187 episodes

The Eurowhat? Podcast launched in 2018 and features two Americans (Ben Smith and Mike McComb) attempting to make sense of the Eurovision Song Contest. The show tracks national selections and artist announcements, breaks down each year’s songs with a diverse array of guests, and dives into the 65+ years of contest history during the contest off-season, using Eurovision as a lens to analyze what’s happening in pop culture and the world.

The EuroWhat? Podcast The EuroWhat? Podcast

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    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

The Eurowhat? Podcast launched in 2018 and features two Americans (Ben Smith and Mike McComb) attempting to make sense of the Eurovision Song Contest. The show tracks national selections and artist announcements, breaks down each year’s songs with a diverse array of guests, and dives into the 65+ years of contest history during the contest off-season, using Eurovision as a lens to analyze what’s happening in pop culture and the world.

    Peanut Butter Yelly Time

    Peanut Butter Yelly Time

    This weekend was a practice run for Eurovision Super Saturday as Ireland, Norway, and Spain made their selections and Slovenia shared their song. Sweden and Latvia also kicked off their processes as we get ready for a deluge of entries for Liverpool.


    Peanut Butter Yelly Time Summary


    Semi-Final Allocation (1:08)
    Wild Youth wins Ireland's Eurosong with "We Are One" (4:44)
    Slovenia's Joker Out debuts "Carpe Diem" (13:15)
    Alessandra will represent Norway with "Queen of Kings" (15:23)
    Blanca Paloma's "EAEA" wins Benidorm Fest (20:22)
    Czech Republic held its first live TV final in 15 years (25:49)
    Artist Selctions from Greece, Austria, Armenia, and Georgia (27:48)
    Malta moves forward in MESC (33:42)
    Lithuania's Pabandom is Naujo goes into Semi Finals (36:18)
    Latvia's Supernova begins (39:47)
    Sweden's Melfest 2023 Begins (43:29)
    Super Saturday 2023: Italy, Estonia, Croatia, Denmark, Romania (47:47)


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    The EuroWhat? Podcast is available wherever you get your podcasts. Find your podcast app to subscribe here.


    Keep tabs on everything happening with selection season for Eurovision 2023 including a calendar and playlists on our website at eurowhat.com/2023


    Comments, questions, and episode topic suggestions are always welcome. You can shoot us an email, reach out on Twitter @eurowhat, or give us a toot on Mastodon.


    Over on Patreon, we have a slew of bonus episodes featuring the American Song Contest, the Eurovision AV Club, and deep dives on Eurovision-adjacent topics. Thank you for your support!
    Support The EuroWhat? Podcast
    Links:
    Turin Reports the Economic Impact of Hosting Eurovision 2022 | EurovoixFirst look at the Eurovision 2023 stage | #UnitedByMusic - YouTubeJUNIOR EUROVISION 2011: CANDY - CANDY MUSIC - GEORGIA 🇬🇪 | YouTube#ვოისი ირუ ხეჩანოვი | Iru Khechanovi - Smells like teen spirit - YouTube

    • 50 min
    Click... Click... Click...

    Click... Click... Click...

    After recapping the last (not so) quiet weekend of Eurovision Selection Season, we set our sights on finals, semi-finals, and song reveals all over Europe next weekend. Strap in: It's February, y'all.


    Click... Click... Click... Summary


    Germany announces acts for Unser Lied für Liverpool (1:22)
    Moldova holds auditions for Etapa Nationala (2:42)
    Norway finalizes the MGP lineup (5:36)
    Lithuania's Pabandom is Naujo wraps its quarter finals (11:34)
    Song drops: Portugal and Iceland (14:53)
    Tuesday: Semi-final Allocation and Spain's Benidorm Festival (17:22)
    Thursday: Serbia Song Drop and the Voice of Georgia (20:20)
    Friday: Malta's continued MESC-ness, Ireland Chooses its Eurosong (22:21)
    Saturday: Slovenia reveals "Carpe Diem", Sweden's Melfest, Latvia's Supernova (26:30)
    Cosa Sta Facendo Maneskin: Grammy Awards Edition (28:39)
    We Didn't Forget About the Czech Republic (30:10)


    Cover art image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay


    Subscribe

    The EuroWhat? Podcast is available wherever you get your podcasts. Find your podcast app to subscribe here.


