Archive for the ‘Eurovision Podcast’ Category

Edinburgh Fringe Show #1 - New Media for Old Rope

Friday, August 5th, 2011

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With Rohan Gunatillake (Festivals Lab), James Master (FestaFriend) and Paul Levy (Fringe Review). More at the Edinburgh Fringe Podcast and The Stage. Follow via RSS or in iTunes.

The latest Eurovision Insight news podcast

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

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Keeping up with the fun and games of the Eurovision Song Contest over on ESC Insight with my regular news podcast.

Ultimate Juke Box Jury Heat 13

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

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Which is the best Eurovision winning song of all time? The quest continues over on ESC Insight, as Luxemburg (1973), Israel (1998), Ireland (1980) and The Netherlands (1969) are judged.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Semi Final 1 Commentary

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

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(Cross posted from ESC Insight)

For the third year, it’s a delight to present my alternative commentary tracks for the Eurovision Song Contest. You’ve lived with the ESC Insight podcasts not just from Dusseldorf, but in the run up to the contest, through the national finals, and from the "Post Eurovision Depression" summer last year.

So let’s start the end of our journey for the 2011 winner as we begun, together, online, and with the podcast. You can either start with your national broadcaster, or head to www.eurovision.tv/esctv to watch the official stream (which is lacking a commentator).

As always, technical and legal reasons mean syncing up with the live broadcast without the help of the BBC Radio 2 production van mean you need to do a little bit of work, so grab the MP3, cue it up in your audio player of choice, be it portable on headphones, or on your PC. Feel free to start listening whenever you want, but starting as the show starts is fine.

I’ll remind you in the show, but when you hear a beep, you pause the track, watch the song performance, then start up the track again. Don’t stop for adverts or cutaways, just for the music.

The only potential gotcha is that with no opening ceremony or show, there’s no obvious starting point, so start the track, pause when I tell you and start up again when our hosts say "Let the Eurovision Song Contest begin!"

Enjoy! And you can still follow me real time on Twitter for updates direct from Dusseldorf and the Contest.

Eurovision 2011 Podcast: Semi Final 1 Commentary

Ewan Spence talks you though the first semi final of Eurovision. Press play before the show starts, and don’t forget to pause for the music when you hear the beep!

You can stay up to date with The ESC Insight Podcast by subscribing to the RSS feed for all the shows, or use iTunes to get the show automatically downloaded to your computer if you’re an Apple user.

Five seconds into the future - It’s Eurovision time!

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

As I write this blog post, I’m safely wrapped up in the Press Centre of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. For those of you keeping track of the dates, the live shows are on May 10th and 12th for the semi-finals, and Saturday 14th for the Grand Final. As is the norm for Eurovision, my experiences are a bit out of sync with the majority, but that actually helps the coverage I can do around the Contest.

The reason for "five seconds" is that my Eurovision experience is always challenging time. Last week I was at the Scottish "preview" Party for the Song Contest, which was the time where a big group of us all gather to watch Eurovision on TV - being three weeks before the broadcast we have to rely on the preview videos, but that’s my Eurovision on TV time.

During the dress rehearsals, I’m watching, taking notes, scripting and recording my commentary, so I’m watching the live show the day before the TV audience. And when they all settle in at home to watch the conference, the physics behind the transmission of the video signal from Dusseldorf getting to your TV screen means that my tweet-commentary can out-race the pictures.

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You might have noticed that there’s been a lot less coverage of Eurovision on my personal blog - there’s a simple reason for that. Last year I ran my podcasts from the Eurovision category on this blog, but after the huge response and listenership, it seemed the right thing to do was spin off the podcast and Song Contest coverage to a separate site.

In essence, the site here was an incubator for what has become ESC Insight, which is not only the home of the podcast (direct RSS, iTunes and Zune links), but also a ‘long-form’ blog and website that focuses on in-depth articles around the Song Contest. If you’re looking for a daily chat show, articles and commentary from Dusseldorf this year, that’s where you want to go.

And before you ask, the annual commentary for the live shows will still be happening on Twitter via my own account @Ewan.

