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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Episodes

  • 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.

  • Episode 94: Double Trouble

    September 15th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  29 mins 39 secs
    belgium, bulgaria, estonia, hungary, ireland, israel, italy, malta, moldova, north macedonia, norway, romania, russia, san marino, slovenia, sweden, switzerland, turkey

    Ben flies solo again with another audio essay, this time looking into performers who made double, triple, and even quadruple visits to the Eurovision stage.

  • Episode 93: Rotterdam, Ahoy! Take 2

    September 1st, 2020  |  Season 4  |  33 mins 57 secs
    australia, belgium, bulgaria, iceland, kazakhstan, kosovo, netherlands, norway, san marino, sweden, switzerland, ukraine, united states

    Rotterdam gets to take a mulligan on 2020 as we look ahead to how preparations for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest begin to take shape.

  • Episode 92: Americandom is Naujo!

    August 18th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  40 mins 28 secs
    germany, iceland, lithuania, moldova, sweden, united states

    We welcome Helen Groothuis back to the show to workshop how on earth the American Song Contest is supposed to work?

  • Episode 91: A Brief History of the EBU

    August 4th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  49 mins 38 secs
    belarus, belgium, france, germany, romania, russia, switzerland, ukraine, united kingdom

    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) turns 70 this year! How did the EBU come into being? We dive into telecommunications history and evolution to find out.

  • Episode 90: Wine Aunt Energy

    July 21st, 2020  |  Season 3  |  51 mins 31 secs
    albania, bulgaria, croatia, denmark, finland, france, germany, greece, iceland, ireland, israel, italy, moldova, san marino, slovenia, united kingdom

    We open up our mailbag and a chilled bottle of pinot grigio as we get caught up on Eurovision news from the last month or so.

  • Episode 89: 12 Points to Fire Saga?

    July 3rd, 2020  |  Season 3  |  47 mins 8 secs
    belarus, bulgaria, finland, iceland, russia, spain, special guest, sweden, switzerland

    Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga arrived on Netflix last week and 12 Points from America joins us to discuss the music in Will Ferrell's new comedy.

  • I Am Confusion (Part 2)

    June 23rd, 2020  |  Season 3  |  36 mins 4 secs
    finland, serbia, ukraine, united kingdom

    We try our 12 Minutes from 2007 on a complete newbie to Eurovision. What does our guest Justin Ladia think of the festivities from Finland?