The final Semi Final step of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is here. It’s time to get #AllAboard with Ewan Spence and Lisa-Jayne Lewis in ESC Insight’s Alternative Commentary track for the second semi-final from Lisbon’s Altice Arena.
Lisbon 2018’s Eurovision staging made the artistic choice to remove the LED wall. Elaine O’Neill looks at the history of physical props and virtual scenery, the impact of RTPs choice, and the positive impact on the Song Contest.
Thursday edition of the daily podcast from the Big Orange Sofa in Lisbon – Ewan, Ross, and Ellie review the second Semi Final jury show; Ellie explores the Lisbon food markets; and Lisa-Jayne meets Jessika and Jenifer Brening.
Female artists at Eurovision must walk a fine line to ensure they appear acceptable to the televoting audience. They must be confident but not too confident, sexy but not too sexy, funny but not too funny. Lisa-Jayne Lewis explores the way that societal biases about femininity affect results and reactions at Eurovision.
ESC Insights’ Sharleen Wright informs of the current state of play in the 2018 contest odds and how to approach your bets leading to Saturdays’ final.
It is no secret that Julia Samoylova, this year’s Russian artist, is a wheelchair user. Vienna 2015 showed that the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest do not always plan appropriately in terms of accessibility for disabled persons. John Egan has explored some of the key venue features to see if Lisbon 2018 has done any better.