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Join Ewan Spence and ESC Insight as they take you on the journey that is the Eurovision Song Contest. From an introduction to the contest and rules, through the songs chosen by each country to backstage at the stadium, this is your unofficial guide to one of the world's favourite television shows, with over 200 million viewers worldwide each year.

ESC Insight: Eurovision Song Contest Podcast Ewan Spence

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 23 Ratings

Join Ewan Spence and ESC Insight as they take you on the journey that is the Eurovision Song Contest. From an introduction to the contest and rules, through the songs chosen by each country to backstage at the stadium, this is your unofficial guide to one of the world's favourite television shows, with over 200 million viewers worldwide each year.

    Eurovision Insight News Podcast: One Final To The Tune Of Another

    Eurovision Insight News Podcast: One Final To The Tune Of Another

    This week feels like it is more about the internal selections rather than the National Finals, with just two songs from the latter and rather a lot more from the former. Let's round them all up in this week's NewsPod.

    • 14 min
    Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Streets, Villages, And Clubs

    Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Streets, Villages, And Clubs

    We've had our Super Saturday of song selections (and a pair of internal selections released their songs), which means the playlist for May has nearly doubled since our last pod. Let's check in on all this week's happenings.



    Ewan Spence and the ESC Insight team bring you the latest news from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.

    • 15 min
    Eurovision Chat Over Coffee, BBC R&D's Dave Marston And Eurovision's Next Generation Audio

    Eurovision Chat Over Coffee, BBC R&D's Dave Marston And Eurovision's Next Generation Audio

    We talk a lot about the songs of the Eurovision Song Contest here, we look at how the Song Contest allows cultures to be shared, and how the Contest is used as a live environment for testing new broadcast technologies. It's the latter that's the subject of today's Chat Over Coffee podcast.



    Liverpool's hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest was a golden opportunity for the BBC's Research and Development team to use the live environment for one of their many projects. How does an R&D team actually use the Song Contest?



    Earlier this year, I sat down with Dave Marston from the BBC's Research and Development to talk about one project. The team has been working on Next Generation Audio, which allows more interaction and personalisation of the audio presentation. This involves attaching metadata to as many of the files in the soundscape as possible... something that is easy to do on a pre-recorded show, less so for a live broadcast.



    Which is where Eurovision comes in. How was the decision to use the Song Contest made, what facilities were needed, and how is the project still making a difference?



    From immersive audio and standardised formats, through collecting the raw audio in Liverpool, to and having a 'Eurovision Song Contest Simulator' to test new techniques, Liverpool 2023 was a unique moment to test Next Generation Audio techniques.



    Ewan Spence sits down with BBC R&D's Dave Marston to talk about using the Song Contest as a platform to trial new broadcast techniques.

    • 38 min
    Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Travolta's Moment

    Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Travolta's Moment

    John Travolta isn’t coming back to Sanremo, Microsoft is supporting UMK, and The Roop is looking to return to the Contest. Ewan Spence and the ESC Insight team bring you the latest news from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.

    • 13 min
    Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Cracking The Cryptic Clues

    Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Cracking The Cryptic Clues

    Our hoped-for hosts arrive, the BBC serves up some cryptic clues, and the Norwegian televote split continues the voting discussion. Ewan Spence and the ESC Insight team bring you the latest news from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.

    • 17 min
    Interviews From The Eurovision 2024 Semi Final Draw

    Interviews From The Eurovision 2024 Semi Final Draw

    Ewan Spence and Ben Robertson attended the Semi Final draw for Eurovision 2024 ; here, they talk over the details and importance of the result before talking to Steve Rotheram (Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region), Ebba Adielsson (Eurovision Exec Producer), and Christer Bjorkman, (Eurovision Contest Producer).



    Ewan Spence and the ESC Insight team bring you the latest news from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

pecanstantin ,

New to Eurovision? This pod is a great start

Every episode is just the result of their passion for the contest, deep research, and capacity to love every type of Eurovision song, especially the risky entries. It’s worth a try.

Also Ewan’s voice puts me into ethereal zen, or maybe I just don’t hear Scottish people that often and they all sound this good.

Adam R. Smith ,

Come for the juke box juries...

...stay for Eurovision Castaways. Ewan, Lisa-Jayne, Ellie, and the rest of the team are so great. Insightful commentary and historical analysis.

Seattlesque ,

Easily the best for Eurovision news, reviews, and entertaining depth

ESC Insight is by far the best, most informative, most thoughtful, least gimmicky, and most smartly entertaining podcast for finding out about all things Eurovision. I’ve been listening since 2011 and am hooked. The team is made of up people who care not only about the music and performance aspect of the Eurovision Song Contest, but also want to dig deeper: they analyze what’s going on in the Eurovision universe at various levels, whether cultural, musical, national, emotional, political, social, historical, statistical, or just plain whimsical. From newcomers to Eurovision to longstanding fans, this is the place to get your news and reviews. HIGHLY recommended.

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