EUROVISION 2015 - VIENNA - AUSTRIA

 

SECHUK JURY 2015 - MEET THE JURY - ALL 30 MEMBERS

2 Juries - one UK-based and one International, will comment on and rate the songs of ESC 2015 as they are chosen. The idea is that the songs will be voted on first impressions, as most TV viewers will do in May. The main difference of course is that in May they will be subject to the same production standards and opportunities, something that differs at National Selection stage.

 

Here are the 30 Jury members who are critiquing the songs of 2015:

TO THE LEADERBOARD

INTERNATIONAL JURY

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AMAR HODZIC

BENEDEK FARKAS

DOUWE REVELER

ELENA LUNDQVIST

ELIAS ANTONIADES

USA

Romania

Netherlands

Finland

Cyprus

 

 

 

 

Hello  Europe  and Hello World! I'm Amar and I live in the  United States  , no worries though, I'm originally from  Bosnia  so I truly have a feel for what Eurovision is all about! I'm 19 years old but 10 years old in the Eurovision community; 2005 was the year that I was first introduced to this song contest and I was immediately captivated. Ever since that first experience, I've been very musically inclined and have developed a true feel for judging music and judging how audiences will respond to certain songs and performances (even though I'm not the slightest bit talented in producing music). I am very open minded with music, artists, and performances and will take every genre into consideration equally and fairly. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what this year brings and I hope my critiques will be entertaining and accurate on the scoreboard in May!

I知 married with a 4 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 Theatre 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 too. 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.

My love of the Eurovision Song Contest spans more than 30 years and started when I discovered a book that 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 9 actual Eurovisions - 1989, 2004, 2008 - 2014 (with front row seats in Moscow - an absolute highpoint and unforgettable experience!!) This year in Copenhagen  I was Delegation Host for Azerbaijan which gave me the opportunity to witness things from a very different perspective which was fascinating. Vienna is just around the corner  and although the contest has grown and undergone many changes its still as much fun as it always was.

My name is Elena, and I'm am 26 years old multi-geek.

I'm born into a household where the eurovision song contest is a more celebrated holiday than Christmas, so I haven't had much of a chance to not be a fan of ESC . My first esc-memory is probably from early 90's when I was looping the recording of Yugoslavia's entrance from -91, "Brazil", driving people, mainly my mother, crazy. I tend to like the entries that stand out one way or the other and I believe a good show always reels in points. My favorite entries are Rock n' Roll Kids, The voice and Hard Rock Halleluja (of course haha!)

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.

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FREDERICO BRAGA DE MATOS

JOSE MORA

MARK LAMB

MELISSA BAYLY

OCTAVIO RAMIREZ SANTANA

Portugal

Mexico

Ireland

Australia

Spain

 

Eurovision was initially a family event, we watched the show enjoyed it together. In 1981 I got my first Eurovision LP and that year has become quite important for me since it痴 when I think I became 双fficially a fan. After that, I remember cassette recording both the Festival da Can鈬o and the Eurovision Song Contest. A few years later I started recording them on VHS and the passion became truly cemented.  I love Eurovision because it is great music, it is international and cosmopolitan. And it is also great fun. Eurovision also means meeting lots of wonderful people from across Europe and the world, some of whom I am proud to call friends.

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 live due to the Television Espaola (TVE) signal and that is the big event I cannot miss ever. Greetings from Guadalajara !

Brought up in Ireland, it has been lovely to see my home country win so often, however as there is little chance of that happening again I have to be contented with sobbing into my cocktail while watching the likes of Dustin the Turkey and Jedward embarrass an entire country. Only Joking! I love the contest and have been glued to it for over 40 years. Roll on Vienna 2015! 

I知 am an Australian now living in Dubai since 2005. I致e been a fan of the ESC since 2002, where a documentary on Estonia痴 preparations for hosting the contest that year piqued my interest, then after hearing Cyprus One give it their all with 敵imme I was totally hooked. I finally bit the bullet and attended my first ESC in 2010, and the level of hospitality and warmth that I felt from the Norwegians is something I値l never forget. I致e been hooked ever since, having attended 2011 and 2012 as an accredited fan, and being blessed with the opportunity in 2013 as a member of the San Marino delegation.  My ultimate dream was of course fulfilled in 2014, as San Marino qualified for the final! My absolute favorite entries would be Kuula, Pokusaj, Dschingis Khan and my favourite winner would have to be Johnny Logan痴 Hold Me Now.

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. I致e 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 .

