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The EuroWhat? Podcast

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The Eurowhat is a Eurovision Song Contest podcast featuring a pair of Americans analyzing the annual competition. From the start of national selection season in January through the Grand Final in May, we keep up with what is happening with the participating countries and the songs they have entered.… read more

168 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

Episode 162: Midsommar

June 28th, 2022


We're joined by @dudepoints to discuss some Swedish post-Eurovision activities: ABBA's Voyage concert experience and Martin Osterdahl's Max Anger …

Episode 161: Trivial Pursuits

June 14th, 2022


Professional TV quiz writer Alex McMillan joins us to talk about how to write tantalizing Eurovision trivia. We also learn about some of the …

Episode 160: Just ASCing Questions

May 31st, 2022


We check in with the Eurovision jury shenanigans and then offer a sample of what we've been doing over on Patreon. Andy Dehnart from Reality Blurred joins us to look back on NBC’s American Song Contest experiment.

Just …

Episode 159: Long Time, First Time

May 24th, 2022


Bradley Dalton-Oates joins us for a deep dive of the full Eurovision experience as a first-time attendee. Did Turin do a good job of promoting brand …

Episode 158: Slava Ukraini

May 17th, 2022


Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra claimed the Eurovision 2022 trophy thanks to a record-breaking televote. Dave Steeves joins us to do a mini-dive into this …

Episode 157: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ — Eurovision 2022 Grand Final Preview

May 13th, 2022


We started Eurovision Week with 35 semi-finalists. 20 have moved on to join the Big 5 in Saturday's Grand Final. We take stock of our predictions from last episode and make our picks for who will win Eurovision 2022.

Episode 156: Bubblicious - Eurovision 2022 Semi-Final Preview

May 8th, 2022


We make our picks for who we think will advance from this week's Eurovision Semi-Finals. These predictions were made before rehearsals, but surely …

Episode 155: Sommelier

May 3rd, 2022


Glen Weldon from NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour joins us to discuss the songs that have automatically qualified for the Eurovision 2022 Grand Final.

Episode 154: Himbo

April 26th, 2022


Ned Raggett returns to discuss that last six entries of the second semi-final for Eurovision 2022. Will one of the boys with emotions be able to …

Episode 153: Americana?

April 19th, 2022


The middle of the second semi-final for Eurovision 2022 is all over the map, but seems to have a lot of Americana vibes? Bre Booker returns to help …

Episode 152: Subversive

April 12th, 2022


Justin Ladia joins us to start our coverage of the second semi-final for Eurovision 2022, with Finland, Israel, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and …

Episode 151: Lilith Fair (Taylor's Version)

April 5th, 2022


We have a running order! We have tickets when! We have Mike Nothnagel joining us to discuss the rest of the first semi final for Eurovision 2022: Portugal, Croatia, Denmark, Iceland, Greece, and Norway

Lilith Fair …

Episode 150: Meditation Therapy

March 29th, 2022


Evan Stewart joins us to discuss more entries from the Eurovision 2022 first semi-final. Will the Netherlands, Slovenia, Switzerland, Armenia, or Austria be able to challenge current favorite Ukraine?

Meditation …

Episode 149: Fairgrounds

March 22nd, 2022


Meredith Clark joins us to discuss Albania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, and Moldova as we kick off our coverage of the first semi-final for …

Episode 148: One More Google

March 15th, 2022


In the last week of Eurovision Selection Season, we have a manageable number of internal selections to process and ease into the sunset with chill …

Episode 147: Math

March 8th, 2022


Our brains may have turned into soup, but we survived the last overstuffed Saturday of Eurovision Selection Season. Just barely though... we were …

Episode 146: Україна

March 1st, 2022


We stand with Ukraine.

Україна Summary
  • Eurovision Response to Russia's Invasion of Ukraine (1:31)
  • Eurovision in the Wild: David Byrne Edition …

Episode 145: Quante voci? In questa economia?

