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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Never Cheap, Never Haggard Written by on December 23, 2016 | 2 Comments

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Thanks to an earlier than normal Festivali i Këngës your Eurovision Christmas comes complete with the first song of the seasons (although hat tip to Dimi for suggesting that it is, in fact,the first demo of the season given Albania’s remixing powers). There’s more to cover though, so let’s recap the week’s news from the Contest.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Never Cheap, Never Haggard

Christmas is nearly here, and Albania’s Festivali i Këngës has our first present. Rounding up seven days of new from Eurovision, with National Final dates, internal selections, and a bit of panto. Ewan Spence brings you the latest from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.

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About The Author: Ewan Spence

British Academy (BAFTA) nominated broadcaster and writer Ewan Spence is the voice behind The Unofficial Eurovision Song Contest Podcast and one of the driving forces behind ESC Insight. Having had an online presence since 1994, he is a noted commentator around the intersection of the media, internet, technology, mobility and how it affects us all. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, his work has appeared on the BBC, The Stage, STV, and The Times. You can follow Ewan on Twitter (@ewan) and Facebook (

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2 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Never Cheap, Never Haggard”

  1. Eurojock says:

    Having watched a tape of the winning entry at the Albanian national final, ‘Bote’ came across as a three minute stellar vocal performance that was lacking a song. It would not surprise me if they go with a totally different number for Eurovision but, with Albania’s track record, whether that represents an improvement remains to be seen.

    Happy Christmas, Ewan, to you and the ESC Insight team!

  2. Thank the stars that the iPad Podcast app has 15 second FF for moving quickly past ‘crimes against humanity’ and indeed turkeys… 🙂

    Merry Christmas to all at ESC Insight!

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