The London Eurovision Party took place on April 3, 2022 at the Hard Rock Hotel in London. It’s just one of the many Eurovision parties that take place before the competition in May, for example Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Barcelona. Many competing artists participate to help publicize and showcase their entry at night shows and daytime press events. Many previous competing artists are also invited to perform at some of these parties.
There were a total of 30 artists who performed at London’s Eurovision party, including this year’s UK entry Sam Ryder and previous years’ Surie and James Newman. There were also many other returning artists like The Roop and Keiino. I had the opportunity to interview many of them at the press event and when I asked what the most important thing about this year’s competition for many was Ukraine and helping in any way possible, Monika Liu (Lithuanian entry this year) said: “The focus of this year’s contest must be Ukraine and help and support them in every way possible. When asked for his favorite Eurovision entry, the clear winner was the 2012 winner Loreen with “Euphoria”. All the contestants were so proud to have had the opportunity to represent their country, Surie (2018 contestant from the UK) said: “It was the most amazing experience and I was so honored to be able to represent my country at such a huge event.”
This experience gave me the opportunity to get to know what a journalist’s job is really like and meet many past and current ESC contestants and learn things about them such as who their idol was and how they felt when they were on the big stage with many including James Newman saying “it was the best and most exciting feeling and experience”. It gave me the opportunity to see what Eurovision is like behind the scenes while still being able to learn a lot about interviews while conducting 10 interviews in one day and it was an amazing experience that I hope to have the chance to enjoy again.