EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2012 - BAKU - AZERBAIJAN

 

 

SECHUK JURY VOTE - MEET THE JURIES

 

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After the success of the SECHUK Jury in 2010 and 2011, two juries have again been established to assess the Eurovision songs of 2012 - one with an International flavour and one with a UK base. Some interesting comparisons are again expected. Each jury member awards each song a score out of 10 (from 1 to 10 - no zero scores and no abstentions) and adds a personal comment about the song.

 Maximum is 170 points per song from each jury - maximum 340 points overall.

NB - These comments and scores are the FIRST AND PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS of jury members

 

 

           Overall Positions here       Detailed Scores and Comments by Country here 

 

 

   

 

THE INTERNATIONAL JURY  

 

 

THE UNITED KINGDOM  JURY 

 

   

01 

Amar Hodzic 

  USA   

Hello, my name is Amar. I am 16 years old, and 7 years old in the Eurovision community. My first Eurovision experience was in 2005, and ever since I have been keeping up with all things Eurovision. I am originally from Bosnia  , and I am definitely proud of the entries we have sent so far (still hoping to see a win sometime soon)! I am definitely looking forward to being a part of the international jury. 

01 

Andrew Brook 

  LONDON   

Like everyone, when I was growing up I thought I was the only one who had a secret obsession with Eurovision. There are two golden periods for me - 1972 to 1982, and 1997 to 2004. I started writing songs for fun when I was five - my first song was called Ding A Ding Ding Dong, which predated the 1975 winner by five years! However, I didn't follow my passion for music as a living, something I have often regretted, and I let the song writing slip. Sitting in the auditorium in   Istanbul   as Ruslana belted out her reprise I promised myself that I wouldn't go to another contest until I had entered a song myself. Since then I have entered every year, so far without success, Keep your fingers crossed for me this year, with a song entered for Spain  with lyrics in English & Catalan. 

   

02 

Axel Neld 

  SWEDEN   

My Name is Axel Neld and I am 17 years old. And I am from Sweden. The first time I watched Eurovision was 1999 when Charlotte Nilsson (Perrelli) Won. Since then I have watched Eurovision and Melodifestivalen every year. 

02 

Andrew Cross 

  HERTFORDSHIRE 

I've always loved other languages and have been watching the contest since way back, but it was songs such as 'Amsterdam' and 'Fantasiaa' that really got me hooked. I know the 80's are considered a low point for the Contest by many, but they are the years that stick in my brain, the sets, the songs the scoreboards and the strange outfits - all were carefully scrutinised with my non Eurovision loving friends ( I thought I was the only one) having to give scores on each. Eurovision was the one night the whole of Europe was 'together' in spirit. Following a speculative trip to Oslo in '96, where after much searching I did eventually manage to get a ticket, I've not missed being in the audience too many times since. Baku 2012? Who knows...

   

03 

Benedek Farkas 

  ROMANIA 

I知 married with a 3 year old child and live with my family in the city called Targu Mures. As for my professional career I知 acting ,I have finished the University of Theater and TV in Cluj Napoca,Romania and right now I知 learning at the University of Art in Targu Mures,Phd in acting. I performed from 2003 till now in more then 70 plays, musicals in theatres (Hungarian National Theater Cluj Napoca, National Theater Targu Mures, Romanian National Theater Cluj Napoca,  Tomcsa  Sandor  Theater  etc  .).I also work sometime as model and I知 doing TV, Radio works to. I知 a huge Eurovision fan from 1999 so I知 new guy but I love it, enjoy it and watching it a lot. My point of view is always to be objective and fair. I知 always watching the song and contender in a package without watching from which country is the person and song. I would love to see  Europe does the same. Unfortunately not till now. I hope it will change. 

