The EuroWhat? Podcast

We are a pair of Americans trying to make sense of the Eurovision Song Contest.

About the show

The Eurowhat? Podcast launched in 2018 and features two Americans (Ben Smith and Mike McComb) attempting to make sense of the Eurovision Song Contest. The show tracks national selections and artist announcements, breaks down each year’s songs with a diverse array of guests, and dives into the 65+ years of contest history during the contest off-season, using Eurovision as a lens to analyze what’s happening in pop culture and the world.

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  • Episode 187: Nostradamus Type Whatever

    March 21st, 2023  |  Season 6  |  38 mins 3 secs
    croatia, ireland, latvia, malta, norway, ukraine, united kingdom

    We welcome back Justin Ladia as we begin our Eurovision 2023 review series. Starting in the first half of the first semi-final, we discuss Croatia, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, and Norway. Spoiler: it gets weird almost instantly.

  • Episode 186: Spring Back

    March 14th, 2023  |  Season 6  |  56 mins 45 secs
    armenia, austria, azerbaijan, georgia, greece, israel, portugal, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom

    The Eurovision 2023 deadline is here, so we have a slew of entries from countries waiting to reveal their songs at the last minute. We also get to chat with David Allwood from the UK to tell us what the vibe is in this year's host country.

  • Episode 185: Raw Boost Energy

    March 7th, 2023  |  Season 6  |  33 mins 9 secs
    armenia, austria, azerbaijan, cyprus, georgia, germany, greece, iceland, israel, moldova, netherlands, portugal, serbia, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom

    Six more songs enter the Eurovision thunderdome courtesy of the Netherlands, Cyprus, Germany, Moldova, Serbia, and Iceland. We also find out what the finals in Sweden and Portugal will look like. Oh, and tickets are on sale... or at least they were...

  • Episode 184: Did the Thing

    February 28th, 2023  |  Season 6  |  36 mins 56 secs
    australia, cyprus, finland, germany, iceland, moldova, netherlands, poland, portugal, san marino, serbia, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom

    Have we heard the winner of Eurovision 2023? Finland's selection made a strong case this weekend while Sweden's Loreen debuted her contender at Melfest. San Marino, Poland, and Australia also announced their picks as we get closer to the end of Selection Season.

  • Episode 183: Halftime

    February 21st, 2023  |  Season 6  |  28 mins 8 secs
    finland, france, iceland, lithuania, poland, portugal, san marino, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom

    We got to catch our breath this weekend with only two Eurovision selections coming through: Lithuania and France. With this break, we check in to see how Selection Season is going and what the back half may have in store.

  • Episode 182: Everything Everywhere All at Once

    February 14th, 2023  |  Season 6  |  39 mins 11 secs
    croatia, czechia, denmark, estonia, iceland, italy, latvia, lithuania, malta, romania, san marino, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom

    We are all googly-eyed after a Saturday with more than 50 hours of Eurovision programming. The good news: we now have 8 more songs heading to Liverpool.

  • Episode 181: Peanut Butter Yelly Time

    February 7th, 2023  |  Season 6  |  50 mins 8 secs
    armenia, austria, croatia, czech republic, denmark, estonia, georgia, greece, ireland, italy, latvia, lithuania, malta, norway, romania, slovenia, spain, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom

    This weekend was a practice run for Eurovision Super Saturday as Ireland, Norway, and Spain made their selections and Slovenia shared their song. Sweden and Latvia also kicked off their processes as we get ready for a deluge of entries for Liverpool.

  • Episode 180: Click... Click... Click...

    January 31st, 2023  |  Season 6  |  31 mins 43 secs
    czech republic, georgia, germany, iceland, ireland, italy, latvia, lithuania, malta, moldova, norway, portugal, serbia, slovenia, spain, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom

    After recapping the last (not so) quiet weekend of Eurovision Selection Season, we set our sights on finals, semi-finals, and song reveals all over Europe next weekend. Strap in: It's February, y'all.

  • Episode 179: We Go Again

    January 24th, 2023  |  Season 6  |  22 mins 10 secs
    czech republic, denmark, germany, iceland, lithuania, moldova, norway, portugal, san marino, ukraine, united kingdom

    Lithuania's selection series Pabandom is Naujo has returned and we couldn't be more excited. Meanwhile, Norway's MGP held its second semi as several countries drop songs all over the place for Eurovision 2023.

  • Episode 178: Eurosongs

    January 17th, 2023  |  Season 6  |  30 mins 26 secs
    belgium, denmark, estonia, finland, france, ireland, lithuania, malta, norway, portugal, ukraine, united kingdom

    Ryan Brazell stops by to discuss the first big weekend of Eurovision 2023 selection season. Belgium makes its pick, France announced their artist, and many processes have started to take shape.

  • Episode 177: Amuse-Bouche

    January 10th, 2023  |  Season 6  |  20 mins 17 secs
    belgium, czech republic, estonia, israel, latvia, malta, norway, ukraine, united kingdom

    The Eurovision menu includes a buffet of options as more countries drop tracks and announce their selection season plans. We take one last taste test of the appetizers as we await the start of heats and semi-finals.

  • Episode 176: Nunca Secondary

    January 3rd, 2023  |  Season 6  |  24 mins 52 secs
    albania, belgium, greece, norway, serbia, spain, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom

    2023 actually started a couple weeks ago in Eurovisionland, with Ukraine and Albania making their selections for Liverpool. We also check in with the ESC Top 250 results, which had some major surprises this year.