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.
Ben Smith has hosted 189 Episodes.
Episode 9: Dita Von Teese Curtain Monster
March 21st, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 3 mins
bulgaria, georgia, israel, lithuania, north macedonia, russia
This week we chat about the last six entries for Eurovision 2018 with special guest Barbara Sawhill. Are we buying the hype for Israel's "Toy" as this year's favorite? Do we have "Bones" to pick with Bulgaria? What is up with Georgia's curtain lady?
Episode 8: Melfest Fest
March 13th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 6 mins
australia, austria, azerbaijan, belgium, croatia, ireland, norway, portugal, sweden, ukraine
Eurovision's 2018 selection season is approaching the end, which means one thing: Sweden's Melodifestivalen! Well, two things: lots of internal selections coming through the pipeline. No matter how you count it, we're in the homestretch!
Episode 7: Remember the Diaspora?
March 7th, 2018 | Season 1 | 59 mins 26 secs
armenia, cyprus, estonia, finland, iceland, netherlands, poland, romania, san marino
It's another whirlwind trip around Europe as we hopscotch through another set of Eurovision selections. We have outlaws, humans, monsters, and wannabe heroes in the mix, but will it be opera that takes the top prize in Lisbon?
Episode 6: Stupor Saturday
February 28th, 2018 | Season 1 | 45 mins 42 secs
germany, hungary, latvia, moldova, serbia, slovenia, ukraine
The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest started filling up this past week as nine countries made their selections. There are elevated pianos, Moldovan wedding hijinks, and baffled rockers—it must be the height of selection season!
Episode 4: The Who? and the What? Now!
February 14th, 2018 | Season 1 | 54 mins 28 secs
croatia, denmark, israel, italy, malta, montenegro, switzerland, united kingdom
Lindsey Weber from the Who Weekly podcast stops by to chat about how the Olympics are the perfect world event to prep for Eurovision before getting into the songs selected for Malta, Switzerland, the UK, Denmark, and Italy.
February 6th, 2018 | Season 1 | 37 mins 27 secs
cyprus, denmark, ireland, italy, malta, russia, san marino, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom
This week, Ben and Mike do a deep dive into the United Kingdom's Eurovision selection process and take a look at why the country has struggled for so long at the Contest.
Episode 3: Messy, Messy
January 30th, 2018 | Season 1 | 55 mins 39 secs
czech republic, france, latvia, north macedonia, russia, spain, ukraine, united kingdom
We have songs to talk about! France, Czech Republic, and Spain have selected and boy do we have opinions. Russia and Ukraine continue their Eurovision dramarama. Oh, and the semi-finals have been allocated.
Episode 2: What is “Europe”?
January 18th, 2018 | Season 1 | 45 mins 38 secs
armenia, belarus, czech republic, france, hungary, lithuania, norway, sweden, switzerland
We discuss what "Europe" is, get acquainted with this year's hostesses, and get caught up with some of the selection processes.
Episode 1: Welcome to 2018
January 9th, 2018 | Season 1 | 50 mins 2 secs
albania, australia, austria, azerbaijan, belgium, finland, georgia, netherlands
In our opening episode of The EuroWhat? podcast, our Eurovision specialists introduce themselves and share their first impressions of Albania's entry.