03 

Brian Gilbert 

HERTFORDSHIRE 

I have been a fan of Eurovision since Sandie Shaw so I suppose that makes me an ancient follower. I started to collect the record releases in the early 70's which added to the fun, I can remember when the old HMV in   Oxford Street  actually had a Eurovision singles section. The 70s would probably be my favourite Euro decade as the contest was so massive in the   UK  at that time and even the Songs for  Europe and the preview shows were big TV events. I was lucky enough to go to Eurovision throughout the 90s and loved every minute of every one (don't think I could cope with it now) but enjoy it just as much at home now. 

   

04 

Denis Halidov 

  BULGARIA  

I知 fan of the Eurovision song contest since 2003 and became a huge fan since 2005 when my country, Bulgaria, was a contestant for the first time in this competition. I知 responsible for the creation of OGAE Bulgaria in 2010 and since then I知 the president of this organization. I like all kinds of music, but I always seek the song that is distinguishable from the others - the one that represents the spirit of the country and at the same time leaves a message. 

 

04 

Danny Lynch 

  GLASGOW   

My first memory of Eurovision is Sandra's Kim win in 1986 when I was just 7 years old! I started getting really obsessed with ESC in 1992, and I haven't looked back since then!  I first went to Eurovision in   Belgrade  in 2008, and returned for more fun in   Oslo  this year. I'm already looking forward to Dsseldorf in May! I also follow National Finals and have been to   Norway 's Melodi Grand Prix once, and Melodifestivalen in   Sweden  five times! 

   

05 

Douwe Reveler 

  NETHERLANDS   

My love of the Eurovision Song Contest spans more than 30 years and started when I discovered a book in which my Mom used to note all of the points allocated on Eurovision night ... My earliest ESC memory is watching the 1978 show and thinking how fantastic it was. Since then I have had the great fortune of being able to attend several national finals as well as 6 actual Eurovision's - 1989, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 - (with front row seats in Moscow as an absolute highlight !!) and now Baku is just around the corner ... The contest has grown and undergone many changes but it's still as much fun as it always was !!  

05 

David Allan 

  GLASGOW   

My earliest Eurovision memory is Lulu bouncing onto stage to share her award. I am drawn towards the underdog. Put differently; I am the kiss of death. My favourite Eurovision song is Yugoslavia-76 for example. Equally whatever I loath does well. I live in   Glasgow  and am a penniless writer. 

   

06 

Elias Antoniades 

  CYPRUS   

I'm a big Eurovision follower since 1981 the year that my country   Cyprus  had its first participation in the contest. I try to represent my country as a lyrics writer 3 times and my songs past in the Cyprus Final live selections among the 8 songs of each year in 1994, 1995 and 1996.  Two of my songs "Vradya Adiana" from 1994 & "Anteho" 1996 represented   Cyprus  in OGAE Second Chance.  In 1996 I was a member of the national Cypriot Jury that nominated 12 points to   Portugal  leaving   Greece  2nd. 

06 

David Bridgman 

  LONDON   

My love affair with Europe 's finest song festival began with a chance sighting of Brotherhood of Man in 1976. Maybe the flares swayed me. 1979 was the first full contest I watched and I swore that night that the next time the contest was in   Israel  , I'd be there. OK it took twenty years but I made it! It was also the last one I went to. 

   

07 

Jose Mora 

  MEXICO   

I've been watching the contest since 2005, but I'm a collector of the nicest songs since 50's. I have had the pleasure to attend live shows of my 2 favourite Eurovision superstars: Patricia Kaas and Anna Vissi. Someday I hope I can attend the other of my favourite divas: Charlotte Perrelli. Here in   Mexico  we can see the show life due to the Television Espaola (TVE) signal and that is the big event I cannot miss never. Greetings from   Guadalajara  ! (Jose pictured with Yuri - Mexican star from the 80s) 

07 

David Graaff 

  LONDON   

I was introduced to Eurovision shortly after I arrived in the   UK  in 1974 by someone who was mad about some Swedish group no-one had ever heard of. I followed it through the 70痴, had a lull in the 80痴 and started again in the 90痴 and have been lucky enough to go to almost every contest since Birmingham. 

