Meet the team


The team at wiwibloggs includes more than 40 correspondents in countries including Australia, Armenia, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Russia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. You can get to know us below.

Meet and contact the staff

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William and Conchita at London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern one month before Eurovision 2014

William Lee Adams, our founder and editor-in-chief, is an American journalist in London. He’s written for publications including MailOnline, Time, Newsweek, the Financial Times, the New York Times, CNN.com and InStyle. He fell in love with Eurovision in 2007 when he saw Ukraine’s Verka Serduchka running around the stage in tin foil, and has subsequently attended ESC in Oslo, Düsseldorf, Baku, Malmö, Copenhagen, Vienna and Stockholm, and Junior Eurovision in Kiev, Minsk, Amsterdam, Valletta and Sofia. He played Romania’s 2009 entry “The Balkan Girls” at his wedding in 2011. Contact: willyleeadams [at] gmail.com  Twitter: @willyleeadams

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Padraig with Albania’s Elhaida Dani at Eurovision 2015

Padraig Muldoon, Deputy Editor and Ireland correspondent, watched his first Eurovision at the grand old age of 12 way back in 2003. However, it wasn’t until Alexander Rybak’s win in 2009 that he became a true Eurovision nut. Padraig would like to think that he’s quite good at predicting the winners, with his favourites usually proving victorious (alas Twin Twin let him down in 2014). But this could all just be luck, as his friends and family often doubt he has any musical taste at all! He vehemently denies such allegations. E-mail: padraig [at] wiwibloggs [dot] com Twitter: @JustPadraig

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Robyn with Amir, backstage at #wiwijam 2016 in Stockholm

Robyn Gallagher, our New Zealand correspondent, writes about music, pop culture and other pleasures. Despite coming from a country that all but ignores Eurovision, the contest has been part of her life ever since 2003 when she was mesmerised by reports from Riga. Robyn made the 27-hour flight to Stockholm for Eurovision 2016 and had a rather good time. Twitter: @robyngallagher E-mail: robyn [at] wiwibloggs [dot] com

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Deban with Lys Assia, the winner of the very first Eurovision Song Contest

Deban Aderemi (real name Deban Aderemi) is a London-based correspondent who tells it like it is. He balances intelligence with charisma and some serious attitude, as you can see in his music reviews and interviews with Eurovision contestants. Deban is also a regular commentator on eurovisioradio.eu. His authoritative and often irreverent style always gives a fresh spin on what’s hot and trending with ESC. E-mail: deban[dot]aderemi[at]googlemail[dot]com Twitter: @debanaderemi


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Bogdan Honciuc, Romania and Moldova correspondent, has been a Eurovision fan since 1991, when he fell in love with Amina, the French siren who finished second while Carola won (“undeservedly,” in his words). A Moldavian by birth and a Transylvanian by choice, he impatiently waits for Eurovision every year like a kid waits for Christmas. Having lived in Amsterdam for a while, he understands the Dutchies’ undying love for the “Eurovisie Songfestival” as well. He speaks Romanian, English, French, Dutch, and fluent Cat. E-mail: bogdan [at] wiwibloggs [dot] comTwitter: @stingovision

David inside the Malmö Arena for Eurovision 2013

David inside the Malmö Arena for Eurovision 2013

David Thielen, a North American correspondent, discovered Eurovision by mistake one night on YouTube and got hooked on acts that he says “are even tackier than Hollywood at its worst.” David, who lives in Colorado, has a wife and three daughters who do not understand his love of European (especially Russian) pop. They love him anyways. He spends most of his time working as the CTO at a software startup in Boulder (the part that did not burn down). And most of the rest of his time is spent blogging on politics, reading history, and listening to European pop. He has his favorites: “Natasha Koroleva rocks!” E-mail: david [at] wiwibloggs [dot] com

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Katie gets up close and personal with Hungary’s Andras Kallay-Saunders in Copenhagen

Katie Wilson, our northeast of England correspondent, says her earliest Eurovision memory is voting for Lordi and watching them win in 2006. She’s never missed a Grand Final, and noticed a change in the contest when Alexander Rybak won in 2009. Everything seemed to get bigger, crazier and so much cooler. She slipped into a permanent Eurovision bubble after Mandinga performed “Zaleilah” in 2012. “I attended my first Eurovision in 2014 thanks to wiwibloggs and cried like a baby when Conchita performed her winning song and gold confetti fell on us all,” she says. “Since I saw everyone perform live, I struggle to find a song from 2014 that I dislike.”  E-mail: katie [at] wiwibloggs [dot] com

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Anthony Ko, our Lancashire correspondent in the UK, first became a Eurovision fan back in 2001. Since then, his passion for the Eurovision Song Contest has blossomed and he has never missed a single contest. His earliest memory of Nuša Derenda gave him the “Energy” to switch Eurovision allegiance to Slovenia in 2006. Twitter: @Bjorneo E-mail: anthony [at] wiwibloggs [dot] com

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Billy Xifaras, our Greece correspondent, lives in Chania, a small town on the island of Crete. He has been keen on Eurovision since Helena Paparizou won the contest in Kyiv. He’s a first-year student in high school and hopes to go into architecture one day. He also loves Melodifestivalen and hopes to attend a Greek final one of these days. “And what do I think about DR?” he asks. “BRING THE LED SCREENS BACK!!!” Twitter: @bill_xifaras. E-mail: billy [at] wiwibloggs [dot] com

