Meet and contact the staff
William Lee Adams, our founder and editor-in-chief, is an American journalist in London. He’s currently a news reader at the BBC World Service. Prior to this he was a London correspondent for TIME Magazine, and has written for publications including Billboard, MailOnline, 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, Stockholm, Kiev and Lisbon, plus Junior Eurovision in Kiev, Minsk, Amsterdam, Valletta and Sofia. He played Romania’s 2009 entry “The Balkan Girls” at his wedding in 2011. E-mail: willyleeadams [at] gmail [dot] com, Twitter: @willyleeadams, Instagram: @williamleeadams.
Robyn Gallagher, our New Zealand correspondent and executive editor, writes about music, pop culture and other delights. Despite coming from a country that all but ignores Eurovision, the contest has been part of her life ever since 2003. Robyn has twice made made the long flight to Eurovision — to Stockholm in 2016 and Lisbon in 2018. Her favourite memory was seeing Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz deliver a psychedelic rock extravaganza at the Globe, and well as the fun, community and love at the Wiwijam events. Twitter: @robynesc.
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 [dot] wiwibloggs [at] gmail [dot] com, Twitter: @JustPadraig.
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. 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.
Chris Halpin, a London-based correspondent and editor, 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.
Angus Quinn, one of our editors, is a marketing Manager from Manchester and now lives in London. He’s followed Eurovision since 2006, but fell head over heels for the contest in 2009 when Jade Ewen took the UK back to the top five. He’s followed the semi finals since 2011 and knew it was love when he saw Lena perform “Taken By A Stranger” to rave applause in Düsseldorf. And, courtesy of trips to the final of Melodifestivalen in 2015 and 2016, is a committed Scandifanboy. Twitter: @angus_quinn17, Instagram: @anguslquinn.
Sebastian Diaz is one of our Australian correspondents and editors, whose Spanish and Italian roots had him travelling the world and following the contest from an early age. While his earliest memory of the contest is a 2005’s Helena Paparizou playing her dancer as a lyra, Sebastian’s greatest Eurovision passions are solo diva bangers in the form of a multi-faceted split-screen Iveta Mukuchyan, or an on-fuego Eleni Foureira. He continues to wait for the next inevitable, delectable diva to grace the stage. You can follow him on Instagram: @escsebas.
Antranig Shokayan is our Armenia correspondent and editor from Sydney, Australia. He has been following Eurovision since Armenia’s debut in 2006 and went to his first Eurovision in 2018, where his favourite memory is multilingual diva Saara Aalto being able to pronounce his name correctly. His favourite entries of all time are Poli Genova’s “If Love Was a Crime” and Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego”. Antranig combines his writing for wiwibloggs with his own writing and is a self-published author. You can follow him on Twitter: @ant_shok or on Instagram: @ant_shok.
Jonathan Vautrey, one of our UK-based correspondents and new music editor, grew up watching Eurovision every year from 2005. After accidentally stumbling across the semi-finals in 2012 and the national finals in 2015, he has been a full-on Eurovision fanatic ever since. In addition to Eurovision and European music, Jonathan has a passion for exploring musical genres from across the globe, including K-pop, Q-pop, Latin American, Bollywood and more. He continuously hopes that ‘Worldvision’, and all its regional counterparts, will someday become a reality (and looks forward to supporting his favourite Antarctic pop bangers!). You can follow him on Twitter: @JonathanVautrey and Instagram: @jonathanvautrey.
Suzanne Adams, our Atlanta vlogger, is a happy hapa girl with a passion for life, travel, fitness, cats, theatre, ice cream and Eurovision. Her introduction to Eurovision came from our William, who liked to shock her with snippets. One day, he wowed her with Sergey Lazarev in “You Are The Only One”. A mere glimpse of that face, those biceps…and, a new Eurovision fan was birthed! Suzanne’s favourite Eurovision song is Michael Schulte’s “You Let Me Walk Alone”. There was was something very special about attending her first Eurovision, with her brother, and listening to this song daily after having lost their father. Instagram: @suzadams1.
Ron Kavaler, one of our Israeli correspondents and videographers, 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.
