Russia

Six photos of Eurovision contestants surround the Eurowhat logo; Sunstroke Project (2010, UL), Valentina Monetta (2013, UR), Ovi and Paula Sellig (2014, ML), Laura and Koit Toome (2017, MR), Poli Genova (2016, LL), Sergey Lazarev (2019, LR)

#94: Double Trouble

Ben flies solo again with another audio essay, this time looking into performers who made double, triple, and even quadruple visits to the Eurovision stage.

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black and white photo of a boy working with radio equipment from the early 20th century

#91: A Brief History of the EBU

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) turns 70 this year! How did the EBU come into being? We dive into telecommunications history and evolution to find out.

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Top third: 12 Points from America Logo; middle third: Eurovision Song Contest The Story of Fire Saga title card; bottom third: Eurowhat logo

#89: 12 Points to Fire Saga?

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga arrived on Netflix last week and 12 Points from America joins us to discuss the music in Will Ferrell’s new comedy.

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Videotape labeled with a Eurovision Heart is the Logo of #EurovisionAgain

#85: #EurovisionAgain

#EurovisionAgain impresario Rob Holley speaks with us about the Eurovision Twitter time machine extravaganza.

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#81: WHY ARE WE YELLING?

We finish up our initial evaluations of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest entries with the last nine songs to drop in March.

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Uku Suvitse performs at the 2020 Eesti Laul Semi-Final

#79: Songageddon 2020

Somehow we managed to be verbal after mainlining hours upon hours of Eurovision content this past weekend. It’s Songageddon 2020!

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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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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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#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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Russia, Albania, Norway, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, and Azerbaijan will close out the second semi-final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest (Photos: Eurovision.tv)

#49: Semi-Final 2 Part 3 Johnny Bravo

We finish our Eurovision 2019 semi-finals coverage by talking about Russia, Albania, Norway, Netherlands, North Macedonia, and Azerbaijan.

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