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 197: Debut
May 23rd, 2023 | Season 6 | 31 mins 35 secs
denmark, finland, iceland, romania, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom
Ben has returned from his Eurovision debut in Liverpool, both as an audience member and as part of the in-person press team. He shares stories from his jam-packed trip.
Episode 196: Stockholm Syndrome
May 16th, 2023 | Season 6 | 28 mins 26 secs
albania, australia, finland, germany, israel, italy, norway, spain, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom
While Ben recovers from Liverpool's Party of the Century, special guest Trip Payne stops by to chat about the 2023 Eurovision Grand Final and the battle between Sweden and Finland.
Episode 195: Eurovision 2023 Grand Final Preview
May 12th, 2023 | Season 6 | 28 mins 44 secs
albania, armenia, australia, austria, belgium, croatia, cyprus, czechia, estonia, finland, france, germany, israel, italy, lithuania, moldova, norway, poland, protugal, serbia, slovenia, spain, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom
Will Finland "Cha Cha Cha" to victory? Will Sweden's Loreen get a "Tattoo" to celebrate a win? Could Ukraine's "Heart of Steel" beat the competition? We recap the Eurovision 2023 Semi-Finals and make our picks for what we think will happen at the Grand Final in Liverpool.
Episode 194: Internet People
May 8th, 2023 | Season 6 | 34 mins 39 secs
albania, armenia, australia, austria, azerbaijan, belgium, croatia, cyprus, czechia, denmark, estonia, finland, georgia, greece, iceland, ireland, israel, latvia, lithuania, malta, moldova, netherlands, norway, poland, portugal, romania, san marino, serbia, slovenia, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom
Ben and Mike met up in person to make their picks on what they think will qualify from the Eurovision 2023 semi-finals. Then we saw rehearsals. Experience both the before and after as we make our best guesses for Tuesday and Thursday.
Episode 193: Controlled Grandiosity
May 2nd, 2023 | Season 6 | 37 mins 28 secs
france, germany, italy, spain, ukraine, united kingdom
Maura Johnston joins us as we wrestle with the Eurovision 2023 set of auto-qualifiers. Will Ukraine pull the double? Will the UK and Spain continue their glowups? Will we be going back to Italy? Will Germany get out of the basement? Is France gonna France?
Episode 192: ... Her?
April 25th, 2023 | Season 6 | 42 mins 6 secs
albania, australia, austria, lithuania, san marino, ukraine, united kingdom
Editor and Serhat for Saturday stan Navah Wolfe joins us to discuss the last five entries of the Eurovision 2023 second semi-final. How memorable are San Marino, Austria, Albania, Lithuania, and Australia in this year's field?
Episode 191: Hotel Art
April 18th, 2023 | Season 6 | 39 mins 45 secs
georgia, greece, iceland, poland, slovenia, ukraine, united kingdom
Susan Rogers from Berklee College of Music and author of This Is What It Sounds Like joins us for a record pull of the middle section of Eurovision Semi-Final 2. How do Iceland, Greece, Poland, Slovenia, and Georgia interact with our listener profiles?
Episode 190: Starter Pack
April 11th, 2023 | Season 6 | 45 mins 8 secs
armenia, belgium, cyprus, denmark, estonia, romania, ukraine, united kingdom
We welcome back Reality Blurred's Andy Dehnart to chat about the first chunk of Eurovision 2023's second semi-final, which has almost too much variety in what the Contest has to offer.
Episode 189: Lv100 Paladin
April 4th, 2023 | Season 6 | 44 mins 40 secs
israel, moldova, netherlands, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom
We close out our coverage of Eurovision Semi-Final 1 with Allegra Kuney, who has brought her media studies hats for our discussions about Switzerland, Israel, Moldova, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
Episode 188: Capsaicin
March 28th, 2023 | Season 6 | 53 mins 26 secs
azerbaijan, czechia, finland, portugal, serbia, ukraine, united kingdom
We welcome back Ned Raggett to discuss five more entries from Eurovision Semi-Final 1. How has the running order affected our thoughts on Serbia, Portugal, Azerbaijan, Czechia, and Finland?
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.