Cinan, one of our graphic designers, hails from Bulgaria, but recently started living and working in Stuttgart, Germany. His goal is to become “something” in this life. He loves to have a good time and make memories with friends. “Eurovision is a world that I want to be in forever, and Lady Gaga is an artist I stan forever.” Instagram: @cinansdl.
Luis Fuster is one of our correspondents from Spain. He began following Eurovision, like many other Spanish fans, in 2002, when Rosa got the ticket to Tallinn after winning Operación Triunfo. Outside the bubble, he works as a journalist in a press agency in his city, València. He likes everything minimally alternative at Eurovision, something that brings him many disappointments during the national final season. His all-time favourites include “Love Injected”, “For Real” and “Calm After the Storm”. You can follow him on Twitter: @wiwilluis and Instagram: @luisgfuster.
Renske ten Veen, one of our Dutch correspondents, grew up around a lot of Eurovision music as her country of birth has a rich Eurovision tradition. She loves herself some of the old chansons as “Nous Les Amoureux”, but can’t withstand a good joke act as well. Discovering the pink page by accident, it was instant love and she knew she wanted to write about Eurovision. The Eurovision community has since then introduced her to a bunch of loving people, including her significant other to whom she was introduced via wiwibloggs! You can follow Renske on Twitter: @rensketalitha.
Kristin Kristjansdottir, based in Iceland, fell in love with ESC in 1989, when Thomas Forstner sang his way to her heart. She obsesses with list making and is a devoted fan of Johnny Logan…he is the king! She misses Turkey, as there is no country that quenches her thirst for a decent rock number, and believes Pastora Solér was robbed in 2012. If anyone dares to bad mouth Zeljko Joksimovic, they will face some good ole fashion viking wrath. She is currently moulding her daughter into the cray-cray world of Eurovision. Its going quite well! Twitter: @KrissaHK.
Jordi Pedra, one of our Spanish correspondents, has been following Eurovision since Rosa’s 00’s disco craze “Europe’s Living a Celebration”, and it has always been a part of his life since. Among his all-time favourites hits, “Calm After the Storm”, “Euphoria” and “J’aime la vie” are on the top of his list undoubtedly! From Barcelona to Copenhagen, he is currently studying a MSc. programme on climate change, while merging his passion for Eurovision. During his spare time, Jordi is all about music and dancing – wohoo! Twitter: @Jordi_44, Instagram: @jordipedra_.
Steinunn Björk Bragadóttir, an Iceland-based correspondent, has followed every ESC contest since the year she was born (1986), well at least according to her mother, and has been hooked ever since. Her first memory is from the contest in 1990 when she was singing and dancing to Norway’s “Brandenburger Tor”, and her first ESC crush was Cyprus’ Alex Panayi back in 1995. She is a devoted fan of Balkan ballads and believes Zeljko Joksimovic is the true god of Eurovision. She first attended Eurovision in 2015 and can’t imagine the month of May without a Eurovision related trip. Twitter: @stoniem.
Bogdan Honciuc, our 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. Twitter: @stingovision.
Jacintha Daphne, our Belgium correspondent, has been a die hard Eurovision fan all her life. After being a reader for a while, she decided to join the Wiwi-team in May 2013. She has a appreciation for not-so-obvious entries, like rock and Indie pop songs in Eurovision. Her favourite participating countries are San Marino, Iceland, Albania and Estonia. Her biggest wish is for Belgium to win ESC again and to host the contest in one of her two favourites cities: Bruges or Antwerp. The biggest ESC screw up in her opinion? Iceland strangling “Mundu eftir mér” by sending “Never forget”. You can follow her on Twitter: @DaphneWiwi and Instagram: @wiwi_daphne, or contact her via Email: jacdij [at] gmail [dot] com.
Rezo Mamsikashvili, our Georgia correspondent, first watched Eurovision in 2007. “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.” As he says, his career started from wiwibloggs in 2014 and followed lots of success in his career. You can follow him on Instagram: @rezomamsikashvili or on Twitter: @rmamsikashvili.
