Ben Smith has been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since 2008, blogging/podcasting about it since 2011, and a part of its digital press center since 2021. He has deep thoughts about the ways improvements in streaming media in the last decade have made the contest more of a truly global event, and can also do a tight five on Norway’s selection process. He lives in Somerville, MA and can be found more generally at goodatinter.net.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
June 20th, 2023 | Season 6 | 18 mins 27 secs
andorra, cyprus, israel, romania, sweden, united kingdom
Sweden's host city selection process for Eurovision 2024 has been bopping along while everyone is out of office for summer vacation. We get caught up with our mailbag and some of the headlines from the last month.
June 6th, 2023 | Season 6 | 32 mins 57 secs
germany, ukraine, united kingdom
How does a songwriter interface with the Eurovision experience? "Blood and Glitter" co-writer Anthony J. Brown joins us to discuss his involvement with Lord of the Lost and Germany's 2023 Eurovision entry.
May 23rd, 2023 | Season 6 | 31 mins 35 secs
denmark, finland, iceland, romania, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom
Ben has returned from his Eurovision debut in Liverpool, both as an audience member and as part of the in-person press team. He shares stories from his jam-packed trip.
May 12th, 2023 | Season 6 | 28 mins 44 secs
albania, armenia, australia, austria, belgium, croatia, cyprus, czechia, estonia, finland, france, germany, israel, italy, lithuania, moldova, norway, poland, protugal, serbia, slovenia, spain, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom
Will Finland "Cha Cha Cha" to victory? Will Sweden's Loreen get a "Tattoo" to celebrate a win? Could Ukraine's "Heart of Steel" beat the competition? We recap the Eurovision 2023 Semi-Finals and make our picks for what we think will happen at the Grand Final in Liverpool.
May 8th, 2023 | Season 6 | 34 mins 39 secs
albania, armenia, australia, austria, azerbaijan, belgium, croatia, cyprus, czechia, denmark, estonia, finland, georgia, greece, iceland, ireland, israel, latvia, lithuania, malta, moldova, netherlands, norway, poland, portugal, romania, san marino, serbia, slovenia, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom
Ben and Mike met up in person to make their picks on what they think will qualify from the Eurovision 2023 semi-finals. Then we saw rehearsals. Experience both the before and after as we make our best guesses for Tuesday and Thursday.