Mike McComb has been following the Eurovision Song Contest since 2010 and has covered the competition across a number of websites since 2011. While studying Television, Radio, and Film at Syracuse University, he fell down a video rabbit hole of Ukraine’s previous entries that radicalized him into Eurofandom. Mike first attended Eurovision in Kyiv 2017, which doubled as his honeymoon. He lives in Chicago and has an inscrutable online media algorithm.
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 16th, 2023 | Season 6 | 28 mins 26 secs
albania, australia, finland, germany, israel, italy, norway, spain, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom
While Ben recovers from Liverpool's Party of the Century, special guest Trip Payne stops by to chat about the 2023 Eurovision Grand Final and the battle between Sweden and Finland.
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.
May 2nd, 2023 | Season 6 | 37 mins 28 secs
france, germany, italy, spain, ukraine, united kingdom
Maura Johnston joins us as we wrestle with the Eurovision 2023 set of auto-qualifiers. Will Ukraine pull the double? Will the UK and Spain continue their glowups? Will we be going back to Italy? Will Germany get out of the basement? Is France gonna France?
April 25th, 2023 | Season 6 | 42 mins 6 secs
albania, australia, austria, lithuania, san marino, ukraine, united kingdom
Editor and Serhat for Saturday stan Navah Wolfe joins us to discuss the last five entries of the Eurovision 2023 second semi-final. How memorable are San Marino, Austria, Albania, Lithuania, and Australia in this year's field?
April 18th, 2023 | Season 6 | 39 mins 45 secs
georgia, greece, iceland, poland, slovenia, ukraine, united kingdom
Susan Rogers from Berklee College of Music and author of This Is What It Sounds Like joins us for a record pull of the middle section of Eurovision Semi-Final 2. How do Iceland, Greece, Poland, Slovenia, and Georgia interact with our listener profiles?
April 11th, 2023 | Season 6 | 45 mins 8 secs
armenia, belgium, cyprus, denmark, estonia, romania, ukraine, united kingdom
We welcome back Reality Blurred's Andy Dehnart to chat about the first chunk of Eurovision 2023's second semi-final, which has almost too much variety in what the Contest has to offer.
April 4th, 2023 | Season 6 | 44 mins 40 secs
israel, moldova, netherlands, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom
We close out our coverage of Eurovision Semi-Final 1 with Allegra Kuney, who has brought her media studies hats for our discussions about Switzerland, Israel, Moldova, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
March 28th, 2023 | Season 6 | 53 mins 26 secs
azerbaijan, czechia, finland, portugal, serbia, ukraine, united kingdom
We welcome back Ned Raggett to discuss five more entries from Eurovision Semi-Final 1. How has the running order affected our thoughts on Serbia, Portugal, Azerbaijan, Czechia, and Finland?