February 22nd, 2022


In the biggest Saturday for Eurovision 2022 selection season, 6 songs were chosen for Turin. We travel to Norway, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, San …

Episode 144: HyperRoop

February 15th, 2022


It was another busy week for Eurovision as Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia made their picks for Turin. We get caught up and look ahead to the …

Episode 143: Oops! All Screens!

February 8th, 2022


North Macedonia, Ireland, Israel, and Italy have determined their songs for Turin, and that was only about 1/3 of Eurovision Super Saturday number 1 for the 2022 season. We recap this weekend's non-stop content stream.

Episode 142: Convoluted

February 1st, 2022


Moldova made a surprise internal selection and Spain made its Eurovision selection at last week's Benidorm Festival. We discuss these songs and look …

Episode 141: Sound of Beauty

January 25th, 2022


Ben returns with his thoughts about Lithuania's Pabandom is Naujo, Norway's 2022 process, Maneskin's appearance on Saturday Night Live, and a look …

Episode 140: Pivot

January 18th, 2022


Dave Steeves returns to the program to discuss Norway's Melodi Grand Prix, a casual approach to Eurovision Selection Season, and the pivoting that is …

Episode 139: Hunker Down

January 11th, 2022


This week we travel to Lithuania for Pabandom is Naujo, check out the Eurovision menus in Romania and Latvia (ooo, salad), and see how famous …

Episode 138: Unprecedented

January 4th, 2022


It's full steam ahead to Eurovision 2022, with Albania making its (correct?) choice, a wild ESC 250 countdown, and looking forward to selection …

Episode 137: Class of 2021

December 21st, 2021


The Czech Republic has made their selection, a number of processes have released more details, and we check in with the Eurovision Class of 2021.

Episode 136: Eurovision 101

December 7th, 2021


With a lot of new folks discovering Eurovision over the past year and selection season 2022 underway, we put together a tutorial to answer the …

Episode 135: Nul Points

November 23rd, 2021


The dreaded Nul Points visited Rotterdam at Eurovision this year. We take a look at the sordid history of the dubious distinction.

Nul Points …

Episode 134: Belarus

November 9th, 2021


Belarus won't be competing at Eurovision in the foreseeable future, so this seems like a good time to take an historical view of the country and its …

Episode 133: Metaverse

October 26th, 2021


Does breaking the fourth wall work at Eurovision? Ben takes us through a collection of songs that try to go meta.

Metaverse Summary
  • News (1:16)

Episode 132: Hot 100

October 12th, 2021


Maura Johnston guides us through how the Billboard Charts work and why Måneskin and Duncan Laurence cracked the American Top 40.

Hot 100 Summary

Episode 131: Viña del Mar

September 28th, 2021


We continue our series of music competitions with Eurovision connections by visiting Chile's Viña del Mar International Song Festival.

Viña del Mar …

Episode 130: Quale Città?

September 14th, 2021


As we wait for the Eurovision 2022 host city announce, we take a look at the five cities hoping to stage the event for Italy.

Quale Città? Summary

Episode 129: Sanremo

August 31st, 2021


Italian music aficionado Bradley Dalton-Oates takes us on an historical tour of the Sanremo Music Festival and its relationship with Eurovision.

Episode 128: Bordspel

August 17th, 2021


Dave Steeves facilitates a play through of the Eurovision Song Contest Board Game. Mike en Ben verstaan de Nederlandse taal niet.

Bordspel Summary

Episode 127: New Wave

August 3rd, 2021


New Wave has been part of the music competition journey for many Eurovision contestants. We take a look at the contest's history.

New Wave Summary

Episode 126: A Song Called Hate

July 20th, 2021


Film buff and Eurofan Evan Stewart joins us to discuss the Hatari documentary A Song Called Hate.

A Song Called Hate Summary
  • Eurovision Again: …

Episode 125: The Discourse 2021

July 6th, 2021


Meredith Clark joins us to discuss some of the societal issues that Eurovision struggles to address in the fandom discourse.

