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A figurine of a drummer during a drum solo to represent the ideas of rockism vs poptimism

#84: What is Poptimism?

Music critic Ned Raggett joins us to discuss rockism, poptimism, and why Eurovision songs are worthy of critique.

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Slavko from Montenegro performs "Fuego" as part of the Eurovision Home Concerts series

#83: Fanopticon

Despite Eurovision’s cancellation this year, the fandom is still fully engaged in the Contest. Eurovision Obsession’s André Durham joins us to chat about how we’re coping.

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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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Go_A performs Solovey on Ukraine's VidBir

#78: Remedial Dance Party

We’re in the eye of the Eurovision Selection Season storm thanks to a light TV schedule this weekend. Time to practice the “I’m a Little Tempest in a Teapot” dance!

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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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#59: 12 Angry Points

Nothing courts Eurovision controversy quite like the juries. We journey back to 1997 when the introduction of the televote made the juries A Thing.

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France and United Kingdom round out our discussions of how to gut rehab the Eurovision Big 5. (Photos: Eurovision.tv)

#58: The Big 5 Gut Rehab (France and United Kingdom)

Helen Groothuis joins us as we finish our Eurovision gut rehab project with France and a United Kingdom intervention.

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Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, and Israel automatically qualify for the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, to be held in Tel Aviv on Saturday, May 18. (Photos: Eurovision.tv)

#50: The Mountaintop

Dave Steeves joins us to discuss the Eurovision auto-qualifiers as we ask the eternal question “Could Spain, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the host country advance if they had to compete?”

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