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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Semi Final 2 Commentary 2013 Written by on May 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

The Eurovision journey continues with the second semi-final being broadcast tonight. Once more its time for the ESC Insight/EscXtra Alternative Commentary ‘Riff’ Tracks for the show. Join Luke Fisher and Ewan Spence once more as we go through the seventeen countries looking to qualify for Saturday’s grand 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 opening musical number which features Marc Antonie Charpentier’s Prelude (the Eurovision theme).

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

Eurovision 2013 Podcast: Semi Final 2 Commentary

Ewan Spence, joined by Luke Fisher from EscXtra, talk 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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2 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Semi Final 2 Commentary 2013”

  1. Eric Graf says:

    Any chance of obtaining a recording of the live commentaries?

  2. Ewan Spence says:

    Eric, I have local copies, maybe that’s something for the summer months!

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