The Discourse 2021 …

Episode 124: It was the Elves

June 22nd, 2021


Author Seanan McGuire joins us to explain how the elves helped Eurovision Song Contest: the Story of Fire Saga earn a Hugo nomination.

It was the …

Episode 123: Live on Tape

June 8th, 2021


Bre Booker joins us to discuss the pre-recorded Live on Tape performances from the 2021 Eurovision Song Celebration YouTube specials.

Live on Tape …

Episode 122: Revised Head Canon

May 25th, 2021


Ryan's back! We help to provide a revised head canon to fill the gap between 2018 and 2021 and review this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Revised …

Episode 121: Eurovision 2021 Grand Final Preview

May 21st, 2021


33 songs competed on the Eurovision stage Tuesday and Thursday but only 20 advanced to the 2021 Grand Final. Who will win the Eurovision Song Contest …

Episode 120: Eurovision 2021 Semi-Final Preview

May 17th, 2021


The Eurovision 2021 Semi-Final Spectacular is here! We make our picks for the 20 songs we think will qualify for the Grand Final in Rotterdam.

Episode 119: Critical Condition

May 11th, 2021


Mark Blankenship joins us to discuss the Eurovision auto-qualifiers. Are the Big 5 and the Netherlands in good shape or are they in critical …

Episode 118: Over-Egged Pudding

May 4th, 2021


Maura Johnston joins us to discuss the last section of Eurovision 2021 Semi 2. Topics include pudding, track suits, and CVS Bangers.

Over-Egged …

Episode 117: Cake or Death

April 27th, 2021


Taber Bain helps us navigate cake body horror, Jenna Maroney energy, and existential despair in the Eurovision experience.

Cake or Death Summary

Episode 116: Me in Grease!

April 20th, 2021


Lindsey Weber from Who Weekly joins us to talk about Flo Rida, Greece, Grease, and why Eurovision is the highlight of spring.

Me in Grease! Summary

Episode 115: Will It Play in Winnipeg?

April 13th, 2021


Graphic designer Justin Ladia joins us from Winnipeg to help us close out the first semi-final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. North America has …

Episode 114: Satan’s Glowup

April 6th, 2021


Ned Raggett joins us to discuss the heaven and hell aspects of Eurovision Semi-Final 1. Who knew that 2021 would be Satan's pop culture year?

Episode 113: Container Ship of Love

March 30th, 2021


A container ship of 40 39 songs heads to Rotterdam for Eurovision 2021! Chris King joins us to discuss entries from Australia, Ireland, Lithuania, …

Episode 112: A Whole Thing

March 23rd, 2021


All Eurovision 2021 songs are in! (Except Belarus... that's a whole thing...) We discuss the latest entries and think about promo season.

A Whole …

Episode 111: The Homestretch

March 16th, 2021


We're in the homestretch of an unusual Eurovision Selection Season. Melfest is the main event, new songs, scandals... ok, maybe not so unusual...

Episode 110: Oops! All Songs!

March 9th, 2021


Oops! Everyone looked at the calendar and realized Eurovision entries are due next week! We give a first listen to 25% of the 2021 field.

Oops! All …

Episode 109: Eye of the Hurricane

March 2nd, 2021


It's the calm before a hurricane of Eurovision entries washes ashore for 2021. We give Cyprus, Germany, Ireland, and Slovenia a first listen.

Eye of …

Episode 108: Sábado Gigante

February 23rd, 2021


Sábado Gigante 2021 ha quedado atrás y estamos listos para discutir un puñado de nuevas canciones de Eurovisión. Eso es todo el español que conocemos.

Episode 107: Poof, Pow, Surprise!

February 16th, 2021


Poof! Croatia has entered the Eurovision chat! Pow! Melfest names a woman! Surprise! Our first genuine "What?!" delivered on this show.

Poof, Pow, …

Episode 106: Determined Yet Realistic

February 9th, 2021


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

Determined Yet Realistic …

Episode 105: AHHHHHHHH!