    Keep tabs on everything happening with selection season for Eurovision 2023 including a calendar and playlists on our website at eurowhat.com/2023


    Comments, questions, and episode topic suggestions are always welcome. You can shoot us an email, reach out on Twitter @eurowhat, or give us a toot on Mastodon.


    Over on Patreon, we have a slew of bonus episodes featuring the American Song Contest, the Eurovision AV Club, and deep dives on Eurovision-adjacent topics. Thank you for your support!
    Support The EuroWhat? Podcast
    Links:
    Eurovision Handover and Allocation Draw 2023 | Live Stream | Liverpool 🇬🇧 - YouTubeAidan Cassar takes legal steps to reverse Eurovision disqualification | Times of MaltaManeskin on Music and Breaking the Rules of Fashion | The New York Times

    • 31 min
    We Go Again

    We Go Again

    Lithuania's selection series Pabandom is Naujo has returned and we couldn't be more excited. Meanwhile, Norway's MGP held its second semi as several countries drop songs all over the place for Eurovision 2023.


    We Go Again Summary


    Lithuania's Pabandom is Naujo Begins (1:34)
    Norway's MGP Holds Its Second Semi-Final (8:39)
    Song Drops: Denmark, Portugal, Iceland (13:10)
    Coming Up: Germany's Finalists, Moldova's Auditions, Czech Republic's Live Final, Semi-Final Allocation (16:30)


    Subscribe

    The EuroWhat? Podcast is available wherever you get your podcasts. Find your podcast app to subscribe here.


    Keep tabs on everything happening with selection season for Eurovision 2023 including a calendar and playlists on our website at eurowhat.com/2023


    Comments, questions, and episode topic suggestions are always welcome. You can shoot us an email, reach out on Twitter @eurowhat, or give us a toot on Mastodon.


    Over on Patreon, we have a slew of bonus episodes featuring the American Song Contest, the Eurovision AV Club, and deep dives on Eurovision-adjacent topics. Thank you for your support!
    Support The EuroWhat? Podcast
    Links:
    Prohibition from Swing’It: The Worst Song of the NF season? | dudepoints'Speakeasy' Bars Are Killing It in Countries That Never Had Prohibition | VinePairDenmark: Great 8 for 'Melodi Grand Prix 2023' | Eurovision.tvFestival da Canção 2023 Lyric Videos | YouTubeESCZ 2023 🇨🇿 | Live Stream | Czech Republic National Final | Eurovision 2023 - YouTubeEurovision Handover and Allocation Draw 2023 | Live Stream | Liverpool 🇬🇧 - YouTube

    • 22 min
    Eurosongs

    Eurosongs

    Ryan Brazell stops by to discuss the first big weekend of Eurovision 2023 selection season. Belgium makes its pick, France announced their artist, and many processes have started to take shape.


    Eurosongs Summary


    Belgium's Eurosong picks Gustaph's "Because of You" (3:48)
    France Goes Internal and Chooses La Zarra (11:12)
    Johnny Rotten Could Represent Ireland (13:12)
    Estonia's Eesti Laul Semi-Finals (15:56)
    Malta's MESC Has Begun (18:13)
    Norway's MGP Holds its First Semi-Final (21:27)
    Coming Up: Finland's UMK Entries, Denmark and Portugal Song Drops, Lithuania's Pabandom is Naujo (27:14)


    Subscribe

    The EuroWhat? Podcast is available wherever you get your podcasts. Find your podcast app to subscribe here.


    Keep tabs on everything happening with selection season for Eurovision 2023 including a calendar and playlists on our website at eurowhat.com/2023


    Comments, questions, and episode topic suggestions are always welcome. You can shoot us an email, reach out on Twitter @eurowhat, or give us a toot on Mastodon.


