Back on the 19th of April 2011 Eurovoix appeared on the internet, we were a small blog setup by myself Anthony Granger to fuel an interest in the contest that started back in 2006. Being from the United Kingdom meant that you always saw your act in the final, your are oblivious to the semi final stages unless you’re a hardcore fan and it also meant that you missed out on so many great songs. Also being a British fan meant that you resided yourself to seeing the UK in the bottom half of the table. My first memory of the contest is walking into the front room and seeing Lordi on the tv, I was perplexed by the show, I wanted to see the whole thing but being only 10 at the time meant that I only found out the result the next morning. From that morning onwards, I said to myself I will watch the final in full in 2007.
The contest in Helsinki came round very quickly and I decided to get myself ready for the contest an hour early, gaining myself the best seat in the living room. Much to my parents dismay I had control of the tv remote so changing the channel was not an option. I remember watching the contest all the way through to just before the voting which was the point when I was banished upstairs for bed, once again I was angry and frustrated. 2008 would be the year I hoped.
Belgrade would be the year, I even for the first time found out about the semi finals, sadly that was not until the night of the final. I was now old enough to watch the entire contest in full, I had perfected my routine from the year before and got the best seat in the room. The final was brilliant, I remember clearly Andy Abraham’s “Even If” which to this day was hugely underrated in my view, I also remember the brilliance of Ukraine and the direness of Russia. I even watched the entire voting which was first, there were places I had never heard of, countries that now just roll off my tounge. The clearest memory of 2008 was the shock of Terry Wogan at another poor result for the UK and what would be his last contest.
By 2009 I decided to make something of my interest in the contest, I followed the entire UK selection process, finally managed to see both semi finals and imeressed myself in the spectacle, forcing family members to watch with me. It was also the year, I saw a top.5 finish for the Uk something that I had never seen in my life before, something I thought was impossible. I loved every moment of the 2009 contest, yes even the cringe worthy semi final hosts whose jokes about their cars being towed away during the qualifier reveal.
2010 was something special for me, I followed it fairly closely, my family had begun the ridicule of me for my strange passion for Eurovision. I thought 2010 would be the year the UK could do well, how utterly wrong I was. Never have I wanted to tear my hair out so much at one song. I lost all hope and I resided myself to the fact we would be in the bottom 3. How right I was, on the night I placed a bet with my family as to where we would come, I said last and so right I was, even so I was incredibly frustrated when Georgia gave 12 point to Belarus, that just topped things off.
In the build up to 2011 the idea of Eurovoix had filled my head, the 2010 JESC contest also made me see that there was a gap to fill. No website really covered the contest that well, and also it was another way to get me through the autumn months. In April 2011, I finally decided to give Eurovoix a go, I decided to get a Blogspot account and then on the 18th wrote my first article, sadly due to a change in hosting in November of 2011, that post was lost for ever. From the 18th onwards I would go online and search for more news to post on the site, I got support from friends in Norway, Indonesia, the UK, the US and many other places. I will never forget the pride I had in myself when the little Blogspot site got 1,000 views in one day.
Today much has changed, we have a small team of people who contribute to the site every so often. I’m at the helm, still bugging and annoying people with Eurovision knowledge, but that is just the way I am. To this day my family still know nothing of this site, they just hear me frantically typing away most nights and watching and listening to numerous songs they struggle to understand why I like let alone listen too.
To conclude I would like to thank everyone for their help with the site, you the reader for coming back and reading what I say most days. I would like to thank Ewan Spence at ESC Insight for being the first site to list Eurovoix and for listing us on ESC Buzz. I also want to thank Carl, Bruce and Sam who without Eurovoix would not be what it is today.
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