February 2nd, 2021


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


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

Où est …

Episode 103: Pabandom is When?

January 19th, 2021


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

Pabandom is …

Episode 102: Hoe is de Zorg?

January 12th, 2021


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 …

Episode 101: Disco Toilet

January 5th, 2021


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


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


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

Merry FiKmas …

Episode 98: Let’s Talk Turkey

November 17th, 2020


Turkey was last at Eurovision in 2012. We wanted to take this opportunity to comb through its history at the Contest and gobble up any information we …

Episode 97: Eurovision AV Club

November 3rd, 2020


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

Eurovision AV Club …

Episode 96: Take! It! Off!

October 20th, 2020


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

Episode 95: Six on Stage

October 6th, 2020


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 …

Episode 94: Double Trouble

September 15th, 2020


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

Episode 93: Rotterdam, Ahoy! Take 2

September 1st, 2020


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.

Rotterdam, …

Episode 92: Americandom is Naujo!

August 18th, 2020


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

Americandom is Naujo! Episode Summary

This episode's conversation is a bit more freestyle than usual, …

Episode 91: A Brief History of the EBU

August 4th, 2020


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

Episode 90: Wine Aunt Energy

July 21st, 2020


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

Wine Aunt Energy Episode …

Episode 89: 12 Points to Fire Saga?

July 3rd, 2020


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 …

I Am Confusion (Part 2)

June 23rd, 2020


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?

I Am …

Episode 88: 12 Minutes in 2007 (Part 1)

June 16th, 2020


Chris King joins us to chat about UK quiz and panel shows—including Pointless Eurovision—and the rock block of Serbia, Ukraine, and the UK from …

Episode 87: AfriMusic, AI, and the Free European Song Contests

June 3rd, 2020


The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest did not happen. We discuss three Eurovision-adjacent song contests that did happen in the first half of 2020.

Episode 86: Shine a Light

May 19th, 2020


The 2020 Eurovision Season comes to an end with Europe: Shine a Light. @dudepoints joins us to reminisce and set the record straight on the Riga …

Episode 85: Eurovision Again

May 5th, 2020


#EurovisionAgain impresario Rob Holley speaks with us about the Eurovision Twitter time machine extravaganza.

#EurovisionAgain Summary
  • News Desk …

Episode 84: What is Poptimism?

April 21st, 2020


Music critic Ned Raggett joins us to discuss rockism, poptimism, and why Eurovision songs are worthy of critique.

What is Poptimism? Summary

Announcement: Eurostream 2020

April 14th, 2020


We are thrilled to announce that we have have partnered with several websites and outlets to work together on Eurostream 2020!

Online Eurovision Song Contest 2020, ‘Eurostream’, to be held on May 5, 7 & 9

Episode 83: Fanopticon

April 7th, 2020


Despite Eurovision's cancellation this year, the fandom is still fully engaged in the Contest. Eurovision Obsession's André Durham joins us to chat …

Episode 82: The (Other) Ones That Got Away 2020 Edition

March 24th, 2020


We look back at the songs that missed out on being in the weird limbo space created after the cancellation of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.

The …

Special Edition: Well…

March 19th, 2020


No news is good news. This news is bad news. Eurovision 2020 has been canceled. Now what?



March 17th, 2020


We finish up our initial evaluations of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest entries with the last nine songs to drop in March.


Episode 80: This is Fine

March 10th, 2020


We made it through the end of Eurovision Selection Season! Well, the competitions in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Portugal, at least.

This is Fine …

Episode 79: Songageddon 2020

March 3rd, 2020


Somehow we managed to be verbal after mainlining hours upon hours of Eurovision content this past weekend. It's Songageddon 2020!

Songageddon 2020 …

Episode 78: Remedial Dance Party

February 25th, 2020


We're in the eye of the Eurovision Selection Season storm thanks to a light TV schedule this weekend. Time to practice the "I'm a Little Tempest in a …

Episode 77: Anarchy in the NRK

February 18th, 2020


The Eurovision 2020 songlist has hit double digits after this past weekend as we encounter internal selections and national final results.

