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With the start of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, just around the corner, I thought I would take this opportunity to just reflect about the past twelve months.
Writing these retrospective articles, really make me think. It made me think about all of the memories I’ve made, and all of the things myself and the ESCXTRA team have managed to achieve. This has also given me a chance to sometimes reflect, and also find ways to improve, in order to make sure we give you (the readers) the coverage you deserve.
Without further ado, let’s look at what I got up to in the past twelve months….
What did I get up to during the 2020 Eurovision season?
Despite the 2020 Contest being cancelled, I was able to undertake some activities before this year was abruptly cut. Some of the experiences I was able to undertake, was something I normally did. However, I did undertake some new experiences.
I went to Rotterdam
It wasn’t a surprise, that this has been a tradition. Ever since I have obtained my British citizenship, this has opened up a lot of travelling for me. Obviously, this is not an exception and I did visit ‘Rotterdam’. Despite the fleeting visit, I was very impressed with that I saw. I do look forward going back in 2021. You are able to read my experience below:
I attended the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest
This is a new one for me. I know the article sums up my 2020 season experience. However, the way the events are scheduled, Junior Eurovision is just unfortunately at the start of the Eurovision season. Therefore, I took the opportunity and went to Poland to attend the contest.
Being my first Junior Eurovision event, I was not disappointed. These acts participating are literally younger than me, but they are able to show, such professionalism, and handled the contest well. Also, I got to meet my favourite; Mila Moskov from North Macedonia, and I was very happy with the result she managed to achieve.
I went to a few concerts
This is not new. The moment I heard Duncan’s song. I knew that he’s going to win the contest. So, the moment I found out he is coming to London, I did not hesitate booking tickets.
Having the chance to see Duncan after his win, just made me really happy. I could not put to words how ecstatic I was to see him living his best life. I do love the EP, and I cannot wait for the full album.
In addition to watching Duncan perform, I also managed to watch the Jury winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. None other than ‘Tamara Todevska’, who was performing at Eurofest at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
Seeing her perform Proud once more gave me chills, but it meant a lot more after the contest, which she gave North Macedonia its best result ever. Despite a few people not having Proud on their radar upon release, I was one of the first ones to ever believe, Tamara has shown that you can do anything if you put your heart into it.
I went to Melodifestivalen 2020
Ever since I started going to Melodifestivalen in 2018, it has been a staple in my Eurovision schedule. Despite just arriving from Asia a few days beforehand, I ended up going to Malmö once again, and watching the fourth semi-final of this year’s competition.
During my time on the ground, I managed to interview most of the participants, and even talking to previous Eurovision participants (Victor Crone was participating in the Semi-Final I attended). In addition, I did get to talk to Ellen Benediktson and Simon Peyron, who have managed to make it to the Second Chance round of the competition.