About the Authors

Michael Gordon (migordon) is a second-year law student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He’s been a fan of the contest since the Kiev show in 2004. When on vacation with his family in the UK, he happened to switch on the TV to BBC One while the final was on. From then on, he was hooked. Five years later, he attended his first show at the Olimpiskiy Arena in Moscow, Russia. He’s written academic papers on Eurovision, including “Googling Eurovision: Modeling Voting in the Eurovision Song Contest Using Google PageRank.”

Daniela is a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest because of none other than Michael Gordon, who introduced her to the show in 2005.  Daniela secretly wishes she were European and spent a year abroad in London, going so far as to audition for “Your Country Needs You” until she realized that she was not, in fact, a citizen of the United Kingdom.  Daniela is a huge fan of Svante Stockselius and looks forward to the day when she can meet him in person to award him douze points.  Feel free to contact her at daniela@eurovisionamerica.com.