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Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Rise Of The Internals Written by on September 20, 2019 | 4 Comments

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It definitely feels like the Eurovision Song Contest build up to Rotterdam 2020 has started. There’s been a flurry of news in the last week, so let’s pick up the pieces and see where we are.

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Rise Of The Internals

The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest season continues, with new internal selections, no more four hour shows, and a little bit of Nightwish. Ewan Spence and the team round up the latest news, dates, and thoughts for Rotterdam 2020.

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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 News Podcast: Rise Of The Internals”

  1. Shai says:

    Few things to say about the podcast(better late than never):

    Hotels in Rotterdam – As someone who works in the industry and work for a company which owns one of the hotels, reserved by the city council, as an official hotel, your suggestions are not realistic.
    Right now you can reserve hotel rooms only with a non-refundable rates, which means you pay when making the reservation and you can’t cancel or change the reservation. So even if the rates will go low, you won’t get any refund for any rates different. If there will be a decrease in rates, it will happen at very last moment, so anyone hoping for this scenario, is doing it on his own risk.

    Eurovision in Concert – This will happen around a month before rehearsals start and I have difficulties seeing delegations(and even fans)making the route to The Netherlands twice in a month. If anything, I see the decision to go ahead with the event as a sign of the on going rivalry between Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
    Rotterdam organise Eurovison. EiC is organised mostly by people from Amsterdam and they want to show they can dothsi better and bigger. A sort of middle finger to Rotterdam.
    It looks like something that will end in tears.

  2. Ewan Spence says:

    Shai, the suggestion of looking for refundable reservations is solid, but of course finding them right now may be the harder task. As for delegations heading to Eurovision in Concert, I can see a lot of postcards being filmed over that weekend, so why *not* pop in to do a gig and some PR?

  3. Shai says:

    Production wise, not something that can be done with one weekend with so many delegations.
    Each postcard need a camera crew, styling crew, production crew.

    If I am not mistaken, in the past, the filming of the postcards were spread over a longer period.

  4. Ewan Spence says:

    Indeed, but a number of delegations took diversions to Tel Aviv last year on the way to and from Eurovision in Concert, so it’s not unknown. Extending a day or two for AvroTros either side, and you could get some delegations doubling up quite happily!

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