    Over on Patreon, we have a slew of bonus episodes featuring the American Song Contest, the Eurovision AV Club, and deep dives on Eurovision-adjacent topics. Thank you for your support!
    Support The EuroWhat? Podcast
    Links:
    Mystery Hunt | The Eurowhat? Podcast on PatreonGustaph - Because Of You - Belgium 🇧🇪 - National Final Performance | YouTubeLa Zarra will represent France at Eurovision 2023 | Eurovision.tvLa Zarra - Tu t’en iras (Official Video) | YouTubeHell Energy Drink Bruce Willis | YouTube

    • 30 min
    Amuse-Bouche

    Amuse-Bouche

    The Eurovision menu includes a buffet of options as more countries drop tracks and announce their selection season plans. We take one last taste test of the appetizers as we await the start of heats and semi-finals.


    Amuse-Bouche Summary


    Latvia announces Supernova 2023 details (1:22)
    This week in TV: Estonia's Eesti Laul, Malta's MESC, Belgium's Eurosong, Norway's NRK MGP (2:55)
    "Will Israel Be at Eurovision?" 2023 Edition (14:01)
    Yellow Studio will do the Eurovision Stage Design (16:28)


    Cover image by NoName_13 from Pixabay


    Subscribe

    The EuroWhat? Podcast is available wherever you get your podcasts. Find your podcast app to subscribe here.


    Keep tabs on everything happening with selection season for Eurovision 2023 including a calendar and playlists on our website at eurowhat.com/2023


    Comments, questions, and episode topic suggestions are always welcome. You can shoot us an email, reach out on Twitter @eurowhat, or give us a toot on Mastodon.


    Over on Patreon, we have a slew of bonus episodes featuring the American Song Contest, the Eurovision AV Club, and deep dives on Eurovision-adjacent topics. Thank you for your support!
    Support The EuroWhat? Podcast
    Links:
    Historic change: NRK introduces "autotune" in Melodi Grand Prix | VGEurovision organizer warns Netanyahu against threatening Israel's public broadcaster | The Times of IsraelYellow Studio to oversee Eurovision Song Contest set design | Access All Areas

    • 20 min
    Nunca Secondary

    Nunca Secondary

    2023 actually started a couple weeks ago in Eurovisionland, with Ukraine and Albania making their selections for Liverpool. We also check in with the ESC Top 250 results, which had some major surprises this year.


    Nunca Secondary Summary


    🇺🇦 Ukraine's VidBir selects TVORCHI's "Heart of Steel" (1:58)
    🇦🇱 Albina and Familja Kelmendi win Albania's Festivali i Këngës with "Duje" (7:32)
    🇪🇸 Chanel's "SloMo" wins the ESC Top 250 (11:21)
    🇳🇴 🇧🇪 🇬🇷 Coming up: NRK MGP and Belgium's Eurosong songs drop; Greece formed a committee (19:37)


    Subscribe

    The EuroWhat? Podcast is available wherever you get your podcasts. Find your podcast app to subscribe here.


    Keep tabs on everything happening with selection season for Eurovision 2023 including a calendar and playlists on our website at eurowhat.com/2023


    Comments, questions, and episode topic suggestions are always welcome. You can shoot us an email, reach out on Twitter @eurowhat, or give us a toot on Mastodon.


    Over on Patreon, we have a slew of bonus episodes featuring the American Song Contest, the Eurovision AV Club, and deep dives on Eurovision-adjacent topics. Thank you for your support!
    Support The EuroWhat? Podcast
    Links:
    TVORCHI - Heart of Steel - Ukraine 🇺🇦 National Final Performance | YouTubeAlbina & Familja Kelmendi - Duje - Albania 🇦🇱 National Final Performance | YouTubeResults of the ‘ESC Top 250 2022’ | Songfestival.beSubwoolfer on Instagram: “Did you see us? #bigfatquizoftheyear”

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Colinglasg ,

A joy to listen to

These guys are so fun and their enthusiasm and love of the contest is infectious. Great to hear two Americans speaking about our favourite music event in this way. Very easy on the ear and a joy to listen to.

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