James (Developer) & Jade (Researcher) Creators of eurovisionr.com
Credit: Jade Elliott

About Us

With the launch of eurovisionr 2014 imminent we thought you might want to know a bit more about the team behind it, and what better way than a quick-fire round of eurovisionr speed dating?

eurovisionr: Hey Jade, for those that don’t know you, how would you describe yourself?

Jade: I’d say I’m a fairly easy-going person who loves music (including Eurovision of course!), food and travel – I’ve lived in 3 different countries in the last 3 years!

Jade In Venice drinking wine, because that's what you do in Italy. Credits: Jade Elliott
Jade drinking wine in Venice, because that’s what you do in Italy. Credits: Jade Elliott

e: So you love music and Eurovision, how long have you been a fan of Eurovision?

J: As long as I can remember I’ve loved Eurovision, but I started taking it really seriously a few years ago when I found some friends who love it as much as I do!

e: Nice! Do you usually watch it with friends and family?

J: When I was younger I would always watch with my family, but now it’s more with friends – either way I make a full night of it!

e: So you’re currently in China, following living in England and a year in Italy. . . Does anyone in China know about Eurovision and how will you be watching it this year?

J: Eurovision isn’t that well known in China but they do love a good singing/talent competition so I’m hoping I can sway a few of my Chinese friends into becoming fans! Fingers crossed the internet will provide us with a good link and we’ll all be able to watch it at my house over a couple of pineapple beers (even if it will be very early on a Sunday morning for us!) Alternatively they do sell Danish Bear Beer at the local 7-11…

The perfect recipe for a night of Eurovision fun. Credits: Jade Elliott
The perfect recipe for a night of Eurovision fun. Credits: Jade Elliott

e: Wow sounds really fun – hopefully you will be able to do the live updates again this year! Do you feel there are differences in opinions of Eurovision around the world and how does they compare to the United Kingdom?

J: Of course I’ll be doing updates – following on twitter is a really great way to watch the event and see everyone else’s opinions! From what I can tell, the biggest difference is how seriously people take it – I mean in Italy no one really talks about Eurovision, but I hear it’s massive in Australia.

e: Interesting! And they aren’t even in the competition!

J: I know! And the time difference is even worse for them! Doesn’t seem to stop them though…

e: You mentioned you may open a few Danish beers on the night – can Denmark win twice in a row? Has this happened before?

J: People have won twice in a row in the past (I think the UK even managed it at some point in the early days!) and Denmark have got a pretty good song again this year. Who knows…?

e: If we go back to the UK, with regards to the British presenters, who gets your vote, Graham Norton, Scott Mills, Terry Wogan, Sara Cox?

J: Terry is a legend, of course, but I’ve gotta say my favourite is still Scott Mills – I love that he’s just as passionate as I am, but still has a snide comment or two!

e: I totally agree, Scott ftw. Have you heard Scott’s club remix of Molly’s song?

J: Wow, that’s certainly…different from the original! – I’ve definitely been missing a lot of the build up by being here in China 🙁

e: When did you originally decide you wanted to make eurovisionr, is it a lifelong ambition?

J: No! It was a spur of the moment thing – I’d been playing with the Guardian’s Pontifficator to help you select a new Pope (Jorge all the way!) and realised Eurovision definitely needed something similar. Every year it seems so hard to pick just one favourite and eurovisionr seemed like a good way to get someone to make that decision for me!

e: Awesome! So, final question, what’s the winning formula?

J: I can’t tell you that! 😉 You’ll just have to have a go for yourself!

e: Right, James, your turn! Let’s start with your favourite greeting. . .

James: Yoyo

e: Yoyo, James! So, give us your best ‘about me’ speed dating style. . .

J: I’m James, I <3 tech and programming cool things! I also love music, right now I’m actually listening to bassy house music in sunny Bath. (The city, not in the Bath) 😛

Looking good, James. Credits: James Acres
Looking good, James. Credits: James Acres

e: Haha! Of course, all good techies know that baths and electricity don’t mix! So tell us a little bit about your role at eurovisionr – you’re the guy who makes it all work, right?

J: Haha indeed! Dangerous combination. Yeah, I’m that guy behind the scenes. My aim is to create a usable, fun experience which works cross-platform from devices with small screens to desktops with super wide monitors.
I see eurovisionr as a site I can play with and experiment with the latest technologies. This year I set out to learn the slightly hipster MEAN stack, with MongoDB, Express, AngularJS and Node.js. It’s been an amazing experience so far. Last year my aim was to become a pro at responsive design with Bootstrap and that has been a success too.

e: So it’s a bit of a playground for you then? Any big plans for making it even better next year?

J: The web evolves at an incredible rate, no doubt there will be a new technology to learn this time next year. I think we can do even more cool things, we’ve barely scratched the surface with what we can do.

e: You said you’re a fan of music, but would you describe yourself as a fan of Eurovision?

J: Originally I wasn’t, but since eurovisionr I now see it as a fun, colourful competition and it’s great to be a part of it. I’ve done various music things in the past which means, if I want to, I can give an informed opinion, however I mainly leave that part to the Eurovision expert!

e: Where will you be watching this year?

J: Last year, funnily enough, I had a Come Dine With Me competition which coincided with the final! This year I’m not sure, if I was really out there I’d go to one of the parties in Bristol.

e: From one extreme to another then! Who will you be supporting if you do go out?

J: I haven’t decided yet as eurovisionr isn’t quite finished 😀

e: I guess we’ll have to wait and see! Anything you’re most excited about seeing in the show?