If you’re looking for a bit more Eurovision, I’m also working with SBS, the Australian broadcaster, to provide a range of Eurovision themed shows and daily news bulletins from Germany for their DAB broadcast - head over to the SBS Eurovision website, and catch the highlights in their podcast!

Nul Points! The Eurovision Quiz Show

Friday, December 24th, 2010

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Now for something a little different on the podcast for the Christmas holidays, as Juke Box Jury takes a little break. What happens if you take every comedy panel quiz discussion show, mix them all up, throw in a little bit of Eurovision? You get this.

Nul Points! is the Eurovision Quiz show which challenges them to think on their feet, justify their choices about those moments and memories, and tests our pundits knowledge of the Eurovision Song Contest to the maximum. Whether you label it “points for punditry,” or “tell us something quite interesting”, it’s time to see where this pilot goes, and if you’d like us to add it in to the schedule of ESC Insight podcasts.

Nul Points! (December 2010)

Hosted by Ewan Spence, with Elaine Dove, David Elder, Danny Lynch and Ross Tillbrook.

Ultimate Juke Box Jury will be back in the New Year, on Friday 7th January.

Don’t miss an episode of The Unofficial Eurovision Podcast by subscribing to the RSS feed dedicated to the podcasts. iTunes users can find us in the iTunes Store and get the show automatically downloaded to your computer. You could support the site by buying Tim Moore’s Nul Points from Amazon (which has nothing to do with the quiz, but is a great Eurovision book).

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Ultimate Juke Box Jury Heat 3

Friday, December 17th, 2010

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Time for the third round of Ultimate Juke Box Jury and our Quixotic Quest to find the best Eurovision winner of all time.

Returning from the Jury that looked at the 2010 Contest we have Scotsman Eurovision contributor David Elder; while fresh from his interviewing at this year’s Swiss National Final is Andrew James Main. How will they, along with regular host Ewan Spence, rate our four songs? Hit? Miss? Maybe? There’s only one way to find out!

Listen!!!

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Ultimate Juke Box Jury Heat 3
Hosted by Ewan Spence, with David Elder and Andrew James Main.

Sweden 1984: Diggi-loo Diggi-ley, by The Herreys.
France 1977: L’oiseau et L’enfant, by Marie Myriam.
Ireland 1993: In Your Eyes, by Niamh Kavanagh.
Greece 2005: My Number One, by Elena Paparizou.

Don’t miss an episode Ultimate Juke Box Jury (or any of The Unofficial Eurovision Podcast episodes) by subscribing to the RSS feed dedicated to the podcasts. iTunes users can find us in the iTunes Store and get the show automatically downloaded to your computer. Want to support the site? Why not consider buying the The Official History of the Eurovision Song Contest book from Amazon.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: No tickets, an interview and lots of songs

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

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And we have our first Song for Europe in 2011! As Switzerland votes to send Anna Rossinelli to Düsseldorf, our version of that ‘exclusive’ interview with her from backstage at the National Final is just one of many parts in the weekly news podcast from ESC Insight.

Lots going on this week, from the problems that many had in booking tickets for the Grand Final, to new countries going on the provisional entries list, lots of submission deadlines for the various national finals, and the annual tradition of one song being disqualified from Melodifestivalen.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: No tickets, one interview and lots of songs

Switzerland chooses their song, why no ticketing system could have coped on Sunday, National submission deadlines, the potential return of Malcolm Lincoln and the horror of Jedward. With music from J.C. Chasez.

Don’t miss an episode of The Unofficial Eurovision Podcast by subscribing to the RSS feed dedicated to the podcasts. iTunes users can find us in the iTunes Store and get the show automatically downloaded to your computer. You can support the site by buying the official 2010 CD from Amazon.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: New Countries, Old Friends and the Azerbaijani Wildcards

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

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Ever noticed that Eurovision is turning into Harry Hill’s TV Burp? When you can make up headlines like “Scottish Dinner Lady sings for Azerbaijan” and they’re deadly serious, you know that the Song Contest is covering the entertainment as well as the education remit!

