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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Rotterdam, Monday 10th May Written by on May 10, 2021 | 5 Comments

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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Rotterdam, Monday 10th May

Into the rehearsals for Semi Final 2, the big debate over pre-recorded backing vocals, and some thoughts about clever PR, in the latest daily podcast from Rotterdam.

With Ewan Spence, Monty Moncrieff and Wivian Kristiansen.

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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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5 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Rotterdam, Monday 10th May”

  1. Cristina says:

    100% agree with Wivian re: backing tracks and backing bands – yes, allowing backing tracks allows for more experimenting with modern styles of music, BUT simultaneously not allowing live instruments really introduces a bias into what types of music have an advantage in the contest. I understand that the reasons have more to do with logistics than style preferences, but I don’t think that is an excuse for drawing these lines. Ultimately I think you do lose diversity, and you end up favouring strong solo singers over actual bands and musicians (rather than promoting both).

  2. Edmund says:

    Daði said he included every submission that came in for the virtual choir, so every voice (including mine!) IS part of a Eurovision song. It’s theoretically possible that he’s lying, but I refuse to believe that Daði could ever lie to us.

  3. Shai says:

    I agree with Wivian that backing vocals should not use to cover up lead singer inability to sing. I believe that this part should remain live singing

  4. Shai says:

    Shi from put another perspective on the issue of pre-recorded vocals.

    Her “The View from San Francisco” articles, are the writing equivalent of Escinsight daily podcast and I really like reading her views and think she brings a good perspective to Eurovision, so that’s why I am posting her contribution also here.

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