Meet The Team

Created back in 2019, Eurobuzz has always been committed to being an alternative voice for the Eurovision Song Contest community. We deliver the relevant news and debate all the hot gossip, but we also love to delve deeper with our “In-Depth” articles. We are proud of our growing team and hope to welcome more contributors to our site in the coming year. You can find out more about the people who help run the operation below.

Curtis Lee (Founder of EuroBuzz)

My love for Eurovision stems from the first contest I watched in full, back in 2009. I remember being completely mesmerised by the production and atmosphere of this event, although being just 8 years old at the time, I likely had very little idea as to what on earth was going on… little did young Curtis know the impact that this contest would have on him in later years…

A decade later in 2019, I founded EuroBuzz. I have for long been interested in creating an alternative news platform and site that at the core represents the diverse nature of our fan community. We focused on just building our social media platforms for so long that we initially delayed our site launch. It is an extremely nerve-wracking thing to launch, and something that requires a lot of thought and effort, a special shoutout to Jacob who has designed much of the site you see today. We are still relatively new to this, and at the beginning of our website’s journey, yet the support of so many of you has touched the entire team. We are all extremely grateful and excited for our next chapter.

You can follow Curtis on Twitter & on Instagram

Sophie – Senior Editor

I first started watching Eurovision back in 2002 – although being just 8 years old my mum recorded the results on VHS so I could watch them back in the morning (thanks mum!). The first contest I watched all the way through was in 2005, where I was allowed to stay up late and watch the whole thing!

Now fully Eurovision obsessed, I’ve been working on writing and content with EuroBuzz since 2021 and love covering national finals and the latest news. Bring on the 2023 Eurovision season!

Sophie attended her first Eurovision in Turin this year.

You can follow Sophie on @ESCSophie on Twitter

Eleanor -Senior Editor

For as long as I can remember, I have watched the Eurovision Song Contest. It was an event every year in our house growing up. A performer at heart with a competitive spirit, I was always enamoured with it: the theatricality, the glamour, the avant garde, but it wasnโ€™t until Ira Loscoโ€™s โ€˜7th Wonderโ€™ for Malta in 2002, that I really fell hard for Eurovision, and from there, there was no looking backโ€ฆ

I joined the EuroBuzz team in 2021, just before the official launch of the website, and it has been a joy to watch as new people find us and engage with the community weโ€™re building. Highlights have included, seeing team members get their first online press accreditation for this yearโ€™s Melodifestivalen and Eurovision, and running nightly Twitter spaces during the two weeks of that contest. It was really rewarding getting to see people come back nightly and consistently engaging with us.

Weโ€™re still in our infancy, and I canโ€™t wait to grow the platform and our team with it.

You can follow Eleanor on Twitter & on Instagram

MJ – Senior Editor

While I’d always been aware of Eurovision, my love for the contest first began in 2006. I was 16, a total emo kid, and was obsessed with the idea of getting these Finnish monsters to win! From then on, I have watched the contest every year and my obsession has only grown.

In 2021, I joined Eurobuzz after fellow contributor and real-life bestie Eleanor suggested it. I jumped at the chance and am so glad I did. Not only does it give me a platform to talk about something I’m passionate about but it has also given me some wonderful opportunities, including online press accreditation for the 2022 contest and the chance to make incredible friendships. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

You can follow MJ on Twitter & on Instagram

AJ – Writer & Social Media Contributor

I first watched Eurovision in 2004, as an 8-year-old it blew my mind that such a thing existed. I loved music, and also had a great interest in geography and countries, so I knew even then I had found something Iโ€™d enjoy for a long time. Since then, I religiously watched it every year. 2014 was the first year I also watched the semis, then it was in the 2018 season I started properly following national finals and was active on EuroTwitter. It means a lot to me as itโ€™s been a part of my life for 18 years – actually going to the contest in 2019 was an experience Iโ€™ll never forget. In addition, itโ€™s something that I naturally gravitated to since it aligned with my interests, my passion for Eurovision hasnโ€™t been influenced by anything else other than my love for it.