   

08 

Mark Lamb 

  IRELAND   

I am a Eurovision old-timer, I have been watching it for over 40 years, and although it has continued to change and evolve over this period I still think it is the television highlight of the year.Being from Ireland I have seen my beloved country go from being the darling of Eurovision in the the late 80s and especially in the early to mid 90s to their current position of Eurovision also-rans, and while I would love to see another win for the Emerald Isle I won't hold my breath! Things I love - pop songs, rock songs. Things I hate - Comedy songs, ethnic music, boring ballads. 

08 

Dean Asker 

STRATFORD-ON-AVON 

My first memory of Eurovision was when, at the age of 6, I fell asleep before I knew if Rock Bottom has won the 1977 Contest.  Of course it didn稚 and I was very disappointed about the   UK  痴 second place the next day.  My passion was truly cemented in the 1980s, and when Bobbysocks won I was delighted.  The first time I saw the Contest live was in 1995, and I致e been to 15 contests in total. Highlights include the   UK  win in 1997, and everything about 2003, 2007 and 2010.  My favourite Eurovision entry is Det鱈ige奪et (  Denmark  1984), although Is It True (Iceland 2009) runs it a close second.  

   

09 

Martin Marquez 

  ANDORRA   

I've been watching the contest ever since I can remember. I have attended 6 since 2002 and I知 a member of OGAE Andorra. For me Eurovision should be all about showcasing the individuality of each participating nation. I致e got a soft spot for schlager and Balkan ballads but I知 open to all music styles. 

09 

Eddie de Souza 

  BRIGHTON  

My first Eurovision memory was aged 4 seeing Bucks Fizz win and from that moment onwards I was hooked. I've been to national finals in the   UK  ,   Norway  and of course, Melodifestivalen in   Sweden  . 2012 will be my first visit to   Denmark  and DMGP! I'm still waiting to make it to the big event itself. As a keen composer, I have written a few songs and am just waiting for my big Eurovision break. My favorite eurovision entries are Amen (Israel 1995), Je n'ai que mon 穃e (France 2001) and Je ne sais quoi (Iceland 2010). 

   

10 

Morten Seest 

  DENMARK   

At the age of seven I fell in love with Tajči (  Yugoslavia  1990) and I danced around to her performance on my recorded video tape over and over again. I've been hooked on Eurovision ever since. I love the annual pointless patriotism, the arguing over taste in music and especially the excitement of the voting - whether it's my homemade scoreboard or the live voting at ESC. Last but not least Eurovision gives me the opportunity to discover great songs from all over  Europe ; my favourite songs differs from Chce Znac Swoj Grzech (  Poland  1996) to For Real (Turkey 2004) to Frauen Regier'n Die Welt (Germany 2007). Last year I went to Dsseldorf with a bunch of friends and we had a blast. It was great fun meeting a worldwide range of ESC enthusiasts face to face. 

10 

Gary Peile 

  LONDON   

I have been a fan, well lets just say for longer than I care to remember, having listened to the great event on the radio as the rest of the family refused to watch! I finally managed to get to the Final last year and what a wonderful event it was. 

   

11 

Octavio Ramirez Santana 

  ITALY   

My affection for the ESC started for as long as I remember. I remember in 1977 I watched the contest together with my family with lot of excitement and interest. Ive to admit I知 a big ESC fan not necessarily a fan of a specific country and each year I bet on the country with the song that I like best, and this is no guarantee of success. I've made many great friends through ESC travels and finally got to my first contest in 2008 in Belgrade. 

