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History in Eurovision


The first Eurovision I watched was in 2004 when I saw Ruslana win with ‘Wild Dances’ for Ukraine.  Ever since then I followed Eurovision gradually and not realising that many songs I that I have enjoyed over the years came from Eurovision, including many of the classics that we hear today.  It wasn’t until I met my beautiful partner Aaron that I became more involved.  Watching Jessica Mauboy on TV representing Australia as the interval act in Copenhagen.  I knew then that we would be going to Vienna the very next year and I have been hooked ever since then.


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I’m originally started off as  a primary member of OGAE Rest of World and participated in their many online activities and attended events held in the host cities.  Until the 1st of September 2019, I was a  secondary member of OGAE Australia and attended many events as well as volunteered my assistance.  For a short period of time, I served as the President of OGAE Australia.  Thus now becoming a Primary Member of the Fan Club.


Also somewhere in my spare time, I’m a Board member and Marketing Manager of the Tramway Museum Society of Victoria Inc and assist with running of this volunteer organisation and the operation of their Tramway Heritage Centre in Bylands, Victoria.


My biggest project is the establishment of this group, the Eurovision Guide.  It’s a working progress that I hope to evolve and provide much needed Eurovision travel advice and information to all those who love Eurovision.   All the design work is a big hobby for myself and I hope you do enjoy how it is presented.

ARTIST : WILLIAM FEDOR (Founder & Editor-In-Chief)

COUNTRY : AUSTRALIA / UKRAINE

2015 Vienna, 2016 Stockholm, 2017 Kyiv, 2018 Lisbon

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My first recollection of Eurovision is going back longer than most of my friends (I'm not a teenie bopper anymore). 1993 – the start of the Irish treble in Millstreet, the little village outside in County Cork putting up the Big Top in the middle of a field for all of Europe to see. The thought of sitting up in my bedroom with my little television, in the middle of the night, watching the songs in languages that I didn’t understand brings back memories. As time has rolled on, my enthusiasm has slowly gotten stronger, and friends more scared around this time of the year (especially when I start singing out loud with my headphones in, listening to the entries).


Current Activities


Involvement in Eurovision has not only been in attending the host countries, I am currently the President of OGAE Australia (the Australia Eurovision Fan Club) and have been on the Board for nearly 3 years. In my current role, I assist with the administration of the Fan Club and host various functions, held around Australia, to celebrate the world’s favourite and biggest Song Contest.

ARTIST : TROY BASS (Co-Founder, Travel Editor)

COUNTRY : AUSTRALIA / UK

2013 Malmö; 2015 Vienna; 2017 Kyiv, 2018 Lisbon

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The first time I ever watched Eurovision, I was actually in the arena! This was 2002 in Tallinn to be exact, where I happened to spending a few months for a work placement. Back in those days YouTube wasn’t around yet, nor was information as accessible as it is now. So the show was also the very first time I heard the songs of that year. From then on, Eurovision has been an obsession for me. My second one was in 2007, when Helsinki hosted. I was living in Finland then, so I was never going to miss the chance to attend in my adopted country. Since then, I’ve been to Eurovision several times with my partner William, whom I’m afraid is becoming more obsessed with it than I am!


Current Activities


I am a primary member of OGAE Rest of World as well as a secondary member of OGAE Australia. I work full time, but still try to give my hobbies some attention too. My main one is music! I play the harp, with many Eurovision songs in my repertoire, of course:) I also love travel and the planning of it. Given the combination of those two main interests, my love for Eurovision is explained quite well.

ARTIST : AARON PARAISO (Co-Founder, Food Editor)

COUNTRY : AUSTRALIA / FINLAND

2002 Tallinn, 2007 Helsinki, 2015 Vienna, 2016 Stockholm, 2017 Kyiv, 2018 Lisbon

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“We are an Australian based group that have known each other for many years and share a passion of Eurovision that we would like to share with everyone.  Many people ask what it is like being there and we would like to help you with our experiences to make it the most memorable journey of your life.”

