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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  • Episode 194: Internet People

    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.

  • Episode 193: Controlled Grandiosity

    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?

  • Episode 192: ... Her?

    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?

  • Episode 191: Hotel Art

    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?

  • Episode 190: Starter Pack

    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.

  • Episode 189: Lv100 Paladin

    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.

  • Episode 188: Capsaicin

    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?

  • Episode 187: Nostradamus Type Whatever

    March 21st, 2023  |  Season 6  |  38 mins 3 secs
    croatia, ireland, latvia, malta, norway, ukraine, united kingdom

    We welcome back Justin Ladia as we begin our Eurovision 2023 review series. Starting in the first half of the first semi-final, we discuss Croatia, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, and Norway. Spoiler: it gets weird almost instantly.

  • Episode 186: Spring Back

    March 14th, 2023  |  Season 6  |  56 mins 45 secs
    armenia, austria, azerbaijan, georgia, greece, israel, portugal, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom

    The Eurovision 2023 deadline is here, so we have a slew of entries from countries waiting to reveal their songs at the last minute. We also get to chat with David Allwood from the UK to tell us what the vibe is in this year's host country.

  • Episode 185: Raw Boost Energy

    March 7th, 2023  |  Season 6  |  33 mins 9 secs
    armenia, austria, azerbaijan, cyprus, georgia, germany, greece, iceland, israel, moldova, netherlands, portugal, serbia, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom

    Six more songs enter the Eurovision thunderdome courtesy of the Netherlands, Cyprus, Germany, Moldova, Serbia, and Iceland. We also find out what the finals in Sweden and Portugal will look like. Oh, and tickets are on sale... or at least they were...

  • Episode 184: Did the Thing

    February 28th, 2023  |  Season 6  |  36 mins 56 secs
    australia, cyprus, finland, germany, iceland, moldova, netherlands, poland, portugal, san marino, serbia, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom

    Have we heard the winner of Eurovision 2023? Finland's selection made a strong case this weekend while Sweden's Loreen debuted her contender at Melfest. San Marino, Poland, and Australia also announced their picks as we get closer to the end of Selection Season.

  • Episode 183: Halftime

    February 21st, 2023  |  Season 6  |  28 mins 8 secs
    finland, france, iceland, lithuania, poland, portugal, san marino, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom

    We got to catch our breath this weekend with only two Eurovision selections coming through: Lithuania and France. With this break, we check in to see how Selection Season is going and what the back half may have in store.