11 

Gary Speirs 

  BRIGHTON  

I知 a long time fan, proven by the fact that it was Abba's win in Brighton that hooked me in as a child. Born and bred in Cardiff, I'm a proud Welshman now living in Brighton. I have made many great friends through Eurovision travels and this makes the annual gathering a very special time. I have had some great fun with the contest, attending over 20 since 1988 and being a member of the UK Jury for Bergen in 1986. I love the fact that Eurovision has taken me to places I may never otherwise have visited, like Riga, Tallinn, Kyiv,   Belgrade, Istanbul  and   Moscow! Oh, and not forgetting little Millstreet. 

   

12 

Paul Camacho 

  SPAIN   

Born in   France  of an Irish mother and a Spanish father, I was probably predestined to like everything 'European' and so it went. The first Eurovision I remember is the 1990 edition in   Zagreb  and particularly remember the French song from Joelle Ursull 'White and black blues' and I since then did not miss any eurovision song contests. Every year I cannot wait to discover each song selected by every country entering the competition. So best of luck to everyone again this year. 

12 

Liam Pennington 

  LANCASHIRE  

My name is Liam Pennington from Preston in Lancashire . I have been a fan of Eurovision since the nail-biting final of 1991, and have kept the faith even through the MTV-ification. I write for various websites including music reviewing. In a perfect world,   Dublin  1994 would be seen as a template for Baku 2011 

   

13 

Pia Lundqvist 

  FINLAND   

I'm 50 years young and have been a Eurovision fan since 1964 when   Italy  won. (My mother told me, that I had said about the Italian entry: That's the winner ! I don't remember it myself ....) Well at work they have give me vacation on the "Eurovision week" cause they are tired listening to me & my Eurovision talk around the clock . 

13 

Martin Hasker 

  BRIGHTON  

I am an avid Eurovision fan and first got into this because of a radio show I picked up at about the age of 7 or 8 called 'Pop over Europe ' which had one entry from each nation and voted for by all the others. I still have many many yeas of this on tape and must get them saved to CD some time soon. My first memory of watching and recording the ESC was when Marie Miriam won for   France  all those years ago. I was at home alone as my dad was with my mum who had been rushed in hospital that day and was not expected to live the night and I was considered too young to be there. I now have all the videos of all years and thousands of songs on MP3 etc and still would not miss a minute of it. so pleased to have married my partner this year who is more than happy to go along with my obsession. well I let him collect his china so fair is fair. 

   

14 

Roberto Giorgi 

  ITALY   

I'm a huge Eurovision fan. A dream has come true last May in   Germany  :   Italy  , my country, was finally back in the Eurovision Song Contest. You can imagine my happiness. I was there, and it was amazing to meet my friends all over Europe and to receive many compliments for the brilliant, unexpected result. For me, it was even better than a real victory. I grew up with the songs of Sandie Shaw, S騅erine, Vicky Leandros and, of course, Abba, and ESC 1977 was the first I saw on television. ESC is an exciting, deep and involving experience. 

14 

Nico Pittrtou 

  LONDON   

I've been a Eurovision lover since the age of four. I have been attending the contest itself since 2004 in   Istanbul  and since then have also become very greatly interested in the various national finals, which in turn lead me to create the Second Cherry Song Contest along with two friends of mine. Now it has become an annual event and is going from strength to strength. 

   

15 

Roy Van Der Merve 

  SOUTH AFRICA   

As a child I grew up without Eurovision as   South Africa  firstly did not have TV - we got that only in 1976. And of course it was not broadcast here. In the 70's as a child I did hear some euro songs, usually the winners and those in English that made our charts, like CONGRATULATIONS, PUPPET ON A STRING, WATERLOO, COME WHAT MAY, BEG STEAL OR BORROW, SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME etc. Vicky Leandros was very popular here and toured here and so  COME WHAT MAY went to number one.   South Africa  was also after   SWEDEN  the second country to know of ABBA and in fact they had 4 number one hit here prior to winning  EUROVISION with   WATERLOO  . I was invited to attend  EUROVISION in  MUNICH  so my first time at EUROVISION and in the audience. Since 1993 I have never missed a EUROVISION and since 1995 in  Dublin , I have had P accreditation and so I have also attended the run-up to EUROVISION. 

