End of the Year Interviews: Part 5

In this, the 5th part of the End of the Year series we will hear thoughts and opinions of several regular TISC participants.

We are reaching the end of 2017. Generally speaking, which is in your opinion the most important happening, evolution or trend in the World in 2017?

Wow, where to start. I’d say, since I live in the US, the empowerment of women on speaking up against sexual assault. As a woman myself, I am grateful that the tide is turning on this topic. Also, I’m starting to see countries that don’t normally do well in Eurovision and/or the World Cup did well (though my country is out of the world cup!).

What was your favorite TISC moment of 2017?

I guess my favorite moment of TISC 2017, hands down, is redeeming myself for 3rd place at the Open after giving it away in the same contest in 2016. Though I was focused on beating the Netherlands, I had forgotten that I gave points to Canada, but this year it was redemption time (after leading most of the way). But as you know, my favorite moment for each contest is other participants’ reactions to my ‘sometimes’ erratic voting!

Do you have a favorite TISC contest?

After 9 contest, it’s hard to say which contest is my absolute favorite, but my top 3 are:

Chirstina Grimmie – USA’s first ever representative at TISC – sadly lost her life in 2016

a) 2017 Open, now our highest placement in history

b) 2016 Open, our first contest after Christina Grimmie’s death

c) 2013 Open, just because of Bulgaria’s voting presentation #neverforget

As for the annual, my favorite is the first one held in 2014

Annual or Open?

I like both, I actually do better at the Open than I do at the Annual due to my preference with songs from my childhood years (1996-2004ish). And no, I haven’t started my search for our entry for the Annual yet (but we will be there)

Favorite entry that represented your nation?

See, here’s the thing, all 9 entries are great in their own way, some more well received than others, but my favorite one has to be Drops of Jupiter by Train, followed by our entries by Christina Grimmie and Kelly Clarkson

Wishes for 2018?

Personal or for the contest? If personal, I would like to follow through with my new years resolution that I made back in 2005 (being, you guessed it, losing weight). For the contest, though, I’m in the good mood, I’m hungry for a win (or second place, baby steps).

We are reaching the end of 2017. Generally speaking, which is in your opinion the most important happening, evolution or trend in the World in 2017?

I think the central happening in 2017 were still ongoing wars, continuing propaganda of fake news and use of political correctness. Countries that have power to stop these issues don’t will to do it, but instead it use it as a means of personal gain and profit.

Sasa Kovačević struck bronze for Serbia at the TISC Annual 2017 in Great Britain

What was your favorite TISC moment of 2017?

Serbia’s 3rd place in annual song contest, great achievement for us.

Do you have a favorite TISC contest?

Hm, I think I can’t decide which is my favourite contest. I hosted one and it was great experience, but all contests have something special and provide us a lot of fun.

Annual or Open?

In annual is easier to achieve good placement but I am not such a big fun of contemporary music so maybe open.

Favorite entry that represented your nation?

For me it’s hard to say because it depends of mood. Right now I am in between Oktobar 1864 Sam and Vlado Georgiev Iskreno.

Wishes for 2018?

Health, nothing is more important than that and of course lot of great sports moments for your countries and great results at upcoming TL song contests.

We are reaching the end of 2017. Generally speaking, which is in your opinion the most important happening, evolution or trend in the World in 2017?

The slow “failure” of Europe (UE), not only for the “Brexit”, but also for the many controversial matters that have divided the nations (immigrants, taxes).

More than an “Union” seem a “Partnership” of Nations (too many nations….), where each one want only the advantages (money) and let at others the troubles…..

What was your favorite TISC moment of 2017?

The surprise win of Ireland (The Stunning) over Colombia and USA

Do you have a favorite TISC contest?

Open 2013

Annual or Open?

Open

Andrea Bocelli narrowly missed out on victory after a final vote decider at the first ever edition of TISC back in 2013

Favorite entry that represented your nation?

Andrea Bocelli – Con te partiro’

Wishes for 2018?

The health of family is the most important.

We are reaching the end of 2017. Generally speaking, which is in your opinion the most important happening, evolution or trend in the World in 2017?

In 2017 we had a growth of the extremities around the world and, Joe you know, an extremist never has right, don’t care what type of ideas he has. From the left-wind and racist idea all-around the Europe to the religions problems in Middle East, and now I’m very worried about the situation in Iran.

What was your favorite TISC moment of 2017?

My favourite TISC moment was the head-to-head in Great Britain 2017.

Do you have a favorite TISC contest?

No, I haven’t a favourite contest. Every contest is unique and special.

Nek – silver medal winner at TISC Annual 2016

Favorite entry that represented your nation?

I like all Italian entries, because they are a mix of ideas of people with different music tastes. My best entry is “Fatti avanti Amore”, in TISC Open 2016.

Wishes for 2018?

I hope that 2018 will be a nice year in my personal life and in Italian sport, I hope that finally we’ll win a gold at Winter Olympics and of course have nice performance of our athletes in all sports. Ah, and of course, I hope to learn English and improve it!

Have a good year, Gianluca!

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