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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Again Semi Final Special Written by on December 18, 2020 | 3 Comments

As the first year of Eurovision Again comes to a glorious end with a Semi Final special, Fin Ross Russell invites some guests to talk about the emotions behind the two shows before the Grand Final. Add our RSS Feed into your favourite podcast application, or clicking here to follow us in iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify, to stay up to date with the Song Contest over the summer.

One of the highlights of 2020 has been ‘Eurovision Again’, which has allowed the Eurovision Song Contest community to rediscover older contests, songs, and even vote on a ‘new’ winner. All of these shows have been Grand Finals… except December’s show. It’s going to focus on the Semi Finals, with twenty community-picked songs vying to get the community’s vote.

And of course we have another companion podcast. Ahead of Saturday’s Semi Final special, Fin Ross Russell sat down Liam Clark, Jonas Gladnikoff, and Sam Ross, to talk about the emotions behind the Semi Finals from the viewpoint of the delegation, the songwriter, and the fan.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Semi Final Memories

Fin Ross Russell takes a look at what being in a Eurovision Semi Final is really like for the delegations, the songwriters and the media.

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3 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Again Semi Final Special”

  1. Shai says:

    It was quite fun last night. And the whole #EurovisionAgain project was sheer joy for us fans and offered the needed distraction. So, thank you so much for the whole team of #EurovisionAgain for the sheer joy you have brought us this year.

    I do understand that there was not enough time for all countries, however I do wonder which criteria’s were applied to chose between the countries which participated and those which were left out.
    Below you can find the list of countries left out and how many songs they had as NQ,
    Albania(7 NQ), Armenia(3 NQ), Austria(5 NQ), Cyprus(6 NQ), Georgia(5 NQ), Hungary(3 NQ), Latvia(10 NQ),
    Lithuania(7 NQ), Malta(7 NQ),Serbia( 3 NQ)

    On the other hand, you have the cases of Greece(2 NQ) and Romania(2 NQ), who managed to have 1 of their NQ song in the show, which is 50% of their total NQ. Not to mention the cases of Andorra, Monaco or even Slovakia, which their last entry was so long ago, and yet they have managed to get into last night’s show.

    On a different subject – Still hoping to read an ESC Insight, in-depth analyse for the decision to have a live recorded performance of the song, in case the delegation(s) can’t travel to Rotterdam. I do believe it has far more implications for the contest, than one may think.

  2. Ewan Spence says:


    Essentially you had an online vote, combined with the community sites as a jury vote. From

    “We asked you to select your favourite song from every country that failed to qualify for the Grand Final more than once since the Eurovision Semi-Finals were introduced in 2004. We also asked 12 sites and podcasts from the Eurovision fan community to select their 10 favourite non-qualifiers too.

    Several thousands of votes came in every day and the 26 competing songs to feature in the show have been decided by you! The fan-picked favourites will be broadcast in a specially curated running order.”

  3. Shai says:


    I am aware of the method chosen and very much aware that this was all the fan’s choices.
    This wasn’t the question. The question was how it was decided, which countries and song are excluded from the show.
    Was the winning song from each country, arranged in a decending order from high to low, and the left out, were the ones with the least votes? Possibly, but I don’t know because I don’t know which criteria has been applied. And this is the thing that’s never got explained in the text you published above.

    I am not on Instagram, so I couldn’t vote there. I didn’t even know which fan’s site were participating and don’t know how those sites have voted. Did the EBU publish all the votes? Don’t think so, but would be happy to prove myself wrong.
    I would be happy to see the full result of the votes, just for the sheer fun of it.

    It’s a fun project, done with love and respect. Just a bit more transparency would make it more credible.

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