Anarchy …

Episode 76: Sanremo LXX (Long, Xtra Xtra)

February 11th, 2020


Saturday proved to be a marathon as Australia, Latvia, and Italy chose their Eurovision entries and a whole bunch of other countries made progress.

Episode 75: Austvia Superdecides

February 4th, 2020


It's time to update your Eurovision Top 2 videos as Czech Republic makes their choice and Australia, Italy, and Latvia get ready to make theirs.

Episode 74: Semi Final Allocation Czech In

January 28th, 2020


Czech Republic came to play, y'all. We do a deep dive on this year's Eurovision selection entries and check in with news across Europe as we wait for …

Episode 73: Boys!

January 21st, 2020


We have an avalanche of Eurovision news this week, including two new artist selections, a bunch of songs, and Billie Eilish?

Boys! Summary
  • Martin …

Episode 72: DRIP in a Box

January 14th, 2020


Eurovision Selection Season 2020 begins in earnest with Norway's revamped Melodi Grand Prix and Lithuania's fashion makeover.

DRIP in a Box Summary

Episode 71: Sticks Nix FiK Picks

January 7th, 2020


We're barely a week into 2020 and we already have Eurovision drama up to our ears (HI ALBANIA!). We get caught up on the news from over the holidays …

Episode 70: The Ones That Got Away 2010s Edition

December 31st, 2019


408 songs competed on the Eurovision stage this decade. 148 did not qualify for the Grand Final. From those, we picked 20 that still hold up.

Episode 69: Ben’s Grand Eurofying Theory

December 25th, 2019


Ben flies solo this week after getting too caffeinated while prepping for the last Eurowhat of the year. He develops a theory about Eurovision in the …

Episode 68: Eurovisie Songfestivus

December 18th, 2019


Tickets! Hosts! More selections! Eurovision 2020 is in full swing, but we look back at 2019 pop culture and make a 2020 wish list in this episode.

Episode 67: Hungary for Turkey

December 4th, 2019


Hungary's reasons for withdrawing from Eurovision sound similar to Turkey's. What else do the two countries have in common?

Hungary for Turkey …

Episode 66: Iceland Airwaves

November 20th, 2019


Our Senior Hatari Correspondent Ben traveled to Reykjavik to check in with the Iceland Airwaves festival and what's going on in the Icelandic music …

Episode 65: Lebanon-starter

November 6th, 2019


Lebanon was supposed to debut at Eurovision 2005. We examine the unexpected ways international relations impact the Song Contest.

Lebanon-starter …

Episode 64: Win Win Win Win

October 22nd, 2019


We jump back 50 years to that time Eurovision had a four-way tie for first place... and no way to break it.

Win Win Win Win Summary
  • How many …

Episode 63: Flags on the Play

October 8th, 2019


Who knew that flags—symbols of national identity—could have political implications at the Eurovision Song Contest? Drink!

Flags on the Play Summary

Episode 62: Morocco 1980

September 24th, 2019


Remember that time Morocco competed at the Eurovision Song Contest? We don't since neither of us existed at the time. Let's learn about it together!

Episode 61: It’s Rotterdam! Ahoy!

September 10th, 2019


Happy Eurovision New Year! We're talking about Eurovision 2020's host country the Netherlands and the host city of Rotterdam.

It’s Rotterdam! Ahoy! …

Episode 60: Hallelujah

August 27th, 2019


With Tel Aviv about to pass the Eurovision hosting baton to Rotterdam or Maastricht, we watch the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest to see what has …

Episode 59: 12 Angry Points

August 13th, 2019


Nothing courts Eurovision controversy quite like the juries. We journey back to 1997 when the introduction of the televote made the juries A Thing.

Episode 58: The Big 5 Gut Rehab (France and United Kingdom)

July 30th, 2019


Helen Groothuis joins us as we finish our Eurovision gut rehab project with France and a United Kingdom intervention.

