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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Grand Final Commentary 2018 Written by on May 12, 2018 | 1 Comment

The Grand Final  of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is here. It’s time to get #AllAboard one last time, with Ellie Chalkley, Ross Middleton, and Elaine O’Neill for ESC Insight’s Alternative Commentary track for the second semi-final from Lisbon’s Altice Arena.

The Grand Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is almost here, which means its time for the ESC Insight Alternative Commentary ‘Riff’ Track for the show. Having spent the 2018 Season with ESC Insight, why not join us for the final step as nineteen countries sing for the opportunity to appear in Saturday night’s Grand 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, legal, 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 just before  the show starts is fine.

We’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 our hosts say “Let the Eurovision Song 2018 Begin!

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

Eurovision 2018 Podcast: Grand Final Commentary

Ellie Chalkley, Ross Middleton, and Elaine O’Neill take you though the Grand Final of Eurovision 2018. Press play before the show starts, and don’t forget to pause for the music when you hear the beep!

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: 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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One response to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Grand Final Commentary 2018”

  1. David Roel says:

    At 31:47, France is repeated, not Italy.

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