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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily Chat From Vienna, Thursday 14 May Written by on May 14, 2015 | 5 Comments

We’re into the second semi-final rehearsals in today’s podcast, with the top half of the show taking to the stage for the first time.

From Lithuania to the Czech republic, from forest scenes to flying shoes, what did today’s panel think of the Eurovision Show?

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily Chat From Vienna, Thursday 14 May

Hosted by Ewan Spence, with…

Glen Bartlett (S4C / W12P Live)
Zachary Kerr (ESC United)
Wivian Renee Kristiansen (ESC Norge)

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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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5 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily Chat From Vienna, Thursday 14 May”

  1. It’s a good job I’m off these two weeks otherwise I’d not be able to keep up with daily podcasts! Glen is a great addition to the pool of reviewers…

    I agree with you all about Lithuania – I loved the NF staging as it was boy and girl on a first date, all a bit coy. Now it’s boy and girl at a posh do, who are trying to act as though they’ve only just met but they have secretly been ‘getting it on’ for a few weeks…shame as I had this in my top ten.

    Molly has the vocals off pat but I have no idea why there are so many ‘disposable bodies’ on stage. Just have Molly and a tight camera angle on her face, her hand son the piano and a shot of both, That’s it! That would be brilliant…

    San Marino are going out – at least Valentina will be able to sing “Maybe” whilst giving out the points on Saturday night…

    Knez presents this in a very Balkan way – the mountain backdrop, the diamond formation, the ballad. Nothing special, at the moment this is a step back from last year…

    Georgia > Malta in the Warrior stakes at the moment – I have a feeling that ORF won’t have an issue with where to place them in the Final as there will only be one…from the 19th, not the 21st.

    Now I have never liked Norway’s entry as their singing individually annoys me intensely – it now provides a visual/audio disconnection as the visuals are light and bright and white, compared to the lyrics which are dark and thoughtful. I still have this feeling that this is the fanatic’s love song that will bomb this year…

    Portugal – nice hats, Leonor is hot, great backdrop. That is all the plus points for me…

    I love Marta and Vaclav this year – they are interview gold and they are consummate professionals. Their voices are amazing and they have the best chemistry of any duo this year. The shoes thing is a standard Marta thing at her concerts – it signifies when the ‘hard stuff’ is coming! I really want them to qualify…

    The funny thing with this particular podcast was that Ewan needs to get some young person’s material for jokes – I understood all of your references but then I am 48!

  2. togravus says:

    I am with Wivian on Portugal. I really like the first 45 seconds of the song. Unfortunately, we get what must be the dullest ESC chorus ever then.

  3. Seán says:

    You do realise Ewan, that Glen said goodnight?

  4. Fiona Kenny says:

    I’m glad that we don’t have anything that screams “Oireland” this year. That kind of stuff doesn’t work for us. Talk about bodhráns and Celtic imagery all you want, but the pseudo-Riverdance entries we sent in the past two years bombed. A last place in the final and a non-qualifier cannot be considered succesful. If Molly manages to look into the cameras, she will (hopefully) connect with the viewers and juries throughout Europe and get enough points to qualify. Also, because it’s a nice, inoffensive song, the juries are unlikely to put it at the bottom of their rankings.
    Therefore, I think Ireland will do better than a lot of the pundits (ESC Insight and ESC United panned the song) are expecting.

  5. Hans Wollstein says:

    I know ALL the Donald P. Bellisario shows, Ewan. Was even in one. Or two.

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