Throughout Eurovision season (December-ish through May) our weekly episodes check in on the news, recap selection shows from around Europe, and review the entries as they are selected. As the Contest draws closer, we re-examine the songs as competitors. It's sports, but with pop music, spreadsheets, and Google Translate.
During the off-season, we dive into topics directly and tangentially related to the history of the Contest. Topics have included: drag queens, the movie The Apple, flags, the Iceland Airwaves festival, intersectionality, the origins of telecommunications technology... did I mention we're a bit nerdy?
Episodes drop Tuesdays on your favorite podcast provider.
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.
August 30th, 2021 | Season 5 | 34 mins 44 secs
Italian music aficionado Bradley Dalton-Oates takes us on an historical tour of the Sanremo Music Festival and its relationship with Eurovision.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 8th, 2021 | Season 4 | 39 mins 46 secs
belarus, belgium, croatia, czech republic, greece, iceland, italy, latvia, lithuania, malta, moldova, norway, poland, romania, russia, san marino, serbia, switzerland, ukraine
Bre Booker joins us to discuss the pre-recorded Live on Tape performances from the 2021 Eurovision Song Celebration YouTube specials.
May 25th, 2021 | Season 4 | 40 mins 23 secs
bulgaria, croatia, czech republic, denmark, finland, germany, iceland, ireland, israel, italy, latvia, malta, moldova, netherlands, portugal, romania, russia, san marino, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom
Ryan's back! We help to provide a revised head canon to fill the gap between 2018 and 2021 and review this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
May 21st, 2021 | Season 4 | 22 mins 52 secs
albania, azerbaijan, belgium, bulgaria, cyprus, finland, france, germany, greece, iceland, israel, italy, lithuania, malta, moldova, netherlands, norway, portugal, russia, san marino, serbia, spain, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom
33 songs competed on the Eurovision stage Tuesday and Thursday but only 20 advanced to the 2021 Grand Final. Who will win the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam?
May 16th, 2021 | Season 4 | 25 mins 40 secs
albania, australia, austria, azerbaijan, belgium, bulgaria, croatia, cyprus, czech republic, denmark, estonia, finland, georgia, greece, iceland, ireland, israel, latvia, lithuania, malta, moldova, north macedonia, norway, poland, portugal, romania, russia, san marino, serbia, slovenia, sweden, switzerland, ukraine
The Eurovision 2021 Semi-Final Spectacular is here! We make our picks for the 20 songs we think will qualify for the Grand Final in Rotterdam.
May 11th, 2021 | Season 4 | 45 mins 5 secs
france, germany, italy, netherlands, spain, united kingdom
Mark Blankenship joins us to discuss the Eurovision auto-qualifiers. Are the Big 5 and the Netherlands in good shape or are they in critical condition?