The EuroWhat? Podcast

The EuroWhat? Podcast

Throughout Eurovision season (December-ish through May) our weekly episodes check in on the news, recap selection shows from around Europe, and review the entries as they are selected. As the Contest draws closer, we re-examine the songs as competitors. It's sports, but with pop music, spreadsheets, and Google Translate. During the off-season, we dive into topics directly and tangentially related to the history of the Contest. Topics have included: drag queens, the movie The Apple, flags, the Iceland Airwaves festival, intersectionality, the origins of telecommunications technology... did I mention we're a bit nerdy? Episodes drop Tuesdays on your favorite podcast provider.


August 30, 2021 34 min
Italian music aficionado Bradley Dalton-Oates takes us on an historical tour of the Sanremo Music Festival and its relationship with Eurovision. Sanremo Summary How were you introduced to Sanremo? (1:29) How would you describe the Italian music scene? (5:43) Sanremo's Influence (10:35) Sanremo History (17:46) What might Italy hosting Eurovision look like? (27:47) Wrapping up (32:02) Subscribe The EuroWhat? Podcast is available ...
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Dave Steeves facilitates a play through of the Eurovision Song Contest Board Game. Mike en Ben verstaan de Nederlandse taal niet. Bordspel Summary Introduction to the Best/Worst Idea (1:30) Eurovision Song Contest: The Board Game (4:08) The Grand Final (28:19) Review: did we like the Eurovision Board Game? (33:12) Links / Credits Cover art: Mike McComb #31: Eurovision Gifts for 2018 ( Episode Transcr...
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August 2, 2021 32 min
New Wave has been part of the music competition journey for many Eurovision contestants. We take a look at the contest's history. New Wave Summary
  • News: Eurovision Again 2006 HD, Måneskin cracks the US Top 40, Spain visits Benidorm (0:50)
  • Birth of a New Wave (6:33)
  • How It Works (11:37)
  • SMASH!! and Other Alumni (14:49)
  • "Russian" New Wave (21:27)
  • 2021 Info (25:55)
  • Links
  • Cover art: Andres Putting (all) |
  • New Wave h...
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    July 19, 2021 38 min
    Film buff and Eurofan Evan Stewart joins us to discuss the Hatari documentary A Song Called Hate. A Song Called Hate Summary Eurovision Again: 1980 (0:57) News Desk: Belarus (, Italy, Måneskin A Song Called Hate intro Welcome, Evan Stewart (! Let's Talk About the Documentary Who is the aud...
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    July 5, 2021 28 min
    Meredith Clark joins us to discuss some of the societal issues that Eurovision struggles to address in the fandom discourse. The Discourse 2021 Summary Welcome, Meredith Clark! Twitter ( | Instagram ( (1:17) Eurovision Politics 2021 (5:02) The Online Fandom (13:49) How do we break down the discourse? (24:28) Links Cover art: Thomas Hanses | #...
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    June 22, 2021 31 min
    Author Seanan McGuire joins us to explain how the elves helped Eurovision Song Contest: the Story of Fire Saga earn a Hugo nomination. It was the Elves Summary #EurovisionAgain: 1969 (0:56) Happy Birthday, Fire Saga! (5:17) Welcome, Seanan McGuire (! (11:14) How does Fire Saga fit into the sci-fi/fantasy genre? (13:47) What is the Hugo Awards (
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    June 8, 2021 39 min
    Bre Booker joins us to discuss the pre-recorded Live on Tape performances from the 2021 Eurovision Song Celebration YouTube specials. Live on Tape Summary News Desk (2:48) Welcome, Bre Booker! (8:14) American Song Contest Submissions ( Open (11:10) Eurovision Song Celebration Live on Tape Performances (14:11) Would Eurovision Plan D have worked? (34:07) Links Cover art: EBU | Thomas Hanses E...
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    May 25, 2021 40 min
    Ryan's back! We help to provide a revised head canon to fill the gap between 2018 and 2021 and review this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Revised Head Canon Summary
  • Welcome back, Ryan!
  • Grand Final Thoughts and Stats (8:12)
  • Semi-Final 1 Stats (16:42)
  • Semi-Final 2 Stats (23:58)
  • Final Thoughts (35:37)
  • Links
  • Cover art: NPO | NOS | AVROTROS | Nathan Reinds
  • Episode Transcript (Thanks, Patreon supporters!)
  • Where Can I Watch the Eurovis...
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    33 songs competed on the Eurovision stage Tuesday and Thursday but only 20 advanced to the 2021 Grand Final. Who will win the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam? Eurovision 2021 Grand Final Preview Summary * Discovering Peacock will be carrying Eurovision * Where Can I Watch the Eurovision Song Contest in the US? * First Semi-Final (3:22) * Second Semi-Final (7:23) * Grand Final Thoughts (13:38) Links
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    The Eurovision 2021 Semi-Final Spectacular is here! We make our picks for the 20 songs we think will qualify for the Grand Final in Rotterdam.

    Eurovision 2021 Semi-Final Preview Summary
  • News
  • The American Song Contest
  • Where Can I Watch the Eurovision Song Contest in the US?
  • Rehearsals: Covid Incidents (No Spoilers)
  • Semi-Final 1 Predictions (6:36)
  • Semi-Final 2 Predictions (15:25)
  • Links
  • Cover art: NPO/NOS/AVROTROS Nathan Reinds
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    May 11, 2021 45 min

    Mark Blankenship joins us to discuss the Eurovision auto-qualifiers. Are the Big 5 and the Netherlands in good shape or are they in critical condition?