The Big 5 Gut Rehab (France …

Episode 57: The Big 5 Gut Rehab (Spain and Germany)

July 16th, 2019


Our July renovations continue as we wander the Eurovision wilderness with Big 5 countries Spain and Germany.

The Big 5 Gut Rehab (Spain and Germany) …

Episode 56: The Big 5 Gut Rehab (Italy)

July 2nd, 2019


We love a summer renovation project and the Eurovision Big 5 could use some work. Well, maybe not Italy...

The Big 5 Gut Rehab (Italy) Summary
  • How …

Episode 55: Visiting Songland

June 18th, 2019


As Eurovision explores making the American Song Contest a thing, we watch NBC's new songwriting series Songland. Is the process telegenic?

Visiting …

Episode 54: Madame X is Eurovision

June 4th, 2019


Maura Johnston joins us to discuss Madonna's Eurovision performance, Madame X, and how the Queen of Pop can navigate 2019.

Madame X is Eurovision …

Episode 53: Satisfactory Winner

May 21st, 2019


André Durham from Eurovision Obsession joins us to discuss the Eurovision 2019 Grand Final and dig into the semi-final data.

Satisfactory Winner …

Episode 52: Eurovision 2019 Grand Final Preview

May 17th, 2019


This is it. The Eurovision 2019 Semi-Finals are done and we know what 26 countries will compete in Saturday's Grand Final. We add our own wild …

Episode 51: Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final Predictions

May 13th, 2019


Happy Eurovision week! Ben and Mike have done their rankings, mixed them with other data, and have made their picks for which songs will make it to the Grand Final.

Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final Predictions Summary

Episode 50: The Mountaintop

May 7th, 2019


Dave Steeves joins us to discuss the Eurovision auto-qualifiers as we ask the eternal question "Could Spain, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the …

Episode 49: Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final 2 Part 3: Johnny Bravo

April 30th, 2019


We finish our coverage of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals talking about Russia, Albania, Norway, Netherlands, North Macedonia, and …

Episode 48: Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final 2 Part 2: These Are Six Songs

April 23rd, 2019


The second semi-final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will include Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Croatia, Malta, and Lithuania. We can confirm these are songs.

Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final 2 Part 2: These Are Six Songs …

Episode 47: Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final 2 Part 1: Sorry, Country

April 16th, 2019


We start our exploration of the second semi-final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with special guest Lindsey Weber.

Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final 2 …

Episode 46: Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final 1 Part 3: Extremely Online

April 9th, 2019


With running order in hand, we finish covering Eurovision Semi Final 1, talking about Georgia, Iceland, Estonia, Portugal, Greece, and San Marino.

Episode 45: Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final 1 Part 2: “Oof”

April 2nd, 2019


We finish the first half of the first Eurovision semi-final discussing Poland, Serbia, and Slovenia. Then Australia and Belgium kick off our second …

Episode 44: Let’s Discuss Eurovision 2019 Semi Final 1 Part 1

March 26th, 2019


We welcome Eurovision newbie Chris King to our first discussion about the first semi-final. This week's countries include Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, and Montenegro.

Let’s Discuss Eurovision 2019 …

Episode 43: The Ones That Got Away (2019)

March 19th, 2019


Another Eurovision Selection Season is behind us, but we are still holding out hope for a strong write-in campaign for six entries that didn't make …

Episode 42: Madness!

March 12th, 2019


The madness of Eurovision Selection Season has come to an end. With 16 songs to discuss, we change up the format to get into competition mode.

Melodifestivalen 2019 Preview

March 8th, 2019


Sweden's Melodifestivalen — AKA Melfest — will wrap its 59th edition on Saturday. We go through the 12 entries competing to represent Sweden at …

Episode 41: Loose Ends

March 5th, 2019


The loose ends of Eurovision national final season started wrapping up this past weekend, with seven songs selected, one country confirming …

Episode 40: YIKES

February 27th, 2019


Eurovision ticket prices? Yikes. Lithuania Marathon finale shenanigans? Yikes. Ukraine's Vidbir Inquisition? YIKES. It's been a week, y'all.


