About the show

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.

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Episodes

  • Episode 220: Go Tiffany

    February 27th, 2024  |  Season 7  |  31 mins 18 secs
    belgium, croatia, iceland, portugal, san marino, sweden

    In a relatively quiet week in Eurovision land we check out Belgium's selection from Mustii, recap Una Voce per San Marino, and say meow to Baby Lasagna. We also check in with Sweden's Melodifestivalen, Iceland's Songvakeppnin, and the first semi for Portugal's Festival da Canção.

  • Episode 219: Conversion

    February 20th, 2024  |  Season 7  |  42 mins 39 secs
    belgium, croatia, denmark, estonia, germany, iceland, lithuania, moldova, poland, san marino, sweden

    5 Eurovision national finals took place this past weekend with mixed results. Well, results that were mixed weirdly due to jury/televote score conversions. We discuss Germany, Estonia, Moldova, Lithuania, and Denmark, plus Poland's internal selection.

  • Episode 218: Imaginary Beef

    February 13th, 2024  |  Season 7  |  37 mins 46 secs
    denmark, estonia, finland, germany, iceland, israel, italy, latvia, lithuania, moldova, san marino, sweden

    With Ben traveling back from Finland's UMK, guest Trip Payne taps in to discuss that national final, Latvia's Supernova, and Italy's Sanremo Festival. Then we prepare for the biggest Super Saturday of the Eurovision season coming up next weekend.

  • Episode 217: Technical Difficulties

    February 6th, 2024  |  Season 7  |  44 mins 24 secs
    finland, germany, italy, latvia, lithuania, malta, norway, spain, sweden, ukraine

    It was a Saturday so Super it stretched into Sunday... not by choice, but Ukraine loves drama. Norway, Spain, and Malta also made their Eurovision picks, Latvia and Sweden kicked off their processes, and Lithuania is almost done with their heats. Oh, and The Draw added some structure to the 2024 Contest.

  • Episode 216: Squiggle Line Mouth Face

    January 30th, 2024  |  Season 7  |  39 mins 31 secs
    iceland, ireland, lithuania, luxembourg, malta, norway, romania, spain, sweden, ukraine

    Eurovision season clicks into second gear this week with Ireland and Luxembourg making selections, Norway setting its final field, Lithuania's holding its third heat, and Malta, Spain, and Ukraine getting ready to decide. How will The Draw shake up things in Malmö?

  • Episode 215: That's SLO Raiven

    January 23rd, 2024  |  Season 7  |  28 mins 27 secs
    austria, denmark, estonia, germany, ireland, lithuania, luxembourg, malta, norway, portugal, romania, serbia, slovenia, sweden

    Eurovision calmed down a bit this week with qualifying heats from Lithuania and Norway plus the semi-final for Estonia's Eesti Laul. Slovenia turned up the drama with Raiven's "Veronika" and Austria announced their artist for Malmö. Be warned: this is the last bit of calm until March...

  • Episode 214: Floodgates

    January 16th, 2024  |  Season 7  |  21 mins 26 secs
    belgium, cyprus, finland, georgia, ireland, latvia, lithuania, luxembourg, moldova, norway, sweden, ukraine

    The search for the next Eurovision winner began officially this week, with Moldova holding auditions, Norway kicking off NRK MGP, and Lithuania launching its new process Eurovizija.lt. Georgia announced their artist, and everybody had to issue a press release the week that Mike is home alone 😱

  • Episode 213: Trickle

    January 9th, 2024  |  Season 7  |  30 mins 43 secs
    albania, croatia, finland, ireland, lithuania, moldova, norway, serbia, sweden, ukraine

    Eurovision 2024 barely took a break for the holidays! We get caught up on Albania's Festivali i Këngës, the results of the ESC 250 Countdown, and look forward to Moldova, Norway, and Lithuania this coming weekend.

  • Episode 212: 37ish

    December 19th, 2023  |  Season 7  |  36 mins 26 secs
    albania, australia, croatia, czechia, finland, germany, israel, italy, luxembourg, netherlands, romania, slovenia, spain, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom

    We finally have a (tentative) roster for next year's Eurovision Song Contest! Czechia has selected their entry, artists have been announced for the Netherlands, Slovenia, and the UK, and national final season details are coming into focus. What a way to wrap 2023!

  • Episode 211: Allons-y!

    December 5th, 2023  |  Season 7  |  29 mins 23 secs
    azerbaijan, estonia, finland, france, greece, italy, malta, slovenia, spain, sweden, ukraine

    FRANCE has jumped the gun and released their song for Eurovision 2024. Greece has announced their artist, a handful of countries have named their contestants for their national finals, and tickets were already on sale... it's barely December? Join us as we peruse Eurovision Song Contest headlines.

  • Episode 210: Wilderness

    November 21st, 2023  |  Season 7  |  39 mins 36 secs
    ireland, sweden, united kingdom

    We welcome back Alex McMillan to discuss the state of Ireland's Eurovision Song Contest selections and reflect on their historical successes and recent failures. Is Eurosong on the Late Late Show the best selection method? Is Ireland stuck in the nostalgia for their dominance in the 90s? What risks can the delegation take to make a splash in Malmö?

  • Episode 209: Millstreet

    November 7th, 2023  |  Season 7  |  40 mins 19 secs
    bosnia and herzegovina, croatia, denmark, greece, ireland, italy, luxembourg, netherlands, slovenia, sweden

    It's been 30 years since a small town in Ireland took on the challenge of hosting Eurovision while the concept of Europe was undergoing a transformation. We look back at Millstreet 1993, the accommodation of several new countries wanting to join the party, and... the Bartman?