Eurovision Off-season Topics

A Christmas tree with ornaments containing the Eurovision Song Contest logos from 2010 through 2019.

#69: Ben’s Grand Eurofying Theory

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 last decade and makes an audio essay about it. It involves snacks.

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#68: Eurovisie Songfestivus

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.

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An assortment of flags of the European Union, Turkey, and Hungary

#67: Hungary for Turkey

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

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#66: Iceland Airwaves

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 scene.

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The flag of Lebanon includes bands of red at the top and bottom and a central white field. A green outline of a cedar tree is in the middle of the white field.

#65: Lebanon-starter

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

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The final scoreboard of the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest. The Netherlands, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom tied at the end of the evening with 18 points each.

#64: Win Win Win Win

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

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Israel, Russia, Armenia, and Iceland have all raised the question: do flags run counter to Eurovision not being a political contest? (Screens: EBU)

#63: Flags on the Play

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

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#62: Morocco 1980

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!

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#61: It’s Rotterdam! Ahoy!

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

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The 24th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Jerusalem on March 31, 1979. (Photo: Eurovision.tv)

#60: Hallelujah

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 changed in the last 40 years.

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