Anthony Ko, our North West UK correspondent, 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.
Katie Wilson, one of our UK-based correspondents, was the youngest-ever wiwiblogger. She began contributing to the website aged 14. Her first memory of Eurovision is watching Lordi take the crown in 2006 and became hooked on the show after watching Mandinga perform “Zaleilah” in 2012. She attended her first Eurovision in 2014 and cried twice during the grand final: once when Conchita won and once when Emma Marrone shook her hand. Beyond Eurovision, Katie loves everything vintage and is a vegan. You can follow her on Instagram: @katie.lou1999, Email: katielwilson99 [at] outlook [dot] com.
Florian Rahn is one of our German correspondents. He grew up watching Eurovision with his family and throughout the years became more and more involved. Up to this day, his two favourite entries are Blanche’s “City Lights” and “Mercy” from Madame Monsieur. He’s currently preparing for his bachelor degree in European Studies. You can follow Florian on Twitter: @FlorianRahn283 or on Instagram: @florian1935 .
Josue Gil Aleman, one of our graphic designers, says “Hola, Europe!” from Latin America. In 2016 he made his way into the group by creating content and graphics for the website and social media channels, and spicing things up with his Venezuelan style. Nowadays we can enjoy part of his work through his Eurovision stars illustrations (the #Euroarts), which have been very popular with the fans and even our favourite ESC Stars. He knows how to slay! You can see this year’s creations on his Instagram: @soygalem, and follow his personal account while you’re at it: @josugalem.
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! Instagram: @mikebossy7.
Patrick Melbler lives in Malta, but originally hails from a small village in Tyrol, Austria. 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. His favourite national selection is Melodifestivalen, and his biggest wish is to watch Eurovision live in the arena. Twitter: @eurovisionboy77.
Cristian Scarpone, our Italian correspondent who lives in Germany, has passions for Sanremo, drag queens and geography. Eurovision sums it all up; maybe that’s why since 2008 he can no longer do without it. Thanks to the contest he has visited beautiful European cities, such as Vienna, Stockholm, Kiev and Lisbon. His biggest dream is to experience the thrill of seeing his country winning again.
Dayana Atazhanova is our Russian-Kazakh correspondent living in Finland. She fell in love with Eurovision after Eric Saade’s performance in Dusseldorf. After that, she became a huge fan of Sweden and Melodifestivalen, even wishing to move there. Well, now.. she’s close enough. Her favourite entries on Eurovision are “Calm After the Storm” and “Goodbye to Yesterday” – chilly and catchy. You can follow Dayana on Instagram: @da3.14.
Antony Roso is one of our correspondents from Australia, having avidly watched Eurovision for a long time now since childhood. Coming from a Croatian family, Antony takes particular interest in Eurovision news that happens in the Balkans. His favourite genres at Eurovision are dance music and Balkan ballads and therefore some of his favourite songs include “Euphoria” by Loreen and “Molitva” by Marija Serifovic. During his spare time, Antony loves to travel and listen to new music within the Balkan region. You can follow him on Instagram: @antcroso.
Erdi Tejeci, our Kosovo/Albania correspondent, was born and raised in Kosovo but currently lives in Turkey, studying International Relations at Trakya University. He joined Team Wiwi in 2016, but has been following Eurovision since Sertab Erener won in 2003 for Turkey. He himself has attempted to be a part of Festivali i Kenges twice, in 2013 and in 2015. He attended Eurovision 2015 in Vienna as part of the international delegation, by being the first Kosovar to be accredited by the EBU, where he did numerous interviews with foreign media sites such as BuzzFeed, and met Team Wiwi for the first time. In 2016, he also auditioned for The Voice of Albania, when Albania’s 2018 representative, Jonida Maliqi, was one of the coaches. Twitter: @TejeciErdi, Instagram: @erditejeci.
Marlene Jacobsen, our Danish correspondent, has been a part of wiwibloggs since 2017. Her first Eurovision memory dates from 1990 where she, as a six-year-old, was lying in front of her aunt’s television watching Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and was fascinated by the whole set-up: the catchy songs, the dresses, the glitter. She has basically followed Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and Eurovision ever since. As a huge ABBA fan, her all time favourite Eurovision song is “Waterloo”, but also “Dansevise” and “Grande Amore” are on the top of her Eurovision playlist. Instagram: @monnamuh84.
