The EuroWhat? Podcast

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

About the show

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.

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Episodes

  • 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.

  • Episode 123: Live on Tape

    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.

  • Episode 122: Revised Head Canon

    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.

  • Episode 121: Eurovision 2021 Grand Final Preview

    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?

  • Episode 120: Eurovision 2021 Semi-Final Preview

    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.

  • Episode 119: Critical Condition

    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?

  • Episode 118: Over-Egged Pudding

    May 4th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  40 mins 59 secs
    bulgaria, denmark, finland, latvia, portugal, switzerland

    Maura Johnston joins us to discuss the last section of Eurovision 2021 Semi 2. Topics include pudding, track suits, and CVS Bangers.

  • Episode 117: Cake or Death

    April 27th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  34 mins 30 secs
    albania, georgia, iceland, moldova, serbia

    Taber Bain helps us navigate cake body horror, Jenna Maroney energy, and existential despair in the Eurovision experience.