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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Votes, Relics, and Independence Parties Written by on October 10, 2011 | 6 Comments

Another week, another clutch of Eurovision hopefuls. With just Sweden to declare, we’ve almost got the full line up for JESC in Yerevan, which sadly will now be missing San Marino, but if Junior isn’t for you, the web-voting heats are under way in a number of countries, with lots of potential songs for you to enjoy.

All that and Ell and Nikki singing in London next week at an Azerbaijani Independence Party (details and RSVP for free tickets here) and I stand by the idea you can enjoy Eurovision all year round – time for the electric guitars of the podcast!

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Votes, Relics, and Independence Parties

The latest Eurovision news, more JESC finalists, ESC National Final heats, the return of Lys Assia, Ell and Nikki in London, and music from the Rast Jazz Group.

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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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6 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Votes, Relics, and Independence Parties”

  1. eurovoix says:

    Thank you so much for it’s brilliant for me. Sad days for San Marino. Slovakia really can’t make their mind up at the best of times. Lys’s song is nice but it will flop outside the fans votes.

  2. Ewan Spence says:

    San Marino is a bit of a shock, but TV stations only have a set budget, I would rather they sing in May than December if they have to choose. Slovakia, well, my running joke is back. Nuff said. And I don’t think Lys can trust the fan vote TBH.

    As for ESC Buzz, it’s there to be the window to Eurovision when you just need to know what;s going on – unlike Insight where we hope to keep you here reading and exploring for some time! I;m really glad you like it!

  3. Seán says:

    Babel Fish for second chance? It is one of the most unusual choices I have heard of. Why?

  4. Ewan Spence says:

    The simple answer is because I love it. Have done since I first heard it, there’s a story in it, the music shifts and changes, there are delicate and grand moments, it’s truly emotional, it’s singalong, lighters in the air… just… perfect. And I know I’m in the minority.

  5. eurovoix says:

    I watched the Norweigan MGP with a freind from Norway who also addored that song. I will admit that song was very good as well.

  6. Seán says:

    I think it is a good song just a rather odd choice for a second chance, but I’m sure I’m in the minority with Vardlokk also.

    I’d also like to say that ESC Buzz is a fantastic innovation for ESC Fan sites. Well done on it.

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