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    SBS's Josh Martin: The highs and lows of being away from Eurovision

    SBS's Josh Martin: The highs and lows of being away from Eurovision

    With only hours until the first Eurovision semi final, Michael caught up with Australia’s Head of Delegation, Josh Martin.

    They talked about the difficulties with Australia’s distant participation this year, along with what’s been positive about the whole experience.

    What’s been the reaction to Australia’s live-on-tape entry?

    How has being thousands of kilometres away affected Aussie preparation?

    What’s the delegation most worried about?

    How has SBS prepared for televising the shows?

    Who’s going to be telling Europe who we voted for?This contest is also Josh’s final one as Head of Delegation and Commissioning Editor of Entertainment and Food at SBS. Michael asked Josh what dreams he has for Eurovision in Australia.

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    You can watch the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest on SBS and SBS On Demand:

    Wednesday 19 May



    * Semi Final 1 live at 5am AEST



    Friday 21 May



    * Semi Final 2 live at 5am AEST

    * Semi Final 1 primetime at 8:30pm AEST



    Saturday 22 May



    * Semi Final 2 primetime at 8:30pm AEST



    Sunday 23 May



    * Grand Final live at 5am AEST

    * Grand Final primetime at 7:30pm AEST



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    • 15 min
    Previewing the second half of Eurovision 2021 Semi Final 2

    Previewing the second half of Eurovision 2021 Semi Final 2

    After weeks of preparing, we’re at the pointy end of the Eurovision year. Michael and Io jumped into the Melbourne studios to preview the final songs of the semi finals.

    Which song is the most improved?

    How does Michael shock Io?

    Why is Io annoyed at people comparing Finland and Italy?

    #OpenUp with us

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    The songs

    🇷🇸 Hurricane – Loco Loco

    🇷🇸 #EUROVISION POLL TIME:We know the girls of Hurricane are total bosses, but who would be most loco on a night out?— #JOYEurovision 🇦🇺🏳️‍🌈 (@JOY_Eurovision) May 15, 2021

    🇬🇪 Tornike Kipiani – You

    🇬🇪 #EUROVISION POLL TIME:Which of Tornike’s two songs should Georgia be most proud of?— #JOYEurovision 🇦🇺🏳️‍🌈 (@JOY_Eurovision) May 15, 2021

    🇦🇱 Anxhela Peristeri – Karma

    🇦🇱 #EUROVISION POLL TIME:Is @AnxhelaPeriste4’s entry a banger?— #JOYEurovision 🇦🇺🏳️‍🌈 (@JOY_Eurovision) May 15, 2021

    🇵🇹 The Black Mamba – Love Is On My Side

    🇵🇹 #EUROVISION POLL TIME:Who’s worn a hat the best of late on the #ESC stage?— #JOYEurovision 🇦🇺🏳️‍🌈 (@JOY_Eurovision) May 15, 2021

    🇧🇬 VICTORIA – Growing Up Is Getting Old

    🇧🇬 #EUROVISION POLL TIME:@victoriageorge_ is a bit tired of growing old… but what’s the best thing about getting older?— #JOYEurovision 🇦🇺🏳️‍🌈 (@JOY_Eurovision) May 15, 2021

    🇫🇮 Blind Channel – Dark Side

    🇫🇮 #EUROVISION POLL TIME:@BlindChannelFIN have noticed the fan fiction written about some of them.If we wrote a volume about Blind Channel, what other contestant should make an appearance?— #JOYEurovision 🇦🇺🏳️‍🌈 (@JOY_Eurovision) May 15, 2021

    🇱🇻 Samanta Tīna – The Moon Is Rising

    🇱🇻 #EUROVISION POLL TIME:Last year, Samanta killed imaginary geese with her hand movements.What’s the next wild animal that @Samanta_singer would defeat while singing?

    • 58 min
    Reviewing the first half of Eurovision 2021 Semi Final 2

    Reviewing the first half of Eurovision 2021 Semi Final 2

    Rehearsals are beginning, Rotterdam is shining brightly… but we’re stuck in cold Melbourne.

    Michael, Liam and Io have picked themselves up to preview the first half of this year’s second Eurovision semi final.

    Which artist should be divorced from their song?

    Who’s got the biggest glow up?

    What have Io and Liam disagreed about this time?

