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 211: Allons-y!

    December 5th, 2023  |  Season 7  |  29 mins 23 secs
    azerbaijan, estonia, finland, france, greece, italy, malta, slovenia, spain, sweden, ukraine

    FRANCE has jumped the gun and released their song for Eurovision 2024. Greece has announced their artist, a handful of countries have named their contestants for their national finals, and tickets were already on sale... it's barely December? Join us as we peruse Eurovision Song Contest headlines.

  • Episode 210: Wilderness

    November 21st, 2023  |  Season 7  |  39 mins 36 secs
    ireland, sweden, united kingdom

    We welcome back Alex McMillan to discuss the state of Ireland's Eurovision Song Contest selections and reflect on their historical successes and recent failures. Is Eurosong on the Late Late Show the best selection method? Is Ireland stuck in the nostalgia for their dominance in the 90s? What risks can the delegation take to make a splash in Malmö?

  • Episode 209: Millstreet

    November 7th, 2023  |  Season 7  |  40 mins 19 secs
    bosnia and herzegovina, croatia, denmark, greece, ireland, italy, luxembourg, netherlands, slovenia, sweden

    It's been 30 years since a small town in Ireland took on the challenge of hosting Eurovision while the concept of Europe was undergoing a transformation. We look back at Millstreet 1993, the accommodation of several new countries wanting to join the party, and... the Bartman?

  • Episode 208: Calendaring

    October 24th, 2023  |  Season 7  |  19 mins 25 secs
    albania, armenia, azerbaijan, cyprus, denmark, estonia, finland, germany, iceland, israel, lithuania, malta, norway, san marino, slovenia, sweden

    As we continue to wait for the full guest list for Eurovision 2024,: Cyprus announces their artist, a bunch of selection processes release start dates (FRIDAY?!), end dates, and a few name changes (EEK!), plus we start filling out this winter's TV calendar.

  • Episode 207: Aline!

    October 10th, 2023  |  Season 7  |  37 mins 11 secs
    denmark, france, ireland, switzerland

    Discussing Valérie Lemercier's "freely-inspired" Celine Dion biopic — What do you do if your pop culture idol doesn't sign off on you making a biopic about them? Change their name, tweak some of the facts, and play all the roles so you can make a movie like Aline!

  • Episode 206: Obvious Points Klaxon

    September 26th, 2023  |  Season 7  |  29 mins 22 secs
    cyprus, greece, türkiye

    Greece and Turkey have had a tense relationship and Cyprus is often in the center of disputes. We take a look at these dynamics and how they may have shifted over the last 50 years at Eurovision.

  • Episode 205: Efficiency

    September 12th, 2023  |  Season 7  |  22 mins 46 secs
    belgium, cyprus, germany, malta, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom

    We get caught up on September 2023 Eurovision Headlines, of which there are a surprising amount. We already have an artist, details on multiple selection processes, and more than 2 dozen countries ready to party in Malmö, Sweden.

  • Episode 204: Welcome to Sweden

    August 29th, 2023  |  Season 7  |  46 mins 15 secs

    From "Waterloo" to "Tattoo", Sweden has been a dominant force in the Eurovision Song Contest for more than 50 years, winning the competition seven times. We dive into the ESC history of next year's host country.

  • Episode 203: Iconic

    August 15th, 2023  |  Season 6  |  36 mins 24 secs
    france, iceland, montenegro, serbia, spain, sweden, turkey, ukraine, united kingdom

    We say farewell to our host nations by discussing one area where Ukraine and the United Kingdom overlap: iconic runner-up entries. But what does "iconic" mean for Eurovision entries?

  • Episode 202: Drought

    August 1st, 2023  |  Season 6  |  19 mins 34 secs
    luxembourg, norway, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom

    With one month to go until Eurovision New Year and next year's host city and dates announced, it's been a fairly quiet month for the Contest. We check in with some of the national selection processes that are already casting for the upcoming season.

  • Episode 201: Sisu

    July 18th, 2023  |  Season 6  |  48 mins 29 secs
    finland, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom

    Finland went all out in supporting their Eurovision entry "Cha Cha Cha" in ways that continue to reverberate weeks after the contest. We spoke with University of Helsinki researcher Zoë Jay and UMK associate producer/"Cha Cha Cha" dancer Matti Myllyaho about Finland's Eurovision 2023 experience.

  • Episode 200: PopCon 2023

    July 4th, 2023  |  Season 6  |  1 hr 13 mins
    albania, armenia, australia, belarus, denmark, france, germany, iceland, israel, italy, lithuania, netherlands, russia, san marino, spain, ukraine, united kingdom

    In celebration of 200(!) episodes, we're sharing the presentation we gave at this year's Pop Conference entitled: “Let’s Discoteque Right At My Home”: Eurovision, the Pandemic, and Learning to “Open Up” Again