    Critical Condition Summary
  • News
  • Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show
  • Eurovision Village (Opens Saturday, May 15)
  • Where Can I Watch the Eurovision Song Contest in the US?
  • Welcome, Mark Blankenship!
  • Mark and Sarah Talk About Songs
  • The Big 5 and host country the Netherlands:
  • France - Bar...
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    May 4, 2021 40 min

    Maura Johnston joins us to discuss the last section of Eurovision 2021 Semi 2. Topics include pudding, track suits, and CVS Bangers.

    Over-Egged Pudding Summary
  • News (1:12)
  • Eurovision 2021 will have an audience
  • Eurovision Pre-Party Roundup: Concert in the Dark | Spain | Dadivision | Adriatic
  • "Husavik" at the Oscars
  • Rehearsals start this weekend
  • Welcome back, Maura Johnston! (8:29)
  • @maura on Twitter
  • Semi-Final #2 Part #3:
  • Po...
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    April 27, 2021 34 min

    Taber Bain helps us navigate cake body horror, Jenna Maroney energy, and existential despair in the Eurovision experience.

    Cake or Death Summary
  • Welcome, Taber Bain!
  • @cakesandcourage
  • Eurovision 2021 Semi-Final 2 Part 2:
  • Moldova - Natalia Gordienko - "Sugar" (3:53)
  • Chișinău Academy of Music, Theatre, and Fine Arts
  • Iceland - Daði & Gagnamagnið - "10 Years" (10:01)
  • Think About Aliens (iOS | Android)
  • Serbia - Hu...
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    April 20, 2021 42 min

    Lindsey Weber from Who Weekly joins us to talk about Flo Rida, Greece, Grease, and why Eurovision is the highlight of spring.

    Me in Grease! Summary
  • News (3:21)
  • Duncan Laurence on the Billboard Hot 100
  • Eurovision Fire Saga: Hugo Award and Oscar?
  • Welcome back, Lindsey Weber! (7:55)
  • @lindseyweber | Who Weekly
  • Semi-Final 2 Part 1:
  • San Marino - Senhit - "Adrenalina" (9:54)
  • Senhit's Freaky Trip to Rotterdam
  • Jessie J wins Ch...
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    Graphic designer Justin Ladia joins us from Winnipeg to help us close out the first semi-final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. North America has opinions!

    Will It Play in Winnipeg?  Summary
  • Welcome back, Justin Ladia!
  • Twitter | Instagram | Website
  • Semi-Final 1 Part 3:
  • Israel - Eden Alene - "Set Me Free" (2:28)
  • Trijntje Oosterhuis (Netherlands 2015) "Walk Along"
  • Romania - Roxen - "Amnesia" (10:03)
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    April 6, 2021 45 min

    Ned Raggett joins us to discuss the heaven and hell aspects of Eurovision Semi-Final 1. Who knew that 2021 would be Satan's pop culture year?

    Satan's Glowup Summary
  • Welcome back, Ned Raggett!
  • @nedraggett | By the Bywater | Ned's Patreon | Bandcamp Daily
  • Eurovision 2021 Semi-Final 1 Part 2
  • Slovenia - Ana Soklic - "Amen" (2:54)
  • "Verjamem" at the 2012 Eurovision Semi-Final (YouTube)
  • Sweden - Tusse - ...
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    March 30, 2021 43 min

    A container ship of 40 39 songs heads to Rotterdam for Eurovision 2021! Chris King joins us to discuss entries from Australia, Ireland, Lithuania, North Macedonia, and Russia.

    Container Ship of Love Summary
  • News (1:04)
  • We have a Patreon now!
  • Belarus out
  • Rock the Roof
  • Eurovision Spain Online PreParty April 24
  • Welcome back, Chris King! (6:26)
  • @ckingsc on Twitter
  • Eurovision 2021 Semi-Final 1 Part 1
  • Australia - Montaigne - "Techni...
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    March 23, 2021 24 min

    All Eurovision 2021 songs are in! (Except Belarus... that's a whole thing...) We discuss the latest entries and think about promo season.

    A Whole Thing Summary
  • Selection season is over! (1:48)
  • Azerbaijan salutes(?) "Mata Hari"
  • Georgia's Tornike sings to "You"
  • Is Malta #DestinedForGreatness with "Je Me Casse"?
  • Controversies (it's a whole thing...): North Macedonia, Russia, Belarus (11:40)
  • What does E...
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    March 16, 2021 52 min

    We're in the homestretch of an unusual Eurovision Selection Season. Melfest is the main event, new songs, scandals... ok, maybe not so unusual...

    The Homestretch Summary
  • "Husavik" Awards Watch: The Grammy Awards and the Oscars (1:12)
  • The Last Week of Eurovision 2021 Selection Season
  • Tuesday: Belarus potentially disqualified (5:43)
  • Wednesday song drops: (11:20)
  • Austria's Vincent Bueno "Amen"
  • Greece's Stefani...
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    March 9, 2021 54 min

    Oops! Everyone looked at the calendar and realized Eurovision entries are due next week! We give a first listen to 25% of the 2021 field.

    Oops! All Songs! Summary
  • Songs Dropping All Over Thursday and Friday
  • Belgium is "The Wrong Place" for Hooverphonic (1:57)
  • Remember Romania's Roxen? She has "Amnesia" (5:13)
  • The Netherlands gives "Birth of a New Age" from Jeangu Macrooy (8:02)
  • Philipp Kirkorov, in associat...
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