    #OpenUp with us

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    The songs

    🇸🇲 Senhit – Adrenalina

    🇸🇲POLL TIME:We all know that @senhitofficial is our Queen of Freaky, but who’s your #Eurovision queen of San Marino?— #JOYEurovision 🇦🇺🏳️‍🌈 (@JOY_Eurovision) May 8, 2021

    🇪🇪 Uku Suviste – The Lucky One

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1390942085008662531

    🇨🇿 Benny Cristo – omaga

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1390943800038551553

    🇬🇷 Stefania – Last Dance

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1390945278828576770

    🇦🇹 Vincent Bueno – Amen

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1390947855938899968

    🇵🇱 RAFAŁ – The Ride

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1390949402404024324

    🇲🇩 Natalia Gordienko – SUGAR

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1390951160027041795

    🇮🇸 Daði og Gagnamagnið – 10 Years

    🇮🇸 POLL TIME:How long into a relationship should you wait to share your love of @dadimakesmusic’s #Eurovision contributions?— #JOYEurovision 🇦🇺🏳️‍🌈 (@JOY_Eurovision) May 8, 2021

    • 58 min
    Reviewing the second half of Eurovision 2021 Semi Final 1

    Reviewing the second half of Eurovision 2021 Semi Final 1

    With sixteen songs, the first semi final of death is going to be quite the challenge for all involved.

    Michael, Liam and Io run through the second half of the semi, giving their opinions about the other eight songs vying for a spot in the 2021 Eurovision Grand Final.

    What song brings consensus between Liam and Io?

    Why is Io so angry?

    Who got dumped by Zoom?

    #OpenUp with us

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    The songs

    🇳🇴 TIX – Fallen Angel

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1388403879528714241

    🇭🇷 Albina – Tick-Tock

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1388405841796030465

    🇧🇪 Hooverphonic – The Wrong Place

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1388407105221103624

    🇮🇱 Eden Alene – Set Me Free

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1388408641934397442

    🇷🇴 ROXEN – Amnesia

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1388411221078994945

    🇦🇿 Efendi – Mata Hari

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1388412776360542211

    🇺🇦 Go_A – Shum

    🇺🇦 POLL TIME:@_Go_A_’s Kateryna is known for her white voice singing.How long would she have to hold a note for to break glass?#Eurovision— #JOYEurovision 🇦🇺🏳️‍🌈 (@JOY_Eurovision) May 1, 2021

    🇲🇹 Destiny – Je Me Casse

    • 57 min
    Reviewing the first half of Eurovision 2021 Semi Final 1

    Reviewing the first half of Eurovision 2021 Semi Final 1

    We’re back for another year to share what we think about the songs you’ll be hearing in the Eurovision Song Contest.

    Michael, Liam and Io run through the first eight songs of the comp, leaving no stone unturned and no opinion varnished over.

    What does the team think about Technicolour?

    Where is Lesley Roy lost?

    Who are the winners of the 2020 vs 2021 challenge?

    #OpenUp with us

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    The songs

    🇱🇹 The Roop – Discoteque

    🇸🇮 Ana Soklič – Amen

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1385869106545455107

    🇷🇺 Manizha – Russian Woman

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1385870653782249472

    🇸🇪 Tusse – Voices

    🇦🇺 Montaigne 🏳️‍🌈 – Technicolour

    🇲🇰 Vasil 🏳️‍🌈 – Here I Stand

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1385876406006018055

    🇮🇪 Lesley Roy 🏳️‍🌈 – MAPS

    https://twitter.com/JOY_Eurovision/status/1385877783092424704

    🇨🇾 Elena Tsagrinou – El Diablo

    • 57 min
    Celebrating those who #EmbraceJOY: Your donations, your songs

    Celebrating those who #EmbraceJOY: Your donations, your songs

    It’s Radiothon time, where we ask you to support JOY and keep us on air. This year, we want you to #EmbraceJOY by becoming a member, donating or subscribing.

    During the special Radiothon show, Michael, Liam and Io invited listeners to donate to JOY. The people with the top four donations were able to choose the songs in the final part of the show.

    A big thanks to everyone who donated to keep JOY on air!

    It’s not too late to show us that you #EmbraceJOY: Donate, become a member or subscribe at joy.org.au/support-joy right now!

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    The songs

    PingPong – Sameyakh [Israel, 2000 thanks to Ricky]

    Svetlana Loboda – Be My Valentine! (Anti-Crisis Girl) [Ukraine, 2009 thanks to Megan]

    Dotter – Little Tot [Melodifestivalen, 2021 thanks to Q]

    Charlotte Nilsson (Perrelli) – Take Me To Your Heaven [Sweden, 1999 thanks to Joel]

    • 29 min

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