William is an American member of the ESCUnited team. He serves as a big part of our news and editorial team, and is most known for his infamous “Five Things You Should Know” series on the website – an article series that helps you get to know the Eurovision artists better.
Tell me about your first Eurovision memory?
I first became aware of Eurovision in 2009, when Alexander Ryback’s win went viral. His performance of “Fairy Tale” came across my YouTube home page, and I was immediately hooked.
What’s your favourite Eurovision song?
“Wild Dances” is the platonic ideal of a Eurovision entry. It’s ethnic, and it’s got a husky-voiced woman belting and dancing her heart out. What more can you ask for?
What are some of your favourite musicians outside of Eurovision?
Anything Mark Ronson touches. Also, Westboro Baptist Church song parodies, but that’s a story for a different time.
What about your favourite food?
I drink an Iced Venti Chai Tea latte, made with coconut milk, at least twice a day. I have a problem.
Do you have a favourite place to visit?
My family and I spend every Thanksgiving at a national park in the middle of the Texas desert. You can’t even get cell reception there.
Besides doing work for ESCUnited, how do you spend your free time?
This is my free time. Otherwise, I’m walking dogs, cleaning up after cats, feeding lizards, etc.
Tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
When I was 8 or 9, I went to an open call for the lead in the 1997 Leave it to Beaver movie. I even got a call-back. It’s probably been destroyed by now, but some casting agency COULD have a video tape of my audition lying around. Also, Margo Martindale hugged me once.