The EuroWhat? Podcast

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

About the show

The Eurowhat is a Eurovision podcast featuring a pair of Americans analyzing the annual European song contest. From the start of national selection season in January through the Grand Final in May, we keep up with what is happening with the approximately 40 countries competing and the songs they have entered. In the off-season, we examine Eurovision’s 65+ year history and find the overlaps with American culture while exploring the evolution of fandom. Episodes drop Tuesdays wherever you get your podcasts!

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The EuroWhat? Mini Week of January 22, 2018

    January 23rd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  10 mins 43 secs
    armenia, belarus, denmark, france, hungary, lithuania, romania, serbia

    A mini-episode with updates about what's happening in Eurovision selection season: Armenia to France, Belarus to Serbia, and places in between.

  • 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.