 

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Mike and Boggie in Amsterdam

Mike Bos, is a correspondent in The Netherlands. The first time he watched the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2003, but he felt in love with the contest in 2009 when he saw Malena Ernmann performing ”La Voix” on the stage in Moscow. Mike is one of the biggest fans of Rona Nishliu and her amazing vocals. Back in 2014, only three weeks before the final, Mike decided to go with Denise to Copenhagen to see the Eurovision final live for the first time and now he does not wanna miss a single contest anymore. Mike has one dream, which is The Netherlands having an amazing national final once again! Twitter: @wiwimike Instagram: mikebossy7 E-mail: mike [at] wiwibloggs [dot] com

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Judit Sebok, our correspondent in Hungary, studies Communication and Media at the University of Debrecen, in East-Hungary. She’s 22 years old and fell in love with Eurovision in 2009 when she caaught Alexander Rybak on the screen during the semis. “I voted for him and two days later he won the competition,” she says. Eurovision has crept into other aspects of her life, too: “When I got my first diploma I wrote my thesis about Eurovision Song Contest and its relevance to Hungary.” Unlike the majority Eurovision fans she is not a Loreen fan, and she hates when the bookies’ predictions are confirmed. “I hope for the best for Hungary and maybe we can have a winner soon!” E-mail: judit [at] wiwibloggs [dot] com  Twitter: @sjudy03 

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William Cahill, a correspondant in Ireland, watched Eurovision for the first time back in 2009, and became a full-on fan in 2012. He was born in Australia and moved to Ireland, so has a good knowledge of both music scenes. He also loves music and culture from around the world. E-mail: cahill [at] wiwibloggs [dot] com Twitter: @williamcahill16

 

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Patrick Melbler, our Austrian correspondent, lives in a small village in Tyrol. He’s a student at a commercial business school. He’s been a Eurovision fanatic since he first watched the contest in 2006. “My family likes the show too, but they don’t understand why it’s my biggest hobby,” he says. A seasoned orator, he placed second in a nationwide speech contest last year and is hoping to win the top trophy this year. His favourite national selection is Melodifestivalen and his biggest wish is to watch Eurovision live. Fingers crossed his dream comes true soon! Twitter: @eurovisionboy77 E-mail: patrick [at] wiwibloggs [dot] com

 

Ron with Nathan Trent (Austria) at Eurovision 2017

Ron Kavaler, our Israeli correspondent, says his biggest Eurovision memory is the unforgettable night in 1998 when Dana International won with “Diva”. He’s also a big Melodifestivalen fan and has followed the event every year since 2003. “Euphoria” is his favourite Eurovision song ever. He attended ESC 2013 in Malmö. He met Wiwi in the press center and has been contributing to the web site ever since.  Instagram: ron.wiwibloggs  Twitter: @Ronkesc  E-mail: Ron [at] wiwibloggs [dot] com

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Sinan, our graphic designer, is an 18-year-old student in Bulgaria. He’s headed to Gothenburg, Sweden soon to continue his education. He isn’t short on enthusiasm: “I love music! I love Eurovision! My dream is to represent Bulgaria at the contest!” Twitter: @cinanss E-mail: sinan [at] wiwibloggs [dot] com

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Denise is a 21-year old Dutch girl who loves Eurovision. She watched Eurovision with her family every year from the age of nine, and would record the semi-finals and final and watch them nearly every day. She can sing along to every song because of that. Her favourite Eurovision song ever is Israel 2005. Email: Denise [at] wiwibloggs [dot] com

 

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Kristin Kristjansdottir, our woman in Iceland, fell in love with ESC in 1989, when Thomas Forstner sang his way into her heart. She hasn’t missed a contest since. She usually obsesses with all kinds of list making and is a devoted fan of Johnny Logan..he is the king! She misses Turkey dearly, since there is no country that quenches her thirst for a decent rock number and believes that Pastora Solér was robbed of a decent placing in 2012.  And if anyone dares to bad mouth Zeljko Joksimovic to her, they will face a piece of good ole fashion viking wrath. She is currently moulding her daughter into the cray-cray world of Eurovision. Its going quite well!  E-mail: kristin [at] wiwibloggs [dot] com. Twitter: @KrissaHK

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Chris Halpin, a London-based correspondent, has been a Eurovision fan since 1997, when he entertained his family with an all too enthusiastic commentary of Katrina and the Waves’ victory. Today, he does much the same on the internet, including on his Twitter, @KatsJonouchi.RezoMamsikashvili

Rezo Mamsikashvili, our Georgia correspondent, first watched Eurovision in 2007. His favourite songs are “Children of the Universe” by Molly Smitten-Downes and “Euphoria” by Loreen. “I love Eurovision very much, and it’s an important part of my life to watch the show every year,” he says. “Eurovision is a European project which gives us the possibility to meet new cultures, and discover new music. It’s love and friendship — that’s everything for me. My biggest dream is to attend the Eurovision Grand final.” Twitter: @rmamsikashvili

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