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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Semi Final 2 Commentary Written by on May 24, 2012

Following another critically acclaimed and successful commentary on the first semi final of Eurovision 2012, Luke and Ewan return to take you through tonight’s songs with the ESC Insight Alternative Commentary ‘Riff’ Track. The journey continues as we fill up the last ten slots in the Grand Final running order.

Just as you did on Tuesday, you can either start with your national broadcaster, or head to to watch the official stream (which is lacking a commentator).

To repeat, for technical and legal reasons mean syncing up with the live broadcast without the help of the lots of German technicians 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 Baku and the Contest.

Eurovision 2012 Podcast: Semi Final 2 Commentary

Joined once more by Luke Fisher from EscXtra, Ewan Spence talks you though the second semi final of Eurovision. Press play before the show starts, and don’t forget to pause for the music when you hear the beep!

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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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