The EuroWhat? Podcast

We are a pair of Americans trying to make sense of the Eurovision Song Contest.

About the show

Throughout Eurovision season (December-ish through May) our weekly episodes check in on the news, recap selection shows from around Europe, and review the entries as they are selected. As the Contest draws closer, we re-examine the songs as competitors. It's sports, but with pop music, spreadsheets, and Google Translate.

During the off-season, we dive into topics directly and tangentially related to the history of the Contest. Topics have included: drag queens, the movie The Apple, flags, the Iceland Airwaves festival, intersectionality, the origins of telecommunications technology... did I mention we're a bit nerdy?

Episodes drop Tuesdays on your favorite podcast provider.

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  • Episode 14: Eurovision 2018 Semi-Final 2 Hodgepodge

    April 25th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 15 mins
    georgia, hungary, latvia, malta, montenegro, poland, slovenia, sweden, ukraine

    The second half of the second semi-final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is a European hodgepodge of pop, rock, dance, ethno-jazz, and... whatever it is Montenegro's doing (never change). We break down the last nine semi-finalists in this week's po...

  • Episode 13: Eurovision 2018 Australia and Others

    April 18th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 10 mins
    australia, denmark, moldova, netherlands, norway, romania, russia, san marino, serbia

    The first half of the second Eurovision semi-final is extra bubbly this year. Er... that should be bubble-y because there are few sure bets, even among perfect streak holders. We break down the field in this week's episode.

  • Episode 12: Bringing the Party

    April 11th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 11 mins
    armenia, austria, croatia, cyprus, finland, greece, ireland, north macedonia, switzerland

    Before the big party in Lisbon next month, we chat about the London Eurovision Party and other pre-festival shindigs. We also finish up talking about the first semi-final, including our hopes and dreams for what we'll see on stage.

  • Episode 11: First!

    April 4th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 7 mins
    albania, azerbaijan, belarus, belgium, bulgaria, czech republic, estonia, iceland, israel, lithuania

    This week we begin our analysis of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in earnest. First up: the first half of the first semi-final! Which entries are locks for advancing to the Grand Final? Who might get help from the running order?

  • Episode 10: The Ones That Got Away (2018 Edition)

    March 28th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  28 mins 11 secs
    armenia, iceland, latvia, norway, switzerland, ukraine

    This week we have a mini episode where we remember some of the Eurovision national final entries that won't be making the trip to Lisbon. We also take a moment to remember Lys Assia, the original ESC chanteuse.

  • 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 5: Get Excited

    February 20th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  49 mins 29 secs
    armenia, belarus, croatia, germany, greece, hungary, israel, latvia, moldova, montenegro, north macedonia, romania, san marino, serbia, slovenia, ukraine

    Three more songs have joined the 2018 Eurovision field—two from national selections and one from... just showing up?

  • 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.

  • You ‘kay?

    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.