I joined EuroBuzz in 2021, and have written a number of in-depth articles exploring key topics on the Eurofandom. Since my local friends are not interested in hearing me talking about whether we should have pre-recorded vocals in Eurovision, or what actually happened with the 2013 split results, I find it therapeutic being able to write on these topics and dig deep, often finding out nuggets of information that I had no idea about! I look forward to continuing to write in-depth articles, including the series of โ€˜In Defense ofโ€ฆโ€™ articles. Iโ€™m also excited to continue with EuroBuzzโ€™s Twitter spaces, which have been a hit in the build up and during the 2022 contest.ย 

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Liv – Writer & Social Media Contributor

My Eurovision story started in 2011 when Jedward was in the contest, as I was (at the time) a *little* bit of a Jedward fan. I was allowed to watch their Semi-Final, which was the same one in which Eric Saade performed, and โ€˜Popularโ€™ is the song that piqued my interest – who was this Swedish man, singing the type of music I love on my TV? I was also able to watch the 2011 final and when it finished, I knew I needed to know more about this European song contest.

Skip to 2015 when Mรฅns Zelmerlรถw won, and I, once again, was enamoured by this Swedish male pop singer – this is when I discovered Melodifestivalen, and from then on I was hooked. In 2016 I went from your casual knowledgeable fan to someone who invests over half their year into the contest – and I wouldnโ€™t have it any other way.

I joined EuroBuzz at the start of 2020, and have seen it go from purely social media to a growing hub of different media outlets. Being able to take my thoughts about Eurovision and write about them is so rewarding – especially when those articles are recognised by the artists themselves. Without EuroBuzz, I wouldnโ€™t have been able to achieve accreditation to Melodifestivalen in our first year of running the website, and Iโ€™m so proud of our small team for the dedication they put in daily to this venture. I canโ€™t wait to see what lies ahead for EuroBuzz in the coming years! ๐Ÿ

You can follow Liv on Twitter & on Instagram

Nana Ama – Writer

I am really thankful for one evening that has made me who I am today. In 2009, my best friend at the time really loved Eurovision and she introduced it to me. When I watched Eurovision for the first time in 2009, I found it interesting that a lot of countries came together and sang songs about everything you could possibly think of. I was confused but also intrigued about everything. My earliest Eurovision memory was seeing Hadise enter the stage to sing “Dum Tek Tek”, which made my friend and I fangirl intensely! I am so grateful for that one evening in 2009 because I am so happy to be a Eurovision fan it has brought me so much joy. Eurovision has given me a lot of opportunities which I never thought could be possible.

I joined Eurobuzz in August 2021. At first, I was a bit nervous about writing pieces which many people could read at one time. Before I joined Eurobuzz, I wrote often but I would never show people my work. Now, I really love that many people can read what I write; it makes me really proud. It allows me to achieve my newfound wish of putting more words to paper. Because of this, I have begun to love writing even more. That for me, is a big achievement, no matter what I write.

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TJ – Writer & Social Media Contributor

Iโ€™ve been watching Eurovision ever since I was a little boy. Having been born in Portugal, the contest was watched by a big part of the population and my family was no different. My first edition was in 2004 and I remember my grandmother explaining everything to me. But it wasnโ€™t until a decade later when I had moved to France, that I became properly obsessed with this contest. Especially given how amazing the 2014 edition was!ย 

Since 2014 Iโ€™ve wanted to become part of the bubble and the opportunity came in 2021 when I joined Eurobuzz. It made me really happy that I could finally share my love for the contest and contribute in any way I could. Being the French/Portuguese correspondent also makes me proud that I could share everything that my countries are doing for the contest. I hope that in the future I can share some exclusive news and maybe work closer with the delegations. But in the meantime, writing and talking about the contest will do!ย 

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Grace – Writer & Social Media Contributor

My first memory of Eurovision was back in 2007. I was transfixed by Molitva and I was so happy it won. For years I always remembered that one song, until the excitement of Blue representing us led me to watch my first grand final from start to finish. Fast forward a few years, and I found myself watching the semi finals in 2015 just for the fun of it. After that year I was completely head over heels (if I wasnโ€™t already) and joined the online fandom fully before the 2016 contest got started.ย 

Through the course of watching the contest, my music taste has evolved to include new singers, new genres, and new languages I genuinely would never have heard otherwise. Iโ€™m extremely grateful to have discovered what I have, and I genuinely have no idea where my life would be today if I was still only a casual viewer of the contest.

