Hi there! If you’re reading this, you must be a Eurovision fan – and if you live it, breathe it, dream it and even eat it like I do (FYI, it tastes like Buranovskiye Babushki baked goods) then we’re going to get along great.
My name is Jasmin, a.k.a. Jaz, and I’m a born and bred Australian who sometimes wishes she was Swedish. My obsession with pop music, flags and international competitions led me to fall head-over-heels for Eurovision in 2006 (I may have also fallen in love with Dima Bilan at the time, mullet and all, but I’m not proud of it). After heading to university in 2009 to study writing and being forced to build a blog for one of my classes, I decided to combine my existing skills, newly-acquired ones and song contest-related obsessions to create what would become Eurovision By Jaz. That was just after the Moscow show, and ten years down the track I’m still here. EBJ is a passion project that receives more affection and attention than my day job, but don’t tell my boss I said so.
A few facts about me: I’m 28, a very typical Virgo and a hardcore yogi; I like cats but LOVE dogs; I’m a Joci Papái/Benjamin Ingrosso fangirl, but my favourite Eurovision entry of all time is Lane Moje by Željko Joksimović; and I can’t write a single sentence that doesn’t include an ESC reference. In 2016 I attended my first contest in Stockholm, as a fan and as press, where I complimented Ira Losco on her high heels, tripped over Eneda Tarifa’s handbag and made Måns Zelmerlöw laugh (there’s video evidence of the last one). I followed that up with the Melodifestivalen final in 2017 (ja, jag älskar Sverige) and Australia Decides in 2019 (if you were watching, you probably heard me scream-singing 2000 and Whatever). Hopefully that’s just the start…what do you say, bank balance?
Whether I’m on the ground at a Eurovision event or back home in Australia, I’ll be here on the blog talking all things ESC (and JESC) all year round. From reviewing every entry every year to ranking the best and worst from 1956 to now, my personal Eurovision party never stops and you’re always invited. You’re also invited to submit requests for song reviews/rankings (want me to count down the 10 most spectacular pairs of shoes worn on the contest stage? I’ll do it!) or to contact me just to say hello. Get in touch via my contact page or message me whenever, wherever.
You can also subscribe to EBJ if you want new post notifications delivered straight to your inbox – just sign up in the sidebar. You don’t have to sell your soul, but you do have to agree that Jessica Mauboy doesn’t deserve to be Australia’s worst-placed contestant so far.
Anyway, thanks for stopping by to learn a little something about me. I now give you permission to get on with your life, which just means thinking about Eurovision some more since Eurovision IS life, right?
Love love, peace peace,