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My first proper Eurovision was watching the 2007 contest in the lounge room in our tiny flat in Kew after seeing bits and pieces over the years. I knew of the contest growing up but didn’t grow up in a Eurovision family and my Mum is sure all the songs are still by Sandie Shaw and Cliff Richard. I finally reconnected with Eurovision again in 2009 and thanks to social media (especially Twitter), I was able to find some people to talk about it with. I remember leaving a party early so I wouldn’t miss the 2011 final on TV, and the host of the party was not pleased! Now I have made so many friends through the Eurovision community so we all understand each other, and think nothing for getting up at 5am to watch the contest live. Tel Aviv will be my first contest off the couch.


Current Activities


Since 2016, I have been the co-host and content creator of Wind Machine Podcast (with my partner Mark Perkins). You can find us on all the good podcast and social media apps. I’m also a committee member and the Social Media co-ordinator of OGAE Australia (ESCFAN Inc).

When I am not doing all of that, I work for commission as a fine artist, do some voice over acting, and run the longest non-official live tweet of Channel Ten’s Bold and The Beautiful.

ARTIST : DANIE TREGONNING (ESC Voice Editor)

COUNTRY : AUSTRALIA / UK

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After a few false starts between 2003 - 2006, I watched my first full Eurovision in 2007 at home snuggled on the couch it’s my partner - the lovely Danie. Seeing the Israeli band Teapacks perform their song ‘Push the Button’ with such pizazz opened my eyes. I couldn’t help but bop along. I knew then I was hooked. However it wasn’t an instant obsession. That came later. Up until and including 2014, I watched the delayed telecast here in Australia but when the 2014 winner (Conchita of course) was spoiled hours before I could watch the contest I vowed then to watch it live. It was from then on my interest in the contest became an obsession. Within the next two years, I started  (with Danie) a Eurovision podcast dedicated to contest that continues to this day. Now there isn’t a day that goes by I don’t listen to a Eurovision song or crack a Eurovision related joke. Thanks Omar Naber.


Current Activities


I produce and co-host the Wind Machine Podcast, a primarily historical focus on the contest. With over 50 episodes in the can, we are looking forward to expanding our repertoire in 2019 and beyond. Since working on this podcast, I’ve become interested in audio and video production.


I’m currently a member of OGAE Australia; a wonderful fan club where I’ve made many new friends. Each one of them has contributed to my growing love of the contest.


When not obsessing about Eurovision (which is extremely rare), I focus on my other main obsession - Star Wars.

ARTIST : MARK PERKINS (ESC Voice Editor in Chief)

COUNTRY : AUSTRALIA / UK

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I vaguely remember watching, like really watching Eurovision for the first time in 2002 – that’s when they had the contest in Tallinn, Estonia and once again everyone was rooting for Laura Voutilainen to win the contest for Finland. No luck that time, but skip to 2006 Athens, Greece with all the controversy regarding Lordi’s masks and performance: going out prepared for defeat we would enter a nightclub and to our surprise we watched the douze points flow – this is it, OMG, we’re going to win!


There’s and old chain letter email that used to go around telling people what Finns do in various temperatures and the last entry, -300 °C said: “Hell freezes over. Finland wins the Eurovision song contest”.


Current activities


I enjoy Eurovision in many ways. What started off as a fun little getaway trip with mates to the host city just for the weekend has now transformed into exciting new ventures to new destinations around the world. My first ever jury final show was in Vienna when we discovered they were still selling tickets on the same day. As per standard we now travel for two weekends and one week, often the first weekend being a new destination close to the host city. It’s like our own #road to Eurovision.


What I do


I love to write satirical live commentary about the entries and if possible, I do it live on social media.


Some of my favourite entries (good and bad…)


ARTIST : AKI HEINONEN (Editor)

COUNTRY : FINLAND

2015 Vienna; 2017 Kyiv, 2018 Lisbon


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