The EuroWhat? Podcast

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

About the show

The Eurowhat is a Eurovision podcast featuring a pair of Americans analyzing the annual European song contest. From the start of national selection season in January through the Grand Final in May, we keep up with what is happening with the approximately 40 countries competing and the songs they have entered. In the off-season, we examine Eurovision’s 65+ year history and find the overlaps with American culture while exploring the evolution of fandom. Episodes drop Tuesdays wherever you get your podcasts!

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Episodes

  • Episode 135: Nul Points

    November 23rd, 2021  |  Season 5  |  44 mins 50 secs
    albania, austria, czech republic, estonia, georgia, iceland, norway, spain, turkey, united kingdom

    The dreaded Nul Points visited Rotterdam at Eurovision this year. We take a look at the sordid history of the dubious distinction.

  • Episode 134: Belarus

    November 9th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  32 mins 15 secs
    australia, belarus, germany, latvia, lithuania, poland, russia, ukraine

    Belarus won't be competing at Eurovision in the foreseeable future, so this seems like a good time to take an historical view of the country and its identity.

  • Episode 133: Metaverse

    October 26th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  32 mins 4 secs
    armenia, azerbaijan, czech republic, iceland, ireland, italy, lithuania, malta, montenegro, netherlands, serbia, sweden, united kingdom

    Does breaking the fourth wall work at Eurovision? Ben takes us through a collection of songs that try to go meta.

  • Episode 132: Hot 100

    October 12th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  38 mins 26 secs
    estonia, italy, netherlands, spain, sweden, united kingdom

    Maura Johnston guides us through how the Billboard Charts work and why Måneskin and Duncan Laurence cracked the American Top 40.

  • Episode 131: Viña del Mar

    September 28th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  38 mins 29 secs
    belgium, denmark, greece, iceland, ireland, italy, luxembourg, monaco, san marino, spain, switzerland

    We continue our series of music competitions with Eurovision connections by visiting Chile's Viña del Mar International Song Festival.

  • Episode 130: Quale Città?

    September 14th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  22 mins 42 secs
    belgium, estonia, italy, netherlands, sweden

    As we wait for the Eurovision 2022 host city announce, we take a look at the five cities hoping to stage the event for Italy.

  • Episode 129: Sanremo

    August 30th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  34 mins 44 secs
    italy

    Italian music aficionado Bradley Dalton-Oates takes us on an historical tour of the Sanremo Music Festival and its relationship with Eurovision.

  • Episode 128: Bordspel

    August 16th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  37 mins 19 secs
    iceland, italy, netherlands, san marino, spain, ukraine

    Dave Steeves facilitates a play through of the Eurovision Song Contest Board Game. Mike en Ben verstaan de Nederlandse taal niet.

  • Episode 127: New Wave

    August 2nd, 2021  |  Season 4  |  32 mins 34 secs
    italy, latvia, moldova, russia, spain, ukraine

    New Wave has been part of the music competition journey for many Eurovision contestants. We take a look at the contest's history.

  • Episode 126: A Song Called Hate

    July 19th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  38 mins 20 secs
    australia, belarus, iceland, israel, italy, norway

    Film buff and Eurofan Evan Stewart joins us to discuss the Hatari documentary A Song Called Hate.

  • Episode 125: The Discourse 2021

    July 5th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  28 mins 32 secs
    cyprus, iceland, italy, moldova, netherlands, ukraine, united kingdom

    Meredith Clark joins us to discuss some of the societal issues that Eurovision struggles to address in the fandom discourse.

  • Episode 124: It was the Elves

    June 22nd, 2021  |  Season 4  |  31 mins 29 secs
    iceland, netherlands, norway, spain

    Author Seanan McGuire joins us to explain how the elves helped Eurovision Song Contest: the Story of Fire Saga earn a Hugo nomination.