Barnabás Mike is our Hungarian correspondent and drummer boi who got drawn into the Eurovision fandom in the mid-2010s. Born in Transylvania, now living just a glance away from Budapest, he’s studying at Hungary’s leading media school, pursuing his dream to become a commentator (sports or Eurovision? Both!). He defines himself as a musical omnivore, who is also the resident metalhead of the team. This partially explains why AWS’ “Viszlát Nyár” is his all-time favourite Eurovision entry. He’s usually drawn to the unique and unconventional entries each year, and his Eurovision verdict is: “Goosebumps are the sign of quality, something really great going on. I’m following it.” Instagram: @brownietheone, E-mail: mikebarka [at] gmail [dot] com.
Mikhail Vasilyev is our correspondent in the Czech Republic. Before moving to Europe he lived in Siberia, Russia, where he had no chance to watch Eurovision as it started at 2 am. Out of curiosity he watched some performances in 2012 on YouTube and downloaded some songs. It wasn’t until 2014 that he was drawn into the whole contest, when he finally watched the show live. He found it so fascinating that he joined Team Wiwi in 2015 and travelled to Vienna. He hopes Prague will soon host Eurovision and he could feel the excitement of being from the host country. Instagram: @iamvasom.
Natalie Feliks is a writer, animal lover, and fashion enthusiast from Adelaide, Australia. After falling in love with the contest in 2013 (its all Emmelie’s fault), she embarked on a Eurovision journey that took her all the way back to 1956. Since moving to Sydney in 2017, she’s achieved three Eurovision dreams. First, watching Portugal win whilst in bed with her girlfriend hiding from her girlfriend’s parents. Second, hosting her own Eurovision party in 2018. And third, writing about her favourite contest. She really loves the passion, energy and emotion of music, and loves to make her own. And she loves squirrels.
Lucy Percy is a British Euronerd who has a thing for indie euro-bangers. She has watched Eurovision since 1998, and stumbled across Wiwibloggs in 2012 when searching ‘Eurovision blogs’ on Google, and finding her kinda people. Lucy’s favourite Eurovision entry ever is “Goodbye To Yesterday” and is a huge Eesti Laul fan. The best/worst advice she ever received was to be more prudent before issuing sentences…thanks BNT xoxo. You can find her on Twitter: @UnitedSingdom or on Instagram: @Lucyeapercy.
Rick Arth, one of our correspondents from Germany, has a passion for Eurovision because it combines all the things he loves: stage-managing, music, different cultures and languages, meeting new people, geography … and let’s be honest, sometimes also politics. His all-time-favourite lyrics can be found in “Grab The Moment” (Norway 2017) and “This Is My Life” (Iceland 2008) – they remind him of very important situations in his life. Instagram: @ricks_art, Facebook: Rick Trakir.
Lukas Žižys, our correspondent from Lithuania, found out about Eurovision back in 2009. The huge stage and interesting performances got him into the Eurovision fan club and since then he has never skipped a show. Eurovizijos Atranka may be one of the most unique and interesting pre-selections out there, but he doesn’t skip that show too and hopes that one day Lithuania could at least reach the top five in the Eurovision grand-final. To this day his favourite entry is Hadise from Turkey with “Dum Tek Tek” and of course Loreen with “Euphoria”. Instagram: @lukaszizys.
Izhar Levy (aka Izzy) is a commercial lawyer from Tel Aviv. He’s been a fan of Eurovision since he was eight and used to have notebooks where he’d document all the details about the contests before the internet era. Curiously, the first time he went to watch the contest live was in 2018. He was lucky enough to see his homeland Israel win at that time. Izzy speaks Hebrew, Arabic, English and French and his passion for languages is connected to Eurovision. Twitter: @IzharLevy, Instagram: @izyy75.
