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 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.

  • Episode 175: Euroquiz 2022

    December 25th, 2022  |  Season 6  |  55 mins 34 secs
    ukraine, united kingdom

    Join the fine folks from Star Spangled Eurovision and 12 Points from America for an end-of-the year Euroquiz. Happy holidays everybody!

  • Episode 174: After the Fact

    December 13th, 2022  |  Season 6  |  20 mins 30 secs
    estonia, iceland, italy, portugal, slovenia, ukraine, united kingdom

    Suzie Seager from the Euroriffs Podcast joins us to discuss concerts and music releases featuring Eurovision alumni.

  • Episode 173: Stiff Upper Lip

    November 29th, 2022  |  Season 6  |  44 mins 57 secs
    albania, australia, estonia, italy, malta, ukraine, united kingdom

    The United Kingdom has had a very rough couple of decades at the Eurovision Song Contest. Now that they're back in the driver's seat, we try to figure out what went wrong.

  • 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.