The big news this week is of course the return of Italy, and while we don’t yet know if they’ll be given “Big” status and automatic entry to the final, there’s now another country to speculate on their singer and song. Could it be Nathalie Giannitrapani from the Italian X-Factor with her latest single?

Time will tell, but in case it is, we’ve got it on the podcast.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: New Countries, Old Friends and the Azerbaijani Rulebook

Nicola Barclay gets a surprise wild card in Azerbaijan, I think Belladonna should sing for Italy, Ukraine tweaks their National Final, and why Jedward really would be a bad idea for Ireland. With music from Nathalie Giannitrapani.

Don’t miss an episode of The Unofficial Eurovision Podcast by subscribing to the RSS feed dedicated to the podcasts. iTunes users can find us in the iTunes Store and get the show automatically downloaded to your computer. You can support the site by buying the official 2010 CD from Amazon.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Ultimate Juke Box Jury Heat 1

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

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What can be done to keep the idle ears and opinions of the Juke Box Jury judges amused before March and the submission of all the songs for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest? How about a simple question?

What is the greatest Eurovision Song Contest winner of all time?

It’s a question that fans continue to try and answer, and everyone has their own thoughts on this. Do our judges agree? Probably not, but it’s going to be fun to find out who goes through each heat, and who falls.

So for the next 16 weeks ESC Insight will be presenting 16 heats of Ultimate Juke Box Jury. Four songs in each show, presented to myself and two other guest judges. We’ll rate them as a Hit, Miss or Maybe, and one song will go forward to the semi-finals in June.

It’s going to be a long road, and we’re going to break some hearts along the way, but there’s no time like now to get stared.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Ultimate Juke Box Jury Heat 1
Hosted by Ewan Spence, with Paul Jordan and Colin McKnight.

Norway 2009: Fairytale, by Alexander Rybak.
Italy 1990: Insieme, by Toto Cotugno.
Ireland 1992: Why Me?, by Linda Martin.
Belgium 1986: J’aime La Vie, by Sandra Kim.

Don’t miss an episode Ultimate Juke Box Jury (or any of The Unofficial Eurovision Podcast episodes) by subscribing to the RSS feed dedicated to the podcasts. iTunes users can find us in the iTunes Store and get the show automatically downloaded to your computer. Want to support the site? Why not consider buying the 50 Years of Eurovision CD from Amazon.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Junior victory, more semi-finals, and some kilts

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

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It used to be relatively easy to have people find me in the Eurovision Press Room – just look for the kilt – but if Switzerland have their way with The Polly Dusters, that might be a bit more tricky in Düsseldorf.

No matter, there’s a long way to go before May, but the National Final season now has another starter, with Azerbaijan starting their Song For Europe search.

It’s time for all the new around Europe and the Song Contest in this week’s Bits and Pieces podcast.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Junior victory, more semi-finals, and inappropriate kilts

Azerbaijan start their National Final heats while the third round of the Ukrainian finals sees a familiar Eurovision face; Armenia take the Junior Eurovision crown (more on that this Friday); and as more names for the Swiss final come out we cue up The Polly Dusters in this week’s show.

Don’t miss an episode of The Unofficial Eurovision Podcast by subscribing to the RSS feed dedicated to the podcasts. iTunes users can find us in the iTunes Store and get the show automatically downloaded to your computer. You can support the site by buying the official 2010 CD from Amazon.

Junior Eurovision 2010: Juke Box Jury #3

Friday, November 19th, 2010

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It’s now time for the third Junior Juke Box Jury of the 2010 Junior Eurovision season, and the final four songs go before the kids of Duncan Place. To make up the numbers they’re joined by the winning song from last year to see how well it stands up, and if Ralf (who’ll return to the stage on Saturday night at JESC) has still got it.

We’ll be covering the Contest on Twitter (@Ewan, with some questions and answers on @ESCinsight) and there’s bound to be loads of chatter, so follow #jesc for all the fun.