Pablo Nava is a Venezuela-born writer and ESC fanatic. He first came into contact with Eurovision in 2009, watched it for the first time in 2012 and has been hooked ever since. The contest embodies his random tastes in music and adds an enormous show to it, how could he resist? He doesn’t know how or when, but he will attend an Eurovision final live one day, it’s on his bucket list.
Oliver Rainbird currently lives in Switzerland, but originally hails from the UK, and comes from a Serbian and English family. His first Eurovision encounter was with the monsters of Lordi, but he fell in love with the contest after attending the dress rehearsal for the 2008 final. “Rändajad” by Urban Symphony and Nina Sublatti’s “Warrior” still reign supreme as his favourite Eurovision entries. You can follow him on Twitter: @rainbird_oliver.
Julian Geiser, one of our German correspondents, lives near to the heartbeat city of Düsseldorf. Since 2010 he’s been following the Eurovision Song Contest exponentially. Sadly he wasn’t able yet to watch the Eurovision Song Contest live in the arena, but he was happy to visit Eurovision In Concert in 2018! Besides Eurovision Julian is interested in playing the piano , wakeboarding and dancing hip hop or competing in the Just Dance World Cup (yeah, that’s a thing). He also loves watching Anime, Cosplay and japanese stuff in general! Instagram: @julianmeep.
Essi Yrjänheikki, our Finnish correspondent, has been a Eurovision fan as long as she can remember, thanks to her family that has a tradition of watching the contest every year. Essi’s all-time favourite Eurovision song is Salvador Sobral’s “Amar Pelos Dois”. Essi loves how wiwibloggs has given her the opportunity to meet new people and she hopes to meet more in the future! Essi is also a fan of 70’s and 80’s music and one of her favourite bands is Queen. Twitter: @essiialina.
Jack Lawson, our Tel Aviv-based correspondent, has been in love with the world’s largest live music event since he was first introduced to it. Jack often finds himself most drawn to raw and authentic songs but always appreciates Eurovision’s high-kitsch entries as well. He enjoys spending his free time traveling, listening to new music, and counting down the days until the next Eurovision. Some of his favorite entries include Blanche’s “City Lights”, Jamala’s “1944”, and Netta’s “Toy”. Follow Jack on Instagram: @jackhlawson or on Twitter: @jackhlawson.
Charlotte Valérie, one of our correspondents from The Netherlands, fell in love with music at an early age. So it really didn’t come as a surprise that she would fall in love with the world’s biggest music festival/contest as well. Charlotte loves the poppy, catchy songs, but can also appreciate the traditional songs and vibes in the contest. Combining her passion for writing with her love for music, resulted in her being a correspondent for wiwibloggs. Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charvalerie and Instagram: @charvalerie, or contact her on E-mail: info [at] charlottevalerie [dot] me.
Edgars Bāliņš is our Latvian correspondent and has been in love with Eurovision ever since Latvia took part for the first time in 2000. His favourite ESC songs are “Yodel It” (Romania 2017) and “Keine Grenzen” (Poland 2003). His full-time job is at the biggest media company in Latvia (delfi.lv), but part-time he has a rap band “Singapuras Satins” with his friends and is also one of the top stand-up comedians in Latvia. He doesn’t dream to represent Latvia in Eurovision – his dream is to commentate it on TV. Twitter: @MrBalins, E-mail: mrbalins [at] gmail [dot] com.
Alice Barnes-Brown is a journalist and travel enthusiast from sunny southern England. She saw the Eurovision light when her dad introduced her to the contest at the tender age of 10, and she hasn’t looked back since. Her favourite Eurovision song has got to be Queen Eleni’s “Fuego” – it changed her life! Twitter: @abarnesbrown.
Julia D’Orazio hails from the most isolated city in the world, Perth, Australia, and is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer and dance floor enthusiast. Guilty pleasures in life include Eurovision, sequined jumpsuits, cheeseburgers and Disney moments of turning conversations into musicals. She counts Romania’s Cezar’s “It’s My Life” as her defining Eurovision moment. Catch her latest improv song and dance numbers on Instagram: @theroamingflamingo.
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!”.