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Eurovision 2010 Podcast: Semi Final 1 Commentary Written by on May 25, 2010

It’s a return of temporal social media, as I provide a downloadable commentary track for tonight’s live semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest. that’s not happened yet. This format worked surprisingly well last year, so here we go for a second year.

There’s a bucket of technical and legal reasons that providing a live stream of video with myself providing the commentator duties, so here’s what you need to get the full experience. Either your national broadcaster (if they carry Eurovision) or for those outside the Eurozone, head to the live streaming page on

Download the MP3 file beforehand, and cue it up in your audio player of choice, be it portable on heaphones, 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 just pause when you get the beep after I introduce Moldova, and start up again when “Run Away” finishes!

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

Eurovision 2010 Podcast: Semi Final 1 Commentary

Ewan Spence talks you though the first semi final of Eurovision. Press play as 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 Unofficial Eurovision 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.

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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