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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Three Hundred and Fifty Five Days To Go Written by on May 26, 2014 | 15 Comments

Even though the media are slightly shocked that the Eurovision Song Contest is still alive and well in the news cycles thanks to Conhita Wurst and The Common Linnets, we’re clearly into the dark part of the year that we here at ESC Insight call “the off-season”.

It’s not that long to wait until the soft musical deadline of September the 1st, and there’s lots to be going on with over the summer. This weekend is the seventeenth running of Eurovision Young Musicians, and preparations are well under way for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Malta.

All of that, the countries already declared for Austria 2015, and a brighter cheerier version of ‘Calm After The Storm‘. Settles down for your (fortnightly for now) Insight podcast.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Three Hundred and Fifty Five Days To Go

Memories of ESC 2014, images of ESC 2015, and trying not to forget about Young Musicians or Junior Eurovision. There’s still a lot of Contest to go around. Hosted by Ewan Spence, with music from De Kwis.

ESC Insight will be continuing our coverage of the Eurovision family of events over the summer. Keep up to date with the Insight Podcasts through the podcast’s dedicated RSS feed or  subscribe to ESC Insight in the iTunes Store and get the show automatically downloaded.

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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15 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Three Hundred and Fifty Five Days To Go”

  1. Cathal says:

    Kati Wulf is returning… i thought they were using A Dal?

    p.s ireland will enter if they can find the funds.the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland have refused to held fund it though so it will be though 😛

  2. Ewan Spence says:

    Catha;, did you miss the bit where I said “Kati Wolf… it’s a rumour… that I just made up…” 😉

  3. Cathal says:

    ik :P, i was just pulling your leg 😀

  4. Cathal says:

    this time 2 years ago we were watching the eurovision 2012 final :O

  5. Peter says:

    It may be 350-ish days before the final, but I’m sure it’ll only be a few days before Switzerland start releasing web entries for 2015, Azerbaijan restart their annual “Daddy’s Got Money” talent show, and Lithuania fire up their “100 singers and 100 songs in every possible combination” national final extravaganza again!

    P.S. Does “more content” include more episodes of Nul Points, please? We haven’t had any of those in ages.

  6. Matt says:

    I’m a bit surprised that Georgia and the voting hiccups were not mentioned..??

    On a unrelated note, please brink back nul point and the ultimate juke box jury??

  7. Ewan Spence says:

    Peter – the soft date for musical entries of September the 1st kicks in. ANythign debuting after that date is a potential ESC song, anything before that which gains commercial advantage (e.g. a YoUTube with 4 million views) is going to be rejected. So a demo of a song that gets 12 hits on YouTube posted in July will probably be okay, but still needs to go past the Reference Group.

    Nul Points needs a certain commitment and guest pool, which will be tough to get over the summer months.

  8. Ewan Spence says:

    Matt, Ben is looking at all the voting over the next month or so, and he’ll be telling the story his way. Personally I can;t wait to see what he has come up with!

  9. Matt says:

    Ewan, it’s all cool. But congrats on having a spike on traffic to the site for the last 2 1/2 weeks.

    As for the voting hiccups, for a jury to have 3 members having a near exact voting rundown, can’t be as bad as what Spain was alleged to of done in ’68 with mass bribery..

  10. Cathal says:

    Ewan, if songs with 4 million hits is unacceptable than how come poland were allowed enter with Slavic girls?

  11. Ewan Spence says:

    Because it was released on 4 Nov 2013… well after the soft Sept 1st deadline.

  12. Ali Nella Houd says:

    So, just curious:
    If Scotland votes for independence on 18 Sept, could there be a separate Scottish entrant in ESC 2015?
    (2016 is 44 years since Edinburgh ’72 …)

  13. Ewan Spence says:

    Ali, short answer is no… NOT bringing politics into it, but Scotland would need to be a separate country, so nothing before the provisional March 2016 date. At which point a Scottish national broadcaster would need to be a member of the EBU, and apply in the normal way. ASSUMING that a broadcaster was in place by December 2015, and could pay th money, and could put together a delegation, AND the EBU would bend the rules on nation recognition, etc, there is a VERY slim chance you could get a Scotland ESC for May 2016. In all likelihood the first realistic opportunity if a vote was to be ‘yes’ would be JESC 2016 and ESC 2017.

  14. Cathal says:

    was it? i didn’t realise that… they did well to get 40 million hits in that short amount of time 😀

  15. Ali Nella Houd says:

    Thanks, Ewan, for the insight re ESCotland.
    Not wanting to make an inapproriate segue, or tread on any delicate Balkan toes, but presumably things are at least as far off (if not further) with Kosovo’s participation, for similar yet-to-be-crossed hurdle reasons?

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