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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Four Hours To Finish The Contest Written by on April 23, 2021 | 1 Comment

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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Four Hours To Finish The Contest

Our first name for Junior Eurovision 2021, our first smartphone game of the year, and the first ‘live-to-tape’ broadcast is confirmed. Ewan Spence and the ESC Insight team bring you the news from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.

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About The Author: Ewan Spence

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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  1. The organising broadcasters NOS (task-based, important state events, like the BBC), AVROTROS (member-based) and NPO (umbrella organisation of the aforementioned) are totally right in taking into account the viewers at home more, especially during COVID-19. What Israeli broadcaster KAN did in 2019 is obviously wonderful for the audience present. And it sure gave the 2019 contest a more ‘concert’-vibe. However, for me as a viewer at home, and also for older viewers (we barely talk about them), the 4 hour and 15 min runtime for the contest was simply too daunting and long to stay focused. The attention span for the viewers at home gets lost this way. Sadly, most of it is attributed to opening acts and interval acts that become too long and too unstructured. Great for the fans, but what about all those 250 million viewers at home? To me this was the biggest pitfall of the 2019 contest.

    Sietse Bakker is totally right to trim the show to max. 3 hours and 45 min’s.

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