In spring of 2007, during my second year at the University of North Carolina, I studied abroad in Denmark. While there, I joined my host family in watching the Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 – Helsinki. I was so mesmerized by this, that I bought the official CD the next day and listened to each track (that I liked) well over a dozen times ahead of the Grand Final the following day. Thus sparking my love of the ESC, my one true obsession.
On this blog, I will be covering the news from the Contest (as I can get to it, school doesn’t leave too much time for outside activities), my own opinion on the various entries and performances, and my experiences attending the Contest and interacting in the fan community, and general editorials on the Contest as a whole. Also, in case you are wondering, in terms of the ESC, I consider Denmark my “home country” and refer to it as such.
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A little about your author
I grew up in Maryland (US state in the middle of the East Coast). I am (currently) thirty-one years old and attend Oklahoma State University — I’m earning my Ph.D.! I have been a musician for most of my life; I play saxophone as well as sing and have taken violin lessons. I have only met a handful of other Americans who even know what the Contest is, though I have brought about two dozen people into fandom. I hope that, as the years go on, I can brighten the lives of more of my countrymen (and Canadians) with the awesomeness that is the ESC. My plan is to write a book, an “ESC for Beginners” if you will.
To learn more about how I view the Contest, here is some of the articles explaining my approach: