden

I'm a multijournalist from the north of Sweden with the video camera in one hand and a pencil in the other. I love to meet interesting characters and document their lives.
 
Eurovision Song Contest and Melodifestivalen have always been a big part of my life with Ruslana and Wild Dances as my first Eurovisionmemory. After that I have followed the contest live and at home, as an audience and press and volunteer. I'm also an active member in OGAE Sweden. 
 
Favourite Eurovision entry:  My Star - Brainstorm
(but also Nocturne - Secret Garden, Fly on the wings of love - Olsen Brothers, Think about things - Daði Freyr, Waterloo - ABBA, Molitva - Marija Serifovic... the list is long)
 

Gal Hazor

Editor

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)

Lydia Balandina

Editor /Social Media Manager

Russia

Hi! I’m Lydia from Russia, currently living and studying marketing in the U.K. My earliest Eurovision memory is Dima Bilan winning in 2008, however I became absolutely obsessed with it in 2015. Fun fact: my final economics project in 2019 was focused on Eurovision.

Apart from Eurovision, I enjoy geography and studying languages, as well as watching anime and reading manga.

All-time top 4:

  1. Eugent Bushpepa – Mall (Albania, 2018)
  2. maNga – We Could Be the Same (Turkey, 2010)
  3. Il Volo – Grande Amore (Italy, 2015)
  4. Salvador Sobral – Amar Pelos Dois (Portugal, 2017)

Thomas Corbett

Editor

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

Writer / Social Media Manager

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)

Writers & Contributors

Alvis Jansons

Writer

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

Writer

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

Writer

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)

Dylan Bonfils

Writer

France

Dylan is a French fan of the Eurovision since the mid 00’s. He has never missed a show since and travelled to Lisbon 2018 to attend the show and meet with some of Eurovoxx team members.

Feeling lonely in a country that loves to mock the Eurovision, Dylan is now part of a bigger family and studies the links between this amazing contest and European politics.

He loves to travel, especially in Central and Eastern European countries where he lived a couple of years. Probably the best way to enjoy properly the Eurovision hype!

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. 

Harrison Knights

Contributor

United Kingdom

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I'm Harrison from the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. I'm currently studying French, Politics and Maths at college.

I've been watching Eurovision since I was around six years old, but started properly following all the national finals after the 2017 contest.

I love Eurovision for many reasons; mainly due to the diversity and quality of music on offer each year, the excitement of each national final and the contest itself, and of course analysing the voting statistics after the show!

Favourite Eurovision entry: Fai Rumore - Diodato (Italy 2020)

Jana Bebek

Writer

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)

Justin Hall

Writer

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

Marcin Dudo

Contributor

Poland

Harrison Knights

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I'm Harrison from the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. I'm currently studying French, Politics and Maths at college.

I've been watching Eurovision since I was around six years old, but started properly following all the national finals after the 2017 contest.

I love Eurovision for many reasons; mainly due to the diversity and quality of music on offer each year, the excitement of each national final and the contest itself, and of course analysing the voting statistics after the show!

Favourite Eurovision entry: Fai Rumore - Diodato (Italy 2020)

Matt Robinson

Writer

United Kingdom

TBC

Matthew Blackie

Writer

United Kingdom

Hey I am Matthew and I am from the UK (also the holder of Maltese citizenship). My earliest Eurovision memory was watching a news report on Alexander Rybak winning in 2009 and making it my aim to force my family to watch the contest in 2010. After watching the final in 2010 I have never looked back and been an avid fan of the contest from 2011. Eurovision has allowed myself to meet many amazing people and hopefully will have opportunity to attend future Euro related events soon.

Outside of the contest, my other interests are travelling and following the Olympics, including many sports throughout the Olympiad cycle. I love learning about the world constantly and have the ability to name every country in the world, with the next aim to learn every capital city (150 memorised so far).

Favourite Entry - Heroes (Sweden 2015)

Favourtite Eurovision Country - Italy

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

Reed Perrino

Contributor

USA

TBC

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.*

SQ Song

Writer

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)