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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 31st, 2022 | Season 5 | 49 mins 39 secs
azerbaijan, georgia, italy, montenegro, poland, romania, san marino, ukraine
We check in with the Eurovision jury shenanigans and then offer a sample of what we've been doing over on Patreon. Andy Dehnart from Reality Blurred joins us to look back on NBC’s American Song Contest experiment.
May 24th, 2022 | Season 5 | 58 mins 44 secs
czech republic, ireland, israel, italy, montenegro, san marino, serbia, ukraine, united kingdom
Bradley Dalton-Oates joins us for a deep dive of the full Eurovision experience as a first-time attendee. Did Turin do a good job of promoting brand Italy?
May 17th, 2022 | Season 5 | 24 mins 52 secs
azerbaijan, georgia, germany, italy, montenegro, romania, san marino, serbia, spain, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom
Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra claimed the Eurovision 2022 trophy thanks to a record-breaking televote. Dave Steeves joins us to do a mini-dive into this year's Grand Final.
May 13th, 2022 | Season 5 | 36 mins 53 secs
armenia, australia, azerbaijan, belgium, czech republic, estonia, finland, france, germany, greece, iceland, italy, lithuania, moldova, netherlands, norway, poland, portugal, romania, serbia, spain, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom
We started Eurovision Week with 35 semi-finalists. 20 have moved on to join the Big 5 in Saturday's Grand Final. We take stock of our predictions from last episode and make our picks for who will win Eurovision 2022.
May 8th, 2022 | Season 5 | 34 mins 31 secs
albania, armenia, australia, austria, azerbaijan, belgium, bulgaria, croatia, cyprus, czech republic, denmark, estonia, finland, georgia, greece, iceland, ireland, israel, latvia, lithuania, malta, moldova, montenegro, netherlands, north macedonia, norway, poland, portugal, romania, san marino, serbia, slovenia, sweden, switzerland, ukraine
We make our picks for who we think will advance from this week's Eurovision Semi-Finals. These predictions were made before rehearsals, but surely they're still accurate?
May 3rd, 2022 | Season 5 | 32 mins 31 secs
france, germany, italy, spain, united kingdom
Glen Weldon from NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour joins us to discuss the songs that have automatically qualified for the Eurovision 2022 Grand Final.