  

My taste is  quite different from most but that is what makes EUROVISION so special, the fact that there is always something for everybody, no matter what your taste. 

I am also very active in the music business in   SOUTH AFRICA  getting SOUTH AFRICAN singers to cover EURO songs and almost 200 such songs have now been covered directly because of me. 

 

15 

Paul Marks-Jones 

  MANCHESTER   

I think Eurovision has always been in my memory! I seem to remember Brotherhood of Man winning even though I wasn't even two years old! My interest grew year after year and I finally discovered OGAE in 1989 and could not believe there were other fans out there. I have been a member ever since being involved in the club by organising the annual convention/Eurobash since 2004....and in 2008 I became the 'ultimate member' by being elected their President'. My main interest in the contest probably comes from my interest in languages, travelling and cultures. It was so special to be able to hear songs in languages other than English in the 80's and 90's. I tend to like some of the more unusual songs the contest throws up - my all time favourites are To Nie Ja by Edyta Gorniak and Chc zna swj grzech by Kasia Kowalska and not much has rivalled them since the nineties. 

   

16 

Ryan Axisa 

  MALTA   

Since I'm only a 16 year old boy, I didn't have the opportunity to watch all ESC's.


The first Eurovision edition which I was first interested in was the 2002's Eurovision edition. 


I come from the little island in the
Mediterranean called   Malta  and I remember me being Ira Losco's fan that year :) From then on, I always watched the Eurovision song contest and not only watched... I've became a BIG fan.. My preferred genre varies between Europop to Classic Eurovision Ballads :) 

16 

Tom K. White 

  LONDON   

I've been a fan of Eurovision since I was 8. Being brought up in a very middle class household, I travelled round Europe and ate food and watched films from around the world - but Eurovision was always considered too lowbrow, so my viewing felt like an act of youthful rebellion. Watching the contest was always a solitary thing for me growing up, but in the 90s I started to make friends with fellow fans of the contest, and have finally started attending parties and events for fans of the contest, and I went to my first national final this year (2010). My favourite entry changes from day to day, but right now it's   Italy  1984 - the year of my birth - I Treni Di Tozeur by Alice & Franco Battiato. 

   

17 

Samantha Ross 

  USA   

Living in the   United States  , I didn't have the luxury of growing up with Eurovision, as it's not shown on any channel here (yet!). However, when I started attending university I learned more and more about the ESC and quickly became an addict! In 2009, I started my own blog (mostly to keep myself from talking my family's ears off about it) and I'm thrilled to see so many people from around the world reading the ESC Insider -  http://escinsider.com/ 

I'll be making my second trip to Eurovision this year, and I couldn't be more excited! My favorite ESC entries are "Madness of Love", "Na Inat", "Deli", "R舅dajad", "Strazdas", and "Pokusaj", and I've got a soft spot in my heart for "El臾n el舂". See you all in   Baku  ! 

17 

Trist疣 White 

  LONDON   

I have been following the Eurovision Song Contest since 1979, when I was just 8 years old, but it was the 1980 song contest, and TELEX in particular, that made a lasting impression on me, and since then the contest has become somewhat of an obsession. I lived in Spain until 1989, when I came to London to go to University, where my Eurovision parties became legendary: I would hold a crazy drinking game where I would make fifty litres of sangra and hold a drinking game where each person represented a different country and would have to be forced to drink cups of sangra during their three-minute song, and then drink every time "their" country got points. I held these parties until about 2005 when I realised that carpets were actually quite nice things to keep clean. I watch as many of the national finals as possible and am quite proud -- and simultaneously ashamed -- at the fact that I managed to watch almost all 41 Azerbaijani shows in 2011, so by the time I finally got to see Ell & Nikki lift the trophy live in Dsseldorf I felt almost as though they were part of the family.