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PAUL CAMACHO

PIA LUNDQVIST

ROBERTO GIORGI

ROY VAN DER MERWE

SAMANTHA ROSS

Spain

Finland

Italy

South Africa

USA

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.

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.

I'm a huge Eurovision fan. I'm so happy that  Italy , my country, is taking part again these days. I was in Dsseldorf in 2011 for our comeback 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.

As a child I grew up without Eurovision as  South Africa did not get TV until 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, 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 hits here prior to winning EUROVISION with  WATERLOO .

I was invited to attend EUROVISION in  MUNICH 1983 (!) - My first time at EUROVISION in the audience. Since 1993 I have never missed a contest and since Dublin 1995, I致e had P accreditation, so attending the run-up to EUROVISION. My taste is quite different from most but that is what makes it so special - something for everyone! I am also very active in the music business here, getting local singers to cover EURO songs (almost 200 have now been covered directly because of me). 

"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 still occasionally jot down my thoughts at ESC Insider (http://escinsider.com/ ). I'm also a contributing editor at ESC Insight (www.escinsight.com), where I'm our lead interviewer (and spend time keeping Terry Vision in check!), and I have also worked with the web team for JESC.  I'll be making my fifth trip to Eurovision this year, and I couldn't be more excited! My favourite ESC entries are "Madness of Love", "Na Inat", "Deli", "Coming Home" (both Firelight's and Sjonni's Friends!), "Same Heart", and "Pokusaj", and I've got a soft spot in my heart for "El臾n el舂". See you all in Vienna !"

 

 

 

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM JURY

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ANDREW CROSS

BRIAN GILBERT

DANNY LYNCH

DAVID ALLAN

DAVID BRIDGMAN

Stevenage

Hertfordshire

Glasgow

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London

I've always loved other languages and have been watching the contest since as far back as I remember but it was ' Amsterdam ' and 'Fantasiaa' in the early 80's that really got me hooked. With no internet/satellite TV it was a case of writing to the national TV stations to get the singles and relying on friends and family to send video tapes of the national finals. As for the contest itself, it was the one night the whole of  Europe was 'together' in spirit. I used to have synchronised video recording in 3 different parts of the  UK just in case of power failure!  Finally got to my first contest in 1996 in  Oslo and more recently made it to Dsseldorf and Baku .

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 ( London ) 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.

I致e been a fan of Eurovision for as long as I can remember, my first memory of Eurovision is Bobbysocks winning in 1985, but I can稚 remember much more than their sparkly outfits! In 1992, my parents bought a new  VCR  and I recorded my first Eurovision and from then onwards, my obsession grew and grew! I have been attending Melodifestivalen every year since 2006, and I went to my first Eurovision in Belgrade in 2008, and apart from missing 2009, I have been every year since, working for one of the fan sites - interviewing artists, dishing all the gossip and having fun Eurovision fortnight is my Christmas! My favourite Eurovision song ever is 轍uand je te r黐e by C駘ine Carzo ( Luxembourg  1990) and my favourite  UK  entry is 徹oh Ahh Just A Little Bit by Gina G from 1996. I can't wait for the 2015 Eurovision season to begin!

The first contest I remember watching is 1969, so I am one of the 登ld time fans who remembers Laurita Valenzuela trying to make Clifford Brown stop saying "cuatro ganadores".  I have 2 new Eurovision tattoos which I realise is somewhat nerdy. Eurovision has changed so much over the years and is still good fun and interesting. Getting immediate access to the music and artists is the main change due to the internet. In the past I used to travel to  Scandinavia to buy Eurovision records as you couldn't even order them here.

I tend to favour the underdog; eg: my two favourite ESC songs are  Yugoslavia 76 and Israel 2000 and whatever I support will be sure to do badly. I致e only twice predicted the winner - 1980 and 2007. I find it strange to meet fans who know little pre mid 90s and have never seen the older contests. I壇 make them sit an exam before they were allowed to join the fold. I live in  Glasgow which is cold and damp and I am a starving writer of depressing fiction that no one seems too keen to publish.

My love affair with  Europe 痴 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.

