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21 Secrets Eurovision Fans Will Never Tell You

We went to a UK fan party in Vienna to meet the competition's die hard fans.

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1. Going to Eurovision on your own is totally normal.

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"I came to Vienna on my own this year. I've been once before, with friends, but none of them were that keen to come this time. But the great thing about Eurovision is that you make friends from all over the world when you're here." β€” Mark

2. We're secretly rooting for the country we most want to visit.

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"Sweden are great. They have a great song. But we've been there, done that. Let's go somewhere else. I love Hungary, I think it's a beautiful, sweet song. Plus Hungary would be great β€” cheap beer!" β€” Teresa

3. People actually do academic studies about Eurovision.

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"We're from Germany, and we're working on a university project here. We're looking at the queer culture of Eurovision and what the competition does for Europe." β€” Tobias, and Eline

4. Austria's British ambassador is backing Electro Velvet.

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Maggy van Eijk / BuzzFeed

"I think we've got a good chance. I think theirs the only song like it in the competition. I'm not sure everyone would agree with me on the merits of it, but I think it's good to be different. Standing out and catching people's attention is part of the game in Eurovision. An awful lot of the other songs sound identical." β€” Susan

5. But the rest of Britain isn't convinced.

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"I think Electro Velvet are really nice people but I don't think the song's strong enough. And I don't think the staging is good enough either. The set looks terrible. They should have just replicated the video." β€” Jude

6. In fact, everyone agrees that Sweden will probably win.

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"Guy Sebastian's song really stands out from a lot of the rest this year. He's going to come second behind Sweden. Sweden win every second year anyway. They have to win." β€” Jake, Fiona, Michael, and Jules

"Israel are popular, but it's got to be Sweden. Sweden will win." β€” Jude, and Mandy

7. Even though we wouldn't want to go to Russia, we wouldn't resent them if they won.

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Maggy van Eijk / BuzzFeed

"Russia have a great song, I just wish they would follow its sentiment. There are huge political problems there, obviously, but it's not Polina's fault. She's an incredible singer. But because of the politics, I wouldn't go. If they do win, they deserve it. If we just base it on the song and forget about everything. But I won't go." β€” Teresa

8. That said, we'd worry about the safety of fans.

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"When Azerbaijan won in 2011, there was an issue with the gay culture that surrounds Eurovision. People didn't know how to behave there, because they couldn't be open. I imagine it would be hard for the fan base of Eurovision to celebrate freely in Russia." β€” Eline

9. And lots of us don't think they could win.

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"The music isn't bad. But, from a political point of view, I don't think they could win. I think Conchita winning last year was a statement from Europe to Russia. I don't know if, only a year later, Russia could really win." β€” Tobias

10. But maybe it would help things if they did win.

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"I'd go to Russia despite all the issues. I think it'd bring the whole problem to a head. I think the EBU would ask, in writing, to guarantee the safety of delegations, fans, and people who go there just to watch it. And if they couldn't guarantee it, that would bring everything out." β€” Fiona

11. We put a LOT of effort into our costumes.

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Maggy van Eijk / BuzzFeed

"I got my outfit specially made last year from a company in Brighton that makes these dresses out of whatever material you like. It's a case of looking around on the Internet, finding anything with the Union Jack on it and buying it." β€” Fiona, and Sylvia

12. It's really embarrassing when your country gets nul points.

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"We don't want another nul points. Not again." β€” Teresa

"We went to Riga years ago. That was when Gemini got nul points. We were in the audience and we got our flags out. Then Gemini started to sing, and we hid them. They were so bad. It was such a shame because there we were, hiding. We were there like, no. Just no." β€” Fiona and Sylvia

13. We're all really excited that Australia are here.

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"Australia have been fans for years, so why not let them take part? They’re huge fans of the show. A lot of non-European countries are in Eurovision anyway, like Israel." β€” Mark

"It's sweet that Australia love Eurovision so much. It'd be interesting to see what would happen if they won. We'd love them to." β€” Eline, and Tobias

14. And the Aussies can't quite believe it themselves.

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"I don't know why Eurovision is so popular in Australia. Maybe because it's camp and Australia have a sense of appreciating that? We're delighted, though. Confused, befuddled and surprised. But delighted!" β€” Jake, Jules, Michael, and Fiona

15. In fact, some of them travelled for 30 hours to be here.

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"It was supposed to be a 23-hour flight but it ended up being 30. I was delayed for 7 hours in Abu Dhabi airport. It was horrible. But it'll be worth it." β€” Jules

16. But even if they weren't being represented, Eurovision would be full of Aussie fans.

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"We'd all booked our tickets here before we even knew Australia were taking part. It was just nice surprise. Last year we said: If Conhita wins, we're going. And here we are!" β€” Jake, Jules, Michael, and Fiona

17. But no one thinks this is the last we'll see of Australia.

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Maggy van Eijk / BuzzFeed

"The interesting thing will be what happens after this year. Australia were only meant to take part once but they're here now. They'll hang on. I don't think this is the last we'll see of them." β€” Sylvia, and Fiona

18. Lots of us have Eurovision soul mates.

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"Before we became flatmates, Mandy looked through my CD collection and she saw my Eurovision CDs. She said, "Oh do you like Eurovision?" I went, "Maybe...." She went, "I love Eurovision!" So we've been Eurovision soul mates ever since. We've been coming for 12 years." β€” Jude

19. Which means we tend to come with the same friend every year.

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Maggy van Eijk / BuzzFeed

"We met at university back in the '80s, so we've known each other fom over 30 years. I've always been a bit addicted and I always used to have to watch it on a Saturday night. Then Fiona started to watch it with me. Once we found the fan club, and once we found the fan club, we realised we could get here. We've been to 7 or 8 now." β€” Sylvia

20. And we'll never forget our first time.

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"Riga was our first Eurovision. Gemini got nil points. We'll never forget our first time." β€” Jude, and Mandy

21. Eurovision actually makes us feel better about the state of Europe.

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Maggy van Eijk / BuzzFeed

"The UK is so depressing at the moment. I just wake up feeling depressed about our government. But when you come here, you can be really silly for a week. And I really think, when we're talking about the EU and us pulling out, it's crazy. When you come to Eurovision and you are part of something so big, you realise they're deluded." β€” Jude

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