Episode 39: Eurovision is a Whole Mood

February 19th, 2019


All the things happened this past weekend in Eurovision-land and the trend that's emerging: Eurovision is in a mood.

Eurovision is a Whole Mood …

Episode 38: Euro Vortex

February 12th, 2019


Eurovision 2019 Selection Season is in full swing! We dive into the Euro Vortex with the United Kingdom, Montenegro, Italy, and Hatari among many …

Episode 37: Australia Decides Gets AUSome

February 5th, 2019


We discuss Australia Decides with Mike and Dale from the Aussievision Podcast! Which entries are we most excited about in this year's field?

Episode 36: Logistics!

January 29th, 2019


We have Eurovision semi-final logistics! Hosting logistics! France and Czech Republic selection logistics! It's the most wonderful time of year!

Episode 35: Molasses Flood

January 23rd, 2019


A flood of Eurovision updates this week, including Spain's selection and artists from Belgium, Netherlands, and San Marino.

After learning that …

Episode 34: Czech Out Those Triangles

January 16th, 2019


We break down the entries in Czech Republic's Eurovision selection and talk triangles. Lots of triangles.

After we triangulate our opinions on the …

Episode 33: Welcome to 2019

January 9th, 2019


Happy new year! Now that we can begin 2019 in earnest, we have our first Eurovision entry up for discussion.

This week's episode starts with some Eurovision in the Wild. Ben rocked a Swedish pop music quiz while Mike …

Episode 32: Spotify Wrapping Up 2018

December 19th, 2018


As we wrap up 2018, we get ready for Albania's Eurovision selection process, check in with Spain, and see how Spotify puts us on blast.

First up, the 57th edition of Festivali i Këngës will begin Thursday with three …

Episode 31: Eurovision Gifts for 2018

December 5th, 2018


Are you looking for Eurovision gifts for friends or loved ones? We have suggestions.

As we get ready for the holidays and the end of 2018, there's …

Episode 30: Dustin the Turkey Day

November 21st, 2018


Happy Thanksgiving! We're talking turkey this week and that means either the country or Ireland's Dustin the Turkey. Guess what we chose.

Before we gobble up our main topic of Dustin the Turkey, we check in with how …

Episode 29: Start Voting Now

November 7th, 2018


How does the voting process work at Eurovision? If you think it's confusing now, the history of voting at the Contest has many surprises.

With mid-term elections happening this week in the US, we wanted to talk about …

Episode 28: The Aftermarket

October 24th, 2018


Eurovision provides an aftermarket for winners of singing competitions. Why don't we have that in America? Andy Dehnart from Reality Blurred joins us to discuss.

First up, we check in with the soon-to-be-final tally of …

Episode 27: Orchestras, Synthesizers, and Lulu

October 10th, 2018


Orchestras used to be a requirement at the Eurovision Song Contest. In this episode, we take a look at the evolution of live (and "live") music at …

Episode 26: Tel Aviv and Other Headlines

September 26th, 2018


Tel Aviv will be hosting Eurovision in 2019! I mean, we pretty much knew that, but now it's official!

On this episode of the Eurowhat Podcast, we check in with the venues around Tel Aviv that will be hosting the big …

Episode 25: Planning Your Eurovision Vacation

September 12th, 2018


We know the Eurovision Song Contest will be in Israel((Maybe Tel Aviv, maybe Jerusalem)) in May, so now is the perfect time to start planning your vacation!

First, Mike and Ben go over some of the news items from the …

Episode 24: Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest

August 29th, 2018


Israel has had a fascinating history at the Eurovision Song Contest. Now that they will be hosting the 2019 edition, we've invited Noam Roth from EuroFreak to talk about his country's participation.

Now that the budget …

Episode 23: That’s How You AI a Song

August 15th, 2018


We gave a computer more than 300 Eurovision Song Contest entries from the last decade and this is what it gave us. Songwriting might not be so hard after all.

