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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury 2020 #3 Written by on March 28, 2020 | 4 Comments

Eurovision may be cancelled, but Juke Box Jury will continue, even if we recorded some of these shows before Rotterdam 20200 was put on ice. You can listen to Juke Box Jury and the ESC Insight podcast online, add the RSS Feed to your favourite podcast application, or click here to follow us in iTunes and never miss an episode.

As mentioned in last week’s Juke Box Jury notes,  Eurovision 2020 is not working out as planned. But we still have Juke Box Jury, even if we recorded it before the Great Cancellation. We shall keep going.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury #3
with Donna Sluggett and Ross Middleton

Serbia: Hasta La Vista, by Hurricane.
Albania: Fall From The Sky, by Arilena Ara.
: Take Me As I Am, by Tornike Kipiani.
: Répondez-moi, by Gjon’s Tears.
The Netherlands: Grow, by Jeangu Macrooy.

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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: Juke Box Jury 2020 #3”

  1. Mio says:

    Serbia- Miss, frenetic energy.
    Albania – Miss, the mystery is gone.
    Georgia- Hit, big hit, my overall 3rd favorite this year, clever, witty, and amazing voices.
    Switzerland – Hit, big hit, my overall favorite this year (so I love both Switzerland and Georgia).
    Netherlands- Hit, pure quality.

  2. Eurojock says:

    Much as Netherlands is quality, I think the real contender in this selection was Switzerland.

    To Ewan and the team, I hope you are all safe and well, and thanks for giving us some much needed escapism with JBJ.

  3. Shai says:

    For an energetic song, it lacks a bit of Something is missing to make this a great song or a one which leaves it marks on me.I hear the song and it doesn’t grab me or make me want to listen to it again. In this year line-up it had a chance of qualifying and just be forgotten in the Saturday line-up – More MISS than a MAYBE

    It’s just bland. It could have been representing any other country and you wouldn’t know the difference. It doesn’t sound as cringe as usual when Albania revamp their songs for Eurovision, but it still remains bland -MISS

    2nd year in a row that Georgia is sending an angry man shouting to the Eurovision stage.Although this year it’s soften a bit by the female backing singers’ voices. I admire Georgia for doing what they feel is right for them, but a bit more accessibility will do them wonder. I am also not getting the song. It takes itself dead serious while a bit of irony in the whole presentation might have worked better – MISS

    I love this song. It’s not an easy song and it is quite dramatic but the overall affect is just one that grab you and don’t let go. The song built very clever and creating a tension, which never stop. I totally wasn’t expecting this from Switzerland and I am very pleased with what they came up this year – HIT

    The Netherlands-
    Last year, when Arcade was presented, I had an immediate connection with the song. Unfortunately, I don’t have the same feeling with this song. In my mind I understand what they wanted to achieve with the song, but the emotional connection is just not there. The built up is not there and the song ends so abruptly, which suggest he wouldn’t mind having another minute or 2 to finish the song.
    I am not sure that 23rd in the running order was in its favour. If he would have been sandwiched between 2 uptempo songs, he would have just get lost.
    If I am really honest, my first reaction to the song was, that this is just a boring song, but other thinks its a masterpiece, so what do I know.– more MISS than a MAYBE

    Tonight showed the first episode of Eurovision Home Concert.. 4 artists sung their own song and than sung a cover of Eurovision song as chosen by the public. It’s actually quite nice. Some singers would never be able to sing and some are quite a good with their cover. See link –

  4. markdowd1959 says:

    Switzerland have been robbed , by Covid 19, of their best chance to win since 1988. This is a gem. That’s all that needs saying.

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