Eurovision Off-season Topics

Serbia's Marija Šerifović, Ukraine's Verka Serduchka, and United Kingdom's Scooch from the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest

#88 Part 1: 12 Minutes in 2007

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 Eurovision 2007.

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Logo of the AfriMusic Song Contest, promo photo of Australian group Uncanny Valley, and logo of the Free European Song Contest

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

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

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Fireworks in purples and reds, with one explosion making a heart shape

#70: The Ones That Got Away 2010s Edition

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.

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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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