The EuroWhat is back after a surprise hiatus with a …

Episode 22: World Cup Song Contest

July 18th, 2018


Is there anything more EuroWhat? than the World Cup? How about World Cup songs performed by Eurovision Song Contest alumni? Yeah, that oughta do it...

Episode 21: Putting the US in E_rovi_ion

July 4th, 2018


Happy 4th of July! In honor of America's birthday, special guest Maura Johnston joins us to discuss the prospect of the US competing at Eurovision. …

Episode 20: Bite The Apple

June 20th, 2018


What if the Eurovision Song Contest were a secret plot to take over the world by forcing people to exercise daily to the winning song? On this week's episode, Ben, Mike, and special guest Josh Hehner explore this …

Episode 19: Eurovision Drag Race

June 6th, 2018


Happy pride! The Eurovision off season can be a drag, so let's talk about drag at Eurovision!

First up, we check in with how Eurovision 2019 prep is …

Episode 18: Indistinct Pterodactyl Squawking

May 23rd, 2018


The gang is back together to discuss the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final. Our special guest Dave Steeves shares his experience as an audience member in Lisbon and we all weigh in on the dubious honor of the …

Episode 17: Grand Final Preview

May 12th, 2018


The Grand Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest takes place Saturday, May 12. That means this is our last chance for wild speculation. We break …

Episode 16: Semi-Final Preview

May 7th, 2018


It's showtime! 37 countries will be competing in the Eurovision semi-final rounds Tuesday and Thursday. We share our thoughts on the rehearsals as well as suggestions for how to make your Eurovision party on Saturday a …

Episode 15: Eurovision 2018 Auto Qualifiers

May 2nd, 2018


As the Eurovision semi-finalist rehearsals are underway in Lisbon, the EuroWhat chats about the six auto qualifiers for this year's Grand Final. Will Portugal be a repeat winner? Will a Big Five country take the crown? …

Episode 14: Eurovision 2018 Semi-Final 2 Hodgepodge

April 25th, 2018


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 …

Episode 13: Eurovision 2018 Australia and Others

April 18th, 2018


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 …

Episode 12: Bringing the Party

April 11th, 2018


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 …

Episode 11: First!

April 4th, 2018


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 …

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

March 28th, 2018


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 …

Episode 9: Dita Von Teese Curtain Monster

March 21st, 2018


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 …

Episode 8: Melfest Fest

March 13th, 2018


Eurovision's 2018 selection season is approaching the end, which means one thing: Sweden's Melfest! Well, two things: lots of internal selections coming through the pipeline. No matter how you count it, we're in the …

Episode 7: Remember the Diaspora?

March 7th, 2018


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 …

Episode 6: Stupor Saturday

February 28th, 2018


The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest started filling up this past week as nine countries made their selections. There are elevated …

Episode 5: Get Excited

February 20th, 2018


Three more songs have joined the 2018 Eurovision field—two from national selections and one from... just showing up? San Marino has a business proposition for you while Israel poses a challenge to the concept of live …

Episode 4: The Who? and the What? Now!

February 14th, 2018


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 …

You ‘kay?

February 6th, 2018


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. Plus, a roundup of headlines from the last week.

Episode 3: Messy, Messy

January 30th, 2018


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.

Messy, …

The EuroWhat? Mini Week of January 22, 2018

January 23rd, 2018


This week is a mini-episode of the EuroWhat with minor updates about what's happening in Eurovision selection season. We'll be hopscotching from …

Episode 2: What is “Europe”?

January 18th, 2018


On this week's episode of the EuroWhat Podcast we discuss what "Europe" is (note the air quotes), get acquainted with this year's hostesses, get caught up with some of the selection processes and look forward to others.

Episode 1: Welcome to 2018

January 9th, 2018


We're podcasting, y'all! Welcome to the EuroWhat?

In our opening episode of The EuroWhat? podcast, our Eurovision News and Entertainment Research Division Specialists introduce themselves to our listening audience …

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