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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Episodes

  • Episode 172: Selection Season

    November 15th, 2022  |  Season 6  |  31 mins 35 secs
    belgium, czech republic, estonia, germany, latvia, netherlands, portugal, romania, ukraine, united kingdom

    Eurovision Selection Season draws nigh with more than half of the countries competing in 2023 airing some form of music competition. This is our guide to having the best Super Saturday experience.

  • Episode 171: Legacy

    November 1st, 2022  |  Season 6  |  32 mins 28 secs
    albania, armenia, bulgaria, cyprus, estonia, finland, montenegro, north macedonia, norway, san marino, spain, ukraine, united kingdom

    After we check in with the budding infrastructure for Eurovision 2023, we take a look at some of the non-winning entries over the years that still have an impact.

  • Episode 170: Italo Disco

    October 18th, 2022  |  Season 6  |  43 mins 11 secs
    italy, ukraine, united kingdom

    Ben takes us through the history of the synth-filled vibes of the music genre known as Italo Disco. Mike's pop music diet growing up may have more in common with the style than he realized.

  • Episode 169: Livergow

    October 4th, 2022  |  Season 6  |  17 mins 28 secs
    armenia, ukraine, united kingdom

    It'll be either Liverpool or Glasgow that gets the opportunity to host Eurovision 2023 on behalf of Ukraine. We take a look at both cities as we wait for the announcement.

  • Episode 168: Welcome to the United Kingdom

    September 20th, 2022  |  Season 6  |  34 mins 8 secs
    united kingdom

    The United Kingdom will be extending its record of hosting the most editions of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023. We take a look back at several other records held by our host country in this episode.

  • Episode 167: Welcome to Ukraine

    September 6th, 2022  |  Season 6  |  46 mins 23 secs
    armenia, italy, poland, russia, ukraine, united kingdom

    Happy Eurovision New Year! As preparations for 2023 begin, we explore defending champion Ukraine's Eurovision journey over the last 20 years.

  • Episode 166: Volare

    August 23rd, 2022  |  Season 5  |  35 mins 21 secs
    armenia, israel, italy, netherlands, united kingdom

    "Nel blu, dipinto di blu" (also known as "Volare") is not only one of the most well-known Eurovision songs, it's one of the most successful Italian songs ever. We dig into the song's backstory and it's continued impact on popular culture.

  • Episode 165: Lugano

    August 9th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  26 mins 6 secs
    armenia, belgium, italy, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom

    How did the first Eurovision telecast come about in 1956? We talk about coronations, cattle calls, and continental broadcasting in this week's episode.

  • Episode 164: Host Country Where?

    July 26th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  29 mins 31 secs
    armenia, france, israel, italy, netherlands, spain, ukraine, united kingdom

    Now that the United Kingdom will officially host Eurovision 2023 on Ukraine's behalf, we take a look back at the other times substitutes needed to be called in to produce the Contest.

  • Episode 163: Iceberg

    July 12th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  33 mins 34 secs
    albania, estonia, georgia, germany, italy, moldova, netherlands, norway, poland, san marino, ukraine, united kingdom

    With around 250 entries on the Reddit post for the 2022 Eurovision Iceberg, we take a look at some of the stories we missed (or skipped) in this year's Contest.

  • Episode 162: Midsommar

    June 28th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  41 mins 17 secs
    israel, italy, poland, san marino, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom

    We're joined by @dudepoints to discuss some Swedish post-Eurovision activities: ABBA's Voyage concert experience and Martin Osterdahl's Max Anger book series.

  • Episode 161: Trivial Pursuits

    June 14th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  38 mins 14 secs
    belgium, cyprus, ireland, russia, ukraine, united kingdom

    Professional TV quiz writer Alex McMillan joins us to talk about how to write tantalizing Eurovision trivia. We also learn about some of the differences between UK and US game show writing.