I always had an interest in joining a Eurovision news website, having survived off of them for content in my early days of being a fan. And having joined Eurobuzz fairly early on before it was even โ€œEurobuzzโ€, Iโ€™m very excited and proud to see where weโ€™ve ended up today. Itโ€™s exciting to see how each individual person shapes the website as a whole, and I hope to continue doing my best to contribute what I can.ย 

You can follow Grace on Twitter & on Instagram

Jacob – Website Administritator

Hi! Iโ€™m Jacob, a Eurovision fan based in Manchester. Iโ€™ve been watching the contest for more than 10 years, and one of the earliest memories of Eurovision I have is Alexander Rybak winning in Moscow back in 2009. Eurovision means a lot to me and getting to go to my first Eurovision in Turin is something Iโ€™ll never forget, my favourite Eurovision country is Sweden. Some of my favourite entries include Something Better (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 2014) and Dance You Off (๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช 2018).

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Georga – Writer & Social Media Contributor

Having only joined the fandom after the 2018 contest, I still consider myself a relative โ€œnewbieโ€ to the magical world that is Eurovision compared to others. After falling down the Eurovision social media rabbit hole trying to find people that loved Mร‰LOVINโ€™s โ€˜Under The Ladderโ€™ just as much as I did, I discovered a whole new fandom, one that loves the contest just as much as Iโ€™ve grown to over the last few years.

Through EuroBuzz, I hope to combine my love for the contest with my passion for social media, giving insights and commentary on all things ESC as well as interacting with the fandom to ensure that weโ€™re giving the fans the coverage they want!

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Dean Anthony – Writer & Social Media Contributor

Eurovision has alway been a part of my life. I think it was illegal to be Irish in the 1990โ€™s and not care. I remember the buzz around Ireland winning it for yet another year. We were a proud nation of winners. Unfortunately, the interest of the nation began to dwindle, and Eurovision left my life, for a bit…

That all changed for me in 2007, when I witnessed Verdka Serduchka performing in Helsinki. The absolute spectacle! The Campness! The actual budget! How far the contest had come from being held in a horse shed in Cork in the 90โ€™s was nothing short of spectacular! My love was reignited, and from there it just grew.

Every year it draws me in; from the announcement of the very first entrant, all the way to the aftermath and fallout from the drama. I love it. It has become a staple in my life, and what I consider the best time of the year. My mission is to make everyone experience the joy of this fine competition at least once in their lives, and – especially with everything going on the the world right now – I believe we need it now more than ever. Iโ€™m very thankful to be part of the EuroBuzz platform and to work with this great team, allowing me to spread the unadulterated joy of the EBU.

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Aaron – Writer & Social Media Contributor

Hi my name is Aaron and Iโ€™m from Northern Ireland. Iโ€™ve been a Eurovision fan since 2007 with my earliest memories of the contest watching Verka Serduchka almost take victory for Ukraine in Helsinki, Finland. I was hooked ever since.

I love everything that the Eurovision Song Contest stands for and hope to go to my first Eurovision in person in the near future. There are so many great Eurovision songs and some of my favourites include; โ€™Silent Stormโ€™ – Norway 2014, โ€˜Undoโ€™ – Sweden 2014, โ€˜Proudโ€™ – North Macedonia 2019, โ€˜Fai Rumoreโ€™ – Italy 2020 and โ€™Space Manโ€™ – United Kingdom 2022. Outside of the Eurovision world I have a pilots licence and enjoy flying aircraft. I also enjoy swimming and cycling.

I joined Eurobuzz in May 2022 and am looking forward to writing articles for the site in the future.

You can follow Aaron on Twitter

Adam – Writer & Social Media Contributor

Hey everyone! My name is Adam and Iโ€™m from Dublin, Ireland. My earliest Eurovision memory was “Hard Rock Hallelujah” by Lordi in 2006 and Iโ€™ve been hooked on the contest ever since.

I am a huge supporter of my home country Ireland in Eurovision, and I canโ€™t wait for you all to read my pieces on what we need to do to improve our record in the contest.ย 

I joined Eurobuzz in 2022, after speaking in one of the Twitter spaces in the build-up to Turin, and from there it really just spiraled. Iโ€™ve already made some incredible friends and I hope you have as much fun getting to know us as we will have getting to write for you!

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