J: All the flashing lights and pyrotechnics from Denmark’s awesome stage!  It’s going to be a huge show! Plus the bearded lady is intriguing…

e: They do seem to have really gone all out on that stage! Do you think there’s room for Eurovision to embrace more technology?

J: Definitely. If we can create eurovisionr in a week I wonder what the official tech guys are working on. Mobile is the obvious answer, everyone will be watching with a mobile device nearby, so voting throughout the show rather than phoning up is an obvious one.
What would be really cool is using an Oculus VR  headset to experience Eurovision as if you were actually in Denmark right next to the contestants, this could be awesome. Maybe combine that with Google Glass and see tweets streaming in as you watch without having to keep checking your mobile device!

e: Sounds great! Is that how you see the future then, with more direct viewer interaction?

J: For sure, I think TV will head towards a more personal interactive experience, watching live events is the perfect platform for this, there are opinions streaming in all over the world on the web while events happen, yet the actual content doesn’t reflect this opinion – advertising will likely be one of the first things to change, with live TV advert breaks it’s an ideal time to personally target the audience rather than showing generic ads, you can’t easily ad-block live TV advertising and if it was more relevant you wouldn’t want to block it.

e: Of course personal opinion is a big part of Eurovision so it would be great to see more interaction! In your opinion can Molly win for the UK this year?

J: As usual I am sceptical, and at first I wasn’t sure, but the more I listen to it the more I think she has a good chance! Although she doesn’t have facial hair, and I hear that’s an important attribute this year…

e: We hear it is too 😉 ! Finish off with your favourite way to say good bye?

J: Ciao amigo! 😛

e: Ciao, James!

17 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Hallo there,
    This is Jöran Steinhauer from Aarzemnieki. We will be representing Latvia in this years competition. Just want to say Love your site!

  2. Hello,

    Terry Wogan here. I don’t know if you have heard of me. You look far too young to know about an old boy like me, but I used to host the show before the days of Graham Norton – back when it was good. I am joking, the shows views have probably tripled since I left. You have done a tremendous job with this website of yours. Far too technical for a man like me to understand. Do you do this sort of work for a living? Could I hire you to make me a website for me? At the moment if I type my name into Google, ‘Wikipedia’ comes up. People in the know tell me that anyone can edit that page, so I would like my own private one that I can manage myself. If this interests you please let me know. I can be contacted at wogan@bbc.co.uk I am not making the mistake of leaving my number on a website box again.

    Kindest Regards,

    T.W.

    1. Sorry, we’re Scott fans, but if you need a website our friend Matt Tucker does this sort of thing. He’s not great at it, but he’s cheap and his websites look like your kinda era, as in not the modern style we use, he really takes you back in time with the colour choices and don’t worry it won’t be responsive. His email address can be found at http://matt-tucker.co.uk/contact.php
      (ps we are aware the Wogan post was Matt trolling us)

        1. I have made a website for Mr Boris. I can make you one too. I just need your sort code and we can begin this transaction.

  3. Hello James,

    Terry Wogan here again. I see we have already spoken. Well we haven’t but who ever posted that previous comment pretending to be me did an outstanding job. My wife Helen believed it was me when I showed her . It was so good I began to question if it was actually me as well -one of the curses of getting old.

    I’m not sure if it was you that emailed me or this prankster of yours but either way I am sad to hear you have chosen Scott over me. Scott is a fine fellow but I hope you will see the error of your ways one day. I kid of course. I am not currently in the market for a website, the internet is far too confusing for “an old boy like me”, but if I ever decide to make one I will put you top of the list, even if you did call me old.

    You can tell that prankster of yours that his antics have given us a great deal of laughs on an otherwise slow Sunday afternoon. Or you can tell him I have thrown him to the dogs and he can expect a call from my legal team. I will leave that decision up to you.

    Take care James, It is great to see the Eurovision is still holding weight with the younger generation. I will of course be supporting Molly all the way.

    T. Wogan

  4. Ok I’ll go first. It’s a great website James, great concept, love the layout, you came here with a plan and it all went perfectly but I don’t think the Queen would like it so its a no from me.

  5. Wow I just found this site because Simon Cowell retweeted it! Hi Simon! It’s James Boyd from BGT. Sorry I won’t be there this year. I’m actually attempting to set a new Guiness World Record this year by viewing 5 years of Eurovision simultaneously at the same time. So this website is very appropriate. I have been in training for 8 months. I do only have one tv set at the moment though so its hard to train fully for it.

  6. Hi James,
    Great site. It’s helped me choose a winner. Definitely won’t be going for the French. I think I will go for Conchita Wurst- I’ve always liked a woman with a bearacelet.

  7. Hi James,

    I’ve just looked at my last comment again and it looks like I’ve said woman with a beard. I didn’t mean to say it, I mumbled it and it just slipped out. Commenting on a womans facial hair is something I would never do , its just not in my lexicon. Can we do a second take with that one and replace it with bracelet. Fuck where’s James May when you need him.

  8. Ooh Ahh I liked your website last year
    Ooh Ahh I like it this year a bit more!
    I’m intrigued by the woman with a beard
    You know what I’m looking for!

  9. Hi James,

    We are a group from Buckinghamshire who were big in the pop world in the 70s but have gone a little flat in recent times. Could you put us on your website?

    Best Regards,

    BF

  10. what is this euravison all abut anyway, i fort we alredy had xfactor and the voice innit we don’t need another sing song contest. cant dey do somthin kl like race eachothta or sumthing instead. Dont go steeling my ideas now. I got copywrite on that!

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