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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Valletta, Thursday 17th November Written by on November 17, 2016 | 1 Comment

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Finishing off our look at the first rehearsals from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta’s Mediterranean Conference Centre.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Valletta, Thursday 17th November

Reporting on the second day of Technical Rehearsals at the MCC, Ewan Spence is joined by Brent Davidson (EscXtra) and Richard Taylor (Eurovision Ireland) for today’s daily Insight podcast.

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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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One response to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Valletta, Thursday 17th November”

  1. Eurojock says:

    I’m pleased to hear the feedback on Russia. To me the choreography looked a bit ropey – but apparently not so. Ukraine has a better song? Really Ewan?!!!

    I’m also glad that you’re coming around a bit on Albania – but we still disagree on the merits of the song itself. The arrangement has improved greatly from the national final and the passage in English is inserted at just the right time. However, for this to stand a chance people need to get the song’s meaning and that entails having seen the video. Given it’s a jury vote you would think jurors would have viewed all the videos several times over – but maybe I’m being naive.

    Belarus is another (like Cyprus) whose stage performance is greatly enhancing its prospects and Armenia’s staging also appeared extremely slick.

    Bulgaria – I almost forgot she was in this rehearsal and that is telling. The song is pretty bland and forgettable but I would imagine she will garner some points by just standing there looking small and cute.

    Georgia – She has got a good voice and credit to them for doing something different but I really can’t see this doing well.

    Serbia need to ditch the hoverboard. As well as encouraging unfavourable comparisons with Belarus (its a bit like Greta Salome following Sergei Lazarev) the slow stage ‘hovering’ sucks the life out of the performance.

    Australia – I couldn’t agree more with your comments. Despite an advantageous draw this looks destined for well down the right hand side of the board.

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