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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Lisbon, Saturday 5th May Written by on May 5, 2018 | 4 Comments

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Day six of rehearsals in Lisbon at this year’s Eurovision Contest, and it’s the longest day of run throughs and rehearsals. So no interviews, no colour, no tourism, it’s straight to the staging.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Lisbon, Saturday 5th May

Saturday’s edition of the daily podcast from the Big Orange Sofa in Lisbon – as Ewan Spence, Lisa-Jayne Lewis, and Roy Delaney take up all of the running order  to attack the marathon rehearsal schedule.

With Ewan Spence, Lisa-Jayne Lewis, and Roy Delaney.

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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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4 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Lisbon, Saturday 5th May”

  1. seattlesque says:

    Thanks for another great podcast. On Ireland: If they were to remove the pianist to simplify the storyline of the song, would they run a greater risk of being accused of homonationalism? If viewers were to find out that Ryan isn’t gay, they might perceive the act as insincerely adopting a queer staging to pander to the LGBTQ+ contingent and to signal Irish liberal progressiveness. I suspect they’re trying to tread that line between inclusivity on the one hand and authenticity to the performer on the other; from all the reports, it sounds as though it’s not quite working.

  2. Eurojock says:

    Must say I liked the return of the old style podcast.

    Lisa-Jayne and Ewan, I think you are getting a touch over-excited about France’s chances of winning. I remember when I heard Mercy for the first time that I had no idea what it was about. I thought it was a decent if slightly plodding number, nothing more. It was only (a) when I read the lyrics and (b) watched the official video, that I felt the full emotional impact. Most of the Saturday night audience won’t have that luxury.

  3. EuroDrew says:

    Correction: Sweden was the last contest opener to win in 1984 – not UK in 1976.

  4. Shai says:

    I disagree with Eurojock. The new style podcast is more tight in structure. After reading so many about all the performances it was refreshing to have a quick summary of what works and what doesn’t work.

    I also would like to support Lisa-Jayne, who in one of the previous podcasts, was positive about the absence of cameras in the arena and the fact that this year, we don’t have 3 minutes videos.

    Since 2015 I don’t watch any clip from rehearsals. The clips don’t do justice to the song, the singer or the performance and I would like to keep it a bit of surprise. I read about the performances, so I know what to expect, but it’s still a mystery how it all sounds and looks. It make watching the contest more interesting and fresh.

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