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DAVID ELDER

DEAN ASKER

EDDIE DE SOUZA

GARY SPEIRS

JUDE HABIB

Edinburgh

Stratford-on-Avon

London

Brighton

London

My  ESC  card was marked from a very young age. As a 5 year old I could be found lip-synching to Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue when it was played on the juke-box in my parents caf. I remember coming downstairs for a drink of water while the 72 voting was on, and I remember sending Cilla a postcard asking Cliff to sing 鼎ome Back Billie-Joe in 73. He didn稚. I watched the full show in earnest in 74 and haven稚 looked back since. In 84 and 85 I was in the Scottish  SFE  juries and then in 86 I joined Mr Speirs at TV Centre in  London to be on the  UK jury. We gave  Germany 12 points, and being half-German, I was delighted! I致e been accredited as a journalist at every contest since Zagreb in 90, initially writing for fan publications, but latterly covering the event for one of  Scotland 痴 leading newspapers. Jerusalem Riga , Kyiv and  Moscow were the best experiences;  Copenhagen 01 hands-down was the worst! My all time fave entry is Bem Bom by Doce from 82, and I can often be found raising my hands, clapping and hey-ing at the appropriate juncture. In real life I知 an HR Manager, have a charming husband and two gorgeous pussies called Bunty and Baxter!

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 18 contests in total. Highlights include the UK win in 1997, and everything about 2003, 2007 and 2010.  My favourite Eurovision entry is Det Lige Det ( Denmark 1984), although Is It True (Iceland 2009) runs a close second. 

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  ,  Denmark  and of course, Melodifestivalen in  Sweden . 2013 was my first live   ESC experience which was amazing can稚 wait to go again. 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).

I知 a long time fan, proved by it being Abba's win in  Brighton that hooked me in. A proud Welshman from Cardiff , I now actually live in Brighton and still love the whole build-up to Eurovision week. 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, with Vienna 2015 hopefully turning out to the 26th Contest I have travelled to! I was also honoured to be a member of the UK Jury for Bergen (with David Elder) in 1986. I love the fact that Eurovision has taken me to places I may never otherwise have visited, like Riga , Tallinn , Kyiv, Belgrade , Baku , Istanbul and Moscow ! Oh, and not forgetting little Millstreet My amazing Moscow front-seat 3 seconds of TV-fame certainly outed my ESC passion to lots of people who didn稚 already know Best entries... BAILAR PEGADOS, TORNERO and KUULA among many others. Here痴 hoping the 60th Contest in 2015 wows us all! OMG - I was at the 40th and the 50th too - too old! lol

Now I wouldn't consider myself a superfan like other people on the Jury. I wouldn't be able to reel off who came number 4 in any particular year or know every word of every winning song...in their national language. But I've loved Eurovision since I was 6 years old. The music & event makes me happy - it's as simple as that.

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MATT MEYER

NICO PITTORTOU

PAUL JORDAN

SALLY- ANN FAWCETT

TRISTAN WHITE

Essex

London

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London

London

Eurovision began for me with the contest in 1990 when I was 13 and it was the 'them and us' aspect that appealed to me. I became a 'proper' fan of the contest in 1993 mainly due to 'Our Sonia' singing, but I very quickly appreciated (and enjoyed) hearing so many languages. As I know (British) Sign Language, I hope to see this featured a bit more in the future.


Confession time - I have only been to one contest itself, that being the one held in 2000 in Sweeeeden and do hope to go again one day; it was great to experience the atmosphere and meet up with some of my overseas friends.

My favourite all-times are very hard to pinpoint but I would say "I evighet" from Norway 1996 is right near the top and as for the UK favourite... it's Pearl and Teddy from '59! Whatever my comments are about the songs, I wish them all the best of luck as it's not their fault I might not like a song but it'll be a proud moment for them to represent their country. 

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, which has become an annual event and is going from strength to strength.

I致e been a fan of the contest since I was a child. One of my earliest memories was sitting crying after Sonia lost in 1993 and my dad catching me, thinking I was upset about Match of the Day! I致e attended Eurovision since 2000 and love the fact that it痴 taken me to places that I might not have visited otherwise. In 2011 I published my PhD, The Eurovision Song Contest: Nation Building and Nation Branding in Estonia and Ukraine which I wrote at the University of Glasgow . I致e been interviewed about my work by BBC World and was on the More4 documentary The Secret History of Eurovision. I love all things Estonian and tend to be biased towards them so you have been warned!

Hi! I'm Sally-Ann Fawcett, from  London , and I had the privilege of co-founding the very first Eurovision Song Contest fan club in the  UK in 1987. We held a small gathering in my former home town of Scarborough , and year by year saw a huge increase in number of members - all of whom had suffered, like me - "The only  ESC fan in the world" syndrome. I co-hosted the Network Song Contest with David Elder on a number of occasions, and credit the fan club with quite literally changing my life, introducing me to people who have become my best and closest friends. I'm delighted to be part of the 2015 jury and it may be my last appearance, because if the UK  wins I will die with joy on the spot!

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 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.