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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Lisbon, Wednesday 9th May Written by on May 9, 2018 | 2 Comments

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Nineteen ran, ten go on to the Grand Final later this week, and nine stay on our playlist. The Insight team looks back at those we leave behind from the first Semi Final, those that have went forward to the Grand Final, and catch up with another performer taking to the stage for the second Semi Final

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Lisbon, Wednesday 9th May

Wednesday’s edition of the daily podcast from the Big Orange Sofa in Lisbon – Ewan, Lisa-Jayne, Ross, and Elaine review the first Semi Final results; and Elaine interviews Vanja Radovanovic.

With Ewan Spence, Ellie Chalkley, Ross Middleton, and Elaine O’Neill.

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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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2 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Lisbon, Wednesday 9th May”

  1. Seán T says:

    Again, with the benefit of being very far outside the bubble my thoughts from last night:

    Non – qualifers: Belgium was a song that I didn’t “get” until last night. Last night it really came up in my expectation. Unfortunately though it went from 3/10 to 6/10 – that doesn’t get you a vote. Belarus’ ending was grotesque – and to put it in context I spent the hour before the contest shoving rotting compost around the garden. Surprised at the Azer/Armenia/Greece non-qualification but then who isn’t.

    Qualifers: Mixed feelings for Ireland, delighted to see them back in the final but I fear this will end 20th – 26th and I’d rather RTÉ get a slap in the face for sending what is an average song in this years contest. We shall see. I think Ireland came in 8th – 10th in the public vote but unsure how juries would have ranked it.

    Cyprus probably won the televote last night. Israel is clearly challenging. Lithuania was the absolutely stunner from last night, I would have given it 4/10 prior to last night where it shot up to a 8/10 for me and into my top 5 for the night.

    I think the one country not being talked about enough is Sweden. I think they are utterly underpriced at 16/1. I really think they’re going to build up quite a bit of momentum following tomorrow nights semi and are a safe bet for a top 5 finish again. I’m not saying they are a sure fire winner but they just cannot be ruled out.

  2. Mark says:

    Does Ellie realise how meme-ready she herself was when the 1000+ viewers of ESCYounited’s live stream could see her boogieing in the background during the semi 1 jury final?

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