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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Dr Scandilove Written by on March 18, 2018 | 4 Comments

Ellie Chalkley does a lot of things, but one thing she doesn’t do very often is change her mind. The ESC Insight team visit to Melodi Grand Prix 2018 provided a rare opportunity to see her perform a complete 180 on one of this year’s more contentious returning artists, Alexander Rybak. Add the RSS Feed to your favourite podcast application, or click here to follow us in iTunes and never miss an episode.

ESC Insight bring you the highlights of a flipping freezing weekend in Oslo to enjoy Melodi Grand Prix 2018, featuring a happy Kyiv reunion, pre-results analysis and joy in the post-results press scrum. Ellie Chalkley, Lisa-Jayne Lewis and Ewan Spence give us their views, and see their resistance to the insistent poppiness of That’s How You Write A Song weaken with every passing moment.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Dr Scandilove, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying & Love That’s How You Write A Song

The ESC Insight team travel to Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix with quite a lot of Rybak-related emotional baggage in tow. We speak to Ida Maria about rock stagecraft, JOWST and Aleksander Walmann about where they’re going on holiday and Alexander Rybak about aiming for that second win.

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About The Author: Ellie Chalkley

Ellie Chalkley is an all-round music, media and culture enthusiast and citizen of the internet. As an overly analytical pop fan and general knowledge hoarder she finds the Eurovision Song Contest bubble to be her natural home. She comments gnomically and statistically on Eurovision matters at @ellie_made.

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4 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Dr Scandilove”

  1. Catriona Colville says:

    One of the best ESC insight podcasts ever. Ellie was great and brought a real depth and atmosphere to it. So interesting to see her change her mind on the song and Rybak over the course. More Ellie please!

    Also, your accent is so interesting. Seems like a hybrid. What’s the story behind it? Thanks!

  2. Hi Catriona! Thank you so much for your lovely comment 😀

    I’m originally from Yorkshire but my heart (and the rest of me) has been in Glasgow for a while, hence the ridiculous portmanteau accent.

  3. Hans-Henning says:

    My first thought was that That’s how you write a Song comes out of a Writer’s block? The lyrics has reminders (Who knows? Just get it down And nothing can go wrong; Enjoy the small things with time they will get big) and a little two step program (Step one: Believe in it and sing it all day long Step two: just roll with it That’s how you write a song). And Boy he believes it and the build up to the moment when he actually plays the violin accentuate the he is becoming “Rybak” again.

  4. Hi Hans-Henning! The song is an answer to the letters that Alexander gets from children, asking how to write songs. The instructions aren’t meant to be taken literally (which is just as well because they are wholly incorrect) but they’re meant to inspire anyone who wants to do anything to give it a try, and then work hard at it to get to their goal.

    This lovely interview with Alexander from our friends at ESCXtra explains it pretty well.

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