Eurovision's oldest fan, Oma Ella, dies at age 105
We are sad to have to report that Oma Ella, who held the unofficial title of “Oldest Eurovision Fan,” has passed away at 105.
Oma, whose real name is Eleonora Kastner, was born in Bavaria in 1910 and has been a fan of the contest since the ’50s where she listened to the contest on her radio. She paid for her TV licence soon after so that she could watch the performances onscreen as well as listen to the songs.
She lived out her biggest dream in 2011 when she attended the final of Eurovision in Düsseldorf, the host city in her native Germany. She said of the event, “Of course, I was absolutely fascinated by the atmosphere. The German fan club OGAE even gave me an Honorary Eurovision membership.”
She attended the contest each year since then and her favourite moment was when she met Buranovskiye Babushki, the Russian act of 2012.
She also conducted a short interview with the Eurovision team in Copenhagen last year where she said, “my biggest wish is to visit the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest every year as long as I am healthy.” You can watch a clip from the interview below.
In addition to being an avid Eurovision fan, Oma travelled the world over and met many influential people such as the Dalai Lama, Lys Assia and Conchita Wurst. She was outgoing and lived a very long and full life.