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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Rotterdam, Saturday 15th May Written by on May 15, 2021 | 3 Comments

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The middle weekend of Eurovision’s time in Rotterdam is a moment to pause and reflect after the rehearsals end and the live shows begin. Why is the Eurovision Song Contest such a powerful vehicle for change?

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Rotterdam, Saturday 15th May

Ewan Spence, Monty Moncrieff, and Matt Baker sit down to talk about the final rehearsals, the Eurovision rule book, and the positive impact of LGBT representation at the Song Contest.

With Ewan Spence, Monty Moncrieff, and Matt Baker.

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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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3 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Rotterdam, Saturday 15th May”

  1. Marc says:

    “There’s no discussion of ‘who do we want to win’ [when the draw is made].”
    So stronger contenders aren’t given more favourable draws within their respective halves?
    And those who placed lowly in the semis aren’t assigned #2?
    Really? It’s not what I’ve been noticing since producers replaced random.

    I’d like to have a grand final of just 12 songs. Easier said than done, I know, but then we’ll have a programme of manageable proportions where the draw (see above) won’t be so critical. Songs could also be longer than three minutes.

  2. Steve Markovic says:

    I notice you pretty much skipped over the UK second rehearsal with little comment. As bad a staging as is possible, even by BBC standards. I think we all know we are heading for last place.

  3. Marc says:

    If Malta are given slot 1-5 in the running order, then I’ll withdraw my skepticism noted above. I still contend that there is indeed a discussion along the lines of ‘we want this to do well, where can we put it to best help it on it’s way?’ The Maltese are destined for the second half of the first half, aren’t they?

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