Hi, I’m Chris, and I am a librarian who lives in the Washington, D.C. area. Since 2006, I’ve been reviewing songs, recapping shows, and writing funny (🤞🏻) articles all about the Eurovision Song Contest.
How did I become obsessed with Eurovision? Like a lot of people, it kind of started with ABBA. I was an ABBA fan as a kid, and one thing I knew about them was that they had won Eurovision. Never mind that I had no idea what that meant. However, I began to figure it out when watching sketches by Monty Python and The Young Ones.
Eurovision fell off my radar for a long time, but it captured my interest again in 1998 when Dana International won. The American press, which at the time cared as much about Eurovision as it does about the Eredivisie, reported that an Israeli transgendered woman had won it. I don’t remember another time before then that the U.S. media reported on the Eurovision result.
Meanwhile, my wife Jen would often purchase German pop music compilation albums like Viva Hits. One compilation CD had the Olsen Brothers’ “Fly on the Wings of Love” on it, which sparked her interest in revisiting the competition that her European parents knocked as being too kitschy to take seriously. She would regularly bring back Eurovision compilation CDs when traveling to Europe for academic conferences.
Finally, in 2006, I discovered that the official Eurovision website live-streamed the Song Contest. I used my old LiveJournal site to live-blog the Eurovision Semifinal that year, thus diving head first into what would became a major obsession. We started watching watching the national finals in 2008, and we began having annual Eurovision watching parties with our friends in 2009 (then binged on the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race). For a long time, Jen and I wrote this blog together, but she bowed out in 2020.
Eurovision Lemur may not have achieved William Lee Adams-level of stature over the years, but it has been cited twice on Wikipedia! My interview with lyricist Charlie Mason is a reference on his bio, and my review of “Suus” is taken slightly out of context in the song’s Critical Reception section.
That said, my proudest moment is when an Estonian tabloid website got a whole article out of the fact that we called Jüri Pootsmann’s “Play” the biggest misfire at the 2016 Song Contest. Given my obsession with Estonia, I think that might be my finest Eurovision moment.