Junior Eurovision 2010: Juke Box Jury #3
Hosted by Ewan Spence, with Judges Aaron and Georgia (from Duncan Place, Leith)

Ukraine: Miy Litak, by Yulija Gurska.
Russia: Boy and Girl, by Sasha Lazin and Liza Drozo.
Malta: Knock Knock, Boom Boom by Nicole.
Macedonia: Eooo Eooo, by Anja Veterova.
The Netherlands (2009 winning song): Clik Clak, by Ralf Machenbach.

Don’t miss an episode of The Unofficial Eurovision Podcast by subscribing to the RSS feed dedicated to the podcasts. iTunes users can find us in the iTunes Store and get the show automatically downloaded to your computer.

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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Take That and Facebook look to Germany

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

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Time for the weekly round up of Song Contest news from around Europe in another episode of the podcast. It might be short and sweet just now, but there’s going to be a lot to get through before March 14th, when all the songs and artists will need to be submitted.

The last Junior Jukebox Jury for 2010 will be this Friday, and join me on Twitter (@Ewan) for thoughts and reaction to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday 20th November. For now, here’s this week in Eurovision…

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Take That and Facebook look towards the Song Contest

Two more heats around Europe to mention, as the Ukraine have their third of five semi-finals, and Azerbaijahn start their seven shows to find their songs for Europe.

Spain opens up their submission process (the deadline is Dec 12th) and I wonder if the UK could go crazy and send another X-Factor act all the way to Dusseldorf.

To close, it’s one of the Romanian contenders, as Dan Helciug sings his tribute to the bastion of Eurovision that is, err, Facebook.

Don’t miss an episode of The Unofficial Eurovision Podcast by subscribing to the RSS feed dedicated to the podcasts. iTunes users can find us in the iTunes Store and get the show automatically downloaded to your computer. You can support the site by buying the official 2010 CD from Amazon.

Junior Eurovision 2010: Juke Box Jury #2

Friday, November 12th, 2010

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More previews from next week’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, as five more songs due to take the stage in Minsk come under the judgemental eye of the kids from Duncan Place.

Just as the real contest, the judges are aged between 10 and 15, otherwise it’s the usual “Hit, Miss or Maybe” for the performers. Who will come out on top, or will we need to call in Cheryl Cole to send it to deadlock?

Junior Eurovision 2010: Juke Box Jury #2
Hosted by Ewan Spence, with judges Shawn and Caitlin (from Duncan Place, Leith)

The Netherlands: My Family, by Anna and Senna.
Serbia: Aarobna No, by Sonja Skori.
Moldova: Ali Baba, by Stefan Roscovan.
Armenia: Mama, by Vladimir Azumanyan.
Belarus: Muzyji Svet, by Daniil Kozlov

Don’t miss an episode of The Unofficial Eurovision Podcast by subscribing to the RSS feed dedicated to the podcasts. iTunes users can find us in the iTunes Store and get the show automatically downloaded to your computer.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Winning Web Jokers, Lena and Guy Chambers

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

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Eurovision fans have started the weekly ritual of gathering around their web browser, searching for a live stream of the TV stations around the continent. As each country searches for their Song for Europe, we all want to watch the progress. For everyone else, here’s the recap.

Junior Juke Box Jury is back on Friday, so for now, here’s this week’s major news from the world of Eurovision.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Winning Web Jokers and Guy Chambers

Ukraine’s second semi final is over, as is the Web Joker round of Melodifetivalen. We’ve got one of the qualifying songs from Sweden, as well as news of a former winning throwing her bobby socks into the ring.

There’s also the curious case of Lena’s twelve songs. Even though Stefan Raab has said the composers of the songs will be kept private till the songs are publicly aired in Germany, we know that Guy Chambers (Angel, Rock DJ, Millennium, etc) has one of the tracks. What masterful PR!

Don’t miss an episode of The Unofficial Eurovision Podcast by subscribing to the RSS feed dedicated to the podcasts. iTunes users can find us in the iTunes Store and get the show automatically downloaded to your computer. You can support the site by buying the official 2010 CD from Amazon.