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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Rotterdam, Sunday 9th May Written by on May 9, 2021 | 3 Comments

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The back half of Semi Final 1 on the Eurovision stage today as nine more delegations take to the stage. It’s our first look at the staging choices from Cyprus through to Malta.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Rotterdam, Sunday 9th May

The bottom half of the first Semi Final completed their first rehearsals today. Danie and Ross join Ewan on today’s daily Insight podcast to look back at the songs, the sawtooth, and the stories loved by the community.

With Ewan Spence, Danie Tregonning, and Ross Middleton.

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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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3 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Rotterdam, Sunday 9th May”

  1. Shai says:

    Can we have a short discussion on the pre-recorded backing vocals. From some of the reports I read, it seem that this isn’t being wel received

  2. Eurojock says:

    When reporting on rehearsals it can be easy to overstate the importance of the staging. Yes, sometimes with songs like Fuego or Calm After The Storm, the staging reveal can transform an entry’s chances. However, in most cases the impact is marginal if it exists at all For all his sparkly chest glitterball, Vasil aint qualifying. From the various reports of the Semi 1 rehearsals, the conclusions I take are that Russia and Ukraine’s qualification is no longer in question. If Malta had absolutely nailed their staging, they could have more or less sealed the win there and then. The fact that they didn’t doesn’t mean they won’t win. After all, Duncan Laurence’s staging was nothing special, but the song itself carried him over him the line.

    Ps – Danie is a great addition to the team.

  3. Shai says:

    Anyone read Shi from
    She put things in perspective and make valid points.

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