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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Episodes

  • Episode 106: Determined Yet Realistic

    February 9th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  48 mins 11 secs
    croatia, denmark, estonia, germany, hungary, lithuania, norway, serbia, slovenia, spain, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom

    Lithuania and Ukraine have determined their entries and Eurovision gets realistic about its scenarios for Rotterdam.

  • Episode 105: AHHHHHHHH!

    February 2nd, 2021  |  Season 4  |  43 mins 2 secs
    bulgaria, croatia, estonia, france, lithuania, norway, san marino, sweden

    We try to keep calm as we discuss the live audience at France's Eurovision final, Sweden's Melfest "plan" and make our picks for Eesti Laul Semi 1.

  • Episode 104: Où est la Discoteque?

    January 26th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  31 mins 45 secs
    cyprus, finland, france, israel, lithuania, north macedonia, norway, portugal

    Norway opts for a preliminary "Hero", Lithuania takes us to the "Discoteque", and France gets ready for you to decide their Eurovision entry.

  • Episode 103: Pabandom is When?

    January 19th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  29 mins 41 secs
    finland, france, israel, italy, lithuania, norway

    Lithuania's Pabandom is Naujo and Norway's Melodi Grand Prix have begun and we are optimistic about Eurovision Selection Season 2021.

  • Episode 102: Hoe is de Zorg?

    January 12th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  35 mins 11 secs
    finland, france, greece, israel, lithuania, netherlands, norway, sweden

    We have songs to talk about! Israel and Norway have Eurovision tracks in the wild while we consider the optics of putting on the Contest amid a pandemic.

  • Episode 101: Disco Toilet

    January 5th, 2021  |  Season 4  |  38 mins 3 secs
    albania, belarus, croatia, cyprus, iceland, ireland, israel, italy, lithuania, san marino, serbia, slovenia, spain, sweden, turkey

    From Albania's FiK selection to Senhit's latest disco cover to the results of ESC 250, we discuss a lot of Eurovision news from over the holidays.

  • Episode 100: Spotify Warped

    December 15th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  42 mins 59 secs
    albania, croatia, estonia, france, israel, italy, portugal, sweden

    We're celebrating 100 episodes and the end of 2020! After checking the news, we look at our Spotify Wrapped, ESC250 ballots, and our origin stories.

  • Episode 99: Merry FiKmas

    December 1st, 2020  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 3 mins
    albania, bulgaria, croatia, cyprus, estonia, finland, france, lithuania, norway, sweden

    Eurovision season usually begins in December with Albania's Festivali i Këngës, sometimes known as FiKmas. We dig into FiK's history.

  • Episode 98: Let’s Talk Turkey

    November 17th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  50 mins 5 secs
    albania, belgium, estonia, germany, israel, turkey

    Turkey was last at Eurovision in 2012. We take this opportunity to comb through its history and gobble up any information we can find.

  • Episode 97: Eurovision AV Club

    November 3rd, 2020  |  Season 4  |  51 mins 10 secs
    albania, austria, denmark, finland, france, iceland, israel, lithuania, netherlands, san marino

    We could all use a distraction during gestures at universe. Here are some picks for Eurovision-adjacent media from our AV club.

  • Episode 96: Take! It! Off!

    October 20th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  46 mins 3 secs
    australia, belarus, iceland, italy, montenegro, norway, poland, portugal, united kingdom

    The Masked Singer has proven to be an international hit and a potential aftermarket for Eurovision alumni. Mike from Aussievision joins us to discuss the insanity.

  • Episode 95: Six on Stage

    October 6th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 2 mins
    austria, belarus, denmark, estonia, greece, ireland, israel, kazakhstan, moldova, portugal, russia, sweden, ukraine, united kingdom

    Will Howells has created a database called Six on Stage, cataloguing every performer on the Eurovision stage. We chat with him about the project and get caught up on the news.