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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Semi Final 2 Commentary 2016 Written by on May 12, 2016

Carrying on with this year’s Contest, the second Semi-Final is about to get under way. Join Ewan Spence and Lisa-Jayne Lewis in ESC Insight’s Alternative Commentary track for tonight’s second semi-final from the Globen Arena.

The second live show of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is almost here, which means you have just enough time to download the ESC Insight Alternative Commentary ‘Riff’ Track for the show. Having spent the 2016 Season with ESC Insight, why not join us for the final steps as another eighteen 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 when Petra and Mans say “Let the Competition begin!

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

Eurovision 2016 Podcast: Semi Final 2 Commentary

Once more Ewan Spence is joined at microphone by Eurovision Ireland’s Lisa-Jayne Lewis for this year’s ESC Insight Alternative Commentary.

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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