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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Semi Final 1 Commentary 2013 Written by on May 14, 2013 | 2 Comments

The first big live show of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest is almost here, which means its time for the ESC Insight/EscXtra Alternative Commentary ‘Riff’ Tracks for the show. Having spent the 2013 Season with ESC Insight, why not join us for the final step as sixteen countries sing for the opportunity to appear in Saturday night’s final.

You’ll be able to watch the show on your national broadcaster (or head over to for the free live stream without a commentator).

For a million reasons both technical or otherwise, we can;t automatically sync up with the live broadcast, so  you need to do a little bit of work. Grab the MP3, cue it up in your audio player of choice, be it portable on headphones, or on your computer or tablet. 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 when to start listening to the main portion of the track. The first part can be listened to in advance, and pause it on the first beep. Pause when the track tells you, and start up again on the last note of the reprise of Euphoria.

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

Eurovision 2013 Podcast: Semi Final 1 Commentary

Ewan Spence, joined by Luke Fisher from EscXtra, talk you though the first semi final of Eurovision. Press play before 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 ESC Insight Podcast by subscribing to the RSS feed for all the shows, or use iTunes to get the show automatically downloaded to your computer if that’s your thing.

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: Semi Final 1 Commentary 2013”

  1. Matt says:

    Guys, great podcast as always. It’s a pity that I’ll miss sf1 because it will be on at about 5am in Sydney, the day after lol.

    If you can podcast the live banter from the app on sf 1 night, that will be swell.

    Sf 2 is going be a bit odd with Luke not being on the podcast….

    I hope the gang doesn’t get too much of a hangover, but please have one for all eurovision fan on all sides of the world who can’t be there enjoying a pint with you 🙂

  2. Rob says:

    Funny how you guys where wrong about the netherlands, thats why I love eurovision so much…unpredicteble results and suprises!

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